SAUGUS The Advocate–A household word in Saugus! OCDVOCATE AD Vol. 24, No. 16 -FREEwww.advocatenews.net By Mark E. Vogler T own Manager Scott C. Crabtree told selectmen he probably won’t know for several weeks whether Saugus Town Hall can reopen to the public. “Over the next month, we can take a look at it and see where we are at,” Crabtree said at the April 13 meeting. Board of Selectmen ViceChair Corinne Riley asked Crabtree when the contract work began on the modification of Town Hall and “when did they say it would be done?” Riley said personal reHELPING THE ENVIRONMENT COVID | SEE PAGE 4 search she had done on 13 Town Halls in the region showed that nine are currently open to the public. “They’re fully open and people can go in,” Riley said. “I just think it’s time for that,” she said. Over the course of six decades of living in Saugus, the Norwegian native has treated her friends and many who know her to angel food cakes she bakes. Now 92, she still cooks the cakes, and last Friday she sat down in the kitchen in the new studio of SaugusTV to be interviewed for an upcoming show of “What’s Cookin’?” to be aired on the cable station’s Channel 8 next month. For more photos and story, see inside. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) AN EARLY EARTH DAY CLEANUP SEE PAGE 2 CT Published Every Friday Crabtree’s COVID Checklist The town manager provided selectmen with a draft copy of a report on ongoing town construction and COVID-related modifi cation in all town buildings Crabtree stressed that he’s concerned about an increase in COVID-19 cases in Saugus. “It’s politically great to say we’re open,” Crabtree said, adding that he wants to “make sure we’re safe and complete the construction” before moving ahead with reopening plans. He added that the contractor doesn’t have an end date. 781-233-4446 Friday, April 23, 2021 The Legend of Lee Dyment Shown from left to right are, Sabrina Tamburello, 11, a fi fth grader at Waybright Elementary School; Marissa Raposa, 12, a seventh grader at Saugus Middle-High School; and Layla DeMonte, 10, a fourth grader at the Belmonte School, joined in Tuesday’s cleanup of trash dumped in the Rumney Marsh Reservation. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) ANGELO’S FULL SERVICE Regular Unleaded $2.639 Mid Unleaded $2.739 Super $2.839 Diesel Fuel $2.819 "42 Years of Excellence!" 1978-2020 KERO $4.65 DEF $3.49 9 Diesel $2.349 9 HEATING OIL 24-Hour Burner Service Call for Current Price! (125—gallon minimum) DEF Available by Pump! Open an account and order online at: www.angelosoil.com (781) 231-3500 (781) 231-3003 367 LINCOLN AVE • SAUGUS • OPEN 7 DAYS Prices subject to change Spring is around the Corner! FLEET

Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 An early Earth Day Cleanup WIN Waste Innovations leads a contingent of townspeople in trash pickup at Rumney Marsh Reservation By Mark E. Vogler A mericans all across the nation observed Earth Day offi cially yesterday for the 51st year. But it came two days early for 12-year-old Marissa Raposa, some of her softball friends and others who showed up Tuesday (April 20) for a cleanup organized by WIN Waste Innovations. “I’m here to be with my softball team, have fun with my friends and to pick up some trash,” said Marissa, who was hanging out in the Rumney Marsh Reservation with several teammates of the Saugus Cardinals. “We all liter sometimes. But we $2.39 have to make sure we pick it up. I learned in my seventh grade science class that some of the stuff people dump can hurt animal life and later aff ect us, so people need to pay attention to what they are doing,” she said. Teammates and friends – Sabrina Tamburello, 11, a fifth grader at Waybright Elementary School and Layla DeMonte, 10, a fourth grader at the Belmonte School – joined Marissa during the cleanup. Sabrina said she saw it as a social responsibility for her and other young people of Saugus to participate in an Earth Day event. “I came here today so I could help clean up the environment and make the world a better place,” Sabrina said. “I want to help the environment and pick up the trash so people don’t have to look at it,” Layla said. A twin mattress discarded in the marsh along with a fi sh tank were among the trash that was collected by the volunteers. “This is really the starting point” Close to 75 people – many of them from the ranks of Saugus youth organizations – showed up Tuesday for the cleanup. The volunteer work party included members of Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62, the town’s softball program, Saugus Youth Soccer and the Saugus/Lynnfi eld Youth Hockey League. Former School Committee Member Marc Magliozzi, now a member of the Finance Committee who is also involved with Saugus Youth Soccer, joined several members of his family at the cleanup. With the town’s youths enjoying their spring vacation before returning to school next week, some parSERVICE TO COMMUNITY: From left to right, Saugus Troop 62 Scoutmaster John Kane and Boy Scout Massimo Ferullo joined Tuesday’s cleanup of the Rumney Marsh Reservation. (Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler) CLEANUP EFFORT: Geoff Wilson, co-manager of the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, stands near a new eight-yard dumpster owned by WIN Waste Innovations, which was used Tuesday to gather trash and other debris collected in a cleanup of the Rumney Marsh. 