SAUGUSHave a Happy & Blessed Easter and Passover! a Happy & D CAT Vol. 26, No.13 -FREE- www.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday HONORING AN EAGLE A AD ATCTE E 781-233-4446 Friday, March 29, 2024 Clarifying the price of Saugus Public Schools Finance Committee Vice Chair says public ought to know that the School Department actually gets close to $29 million more than what its operating budget shows By Mark E. Vogler t the outset of Wednesday night’s meeting, Finance Committee Vice Chair George DeDomenico made a point of diff using any argument that Saugus Public Schools are being underfunded this year. Financial documents supporting the town manager’s proposed budget for the 2025 Fiscal Year show municipal general fund operating budgets total $78.3 million and the tentative school fund operating budget for next year is $33.1 million. What many town residents may not realize is that nearly $29 million of the $78.3 million that is portrayed as part of the town operating budgets is actually listed as School Department Schedule-19 charges hidden in the A SPECIAL COMMENDATION: Emmitt Lozano, 18, of Saugus, proudly displayed the citation he received at Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting which recognized his personal accomplishment of earning the Eagle Scout Badge – the Boy Scouts’ highest honor. He earned the rank of Eagle over the winter as a member of Lynn Boys Scout Troop 34. Please see inside for story and more photos. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler) town side of the budget. “When you actually combine those numbers together, the School Department gets 56 percent of the total pie,” DeDomenico said. DeDomenico, a longtime member of the Finance Committee, sought to make “the clarification” before the Finance Committee began its review of the School Department operating budget. “The same topic comes up every year – the way we portray our budgets in the budget books … the town side/school side,” DeDomenico said. “Oftentimes, we get into heated discussions about the numbers,” he said. In many of the previous Finance Committee budget reviews of the School Department over the past decade, past School Committee members have argued that the School Department was consistently being shortchanged in the town manager’s budget. Meanwhile, Finance Committee members would try to point out that the School Department was receiving millions of dollars more that wasn’t part of its offi cial operating budget. And the ongoing argument would lead to acrimonious discussions between the Finance Committee and the School offi cials. “The town in its entirety supports the school system,” DeDomenico said in an interview after the meeting. “It’s nice to be able to inform the public about the full budget to support the schools. We’re trying to seek clarity and transparency on just where the numbers fall,” he said. A $1.2 million diff erence between town and school Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree has recommended $33.1 million for the School Department for the 2025 Fiscal Year that begins July 1 – an increase of $1.5 million over the Fiscal PRICE | SEE PAGE 2 Over 45 Years of Excellence! Have a Happy and Blessed Easter and Passover from the Marchetti Family!

Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Wishing all who celebrate Easter, Passover and Ramadan a blessed and fulfilling season. PRICE | FROM PAGE 1 Year 2024 budget approved last spring by the Annual Town Meeting. That’s triple the increase he recommended for school spending last year. But Crabtree’s proposed school spending plan is still $1.2 million less than the proposed Saugus Public Schools budget recommended by Super100 Salem Turnpike, Saugus, MA 01906 WINWASTESAUGUS.COM Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Michael Hashem briefed the Finance Committee on his recommended budget on Wednesday night. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) intendent Michael Hashem and approved by the School Committee. At this year’s Finance Committee budget review of school spending, there weren’t any arguments between school offi - cials and town offi cials like in previous years. Eastern Bank Building on Rte. 1S 605 Broadway, #301 * Saugus (781) 233-6844 www.bostonnorthdental.com “I do understand there are other funds that count for school employees,” Hashem told DeDomenico. Wednesday night’s meeting Dr. Priti Amlani Dr. Bhavisha Patel was the second in a series of budget reviews that the committee will conduct before making recommendations to the Annual Town Meeting, which convenes May 6. The Finance Committee is scheduled to review the proposed 2025 fi scal year budget for the Department of Public Works when it meets this Wednesday (April 3) at 7 p.m. in the fi rst fl oor conference room at Saugus Town Hall. DeDomenico is expected to * Restorative Dentistry * Cosmetic Dentistry * Implant Restoration * Zoom Whitening * Teeth in a Day - All on 6 * Invisalign * CEREC Crowns (Single Visit Crowns) * Root Canal Treatment * Sedation Dentistry ~ Full Mouth Rehabilitation ~ Before After continue chairing the meetings through the end of April, leading up to the Annual Town Meeting. He will fi ll in for Chair Kenneth DePatto, who is recuperating from surgery and cancer treatments. DePatto briefed Finance Committee members about his condition at last week’s budget review session. A closer look at Schedule-19 charges The so-called Schedule-19 charges or chargebacks account for $28,965,554 in the town’s proposed operating budget for the 2025 fiscal year that begins July 1. Insurance for active employees accounts for nearly $6.5 million, according to a document titled “School Department Schedule-19 Charges,” which DeDomenico provided to The Saugus Advocate. That is the largest single item on the list. Other school-related expenses within the town operating budgets include: • Tuition to Commonwealth Charter Schools, $4.3 million • Long-term debt service for school construction, $3.9 million • Insurance for retired school employees, $3.5 million • Long-term debt retired for school construction, $3.1 million • Tuition to Massachusetts schools, $2.9 million • Employee retirement contributions, $1.7 million • Other non-employee insurance, $1 million • Maintenance of school buildings, $471,039 • Business and finance, $395,486 • School Choice tuition, $385,592 • Human Resources and benefi ts, $256,907 • Employee separation costs, $225,000 • Maintenance of school grounds, $168,912 • Legal services for School Committee, $50,000 • District-wide information management and technology, $35,526 • Long-term debt service/education and other, $34,346 • Pupil transportation, $26,250 • Health services, $4,591 A need to serve English Language Learners One of the top items in Hashem’s budget request is $190,617 to fund the hiring of three full time ELL Teachers. “We don’t have anywhere near the number of staff we need to serve the English Language Learners,” Hashem told the Finance Committee. “We had a huge infl ux of English Language Learners over the last two years. Five is way under the ratio we’re supposed to have,” he said. Hashem said this request and another to hire an adjustment counselor at both the Belmonte STEAM Academy and the Veterans Early Learning Center at $67,000 apiece are among the items that are in jeopardy of being cut out of his proposed budget. “It’s happening in all walks of life… you see the students who come back from the shutdown [COVID-19] – they have a lot of social and emotional needs that we need to meet,” Hashem said. On a positive note, Hashem said the school district actually realized some benefi ts during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We used the pandemic and levPRICE | SEE PAGE 12

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Page 3 The Sounds of Saugus 425r Broadway, Saugus Located adjacent to Kohls Plaza Route 1 South in Saugus at the intersection of Walnut Street We are on MBTA Bus Route 429 781-231-1111 We are a Skating Rink with Bowling Alleys, Arcade and two TV’s where the ball games are always on! PUBLIC SKATING SCHEDULE 12-7 p.m. EASTER ART AT THE LIBRARY: Janice Nelson read Minerva Louise and the colorful Eggs by Janet Stoeke and also led an Easter Basket Craft to get the kids in the Easter spirit recently. Joining her are Saugus residents Marina Movico, 4, Tower Day School; Viya Patel, 7, Veterans Early Learning Center; and Emma Murray, 6, the Veterans Early Learning Center. (Courtesy Photo of Amy Melton, Head of Children’s Services at the Saugus Public Library) By Mark E. Vogler Good morning, Saugus! Happy Easter to all who observe the Christian religious holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion. Happy Spring to all Saugus residents, who will get to experience the wonderful fragrance and colors of the daffodils, tulips, lilies and other flowers this weekend – both indoors and outdoors. It’s time for “Books in Bloom”! If you love flowers and you love reading books, there’s still time to participate in that fun, special spring event that creates special floral arrangements in the Saugus Public Library. Next Friday (April 5) through Saturday (April 6), the library will host the popular “Books in Bloom,” which matches up a book’s title, book jacket or theme with fresh plant material – flowers or foliage. The event is co-sponsored by the Saugus Garden Club and New Friends of the Saugus Public Library. There is an exhibitors meeting tomorrow (Saturday, March 30), from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Setup and staging will take place next Thursday (April 4). And the show is scheduled for next Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and next Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry forms must be submitted by next Tuesday (April 2). Entry submissions may be made via phone to Lorrain DiMilla (781-233-7541) or Donna Manoogian (781-233-5640). You may also call 617-2409003 for details. And even if you are not interested in entering “Books in Bloom,” it’s worth your while to stop by the library next Friday-Saturday to check out the wide assortment of floral arrangements created in harmony with a book. Some of these creative people plan their flower arrangements to match up with a book they already have. Others prefer to go looking for the book to match up with the flowers. Children from grades five and under and young adults from grades six and up are encouraged to participate. People of all ages are welcome. As far as I’m concerned, the library never looks so beautiful as when it hosts the two days of “Books in Bloom.” The library truly does a lot to become a versatile, cultural center of Saugus, especially the periodic indoor and outdoor concerts it sponsors. If you happen to be at the library tomorrow for the exhibitors meeting for “Books in Bloom,” you ought to hang around for some classical music. The Community Room will become a concert hall for an hour tomorrow (Saturday, March 30) as the New England Conservatory’s Trio Lumos performs from 2 to 3 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. Stay tuned for more concert offerings from the library. We have a winner! Congratulations to Jean Lockett, one of several readers who submitted the right answer to the “Contest Sketch of the Week” in last Friday’s paper. But Jean was selected in a drawing of the winners. For those who are curious about the sketch, we’ll let “The Sketch Artist” provide the answer: “The answer to last week’s sketch is Guy Moley Saugus High Graduate ‘87’ “Guy states ‘I am very proud SOUNDS| SEE PAGE 13 Sunday Monday Tuesday $9.00 Price includes Roller Skates Rollerblades/inline skates $3.00 additional cost Private Parties 7:30-11 p.m. Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday $10.00 Price includes Roller Skates Adult Night 18+ Only Private Parties Private Parties 4-8 p.m. $10.00 8:30-11 p.m. $11. 18+ Adults Only After 7 PM 12-9 p.m. $9.00 Everyone must pay admission after 6 p.m. Sorry No Checks - ATM on site Roller skate rentals included in all prices Inline Skate Rentals $3.00 additional BIRTHDAY & PRIVATE PARTIES AVAILABLE www.roller-world.com For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 617-387-2200 or Info@advocatenews.net

Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Countdown Till Town Meeting Editor’s Note: The 2024 Annual Town Meeting convenes on Monday, May 6. As a special service to our readers and the registered voters of Saugus, we are reaching out to all 50 Town Meeting members, focusing on one precinct each week, in the weeks leading up to the start of Town Meeting, asking members about their expectations for the upcoming Town Meeting. This week, we received responses from four of the five Town Meeting Members in Precinct 5. For next week’s newspaper, we will reach out to the five Town Meeting Members from Precinct 6. Question One: What do you consider the top priority for the town as you prepare for the opening of the 2024 Town Meeting session? Pamela J. Goodwin: Several top priorities of mine include: (1) approval by Town Meeting of a balanced budget that provides continued financial stability and meets the needs of the Town as a whole; (2) seeing the compleGerry D’Ambrosio Attorney-at-Law Is Your Estate in Order? Do you have an update Will, Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney? If Not, Please Call for a Free Consultation. 14 Proctor Avenue, Revere (781) 284-5657 tion of a third fire station to be located on the west side of Town come to fruition; (3) continued ongoing upgrades to Town infrastructure; (4) addressing the heightened traffic and the impact it has on our community; (5) employing the careful balance needed between encouraging new businesses and further development, with the strong desire of our citizens to maintain “the hometown feel” of our Town; and, last but not least, (6) the development of strong bonding, idea sharing, and respect for each other and everyone’s ideas within our new Town Meeting. Jaclyn Hickman: The top priority for me would be to ensure progress being made towards a third fire station on the west side of Saugus. I understand that we have a feasibility study that is either in progress or has taken effect. I would like to hear the results in the near future. Although my precinct does not reside on SHARING THEIR VIEWS: Precinct 5 Town Meeting members last year during a filming of “Saugus Over Coffee” – cosponsored by The Saugus Advocate and the Saugus Public Library – which was part of a 10-part series that aired on SaugusTV. (Courtesy photo of SaugusTV) the west side of town, I have heard from residents or family members who reside in or near that precinct and this is a priority for them. Brent Spencer: The top priorities for Saugus in this year’s town meeting is to come up with a plan or formula to pay for the new Northeast Vocational School. To make sure that all Town departments and the school department are fully funded. To continue to fund the Stabilization Fund as the main financial reserve in the event of any emergencies. This will also help to maintain a strong bond rating for the town. To make sure that taxpayers’ dollars are spent productively and efficiently. Ronald M. Wallace: I read the Advocate every week. Most previous Town Meeting Members have already addressed the third firehouse, Northeast Regional & school resource officer which I support all of those. I want to address what I consider a huge problem in town that rarely gets mentioned. The town is completely littered with trash and it’s giving Saugus a real bad look. This is a two-part problem in my opinion. The first is recycling bins with no lids. Just takes a little wind and the trash is all over the neighborhood. Saugus does not enforce this and that’s a shame. The second is people just throwing trash on the ground. I live right off Walnut Street and walking my dog it’s just gross. Nips, beer cans, you name it. Some dog owners don’t pick up either, which is another issue that needs to be addressed. Question Two: What do you consider the top priority for residents in your precinct as you prepare for the opening of the 2024 Town Meeting session? Pamela J. Goodwin: One of the top priorities for residents of Precinct 5 continues to be the planned re-use – and especially residents’ input into the compilation of ideas and the decision-making process – of closed town properties such as schools, public buildings, etc. within the Precinct. We all look to the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, and other officials to continue listening to comments, ideas, questions, etc. from the community prior to finalizing any plans. Other top priorities for Precinct 5 residents continue to include the schools and other Town services. Jaclyn Hickman: A top priority in my precinct would have to do with the Lynnhurst School/ field. I would like to make sure that it remains an area where neighbors/residents in my precinct will be able to engage in outdoor activities, such as being able to use the softball field, playground, basketball court, etc. This seems to be a widespread concern throughout Precinct 5. Brent Spencer: The top priorities for Precinct 5 would be what will become of the Lynnhurst School property. Whatever happens to the school and playground, the residents in the neighborhood as well as the members of the Precinct should be kept informed and have a say in the matter. A major concern in Precinct 5 and the rest of the town is traffic and how to control it. An additional concern is the condition of the roads and sidewalks and to make sure they are being maintained. Ronald M. Wallace: I think the vacant schools are a top concern for Precinct 5 residents. The Lynnhurst School is badly run down and kids have vandalized it since it closed in 2019. A rumor has also surfaced about what might be going there but just a rumor still at this point. That’s the top thing residents ask me. Question Three: Are you working independently or in collaboration with other members on articles to be introduced for this year’s Town Meeting? Could you please elaborate? Summarize your article and what you hope to accomplish. Pamela J. Goodwin: Precinct 5 Town Meeting members have a history of collaboration and working together to achieve the best possible outcomes for the precinct we represent. Although we are not currently working on a specific article as a group right now, we would not hesitate to do so in the future. Jaclyn Hickman: At the current time, I am not working on any articles. COUNTDOWN| SEE PAGE 12

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Page 5 Saugus Public Library hosts a free classical music concert tomorrow afternoon 8 Norwood St. Everett (617) 387-9810 Open Daily 4:00 PM Closed Sunday Announcing our Classic Specials Dine In Only: Chloe Hong on the violin. (Courtesy photo of the New England Conservatory of Music) T he Community Room at the Saugus Public Library will become a concert hall for an hour tomorrow (Saturday, March 30) as Trio Lumos of the New England Conservatory (NEC) performs from 2 to 3 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. It will feature Chloe Hong, violin; Nicholas Tsang, cello; and Pauline Pu, piano. The Saugus Cultural Council, a local arm of the Mass CulturNicholas Tsang on the cello. (Courtesy photo of the New England Conservatory of Music) al Council, has generously provided funding for this event. NEC’s Community Performances and Partnerships (CPP) program is one of the premier programs in the nation for engaging conservatory students with their community. Student performers and teaching artists present over 600 events for about 21,000 people annually, reaching across ages, neighborhoods, ethnicities and ecoPauline Pu on the piano. (Courtesy photo of the New England Conservatory of Music) nomic disparities in the city of Boston and beyond. Student musicians explore what it means to be a musician living in and contributing to community life, within an atmosphere of supportive mentoring, high-quality training, and experiential learning. * FREE Salad with purchase of Entree, Monday & Tuesdays * Cheese Pizza - Only $10 Catch ALL The Live Sports Action On Our Large Screen TV’s SHOP LOCAL & DROP BY FOR DINNER! www.eight10barandgrille.com SABATINO/MASTROCOLA INSURANCE AGENCY 519 BROADWAY EVERETT, MA 02149 Auto * Home * Boat * Renter * Condo * Life * Multi-Policy Discounts * Commercial 10% Discounts * Registry Service Also Available Sabatino Insurance is proud to welcome the loyal customers of ALWAYS READY TO SERVE YOU: Our Staff are, Emma Davidson, Jeimy Sanchez, Josephine Leone, Marie D’Amore, Rocco Longo, Z’andre Lopez, Anthony DiPierro, Darius Goudreau, Laurette Murphy, Danielle Goudreau and Tina Davidson. PHONE: (617) 387-7466 FAX: (617) 381-9186 Visit us online at: WWW.SABATINO-INS.COM

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Page 7 ~ The Old Sachem ~ World War II, Home and Away By Bill Stewart I t was Sunday afternoon. Dad was reading the Sunday paper and I was reading the funny pages in the living room. We had the radio on and suddenly we heard “We interrupt this station to bring the latest news. Hawaii has been attacked by the Japanese.” It was December 7th about 5 p.m. and Ma was preparing dinner. Everything stopped. We sat there listening to the news, worrying about what was to come. Soon Congress announced war to Japan and the Axis powers in Europe. The world changed. I was seven years old. Soon in school we were presented with folders to store dimes to help out the war effort. When we filled all the slots, I think it was a dollar. We gave the folder to the teacher, who gave it to the principal, who gave it to the town, who gave it to the state, who gave it to the federal government. Soon families were issued coupons because many items were needed for the war effort, and items such as food were needed by the military. We could only buy a small amount of meat with the coupons. I also remember there were coupons for tires and gas for the car. My uncle Jim enlisted in the Army after his junior year of high school. The military wasn’t too careful about age – they needed soldiers quickly. The government was drafting boys 18 to 45 for service. Jim was in the infantry and sent to France. We got mail from him sporadically, usually about two weeks after he mailed it. We knew the area he was in, and after it was over we found out he was in the Battle of the Bulge. The Allied Forces had a front from Belgium to the south of France, and the Germans attacked with an elite force and pushed the “The Old Sachem,” Bill Stewart. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Joanie Allbee) Allies back in a small area in Belgium. The battle lasted six brutal weeks: from December 16, 1944, to January 25, 1945. It took place in the Ardennes Forest during frigid weather; about 30 German divisions fought against battle fatigued American troops across 85 miles of dense forest. As the Germans advanced into the Ardennes Forest, the Americans pulled back. The battle cost the Americans about 100,000 casualties. The Germans advanced at St. Vith, Elsenborn Ridge, Houffalize and later Bastogne, which was defended by the 101st Airborne Division. The Americans were surrounded and the Germans asked for surrender of the Americans. The response from the commanding General, McAuliff e, was the statement “Nuts.” The 101st held out until Christmas and the siege was fi nally ended when the forces of General George Patton, the 3rd Army Division, punched through the German forces and relieved the city. One very signifi cant fact of the Battle of the Bulge was that the Americans needed to move black soldiers into the battle lines because of the needs of many troops to face the Germans. A unit named 761st “Black Panthers” of the 106th Golden Lions Division was the fi rst black tank unit to go into battle alongside the white units. Major problems for both forces were the blizzards and freezing rain. On December 23 the weather cleared and the Americans were able to deploy air attacks along with the ground forces to drive the Germans back. And from then on, the battles went westward and eventually the Third Reich was defeated. My uncle survived the battle and his unit was sent to Norway to face the German forces there, which were mostly older men around 65 years to lads of 15. Jim returned home when Germany was defeated. (Editor’s Note: Bill Stewart, who is better known to Saugus Advocate readers as “The Old Sachem,” writes a weekly column about sports – and sometimes he opines on current or historical events or famous people.) RON’S OIL Call For PRICE MELROSE, MA 02176 NEW CUSTOMER’S WELCOME ACCEPTING VISA, MASTERCARD & DISCOVER (781) 397-1930 OR (781) 662-8884 100 GALLON MINIMUM

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Saugus Gardens in the Spring Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener D espite the cold weather this week, spring is breaking out. This Saturday, March 30, is National Take a Walk in the Park Day. It was established to encourage people to appreciate the physical and mental benefits of taking a walk in natural surroundings. If you look up, you will see that stick season is gradually coming to an end as buds are appearing on some trees – especially elm, maple, and poplar. If you look down toward the ground, you will see more bulbs in bloom and green shoots from several perennials. Closer to eye level, buds on the forsythia look promising. We are waking earlier to the songs of birds, and many of the birds’ songs continue throughout the day. Daffodil season has arrived a few weeks early. There are many hybrids of daffodil and jonquil (Narcissus spp. and hybrids). Later varieties will begin blooming in May, mostly shorter cupped types, which may include colors other than yellow. This week, the classic long trumpeted yellow An Appleton Street home offers Easter greetings. .................................................................................................(Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) varieties often called ‘King Alfred’ and several other large flowering varieties have begun blooming. Whether their trumpets are long or short, all are in the scientific genus ‘Narcissus.’ The classic yellow daffodil with a long bright yellow trumpet and matching yellow perianth was developed in England in the late 19th century. It quickly became the most popular daffodil variety, and was named after King Alfred I, nicknamed Alfred the Great. Alfred was a 9th century king of the Anglo-SaxEaster greetings abound on Ballard Street, where an Easter scene can be seen through the picture window and chicks and bunnies frolic on the lawn. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) A clump of Glory of the Snow blooms at the Malden Angler’s Club near Patkin Pond on Main St. in Saugus. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) ons who fought off Viking invasions, established a new code of laws for much of what is now the Several daffodil varieties are now in bloom near the clubhouse of the Malden Angler’s Club. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) United Kingdom and promoted education for citizens. His namesake daffodil became very popular among the diverse Narcissus varieties developed near the turn of the 20th century. By the late 20th century, similar looking daffodils created by other breeders were being sold under the name King Alfred, so it is never possible to be certain whether they are really the original variety or not. It may not make much difference to the average gardener, but Narcissus specialists continuously debate this question. In front of the Malden Anglers’ clubhouse at Patkin Pond on Main Street there is a bright patch of yellow, white and blue, as a several clusters of daffodils and glory of the snow are now blooming there. Member Ken Washburn is an avid gardener who planted these spring bulbs and some other perennials near the clubhouse. The grounds include charming Patkin Pond, which is stocked with fish and surrounded by a woodsy landscape where members can relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Even with the cold and rainy weather on Saturday, several fishermen were out at the pond. I talked to member Kalil Boghdan, who said the club is planning additional gardening projects this spring, including planting some wildflowers from seed. Other bulbs can be a nice complement to the daffodils. Glory of the snow (Chionodoxa lucilliae) has flowers that are blue purple edged with a white center and Tonya Chadwick’s front lawn in the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site neighborhood has a cat dressed as the Easter bunny. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) face upward. Siberian squill (Scilla sibirica) has similar blue flowers, but they face downward and typically have less white in the blossom. Glory of the snow is native to Turkey. Much smaller and with shorter stems than daffodils, they make a good lower layer when paired with daffodils in the garden, and the blue shades provide color contrast. Of course, this week we might also see some Easter decorations among the real flowers, and possibly might find some easter eggs hidden here and there this weekend. It’s definitely a worthwhile time of year to keep your eyes open on your walks around town! Sunday is Easter, and there will certainly be some beautiful spring flowers popping up if you are observant. Editor’s Note: Laura Eisener is a landscape design consultant who helps homeowners with landscape design, plant selection and placement of trees and shrubs, as well as perennials. She is a member of the Saugus Garden Club and offered to write a series of articles about “what’s blooming in town” shortly after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was inspired after seeing so many people taking up walking.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Page 9 Saugus High School Sachems Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team Annual Banquet Coaches and the Varsity team, shown from left to right: Standing: Freshman Coach Chris Myette, JV Coach Dan Bertrand, Assistant Coach Jack Furey, Danny Zeitz, Cam Soroko, Braden Faiella, Travis Goyetche, Isaiah Rodriguez, Huey Josama and Head Coach Joe Bertrand; kneeling: Cam Victor, Danny Shea, Javi Fuentes Cruz, Ryan Shea, Jordan Rodriguez, Cristian Dean and Nathan Soroko. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) Isaiah Rodriguez received the Varsity Offensive Player Award from Varsity Head Coach Joseph Bertrand. Danny Shea received the Varsity Most Valuable Player Award from Varsity Head Coach Joseph Bertrand. Braden Faiella received the Varsity Coaches’ Award from Varsity Head Coach Joseph Bertrand. Members of the freshman team, shown from left to right: Back row: Head Coach Chris Myette, Victor Cruz, Alex Marquez, Silas Montas and Paxton Ferraro; front row: Jayden Le, Miles Davis, Dominic Tavernese and Justin Pardi. Seniors displayed their senior gifts. Shown from left to right: Assistant Coach Jack Furey, Varsity Co-Captain Isaiah Rodriguez, Varsity Co-Captain Braden Faiella, Travis Goyetche and Head Coach Joseph Bertrand. Ryan Shea received the Sophomore Defensive Player Award during Monday’s Saugus High School Boys’ Varsity Basketball banquet at Mixx360 Nightlife. Shown from left to right: Freshman Coaches Award winner Dom Tavernese, Freshman Coach Chris Myette and Freshman Sachem Award winner Paxton Ferraro. By Tara Vocino T he Saugus High School Boys’ Varsity Basketball Sachems were recognized for their athletic achievements during Monday’s banquet at Mixx360 Nightlife. Award recipients shared with the Saugus Advocate how they felt that they won their respective award. Varsity Sachem Award recipient Travis Goyetche said it feels great to win. “The Sachem Award is for showing up and giving 100 percent, embodying what it means to be a Sachem,” Goyetche said. After graduation, Goyetche plans to attend Louisiana State University to study kinesiology to become a physical therapist. Varsity Coaches’ Award recipient Braden Faiella said he’s glad to have received that honor. “Being injured by hurting my knee, I could only play six games this year, which isn’t a lot,” Faiella said. “As a captain, I still showed up.” After moving on from high school, Faiella plans to play football at St. Anselm’s College, where he intends to study accounting. Varsity Offensive Player of the Year recipient Isaiah Rodriguez said it’s nice to get that award. “I’ve been playing since I was eight years old,” Rodriguez said. After graduating from Saugus High School, Rodriguez plans to play football at the University of Rochester, where he intends to study accounting. Junior Varsity team, shown from left to right: Standing: Junior Varsity Head Coach Daniel Bertrand, Jordan Rodriguez, Danny Zeitz, Isaiah Louis, Oscar Herrera, Ashton Coviello and Nick Thompson; kneeling: Javi Cruz-Fuentes and Cristian Dean. Junior Varsity awardees and coach, shown from left to right: JV Coaches’ Award winner Danny Zeitz, JV Defensive Player of the Year winner Javi Cruz Fuentes, JV Offensive Player of the Year winner Jordan Rodriguez and JV Sachems Award winner Cristian Dean with JV Head Coach Daniel Bertrand. Travis Goyetche received the Varsity Sachem Award from Varsity Head Coach Joseph Bertrand.

Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Saugus High sensation: Peyton DiBiasio blazes trails across multiple sports By Dom Nicastro S ophomores are probably premature candidates for GOAT talk. Saugus’ Peyton DiBiasio shatters that thinking, though. How could she not be in the conversation? Three years into her Saugus High School basketball career, DiBiasio, 16, has an all-star and two All-Conference selections under her belt. Yes – all-star as an eighth-grader and All-Conference as a freshman and sophomore. The point guard and Ms. Everything on the court helped the Sachems to back-to-back Northeastern Conference championships and the program’s first postseason victory in recent memory this season. She averaged 17.8 points per game, five rebounds and four assists this season. “Peyton’s a great kid, and she’s an all-around athlete who obviously contributes tremendously to any team that she’s on,” Saugus High School Athletics Director Terri Pillsbury said. “We’re happy to have her here. She’s a great asset for us to have.” DiBiasio does it all on the court. She can score in the 30s, controls the game tempo with her excellent ball-handling skills and court awareness and gets her teammates involved making great passes. Basically, she’s Caitlin Clark in red and white. She not only stands out on the basketball court but also exhibits impressive adaptability and dedication across various sports disciplines. Multi-sport versatility DiBiasio’s inaugural volleyball season last fall is particularly notable. Despite having no prior experience, she quickly became an integral part of the team, contributing to Saugus High School’s historic tournament appearance. Her ability to transition seamlessly into a new sport, learn rapidly and make significant contributions speaks volumes about her natural athleticism and work ethic. Initially unfamiliar with the game, DiBiasio was grateful for the supportive team and coaching staff, which allowed for a rapid learning curve. DiBiasio’s natural athleticism was put to good use, starting in the front middle position due to their ability to jump high A young Peyton started playing basketball around the time she learned to walk. and hit the ball hard, and later adapting to play front right as the team’s strategy evolved. “Playing volleyball this year was really fun,” DiBiasio said. “The transition was a little tough since I had never really played before but over time it felt natural and had seemed like I had been playing forever. I was very happy to have been a part of history this season and helping the program make that first tournament appearance they had been waiting for.” Basketball: a focused ambition While DiBiasio’s athletic endeavors span multiple sports, her heart and ambitions lie firmly in basketball. Her decision to pursue track and field in the off-season, over her previous engagement with golf, is a strategic move aimed at enhancing her basketball performance. This choice underscores her commitment to refining her skills and physical capabilities with the ultimate goal of playing basketball at the collegiate level. DiBiasio’s involvement with AAU basketball, particularly with the MCW Starz, further illustrates her dedication. Competing against top Division 1 prospects and participating in high-profile tournaments across the country has not only honed her skills but also significantly contributed to her personal development as a player. She’s competed in tourneys like Run 4 The Roses in Kentucky, and other tournaments in Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Indiana. “Playing point guard is the toughest job on the court,” DiBiasio said. “There’s a lot happening each trip up the court, and I have to read the defense to see what’s available. It’s also my job to know everyone’s responsibilities on each play so if ever someone is out of place, I have to help direct them to the right place, otherwise our plays won’t work.” DiBiasio explained that being adaptive is crucial in basketball, as each game requires different tactics. She emphasized the importance of control and the ability to read plays, whether it means being aggressive on the offense to get shots or draw fouls, or passing to teammates in a better position. She noted that her approach is to always aim for the paint, but she adjusts her strategy based on the defense’s setup. Trusting her teammates and coaches is also a key part of her game management, ensuring they make the right plays to win. “My style is always first trying to get to the paint no matter what,” she said. “It’s just a matter of what the defense is doing when I get there. If they are collapsing on me or playPeyton DiBiasio takes a shot from the point for the Sachems. ing a box-and-one, then I’m looking to drive and kick to my shooters. But if they are not … and I can get to the basket and either score or shoot free throws, then we can have success that way, too.” DiBiasio said that having eight seniors on her high school team made the season special. She reminisced about playing with some of these seniors since she was in second grade, highlighting the bond and shared growth in their basketball journey. Making history with a state tournament home win was a standout moment (58-12 over North High of Worcester), in addition to an NEC Lynch Division title, a feat not achieved since 1984. DiBiasio expressed pride in contributing to the team’s legacy and is gratified to have been part of a group that improved the program for future players. “We’ve seen and been through a lot together,” DiBiasio said. “We’ve had some tough losses but a lot of big wins, too. So there have fortunately been more happy locker rooms than sad ones. … In the end I was happy I could help send eight great players and teammates out on a very high note. They really helped build the program, and I’m very happy to have played a part in it. Our goal should be to leave the program in better shape than when we arrived, and I think this year’s team has helped do that.” Mentorship and personal growth The role of mentors in DiBiasio’s athletic journey cannot be overstated. From her first coach, Erik Stockwell, who recognized her talent in second grade, to the impactful guidance of coaches Mark Schruender, Norma Waggett and Joe Lowe, these figures have significantly influenced her growth and success. These mentors have provided not just technical coaching but also life lessons, instilling in DiBiasio a sense of responsibility, dedication and the importance of hard work. She praised Coach Paul Moran – now coaching in Marblehead – for never missing an opportunity to coach her and making the learning process enjoyable. Schruender not only taught her in eighth-grade math but also served as her head coach for two years, granting her the opportunity to play varsity basketball at just 13 years old. Her journey in the AAU circuit began in fourth grade with Evolution, where different coaches contributed to her development, building her confidence and skills. As she progressed, she joined the MCW Starz, where she’s been exposed to a higher level of competition and coachPEYTON DIBIASIO | SEE PAGE 11

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Page 11 Spring Ahead: Saugus Sachems get ready to take the fields By Dom Nicastro S pring is in the air. Well, if spring means 30s and 40s like it’s been most of the week here in Saugus. It’s par for the course for early spring season for Saugus High School and the rest of the North Shore. This week marks Week 2 for the high school spring season, with most teams still gearing up for their first games. Saugus High School girls lacrosse actually opens up its season with two games this week: at Swampscott on Thursday, March 28 at 4:30 p.m. and at home against Mystic Valley the next day (4 p.m.). We caught up with some of those spring teams gearing up for the final high school athletic season. Softball: numbers up for Sachems Saugus had 24 in the program last year and has been averaging around 26. This year it had 34 players try out which is the most it’s had since 2019. “This is due largely in part to the outstanding job Saugus Youth Softball has been doing helping to instill the love of the game to these kids and getting them prepared for the high school level,” ninth-year Saugus softball coach Steve Almquist said. “They have been a tremendous feeder program for us, and I am confident that these numbers will continue PEYTON DIBIASIO | FROM PAGE 10 ing since 2019. DiBiasio is especially thankful for Coach Norma Waggett, a local legend, 1,000-point scorer and the current all-time scoring leader at Saugus High School, who became the JV coach and an invaluable role model for her. DiBiasio also highlighted current varsity Coach Lowe’s impact since he joined the team, attributing the team’s recent successes, including a state tournament home win, to his guidance. Both Waggett and Lowe have played pivotal roles in not only improving her game but also in pushing her to be the best version of herself. DiBiasio is excited to continue working with them and looks forward to the growth opportunities to grow.” Saugus will have two teams again this year: JV and varsity. There were no cuts made. Saugus is carrying 17 players on the varsity roster, including two eighth-graders. Almquist plans to rotate players back and forth between the two teams to maximize playing time. Last year, Saugus finished 11-9 and qualified for the state tournament once again. It lost to Bristol-Plymouth in the preliminary round. Last season marked seven consecutive state tournament appearances and seven consecutive winning seasons. The Sachems were crowned Northeastern Conference (NEC) Lynch Division Champions for the second time in three years (2021 & 2023) all while posting a three-year divisional record of 22-2. “This is quite an accomplishment and is a testament to all of the hard work from players and coaches both past and present and to say that I was pleased with how things turned out is an understatement,” Almquist said. Last year, Saugus did not have any seniors and everyone is returning this spring so experience should be one of its strengths. “However, experience alone doesn’t necessarily equate to success so we are going to have to play sound fundamental softball in order to be competitive,” Almthat the next year will bring. “Throughout the season Coach Waggett acted as a key role model for me as she’s already experienced everything and was able to guide me through it all,” DiBiasio said. “As my other coach [Coach Lowe] once said to me, finding that connection with a female that has been in my shoes is truly something special because it’s something he or any other male coach can’t replicate. So I have really loved having her around this season and I can’t wait to work with her more this offseason to prepare me for my junior year. Joe Lowe is someone who joined us last year and has made an immediate impact on both me and the team. Ever since he showed up things have changed and I couldn’t be happier with him here.” quist said. “I think we should be able to put up some runs and if our pitchers can continue to throw strikes and our defense can support them by making the routine plays, which we have struggled with at times, then we should have a fighting chance.” Saugus returns three NEC allstars: senior left fielder Kaitlyn Pugh, senior shortstop Devany Millerick and senior third baseman Ava Rogers. It also returns an NEC All-Conference player: junior catcher Lily Ventre. Almquist broke down the values of each of his captains: · Rogers: She is a returning captain, three-year varsity starter and an NEC all-star. A cannon for an arm, she has played for Almquist since she was 10 years old back in the youth league and is someone that always gives 110% every time she steps out on the field. She is a perfectionist who takes pride in doing things right and it certainly shows as she has improved immensely over the years. Last season she toughed it out with a bad throwing shoulder which required off-season surgery but she is fully healed and will once again be back at the hot corner ready for another big season. · Millerick: She is a returning captain, three-year varsity starter, NEC all-star and reigning team co-MVP. She has worked extremely hard to make herself into one of the Non-sports side of Peyton DiBiasio hails from a family with athletic prowess, including two sisters and a brother who are all significantly older than her: Sisters Ariana, 28, and Justine, 26, were collegiate dancers, and her brother Ronnie, 22, is adept in baseball and golf. The family’s competitive nature has been a strong influence, teaching her the value of hard work. She enjoys the company of her dogs: Biscuit, a peekapoo, Chewy, a shih-poo, and her nephew dog, Gus-Gus, a teacup maltipoo; each of which provide relaxation and comfort after her busy days. “After a long demanding day, I like to come home to my two dogs and just cuddle with them,” DiBiasio said. “We usually watch a TV show or a movie, and if I’m doing homework, they usually just chill with me.” better shortstops in the conference. She is a slick-fielding shortstop with excellent range and an outstanding arm. Without question, she is a true leader on the field and in the dugout. Devany is the first person you hear taking charge out on the field or leading the cheers from inside the dugout and is someone that I can always rely on to get the job done no matter what is asked of her. A true leader in every sense of the word. · Ventre: Lily is a returning captain, four-year varsity starter (started as an eighth-grader), two-time NEC all-star and reigning team co-MVP. With Lily, it’s like having another coach out on the field, and even at an early age you could tell this kid was going to be a special talent. She takes a beating every game but is as tough as they come and continues to produce both behind the dish and at the plate. Unfortunately, she has been snake-bitten with injuries these past couple of years cutting her seasons short but still managed to lead our team in just about every offensive category. Lily was born to be a softball player and, in my opinion, when healthy, is one of the best catchers in the area. · Junior captain Taylor Deleidi: Taylor is a two-year varsity starter and former team Rookie of the Year as well as an outstanding multi-sport athlete who also excelled in socAs a dedicated student-athlete, she is committed to her Honors classes, with particular interests in English, AP Environmental Science and Peer Leaders. She found working with students with intellectual disabilities in her Peer Leaders class especially rewarding. “As a kid I participated in a class very similar while in elementary school,” she said. “Each day I would volunteer my time and I would go over to the peer leaders class and work alongside students with intellectual disabilities. I enjoyed my time working with them so much and when I saw they offered it in high school I knew I wanted to do it again. Overall, I’ve found it to be an incredibly rewarding experience, and I have met some amazing people through the program.” DiBiasio’s summers are concer and basketball. This player is a coach’s dream. Her positive attitude, infectious smile, work ethic and versatility make her so valuable to our team. Thrust into the starting pitcher’s role as a sophomore, she had an outstanding year, piling up 10 wins with an ERA of 3.79; not too bad for someone who only had one varsity start as a freshman. Taylor will be our No. 1 again this year looking to build off of the success of last season. She is extremely accurate – throws strikes while pitching to contact – so if our defense can give her the support that she deserves she will be poised for another fine season this year. Girls lacrosse healthy on participation Barbara Guarente leads the Sachems girls lacrosse team for the second season. The Sachems had 37 girls trying out with more than half of them being first-time lacrosse players. The Sachems will have a junior varsity and varsity team this year. “We improved last year and expect to improve on last year’s record,” said Guarente, who also coaches field hockey at Saugus. Saugus has three senior captains: returning captain Nina Penachio, Violet Hawley and Juliana Scalisi. “We are improving daily with their knowledge of the sport,” Guarente said. sumed by sports, primarily AAU basketball, where she travels for tournaments that serve as platforms for college recruitment. Despite a packed schedule, she cherishes the family tradition of visiting Disney World, which remains a special retreat for her. What’s next for DiBiasio? Varsity spring track is currently on the docket for DiBiasio. She ran track when she was much younger and enjoyed it but never found the time to do it. “I’m making a big commitment to my basketball game by running track over playing golf,” DiBiasio said. “I’ve enjoyed golf a lot, and where Saugus is the only team in the NEC that offers a girls program, I’ve always wanted to PEYTON DIBIASIO | SEE PAGE 16

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Saugus High receives national award for improving computer science opportunities for female students Saugus Birthday Celebrations MARCH 2024 BIRTHDAYS: The Senior Center celebrated the collective birthdays of Saugonians for this month last Friday (March 22). Pictured from left to right are the 10 seniors: Dawn Lorthrop, Joan Joyce, Betty Desimone, Ed Lyons, Lorraine Lewis, Joanne Genzale, Sandra Milano, Simone Sarnie, Linda Dall and Barbara Stone. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) A COMMENDATION FOR SAUGUS HIGH: the College Board’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. S augus High School recently received national recognition for its efforts during the 2022-23 academic year for expanding young women’s access to advanced placement study in Computer Science. The school was one of 834 in the country to earn the College Board’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. “Your leadership in creating more equitable access to computer science courses is helping to prepare more young women for the high-paying, in-demand jobs of the future, and giving them the opportunity to solve some of society’s greatest challenges,” Advanced Placement Program Head Trevor Packer wrote in a letter to Saugus High School Principal Brendon Sullivan. Packer also recognized Saugus High Computer Science teacher Derek Serino “for contributing to this great achievement.” “This honor acknowledges the amazing work your school is doing to close the gender representation gap in computer science,” Packer wrote. “Research shows that female students who take AP computer science are more likely to major in computer science in college compared to fePRICE | FROM PAGE 2 eraged it to get high-quality educational material so we’re aligned with the state standards,” Hashem said. “These curriculum materials are now what districts are being forced to do. They’re now being told they have to start using these high curriculum instructional materials,” he said. But Saugus Public Schools has already spent two years male students of similar background and academic preparation,” he said. Saugus Superintendent of Schools Michael Hashem announced the award at last week’s School Committee meeting. “He’s doing great things with that program,” Hashem told the committee. “It’s a program that’s really starting to take off,” he said. Saugus High School Principal Sullivan posted on the school website lauding the accomplishment. “Additionally, I want to thank all of our computer science, digital literacy, and STEM teachers throughout the Saugus Public Schools,” Sullivan wrote. “From elementary through high school, we have committed educators who spark the love and interest in computer science among our students. And, of course, we are tremendously proud of our female AP Computer Science students who are also recognized by this award.” “Obviously, we are incredibly proud of this achievement,” Sullivan said in an email to The Saugus Advocate. “We have spent time and effort to increase student access to Advanced Placement courses, and this is evidence of that work,” he said. trying to integrate the new curriculum into the school system, so it is in better shape than the school districts that are being ordered to obtain the new curriculum. Saugus obtained a new curriculum for math, English Language, history and science that matches up to state standards, according to Hashem, who described the new curriculum as “very intensive.” Finance Committee Member T he Senior Center hosted a special party on March 22, honoring 10 Saugus residents who shared March as their birthday month. Birthdays are always special occasions at the Saugus Senior Center. The center likes to recognize the seniors’ birthdays on the last Friday of the month with a collective birthday celebration. They receive a free lunch, cake, ice cream and a souvenir group photo. This Week on Saugus TV • Sunday, March 31 