7/ 1 ADJUSTABLE R ATE RESIDENTIAL JUMBO MORTGAGE 2.500% 2.693% INTEREST RATE APR We want to help you make the most of your money, whether you’re looking to buy or refinance. 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 Page 3 Still baking the cakes A 92-year-old Norwegian native who adopted Saugus as her home will be featured on “What’s Cookin’?” next month By Mark E. Vogler ee (Skauhellen) Dyment may be the most prolific baker of angel food cakes that Saugus residents ever met – at least during the 60 years she has been living in town. The recipe she uses comes L from a Betty Crocker cookbook she won in 1952 and has been using ever since. Now at age 92, her cakes still please the appetites of local residents. She received rave reviews from a small audience that got to sample them last Friday (April 16) when she sat down in the kitchen in the new studio of SaugusTV to be interviewed for an upcomGerry 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 NATIONAL EXPOSURE FOR A SAUGUS COUPLE: Lee Dyment and her late husband Alton Neil Dyment in 1952 when they appeared on CBS’s television show “Bride and Groom.” (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) “My son was six months old when we bought the house [in Saugus], and he will be 60 on May 1st ,” Dyment said. Her husband passed away in 1995. Yet, she continues to live in the same home that she and her husband bought when they moved to town in 1961. “This is my home, as I have TELLING HER STORY: Lee (Skauhellen) Dyment, right, talks about her angel food cakes while being interviewed by Janice K. Jarosz last Friday during a filming for an upcoming “What’s Cookin’?” show on SaugusTV. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) ing show of “What’s Cookin’?,” which will be aired on the cable station’s Channel 8 next month. “This is the most delicious cake I ever enjoyed,” longtime local journalist Janice K. Jarosz said last Friday during her studio interview of Dyment. But Dyment is known to town residents for a lot more than her cakes, largely because of an article Jarosz wrote several years ago about her life in Norway during the Nazis’ invasion and occupation of the Scandinavian country – and her notoriety as a Saugus resident years later after winning a writing contest about how she met her husband. “She is somewhat of a local celebrity,” SCTV President Donna Sordello said last week. “Lee won an all-expenses paid trip for her wedding and honeymoon, and they sent her and her husband to a dude ranch in New York and it was a pretty big deal. Everyone in town knows her and loves her,” Sordello said. During the filming of her interview, Dyment talks about her appearance on the popular CBS television show “Bride and Groom” with a framed photo of her and her future husband, Alton Neil Dyment shown in the television studio, propped up on a kitchen counter at SaugusTV alongside another photo of her in her wedding gown. Plenty to keep busy in Saugus Dyment came to America on Dec. 4, 1950, and she turned 22 eight days later. She met her husband-to-be at a New Year’s Eve party. “My aunt, who I came to visit, and my [future] husband’s mother were girlfriends,” Dyment said in an interview this week. Dyment said she was unfamiliar with the American custom of kissing under the mistletoe. “I thought he was being fresh, so I slapped him,” Dyment recalled. “I was not enthralled with him for a long time.” But they married and had two children: a daughter, Kirsten Wladkowski, who lives in Saugus; and a son, Kent Dyment, who lives in Holden. lived in Saugus for 60 years,” Dyment said. “I love the small town. I don’t like the big city. There’s a lot of things going on here. If you want to participate, there’s no reason why not. I joined the Saugus Garden Club. I was on the 150th Anniversary Committee. I’m on the MEG Foundation Board and have gone to every Christmas Tree Festival. My children and my grandchildren graduated from Saugus High.” Even in her early 90’s, DySTILL BAKING | SEE PAGE 7 J& $45 yd. S LANDSCAPE & MASONRY CO. MULCH SALE! Discount Spring Special PICK-UP or DELIVERY AVAILABLE 617-389-1490 Premium Hemlock or Pitch Black BELOW WHOLESALE COSTS LANDSCAPERS WELCOME $4 yd. $40 yd. $3 yd.

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 Page 5 The latest Coronavirus Count State health officials notify Saugus of 59 new cases over the past week; death toll remains at 71 By Mark E. Vogler “Our hearts and prayers go he Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) advised the town of 59 new confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday (Thursday, April 22), raising the overall total to 4,089 since the outbreak of the virus in March of last year. Meanwhile, the number of deaths in Saugus linked to the virus remained at 71, according to the latest statistics released yesterday by Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree’s office. This week’s number of confirmed cases dropped by four. A week ago, the state had reT ported 63 new cases – six fewer new cases than over the previous week. out to those families affected by this health pandemic,” Crabtree said in the latest press release updating the latest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. “Massachusetts health officials have announced as of April 20, 13 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 17,151. In addition, there were 1,370 newly reported cases. So far, 635,045 cases in total have been confirmed while 20,599,779 total tests for the virus have been administered. “ Crabtree’s office notes the following COVID-19 related information as a public service to town residents: “The Town of Saugus has partnered with the Commonwealth, Fallon Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the Square One Mall as a collaborative effort to work to downgrade the Town’s risk of spread of COVID-19 status by establishing and extending the following COVID- 19 testing sites in Saugus: “Fallon EMS at the Square One Mall (Far Side Parking Lot on Essex Street), located at 1201 Broadway with entry off of Essex Street, will offer free mobile drive-up testing for Saugus residents in their cars Monday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is needed. [Residents] drive-up and register using a tablet when they World Series Park Lighting Fund in need of more donors (Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued this week by World Series Park.) orld Series Park in Saugus will have lights installed this season. This will complete the park by its being able to offer night games and never having to stop games because of darkness. As a result of increased costs of the light poles and fixtures, more funds will have to be raised in order to completely fund the project. “We have W most of the money, but at this point, because of unseen costs, have come up short in our fundraising,” World Series Park Superintendent Bob Davis said. “We will still complete the installation and hope to receive additional donations and pledges. We plan to have some night games this season. Someone pointed out that there’s never been a Saugus High School Baseball night game in Saugus. As a result of an article in the recent Saugus High Alumni Newsletter, several donations were received from former Saugus baseball players. We encourage anyone who’s played at World Series Park or watched a game there to donate to our lighting fund.” To donate to the World Series Park 2020 Lighting Fund, checks should be made payable to World Series Park and sent to World Series Park, 8 Holden Ave., Saugus, MA 01906. Please indicate that the donation is for the Lighting Fund. Those who donate $100 or more will have their name included on a permanent plaque on the third base dugout. Donations can be made in memory or in honor of others. To donate online go to worldseriespark.net and click on GoFundMe. arrive. Saugus Police will be assisting with traffic. The testing site will be staffed by 10-12 individuals to handle registrations. All samples go directly to the Broad [Institute] in Cambridge for immediate testing with a 2436 hour turnaround time. Notification of results will be made for negative results via emails while phone calls will be made for positive COVID-19 results. These sites do close when it rains because of risk of test contamination. The state has indicated the site will remain open until further notice. “This information will be on the Town’s website and on the state’s website: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread?rgja#saugus“The Board of Health and the Saugus Health Department will continue to partner with the state and are working on a planned response to the COVID-19. They are analyzing the data from the past couple of weeks and developing specific strategies to combat the spread through additional enforcement and intervention measures. We need to do whatever is necessary to keep ourselves, family, neighbors, and COUNT | SEE PAGE 8 THE GROUNDWORK CONTINUES: Employees of New England Boring Contractors of Derry, N.H., took soil test borings recently at World Series Park in preparation for the installation of a lighting system. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate)