from 9 to 11 p.m. on Channel 8 – “Sunday Night Stooges” (The Three Stooges). • Monday, April 1 all day on Channel 8 – “Movie Monday” (classic movies). • Tuesday, April 2 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Board of Health from April 1. COUNTDOWN | FROM PAGE 4 Brent Spencer: I’m not working on any articles for this year’s town meeting. Any amendments would come after the Town warrant is finalized. Ronald M. Wallace: I do not have any articles planned at the moment. Question Four: Please feel free to share any other views about the upcoming Town Meeting. Pamela J. Goodwin: I’m extremely grateful to continue to represent the residents of Precinct 5. It has always been my Steven DiVirgilio recalled that as a student of the 90s, he received “a very good education.” “It was efficient and effective,” he said. DiVirgilio asked Hashem whether he thought the new curriculum “you’re describing is efficient and effective as opposed to before?” Hashem said he believes the curriculum will be “efficient” and “effective,” once implemented. • Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. on Channel 9 – Finance Committee live. • Thursday, April 4 at 3 p.m. on Channel 9 – Board of Appeals from March 28. • Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m. on Channel 22 – Boys’ Lacrosse vs. Somerville live. • Saturday, April 6 at 8:30 honor, and I appreciate your confidence by allowing me to continue to represent you at Town Meeting. I’m also excited and eagerly looking forward to working with all the Town Meeting members to continue to make Saugus the best that it can be! Jaclyn Hickman: I look forward to working with the other Town Meeting Members to help move Saugus forward in a positive and productive manner. Brent Spencer: I would like to thank Peter Manoogian, Carla Scuzzarella, and Steve Doherty for holding informaBut DiVirgilio noted that the public perception remains negative. “What the community thinks is that the educational product coming out is not as good as it used to be,” he said. “We’re spending a lot more money and it sounds like it’s more about administration,” he said. Finance Committee Member Theresa Katsos asked Hashem whether he feels the capacity of the current school buildp.m. on Channel 22 – Girls’ Lacrosse vs. Winthrop from April 4. Saugus TV can be seen on Comcast Channels 8 (Public), 9 (Government) & 22 (Educational) ***programming may be subject to change without notice*** For complete schedules, please visit www.saugustv.org tive meetings at the Library. These meetings are helpful for the new town meeting members. It helps them learn about the workings of Town Meeting. I would also like to thank all town meeting members for serving their town. If any resident has any concerns about their neighborhood or town, they should feel free to contact one of their town meeting members. Thank you and Happy Easter! Ronald M. Wallace: I feel some of the new Town Meeting Members will bring fresh ideas to the table which is a good thing. ings is adequate. “Are we running out of room in the schools with all these influxes of people coming in?” Katsos asked Hashem. “Not yet, but it’s tough to know. It’s really difficult to know” Hashem answered. Katsos wanted to know whether any one school was more crowded than another. “It’s the Vets school that’s more crowded than the others,” Hashem said.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Page 13 Celebrating African Culture Pioneer Charter School of Science ii students plan Afrochella Festival for April 5; area schools invited (Editor’s Note: The Pioneer Charter School of Science II issued the following press release this week.) S tudents at Pioneer Charter School of Science II (PCSSII) in Saugus are gearing up for their biggest event of the year, Afrochella, a yearly gala celebrating African and Caribbean culture. Led by the African Student Union, the April 5th festivities consist of a slew of activities leading up to Gala night, including a volleyball night, movie night, and a five-onfive basketball tournament. Each activity, including the Gala, raises money for international charities Mer in South Sudan and Sudan, Sisters Building Sisters in Congo, and locally in Lynn for My Brother’s Table. SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 3 of my accomplishments and honored to be part of the town of Saugus, the place I call home.’ “He generously volunteers & contributes to Saugus Events. At the annual Christmas Eve Parade Guy is seated beside his lovely wife Brenda as Mr & Mrs Santa Claus. “Brenda, his June bride of 23 years and happily counting has been has Mrs. Claus for seven years. Together they spread cheer and goodwill as they ride through the streets of Saugus with their Holiday entourage. “Guy is multi talented, artistic and creative in many areas. He has designed multiple sets and scenes. “One such example is his wonderful Winter scenes complete with dancing penguins, igloos and caroling snowmen. When touring his snowy escapades of caricature animations, you could easily think you’re at Stoneham Zoo lights. “Guy founded The Cancer fighting Angels car shows . Guy explains how that all began ‘My mom passed of esophageal cancer 15 years ago and we joined the relay for life of Lynn to honor her. We were part of the Lynn overnight cancer walk for 3 years creating our team name moms cancer fighting angels. We then joined the wakefield relay for life overnight cancer walk and food, games, poetry, and dance. The night will also feature a photo booth, African Diner, African Family Feud, bracelet-making, a henna station, and prizes. “We’re trying to build confidence in our school so that young people can be proud of their identity, proud of where they came from,” said Tajowk Deng, an eleventh-grader from Lynn. “We want to build that pride in our school and the student body to have something fun to do.” Formed in 2022, the AfriPictured from left to right, Adeyinka Olowu and Tajowk Deng, members of the African Student Union, talk about the upcoming festival to promote African culture in the Pioneer Charter School II Community. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate) The PCSSII student body and their families, along with area schools, will gathdecided to try a fundraiser car show with the RT.1 Rider’s Car Club and Saugus Fuddruckers; it was so successful that we decided to move it from a Thursday night to the 3rd Sunday in July and has run every year with the exception of 2020 for 9 successful years raising over $50 thousand … for the American cancer society since we began. This year we are very excited to see our 10th annual car show take place at Saugus Middle High School as we are calling it bringing it back to where it all began.’ “Guy is also a person filled with thankfulness and gratitude as he reflects upon a fond remembrance and thankful attitude such as statements like this “‘I had also learned to run a car show from the owner of the former Full of Bull restaurant Bill Pappas. He used to run Broadway Bill’s Saugus Lion’s Club Car Show at Saugus High. I worked at Full of Bull restaurant for 20 years before joining the staff of the Saugus Housing Authority where I have been employed for 36 years.’ “Guy you radiate goodness “Thankyou for all you do for Saugus! “Yours truly, “The Sketch Artist” This week’s “Shout Outs” We didn’t receive any nominations from readers this week, so I will exercise my editorial discretion to nominate all of the adults and kids who contributed to the making of Food Pantry notes The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry is open today (Friday, March 29) from 9:3011 a.m. Legion Breakfast today There’s a good breakfast er to celebrate their cultural backgrounds and learn more about each other through Saugus’ newest Eagle Scout, Emmitt Lozano, who was honored by the Board of Selectmen this week. As Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta said to Emmitt at the ceremony, “Kudos to you and your family because it really does take a village some time to earn that Eagle Scout badge.” For instance, there was a merit badge counselor for every one of the 21 merit badges that Emmitt earned. Whoever helped him on his Eagle Scout public service project deserves a “thank you.” So does everyone.else who helped during Emmitt’s 12year scouting career from the first grade on. Want to “Shout Out” a fellow Saugonian? This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out – in a brief mention – remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents or an act of kindness or a nice gesture. Just send an email (mvoge@ comcast.net) with a mention in the subject line of “An Extra Shout Out.” No more than a paragraph; anything longer might lend itself to a story and/or a photo. can Student Union aims to spread cultural awareness, inspire confidence, and raise money to give back. The group meets each Friday in person and holds online meetings as necessary. ASU President Adeyinka Olowu, deal for Saugus veterans and other folks who enjoy a hearty breakfast on Friday mornings. The American Legion Post 210 at 44 Taylor St. in Saugus offers Friday morning breakfasts for the 2023-24 season. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast served from 8-9:00 a.m. for an $8 donation. Veterans who cannot afford the donation may be served free. Saugus Democratic Town Committee meets Our next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 10, 7 p.m., on the 2nd floor of the Police Station on Hamilton Street. We will have our Annual Election of Officers. In addition, Eileen Duff, Candidate for Registrar of Deeds, will join us. For additional information, contact sdtc@gmail.com Town Meeting forum at the library In recent weeks, Precinct 10 Town Meeting Member Peter Manoogian has been providing a wonderful opportunity for Saugus citizens who want to learn the basics about Town Meeting – the legislative body of Saugus town government. Manoogian has presided over several Town Meeting forums held at the Saugus Public Library. Manoogian is a veteran of about four decades in local town government at various levels, including many years as a Town Meeting member. Manoogian will be leading one more session this year – on April 22, from 6:30 p.m. to an eleventh-grader from Peabody, notes that the group is dedicated, meets whenever necessary outside of class, and welcomes anyone within the African community. “ASU feels like a family. I can rely on the people in the club,” said Olowu. “I have a place where I can be me, I can share my ideas and will be heard. We’re a community. We’re there for each other.” The group has spread awareness about Afrochella through social media, fliers, and student word-of-mouth, with a bit of help from an email blast courtesy of the school’s Dean of Students. Afrochella is on Friday, April 5th, at Pioneer Charter School of Science II in Saugus. It is open to the PCSS community, families, and schools in the area. 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the library. The session is tailored for newly elected Town Meeting members or veterans who want to refresh themselves about Robert’s Rules of Order or how to put forward an article for consideration. Welcome to Cliftondale The Meg Foundation Board of Directors is inviting former students, family members, friends or anyone interested to attend an “Open House” event at The MEG Building – formerly known as the Cliftondale School – from May 4–5, 2024. Many of our visitors to the school, which is located at 5458 Essex St., have shared with us incredibly special memories of their childhood while attending the first, second, third and fourth grades. Oftentimes they bring their grandchildren as well to take a tour of the building and view firsthand what an elementary school looked like those many years ago. The purpose of this event is to highlight Cliftondale, the school, the people and the businesses that have made this part of Saugus special. Presently board members are in the process of gathering historical items, class pictures, schoolbooks and handwritten letters of young students. If you have any class pictures or school memorabilia that the committee could borrow SOUNDS| SEE PAGE 15