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 Page 7 Saugus Public Library welcomes a June Zoom visit with Culinary Historian Michael Twitty (Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued this week by The Saugus Public Library.) oin the Saugus Public Library and a community of 25 public libraries from across the state on Thursday, June 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. to welcome African American culinary historian Michael Twitty, who will discuss his memoir, “The CookJ ing Gene,” the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Book of the Year Award-winner. Twitty found there was a giant hole in the story of American cooking and in the story of most African American families. In this unique memoir, he starts to trace his family history through the story of Southern and American food. Using genetic research, historA ZOOM GUEST: Culinary historian Michael Twitty will be featured in a free Zoom program that the Saugus Public Library and two dozen other public libraries will offer on June 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) IN THE KITCHEN: Michael Twitty at work. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate) STILL BAKING | FROM PAGE 3 ment said, she swam for exercise regularly at the YMCA in Melrose – up until the outbreak of COVID-19 last year. However, she did swim last summer at the family’s summer home in Shapleigh, Maine. “I have done a lot of things over the years, and I still enjoy cooking,” she said. “A scary moment” Dyment still has vivid memories of her childhood days in Norway after World War II broke out. “There were a lot of planes and they were dropping these leaflets to tell us Germany was occupying our country,” Dyment said. “It was scary. We went to my neighbor’s house because they had a basement,” she said. Dyment and her older brother would go back into their home to retrieve some blankets. On one occasion, she had a close call from gunfire nearby. “A bullet must have come straight across my hair. That was a scary moment,” she said. Dyment had two brothers and two sisters. She and her younger sister – who is 89 and lives in Norway – are the only ones left. They talk on the phone often. Besides family, good friends spice up peoples’ lives, according to Dyment. “I love people and I love to keep in contact with all my friends since I’ve come to this country,” Dyment said. “When I have a friend, I usually keep it for the rest of my life,” she said. Dyment’s show is scheduled to air on Channel 8 at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 18. Here’s the recipe that Lee Dyment uses for the angel food cake (“Light as air … fluffy as a cloud”): Set out, but do not grease 10-inch tube pan, four inches deep. Measure and sift together three times 1 cup sifted Softasilk, ⅞ cup of sugar (granulated). Measure into large mixing bowl 1 ½ cups of egg whites (12), 1 ½ tsp. of cream of tartar, ¼ tsp. salt, 1 ½ tsp, of vaic interpretation, nature study, heirloom gardening, and interviews with contemporary voices in food, his journey led him back to his family’s origins in nilla, and ½ tsp. almond extract. Beat with wire whip until foamy. Gradually add two tbsp. at a time, ¾ cup of sugar (granulated). Continue beating until meringue holds stiff peaks. Sift gradually the flour-sugar mixture over the meringue. Fold in gently just until the flour-sugar mixture disappears. Push batter into ungreased tube center pan. Gently cut through batter with a knife. Bake. When cake tests done, invert, Let hang until cold. Temperature: 375 degrees (quick, mod. oven). Time: Bake 35 to 45 minutes. West and Central Africa and put him center stage in the discussion over race and food in American life through his popular food blog, Afroculinaria (https://afroculinaria.com). Massachusetts-based chef and author (and huge Michael LIBRARY | SEE PAGE 8

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 Sachems beat Salem Witches in rematch T By Greg Phipps he Saugus High School football team earned its first win of the season when it rolled over the Salem Witches by 36 points three weeks ago. Because of the unusual nature of this year's football season – with the impact of Saugus Democratic Town Committee Zoom meeting on April 25 T he Saugus Democratic Town Committee will meet via Zoom on Sunday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Ann Devlin and Stephanie from Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) will present “Think Globally, Act Locally.” The presentation includes info on SAVE’s recent achievements and upcoming goals. For additional info about SAVE, please visit its website at https://www.saugus.ord/SAVE Saugus Dems are welcoming new members and invite all who are interested or would like more information to please contact sdtc@gmail.com. The Committee meets the last Sunday of the month. Its mission is helping elect Democrats to local and national office. Law Offices of Terrence W. Kennedy 512 Broadway, Everett • Criminal Defense • Personal Injury • Medical Malpractice Tel: (617) 387-9809 Cell: (617) 308-8178 twkennedylaw@gmail.com the COVID-19 pandemic – the Sachems had a rematch with the Witches last Saturday in a Northeastern Conference tilt at Stackpole Field. The second time around proved to be just as fruitful for Saugus, as it once again handily defeated Salem by a score of 28-6. In the two contests played between the two teams, the Sachems ended up victorious by a combined 70-12 margin. It was also the final game played at venerable Stackpole Field, as the Sachems will have a brand-new site to play on next season. Saugus played just once at Stackpole this campaign. Against the Witches last Saturday, the usual suspects on offense led the way. Running back Sal Franco scored twice on the ground and receiver Javi Martinez caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Donovan Clark. The defense also stepped up by allowing just one touchdown after surrendering 41 points to Swampscott the previous week. The victory improved the Sachems to 2-4 on the season while SaSunday, April 25 from 9 to 11 p.m. on Channel 8 – “Sunday Night Stooges” (The Three Stooges). Monday, April 26 all day on Channel 8 – “Movie Monday” (classic movies). Tuesday, April 27 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Board of Health Meeting from April 21. Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. on Channel 9 – Finance Committee Meeting ***live***. Thursday, April 29 at 8:20 p.m. on Channel lem remained winless. The team’s 11 senior members were honored before the contest. They are Franco, Martinez, Kyle Surette, Eric Miniscalco, Novell Omoruyi, Jack McPhee, Doug Clark, Edlyn Dos Santos, Donny Ruby, Nico DiCenso and Nate Sanchez. Saugus hopes the win over Salem will provide momentum entering the season finale against traditional Thanksgiving rival Peabody this Friday at 5 p.m. The game will SACHEMS | SEE PAGE 16 THIS WEEK ON SAUGUS TV 9 – School Committee Meeting from April 22. Friday, April 30 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Board of Appeals Meeting from April 22. Saturday, May 1 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Finance Committee Meeting from April 21. Saugus TV can be seen on Comcast Channels 8, 9 & 22 (Public, Governmental and Educational). For complete schedules, please visit www.saugustv.org. ***programming may change without notice*** COUNT | FROM PAGE 5 communities safe. Continue to wear your masks, wash hands, avoid gatherings, and continue to follow the CDC and MDPH guidelines. “The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus. Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why Governor Baker [directed] to wear a cloth face cover over [your] face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance. “Again, this is a reminder that…CDC and MDPH…provided guidance to everyone regarding preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Commonwealth. “Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by: • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others “Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs… For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-2314111.” LIBRARY | FROM PAGE 7 Twitty fan) Chef Bill (https:// chefbill.com) will facilitate this event’s discussion. This is a free Zoom program, but space is limited. Please see the library’s website (https:// www.sauguspubliclibrary.org/ chef-michael-twitty/) for the registration link to reserve a spot. Please note that registration will close two hours prior to this event. The login information will be sent just after registration closes. Feel free to email the Saugus Public Library at sau@noblenet.org with any questions or call 781231-4168 to speak to someone or leave a message.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 Page 9 He defined the role of closer By The Old Sachem, Bill Stewart R oland Glen “Rollie” Fingers was a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics (1968-1976), San Diego Padres (1977-1980) and the Milwaukee Brewers (19811985) who played 17 years in the major leagues. He was a pitcher who defined the value of reliever for baseball, acknowledged as one of the finest closers of all time. Rollie was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on August 25, 1946. His father, George, played minor league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and roomed with Stan Musial and was working in a steel mill in Steubenville. He decided one day to move the family to California, sold the house, bought a car and off they went. Not able to afford hotels, the family slept in sleeping bags off the highway, and George eventually found a job in a local steel mill. Fingers was a student at the Upland High School in Upland, California, and later attended one semester at Chaffey College. He attracted a host of scouts during his school years of pitching and also as a hitter. Finger was offered a signing bonus of $20,000 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but turned them down; the Dodgers had one of the best pitching staffs in the majors, and Rollie figured that the options with the team were minimal. The Dodgers had Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale as starters and a number of talented relievers that together won the team pennants. He signed for less money, $13,000, with the Kansas City Athletics on Christmas Eve, 1964. He had both pitched and played the outfield for the schools, and the A’s were not sure in which position to place him. They eventually decided on pitching and assigned Fingers to the Leesburg A’s of the Class A Florida State League for the 1965 season. He moved up to the Modesto Reds of the Class A California League in 1966 and 1967. The next two seasons, 1968-1969, were spent with the Birmingham A’s of the Class AA Southern League. ~ LETTER TO THE EDITOR ~ Police officers are held to the same justice as all citizens T o the brave members of the Massachusetts law enforcement community: The trial and conviction on all counts of former police officer Derick Chauvin in Minnesota conclusively demonstrates that officers can be, and in fact are held to the same justice as all other citizens in our nation, as they should be. At the most basic, a man needlessly lost his life to a police officer. At the same time, the assertions of so many who wish to demonize all police officers because of the actions of one police officer have been shown to be hollow. Due process rights do not prevent the investigation, charging, trial, and conviction of a police officer. Neither does qualified immunity. Neither do police unions, associations, or legal defense plans. Police officers, and all citizens, are entitled to their day in court and to have an impartial judge and jury weigh the evidence against them. They are entitled to have their side of the issue heard and considered. And all of us must respect the decisions of the court system when these fundamental rules of due process are applied. Police officers serve the American criminal justice system, sometimes at the cost of their very own lives. We should respect the verdict of the justice