Page 14 GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO MASSTERLIST – Join more than 22,000 people, from movers and shakers to political junkies and interested citizens, who start their weekday morning with MASSterList— the popular newsletter that chronicles news and informed analysis about what’s going on up on Beacon Hill, in Massachusetts politics, policy, media and influence. The stories are drawn from major news organizations as well as specialized publications. MASSterlist will be e-mailed to you FREE every Monday through Friday morning and will give you a leg up on what’s happening in the blood sport of Bay State politics. For more information and to get your free subscription, go to: https:// lp.constantcontactpages.com/ su/aPTLucKs THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of March 18-22. There were no roll calls in the House last week. REVENGE PORN AND TEEN SEXTING (S 2703) Senate 40-0, approved a proposal that would prohibit the posting of sexually explicit images of another person online without their permission— commonly referred to as “revenge porn.” The practice is often used by ex-spouses or ex-partners. Massachusetts is one of only two states that does not have a law about this crime. The measure makes it illegal to break this new law and establishes a sentence of up to 2.5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000; increases the upper limit of the fine for criminal harassment from $1,000 to $5,000; and allows a victim to petition the court for a harassment prevention order against a person who has violated this statute. Another provision changes current law under which minors, under 18 years of age, who share explicit images of themselves or other minors, can be charged with violating Massachusetts child pornography laws and are required to register with the Sex Offender Registry. The bill allows minors to be diverted to an educational program that would provide them with information about the consequences of posting or transmitting indecent visual depictions of minors. “With passage of this bill today we take another step towards closing a loophole in our laws that has caused pain, anguish, embarrassment and a sense of helplessness to those survivors who for so long suffered in silence, without justice,” said chief sponsor Sen. John Keenan (D-Quincy). “I am deeply grateful to those who shared their stories and advocated for change to ensure others would not have to suffer as THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 “The plan passed by the SenBeacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen they have. For every case we know of, countless others remain hidden, so I hope passage of this legislation by the Senate will soon lead to the bill being signed into law by the governor. Most importantly, I hope it will provide some closure for survivors and their loved ones and send a clear message that there will be consequences for such conduct.” “I am proud that the Senate has passed comprehensive legislation to prevent abuse and exploitation,” said Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Marlborough), Senate Chair of the Judiciary Committee. “The rise of new technology has created a reality in our society where it is easy to cause great harm and significant trauma to people, and Massachusetts needs to take action to better protect victims and prevent such disturbing actions from happening. We also need to provide more tools to protect people in a relationship from being psychologically abused through coercive control, with a growing recognition of the many ways that a partner or family member can cause emotional harm.” The House has already approved a different version of the bill and a House-Senate conference committee will likely work out a compromise version. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill.) Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET INCLUDING $250 MILLION FUNDING FOR SHELTERS (S 2708) Senate 32-8, approved a supplemental budget that includes an additional $250 million in funding for the Emergency Assistance Program that funds the emergency family shelter system which houses migrants. The bill requires each family in shelter to receive an individualized rehousing plan. It makes eligibility for shelter after nine months contingent upon compliance with the rehousing plan, with certain categorical exemptions. It would also allow officials to award one or more 90-day extensions to shelter residents who meet certain criteria, such as veterans, the disabled, a single parents of children with disabilities or those who need an extension to avoid losing a job. Other provisions keep in place some pandemic-era programs, set to expire, including allowing restaurants to sell beer, wine and cocktails for take-out and expanding outdoor dining. ate today addresses the state’s fiscal reality while also treating individuals who have migrated to our state with dignity and respect,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “As we continue to navigate through a challenge that has landed on our doorstep because of Congressional inaction, today we are addressing the immediate need to house families, bolstering our existing efforts to support those who have immigrated here in becoming part of our workforce, and providing a roadmap to manage this effort over time.” “The Senate recognized the necessity of continuing to proactively respond swiftly and decisively to meet this unprecedented humanitarian emergency shelter crisis head-on, by not only providing the requisite funds to address this crisis, but also provide a longterm framework to transition these families out of temporary shelters and into permanent housing,” said Sen. Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “With $250 million in emergency funding for fiscal year 2024, we can weather this challenge as we develop solutions for rehousing families, provide workforce opportunities and integrate these children into our public school system. “I voted No on the supplemental budget because the “Right to Shelter” law is costing the commonwealth $3 million a day to house, feed, protect and educate or provide childcare services to individuals and families who are not our residents,” said Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton). “Our emergency shelter program was never meant to handle the number of individuals it is housing today and the federal government, who has the sole authority to handle this immigration crisis and provide financial relief to states, is nowhere to be found,” said Sen. John Velis (D-Westfield) who also voted against the measure. “As the demand for the program continues at this unsustainable rate, we simply cannot continue to fund this ourselves without jeopardizing countless critical programs that we hold dear.” Sen. Bruce Tarr, the chief opponent of the bill, did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call asking him to explain why he voted against it. (A “Yes” vote is for the budget. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes RESETTLEMENT AGENCIES MUST CONSULT WITH STATE (S 2708) Senate 8-31, rejected an amendment that would require resettlement agencies to consult on a monthly baMassachusetts Child And Family Tax Credit Y ou are entitled to claim a tax credit on your 2023 Massachusetts individual income tax return if you are taking care of a dependent child, other dependent or spouse with a disability or another dependent who is age 65 or older. You can claim this tax credit if you are filing single, head of household or married filing joint on your tax return. Your dependent child must be under age 13 as of December 31, 2023. With respect to a dependent age 65 or older as of December 31, 2023, that would not include you or your spouse. The tax credit to claim on your Massachusetts return is $310 for each qualifying individual. There is no limit to the number of qualified individuals that you can claim the tax credit for. For calendar year 2024, the tax credit will increase to $440 per qualifying individual. If you are a Massachusetts non-resident filing a non-resident Massachusetts income tax return, you cannot claim this tax credit. Part year residents can claim the credit and must calculate the tax credit he or she is qualified for based upon the days living in Massachusetts. A dependent or spouse with a disability is an individual who is physically or mentally incapable of caring for himself or herself and who principally lives with the taxpayer for more than half of the taxable year. This is also a refundable tax credit so even if you your total tax is zero and you had no withholdings from wages or pension income, for example, you would still be able to receive a refund based upon the tax credit as calculated on your Massachusetts income tax return. This is the first year that Massachusetts has provided for such a tax credit. It is a big help to taxpayers caring for children, parents or disabled individuals. This is in addition to the virtual doubling of the circuit breaker tax credit available to taxpayers age 65 or older. Joseph D. Cataldo is an estate planning/elder law attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, AICPA Personal Financial Specialist and holds a masters degree in taxation. sis with the Governor’s Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities to ascertain the projected availability of space in the state’s shelter system. It also prohibits resettlement agencies from undertaking resettlement activity when it is foreseeable that the shelter system will exceed capacity. “By directing resettlement agencies to work more closely with the Healey Administration, [the amendment] would have helped the commonwealth better forecast its shelter capacity and ensure that we always have space for those who need it most,” said Sen. Mike Moore (D-Millbury) who voted in favor of the amendment. “I believe this would’ve been key to ensuring that our emergency shelter system is not overrun and that we can keep costs from spiraling out of control.” Amendment opponents said the amendment is unnecessary and argued the resettlement agencies do a great job and should not be handcuffed and tied up with the bureaucracy. Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), the sponsor of the amendment and Sen. Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) who opposed the amendment did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call asking them to explain why they voted the way they did. (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Brendan Crighton No TAKE INTO ACCOUNT BEACON HILL ROLL | SEE PAGE 18

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Page 15 SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 13 to display, or if you have any questions, please contact Paula Walsh at 781-520-2122. Kindergarten enrollment 2024-2025 Open enrollment for kindergarten will begin on Monday, April 22, and continue through Friday, April 26. Kindergarten is free and full day (8:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.). Families can pick up a kindergarten registration packet at the main office of the Veterans Early Learning Center between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Completed registration packets will be due on Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23, during the following hours: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (All registration documents must be included on the packet return dates.) Staff will be available to collect your documentation at the main entrance. Once all documentation is confirmed, we will schedule an appointment for a mandatory kindergarten screening. Kindergarten screenings will be held on June 3 & 4 and will last 20 minutes. *While there is no official deadline for kindergarten registration, we ask that you register your student by May 24, to help us effectively plan staffing and programming for next year.” SAVE 2024 Environmental Scholarship available Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) is very pleased to announce that it is offering a $1,000 Environmental Scholarship to a Saugus resident who is or will be attending a two- or fouryear college or other educational institution and pursuing a degree in an area that would positively impact the environment. A qualifying applicant may be a 2024 high school graduating senior or a current college undergraduate student continuing their education. Applicants can download the SAVE 2024 Environmental Scholarship Application Form found at www.saugusSAVE.org. Please note: Section C of the application should be identified with your initials only and should provide a brief summary of any of your activities relating to the environment, as well as describe how you feel your career choice will positively impact the environment. Please email your application – no later than midnight on April 19, 2024 – to: SAVE Co-President Ann Devlin at adevlin@aisle10.net What’s new at the Saugus Public Library? There’s always something interesting going on. Here’s a few activities worth checking out: • Check out the Great Dane Service Dog Visit! Wednesday, April 17, 10-11 a.m. in the Community Room – Great Danes and their handlers from Service Dog Project in Ipswich will be here to show the dogs and answer all of your questions about them. Meet and pet Great Danes! De-stress from school, homework, work, etc. Come by the library to pet and visit with these gentle giants! No registration necessary – age 11 and up, please. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Saugus Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Saugus Public Library / 295 Central St. / 781-231-4168 / sauguspubliclibrary.org • Check out Toni Gangi’s Italian American Street Culture & the Street Organ on Monday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. The handcranked street organ has a historical connection to Italian-American Culture, particularly in Boston. Italian immigrants brought the handcranked street organ to the United States, where it became a melodious fixture in Italian neighborhoods. Join Gangi and hear him play the music of the streets on his Barrel Organ. He may even make his talk really hit home, as he’s researching Saugus history involving organ grinders for his talk. • Check out Peter Jackson’s Magic To Go on Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. Reservations are required – ages six and up – reservations open April 15. Seating is limited. Holy Week events in Saugus First Congregational Church has announced its plans for Holy Week. • On Good Friday, March 29, there will be a Taize Service at 6 p.m. All are welcome to join a beautiful prayer experience amid candles, music, prayer and stillness as we prepare our hearts for Easter. • On Sunday, March 31, there will be an Easter Sunday Service at 10 a.m. For more information, please email 1stchurchsaugus@gmail.com or call 781233-3028. St. John’s Episcopal Church has announced some upRiverside Cemetery spring cleanup April 1 The Town of Saugus Cemetery Department announced recently that spring grounds cleanup will begin at the Riverside Cemetery on Monday, April 1. The Cemetery Commission kindly asks members of the public to remove any personal and/or holiday/seasonal items from the grounds before the cleanup begins. All Veterans flags will be placed back on gravesites on Friday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. prior to Memorial Day. For more information, please contact the Cemetery Department at 781-231-4170 or email coming Holy Week events. On Good Friday, there will be a Contemplation of the Cross of Christ, with a Noon Liturgy and Evening Prayer at 7 p.m. On Easter Sunday, there will be a sunrise service in the Memorial Garden at 6 a.m. and Easter Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome for Holy Week at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 8 Prospect St. Spring Street Sweeping begins Monday Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and the Department of Public Works are pleased to announce that the Town’s Annual Spring Street Sweeping Program will begin on Monday, April 4, 2024, weather permitting. Sweepers will start in the area of north Saugus (Precincts 5 and 7) and work their way across Town, working from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please check the DPW’s Website for a listing and maps of roadways to be swept and estimated dates this work will be performed. The Sweeping efforts is based on many variables including weather, this schedule is an estimate and may change. Residents are kindly asked to keep vehicles off the street when sweepers are in the area. Locals may assist the Department of Public Works by sweeping their driveways or sidewalks into the gutter area prior to the program’s start. Residents are asked not to sweep driveways and/or sidewalks once the sweepers have swept. Keep in mind that street sweepers are unable to collect stones, branches, leaves, or other foreign objects. In addition, residents are asked to be mindful that sweepers cannot pick up large piles of sand. Please contact the Department of Public Works at 781231-4143 with any questions. For more information about, visit https://www.saugus-ma. gov/public-works. Madyson Coburn at mcoburn@saugus-ma.gov Kowloon Komedy in March The Kowloon Restaurant – located at 948 Broadway, Route 1 North, Saugus – has set its Comedy Club March lineup. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20 per person. To order tickets, call the Kowloon Restaurant at 781-233-0077 or go online at www.kowloonrestaurant.com Here is this month’s schedule for “Kowloon Komedy”:March 29: Paul Gilligan, 8:00 p.m., $20. loon! Bingo is back at the KowJoin the Kowloon Restaurant for Wednesday Night Bingo. The event takes place every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will continue to April 3. Entry is free. Games, prizes and music highlight the event. For more information, call the Kowloon Restaurant at 781233-0077 or visit online at www.kowloonrestaurant.com. The Theatre Company of Saugus presents two weekends of Puffs next month The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) will present “Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” during two weekends in April 2024. For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain wizard school and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs... who just happened to be there, too. A tale for anyone who has never been desSOUNDS| SEE PAGE 16 - LEGAL NOTICE - COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS THE TRIAL COURT PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT Essex Probate and Family Court 36 Federal Street Salem, MA 01970 (978) 744-1020 Docket No. ES24P0630EA Estate of: JOHN C. KANE ALSO KNOWN AS: JOHN KANE Date of Death: 08/19/2018 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition for Late and Limited Formal Testacy and/or Appointment has been filed by Bonnie Kane of Saugus, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. The Petitioner requests that: Bonnie Kane of Saugus, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond in unsupervised administration. IMPORTANT NOTICE You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before: 10:00 a.m. on the return day of 04/29/2024. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an affidavit of objections within thirty (30) days of the return day, action may be taken without further notice to you. UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE (MUPC) A Personal Representative appointed under the MUPC in an unsupervised administration is not required to file an inventory or annual accounts with the Court. Persons interested in the estate are entitled to notice regarding the administration directly from the Personal Representative and may petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including the distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, Hon. Frances M. Giordano, First Justice of this Court. Date: March 25, 2024 PAMELA A. CASEY O’BRIEN REGISTER OF PROBATE March 29, 2024

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 PEYTON DIBIASIO | FROM PAGE 11 take advantage of that opportunity. It’s just that now I realize for me to be the very best basketball player I can be, it’s probably time to fully commit to it and really work on my body to help me be the best athlete I can be. I’m sure it will help me on both ends of the basketball court later. … Overall, it’s great that Saugus High School has so many sports to off er the students. There’s really something out there that’s the right fi t for everyone, and having options is such a privilege.” Peyton’s Profile: a snapshot of Peyton DiBiasio of Saugus: Personal background • Age: 16. • School: Saugus High School, sophomore. • Hometown: Saugus. Athletic profi le • Volleyball: Joined the high SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 15 tined to save the world. Third or nothing! The New York Times proclaims Puffs “a fast-paced romp through the seven increasingly eventful years…. For Potterphiliacs who grew up alongside Potter and are eager to revisit that world, Puff s exudes a jovial winking fondness for all things Harry!” Performances are April 1920-21 and 26-27-28, 2024, on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., and with Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. The location is the Theatre Company of Saugus home at the American Legion Post 210 / 44 Taylor St. / Saugus, Mass. The upstairs performance space is not wheelchair accessible, but it features a bar with soft and alcoholic drinks available at very reasonable prices. Tickets are now on sale. Tickets paid at the door will be $25 for adults, or $23 for seniors, youths or veterans. Tickets purchased in advance online will be $22 for adults, or $20 for seniors, youths or veterans. For complete info, see the Tickets page on the website tcsaugus.org/tickets “Puff s” is directed for TCS by Kaycee Wilson. She directed the Saugus production of the musical “Zombie Prom,” presented in fall 2022, which was nominated for several DASH awards, including Best Musical. Kaycee also appeared in TCS’ spring 2023 production of “Comedy of Errors.” The school team with no prior experience, quickly adapted to become a signifi cant contributor to the team’s historic season and tournament appearance. • Basketball: The core sport where DiBiasio has invested her passion and ambition, playing with the goal of reaching collegiate-level competition. Notable for her leadership on the court, particularly in controlling game tempo and strategy. • Track and fi eld: A new addition to her athletic pursuits, chosen to enhance her speed and physical capabilities for basketball. • Golf: Competed as the team’s No. 1 player, qualifying for state tournaments, showcasing her versatility and competitive spirit across diff erent sports environments. Accomplishments • Northeastern Conference All-Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore and all-star as an eighth-grader. stage manager for “Puff s” is Delys Russell. Cast members come to Saugus from a variety of towns in the area, and some of them play multiple roles. Residents of Medford are Shawyoun Shaidani, who plays Wayne Hopkins, Caroline DeBrota as Leanne, and Arielle Mercier as Magic #2. Malden residents include Brady Neiss-Moe as Zach Smith, Second Headmaster, and others; Kathy Bedard as Xavia Jones and others; and Stephen Nedell as all the Teachers. Winthrop residents are Lauren Thompson as Ginny, Helga, Bippy and others; and Mandi Totin as Susie Bones. Residents of Boston are Benedict Dawn-Cross as Cedric and Mr. Voldy; and Heidi Fisher as Sally Perks. Those from Quincy are Bec Lowe as Ernie Mac; and Samson Willcox playing Harry, Fat Friar and others. Everett residents are Kaleigh Ryan playing Megan Jones, and Mark Damon as J. Finch Fletchley. Somerville residents include Joseph Grebla, who plays Clumsy Longbottom, Uncle Dave, and others; and Meghan Patrick, who is Magic #1. Thomas Marsh, playing Oliver Rivers, is from Newton. David Lee Vincent from Newburyport is the Narrator. Billy Jenkins from Stoneham is Blondo Malfoy and others. Tricia Smith plays Hannah and is from Revere. The show has some adult language and situations that may not be suitable for younger kids. “Puff s” is a stage play written by Matt Cox as a transformative and transfi g• Qualifi ed for state tournaments in golf, highlighting her skill and competitiveness in individual sports. Off the fi eld Academics • Engaged in Honors classes, refl ecting her commitment to excellence not just in sports but in her academic pursuits as well. Community and personal interests: • Active in peer leadership programs, showing a dedication to community service and mentorship • A family-oriented individual, she draws inspiration and support from her family, who have been instrumental in her athletic and personal development. • Finds relaxation and joy in spending time with her pets, emphasizing the importance of balance and mental well-being in her busy schedule a y nior Best Cell Phones for Seniors Say nr Sa y Senior Seni by Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good cell phones for seniors? My 79-year-old mother needs to get a new mobile phone and has asked me to help her fi nd one that she would like. Searching Daughter Dear Searching, For older adults, choosing a cell phone is not a one-size-fi ts-all proposition. Some seniors love the latest high-tech smartphones with high-megapixel cameras, while others prioritize simple phones with basic functions. So, the best cell phone for your mom will depend on her comfort with technology, priorities and budget. Best Cell Phones To help identify the best ured work under the magic that is US Fair Use laws. Puff s is not authorized, sanctioned, licensed or endorsed by J.K Rowling, Warner Bros. or any person or company associated with the Harry Potter books, fi lms or play. “Puff s” was originally produced Off Broadway by Tilted Windmills Theatricals (John Arthur Pinckard / David Carpenter). Puff s was developed in part during a residency with the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance, Jerry Dickey, School Director; originally produced Off-Off Broadway by Stephen Stout and Colin Waitt. “Puff s” (Two Act Edition) is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. For more information and to purchase tickets, see the Theatre Company of Saugus website at TCSaugus.org. About The Saugus Advocate We welcome press releases, news announcements, freelance articles and courtesy photos from the community. Our deadline is noon Wednesday. If you have a story idea, an article or photo to submit, please email me at mvoge@comcast.net or leave a message at 978-683-7773. Let us become your hometown newspaper. The Saugus Advocate is available in the Saugus Public Library, the Saugus Senior Center, Saugus Town Hall, local convenience stores and restaurants throughout town. cell phones for older adults, I consulted Wirecutter, a product testing and recommendation service from The New York Times who recently tested 18 cell phone models. Their testing focus was on three diff erent areas, including best phones for older adults who are comfortable with technology and want to upgrade to a full-featured smartphone with robust accessibility settings; best cell phones for seniors who are not tech-inclined or who prefer a smartphone with fewer features, as well as those who are experiencing vision, hearing, or dexterity issues; and best cell phones for elderly seniors who need specific accessibility features due to physical or cognitive issues. Here are their top choices based on their tests. Apple iPhone 15 Plus: This is a great choice if your mom is comfortable with technology and willing to spend more for a top-tier smartphone with a range of accessibility, health, and safety features. The 15 Plus has an easy-to-read, large (6.7-inch) screen and the most robust health and safety features, including an off - grid SOS, a personal-safety check, and plenty of customizable accessibility options that help seniors with vision and hearing loss, as well as with speaking and/or dexterity problems. ($899, apple.com). Google Pixel 8: If your mom has been using an Android device and is more comfortable with this operating system, the Pixel 8 is a high-end, reasonably priced smartphone that tops their list for older adults. It too has a sharp, large (6.7-inch) screen with an excellent camara and many health, safety, and accessibility features that can help seniors with vision impairment, hearing loss, hand tremors and more. And it costs significantly less than the new Samsung Galaxy and iPhone models. ($699, store.google.com). Lively Jitterbug Smart4: If your mom wants a simplifi ed smartphone that’s very affordable, she might prefer this model. Like the Apple 15 Plus and Google Pixel 8, the Jitterbug Smart4 also has a 6.7-inch screen, but this phone comes with a listbased menu (no icons) that provides easy navigation. It also off ers voice commands capabilities, and a number of health and safety services including a 24/7 emergency monitoring service. This phone would also work well for people with memory or vision issues. ($150, lively. com). RAZ Mobility Memory Cell Phone: This phone is specifi cally designed for seniors with memory issues or more-advanced cognitive decline. Its uncluttered, simple functionality allows users to stay in touch with family and friends while also reducing common problems such as unnecessary calls to emergency services, spam, and fraud. It also has a dedicated SOS link on the screen that can alert up to three contacts; has GPS tracking capabilities; provides caregiver controls and more. ($349, razmobility.com). 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Page 17 OBITUARIES Antonia “Dolly” (Pucillo) Allan O f Saugus. Died on Sunday, March 24th at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital at the age of 89. Born and raised in East Boston, she was the daught er of the late Carmine and M a r y (Fusco) Pucillo. A resident of Saugus for 64 years, she was the matriarch of the entire Allan/Pucillo Family. She started many of the cherished traditions which still continue today; celebrating holiday and special events with her family was when she was the happiest. Dolly was a former caretaker at Seven Hills. Dolly was the loving mother of James Allan, Jr. of Wilmington, William Allan of Lynnfield, Steven Allan and his wife Donna of NH, Peter Allan and his wife Hope of Saugus, Paul Allan and his wife Karen of Saugus, and Robert Allan and his wife Jackie of Saugus, Linda Riberio and her husband Bob of Saugus and the late Michael and his wife Maria. She was the devoted grandmother of sixteen grandchildren: Audrea Laureiro and her husband Bruce, Jessica Riberio, Marissa Riberio, Kristen Zuzello and her husband Tom, Nichole Allan, Danielle Allan, Brianna Allan and Cam Sweeney, Tiffany Almawali and husband Mo, Amanda Allan, Peter Allan Jr. and his wife Brianna, Alana Allan, Anthony Allan, Samantha Allan, Drew Allan, Mikayla Allan, Paul Allan Jr. and Casey McArthur and the late Jesse and Julia Allan. Dolly was also the great grandmother to fifteen great-grandchildren with two more expected. Dolly is also survived by her brother Anthony Pucillo and his wife Viola of E. Boston; one sister, Martha Sousa and her husband George of Topsfield; and her sister-in-law, Peggy Pucillo of Peabody. She was predeceased a daughter-in-law, Susan Paganucci; two brothers, Joseph and Gaetano Pucillo; and one sister, Marie D’Andrea. Relatives and friends were invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Thursday from 3- 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Friday at ~ LEGAL NOTICE ~ EXTENSION OF SPECIAL PERMIT SAUGUS BOARD OF SELECTMEN PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Saugus Board of Selectmen will conduct a Public Hearing on the application of Aggregate Industries, Inc., 1731 Rear Broadway and Whittier Avenue, Saugus, MA to extend a Special Permit (S-2) to allow the removal of earth and rock and to allow for the operation of a quarry at 1731 Rear Broadway and Whittier Avenue, Assessor’s Plan 2030, Lot A-61 also shown as Map C6 Block 1 Lot 16 and Assessor’s Plan 2031, Lot A-122, also shown as Map C6 Block 1 Lot 21, for a period of six (6) months. This hearing will be held in the Saugus Town Hall Auditorium, second floor, 298 Central Street, Saugus, MA, on April 16, 2024 at 7:05 PM. Debra Panetta, Chairman Janice K. Jarosz, Temp. Clerk March 22, 29, 2024 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dolly’s name may be made to the ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter at als.org/support/states/massachusetts. Lynda M. (Whalen) Messina O f Saugus. Passed away at the age of 71 at her home after a brief illness. Born in Chelsea and a lifelong resident of Saugus, MA, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Winnifred (Thompson) Whalen. Lynda was a g r adu - a te of Saugus H igh class of 1 9 7 0 , and was recently r etired from a career as a bank teller throughout the Saugus/Revere area. Lynda is survived by her 3 children with her former husband Michael Messina; Maria Messina and her partner Richard Curley of Melrose, MA, Michael Messina of Plaistow, NH and John Messina and his wife Christina, of North Augusta, SC. Lynda was the beloved Nana to Madison and Landon Messina. Lynda is survived by her siblings Patricia and the late Chuck Moreland, Thomas “Buddy” and his wife Janice Whalen, Robert Whalen, Marcia O’Neil and her husband Lou, Richard Whalen and his wife and Kathy. She was the proud Aunt to Christina, Caryn, Jennifer, Erin, Lauren, Kelly, Courtney, Katy and Tommy. Relatives and friends were invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus, on Thursday, March 28. A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery, 164 Winter St., Saugus, on Friday at 10 a.m., please gather at cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital @ stjude.org. 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 29, 2024 Page 19 come from? 1. Was there a real Chef Boyardee (of the canned/ boxed pasta brand)? 2. On March 22, 1621, the Pilgrims signed a peace treaty with Massasoit of what tribe? 3. What is an egg cream? 4. The Lhasa apso is native to what country? 5. On March 23, 1857, what Bostonian was born who later published a cookbook that standardized measurements? 6. What ship did William Bligh captain that had a mutiny? 7. What word means a sworn statement in writing? 8. On March 24, 1921, the Women’s Olympiad – the first international sporting event for women – began in what tiny country? 9. What language does the expression ad lib 10. In what book does the March Hare appear at the Knave of Hearts’ trial? 11. On March 25, 1942, what singer known as the Queen of Soul was born? 12. What is the RICO Act? 13. What Beatles song did the BBC once ban because it mentioned Coca-Cola? 14. On March 26, 1937, Crystal City, Texas, spinach growers erected a statue of what cartoon character? 18. What duck dish is named after a city? 19. What team was the fi rst U.S. franchise in the NHL? 20. On March 28, 1930, Constantinople changed its name to what Turkish name? REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www. thewarrengroup.com. BUYER1 Demaidi, Mahmoud S Lepore, Brianna E BUYER2 Lepore, Michael R SELLER1 Dibenedetto, Lorenzo Cynthia A Recchia Irt SELLER2 Bisconti, Julia M ADDRESS 3 Hilltop Ave 9 Tontaquon Ave Partnering for Success in Today’s Real Estate Landscape Charming 3-Family Property in the Heart of Rockport! In today's rapidly evolving real estate market, partnering with a trusted agent is not just beneficial—it's essential. Mango Realty is here to guide you through the complexities of buying or selling property in the digital age, ensuring a seamless and successful experience every step of the way. Navigating Market Votality The real estate landscape is dynamic, with market conditions shifting swiftly in response to various factors. Now, more than ever, having a knowledgeable real estate agent by your side is crucial. At Mango Realty, our agents stay abreast of market trends, helping you make informed decisions in volatile times. Access to Exclusive Listings Welcome to 8 Hale Street, Rockport MA, a delightful 3-family property nestled in the picturesque town of Rockport. Offering a unique blend of historic charm and modern convenience, this property presents an exceptional opportunity for investors, multigenerational families, or those looking for a primary residence with rental income potential. Offered at: $1,295,000 Includes two patios and a stunning deck with ocean views. One unit offers breathtaking ocean vistas, while another enjoys charming peak-a-boo glimpses of the sea. This meticulously cared-for property at 8 Hale Street, offering a turnkey experience with recent updates and separate utilities for each unit, ensuring ease of management. This charming 3-family home boasts ample off-street parking, a valuable commodity in Rockport, alongside an inviting private backyard perfect for summer barbecues or serene retreats. Gardening enthusiasts will delight in the space to cultivate their own oasis, all while being just moments away from the natural beauty of Rockport's beaches, parks, and hiking trails. Don't miss the opportunity to own this well-appointed property in the heart of Rockport! Contact Information: For inquiries and to schedule a viewing, please call Jeanine Moulden at 617 312-2491 or email gowithjeanine@gmail.com In a competitive market, access is everything. Partnering with Mango Realty grants you access to a wide range of exclusive listings that may not be readily available to the public. From off-market gems to pre-construction opportunities, we open doors to properties that align with your unique preferences and goals. Expert Negotiation in a Digital Age With the rise of online platforms, the art of negotiation has taken on new dimensions. Our skilled agents are adept at leveraging digital tools while maintaining the personal touch that leads to successful deals. Whether buying or selling, we negotiate on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcomes. Mitigating Risk & Maximizing Returns Real estate transactions involve inherent risks, from legal complexities to financial considerations. Mango Realty acts as your advocate, guiding you through potential pitfalls and ensuring that your investments are sound. Our goal? To maximize your returns while minimizing stress. Why Partner with Mango Realty Today? In a time when information overload is the norm, Mango Realty offers clarity, expertise, and peace of mind. Our agents are not just salespeople; they are trusted advisors dedicated to your success. Partner with us to navigate the complexities of today's real estate landscape and embark on a journey towards your property dreams. Contact Information: For inquiries and to schedule a viewing, please call Sue Palomba at 781-558-1091 or email soldwithsue@gmail.com and infowithmango@gmail.com. Situated in a sought-after enclave of Saugus, this home offers the perfect blend of tranquility and convenience. With easy access to major highways and proximity to top-rated schools, shopping, and dining, it embodies the essence of modern suburban living. Boasting impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail, this property exudes elegance at every turn. From the grand foyer to the gourmet kitchen, no expense was spared in creating a space that is as functional as it is luxurious. Step into the backyard retreat, where lush landscaping surrounds a private oasis. Perfect for entertaining or unwinding after a long day, the outdoor space offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Client Satisfaction at its Finest: The sale of 1 Hammersmith Dr marks not just a transaction, but the culmination of a journey. Mango Realty is honored to have represented both the seller and the buyer in this remarkable sale. Our team's dedication to client satisfaction, market expertise, and strategic marketing efforts have once again delivered exceptional results. What’s Next? As we celebrate this milestone sale, Mango Realty remains committed to helping clients achieve their real estate goals. Whether you're in search of your dream home, looking to sell for top dollar, or exploring investment opportunities, our team is here to guide you every step of the way. Contact Information: For inquiries and to schedule a viewing, please call Sue Palomba at 781-558-1091 or email soldwithsue@gmail.com and infowithmango@gmail.com. CITY Saugus Saugus DATE 02.22.24 02.21.24 PRICE 635000 485000 Celebrating Success - Another Milestone Sale at Mango Realty Mango Realty, Inc. is proud to announce the successful sale of the exquisite property at 1 Hammersmith Dr, Saugus MA 01906. This stunning residence, nestled in the picturesque neighborhood of Saugus, has found its perfect match with a discerning buyer seeking luxury, comfort, and style. 15. What is a syzygy? 16. How long can a mushroom live: several weeks, years or thousands of years? 17. On March 27, 1998, the FDA approved what drug that is used by men? ANSWERS Yes; Italian immigrant/restaurateur Ettore (Hector) Boiardi founded the company with the name Chef Boy-ar-dee to help people pronounce his name. 2. Wampanoag 3. An originally NYC beverage made with milk, fl avored syrup and carbonated water 4. 5. Tibet Fannie Merritt Farmer (author of “The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book”) The HMS Bounty Latin (originally ad libitum, which means “in accordance with one’s wishes” 6. 7. Affi davit 8. Monte Carlo (in the casino’s gardens) 9. 10. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll 11. Aretha Franklin 12. The Racketeer Infl uenced and Corrupt Organizations Act 13. “Come Together” 14. Popeye 15. When three celestial bodies align 16. A mushroom head lives a few weeks, but its underground fungal network can last thousands of years. 17. Viagra 18. Peking duck 19. The Boston Bruins 20. Istanbul 1.


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