system in this case, and we should continue to stand for the proposition that respecting the fundamental Constitutional rights of all persons of committing an offense, even when that person is a police officer, is no obstacle to the attaining of justice. In fact, it is the very foundation upon which justice can be obtained. To all the officers who continue to defend us with quiet dignity, there are those of us who proclaim loudly our appreciation for the acts of service you perform as part of your daily routine. Even when some protest you, you protect them. This is a time to come together as a community regardless of whether you are black or white, whether you are rich or poor, whether you are a police officer or someone they protect and serve. We are at our best when we recognize our common humanity, and come together to make a better and safer community! Respectfuly, Skyllar Mullvaney The Horses & Heroes Foundation He was hit on opening day of 1967 by a batted ball to his face, breaking his cheekbone and jaw and knocking out some teeth. He had his jaw wired shut for five weeks, and when he returned to action, jumped every time a pitch was hit, and he really didn’t recover until the second half of the season. In his minor league games, Rollie was a starter – 19 games in the 1970 season. In his last outing in the minors, he gave up four hits and one run in five innings then was called up to the A’s and had his first trial – against the Kansas City Royals. The A’s starter, Blue Moon Odom, gave up three runs and three walks after facing only eight batters. Fingers allowed three hits and two runs over five and one-third innings. Manager Dick Williams decided that Fingers would be his late inning closer in May of 1971. In the 1972 season, Fingers entered the game in the fifth inning four times, but it was mostly in the sixth inning or later that he took the mound. He started two games in the 1973 season, and May seventh against the Baltimore Orioles was his last starting role. From then on, he mostly came in in late innings. He was a regular closer for the Athletics during their three consecutive World Series championships of 1972, 73 and 74, and in the 1974 series was selected as the World Series Most Valuable Player as he had two saves and one win during the games. The baseball reserve clause ended after the 1976 season: All players not under a multiyear contract became free agents. The team’s owner, Charley Finley, decided that he could not afford three of his most valuable players; Fingers and Joe Rudi were sold to the Red Sox, and Vida Blue was sold to the Yankees. The Commissioner, Bowie Kuhn, killed the sales, deciding that they were not in the best interests of baseball. Finley sued Kuhn and benched the three, saying they belonged to other teams. He lost as the remaining players threatened to strike if the three were not available to play. The three returned to the lineup. After the season ended, Fingers signed with the San Diego Padres as a free agent. The Rolaids Relief Man of the Year went to Fingers for the 1977, 1978, and 1980 seasons with the Padres. After the 1980 season ended, Fingers was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, then a few days later was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. Fingers had a great season in 1981 where he was awarded the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year for the fourth time, the American League Most Valuable Player Award and the American League Cy Young Award as the outstanding pitcher that season. He pitched in pain for most of the 1982 season, saving 29 games and missing the only trip by the Brewers to the World Series, where they were beaten by the Cardinals in seven games. He missed the 1983 season with an injury and had a herniated disk removed in August 1984. His last major league appearance was on September 17, 1985, where he faced two batters in the eighth inning, giving up a home run to Gary Roenicke, then striking out Rick Dempsey to end the inning. Manager Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds wanted to sign Fingers for the 1986 season, but the owner, Marge Schott, had a policy that all her players were to be clean-shaven, and the moustache of Fingers would violate this mandate. Fingers replied, “Well, you tell Marge Schott to shave her St. Bernard, and I’ll shave my moustache.” She would not and he declined. The designated hitter in the American League in 1973 changed the role of starting pitchers. Before that pitchers used to complete the game although they tended to tire and gave up runs. The idea was that relievers could stop the opponents from scrambling against the tiring starter and saving the game. Fingers finished with 341 saves over his career, which remained the record until passed by Jeff Reardon in 1992. Fingers was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as only the second reliever to accomplish this goal; Hoyt Wilhelm was the first. Bruce Sutter, Rich Gossage and Dennis Eckersley joined them later. In 1999 Sporting News ranked Fingers as Number 96 as their list of the greatest players in the game. He was selected as an All-Star seven times, three times a World Series pitcher and once an MVP of the series. He was the American League MVP in 1981 and collected the Cy Young Award that year. Fingers was four times the Rolaids Relief Man Award and three times the Major League Baseball saves leader. His number 34 was retired by both the Oakland Athletics and the Milwaukee Brewers, and he was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. Like many players, he advanced to radio and TV after baseball. One of the greatest, he will be remembered as the second-best closer of all time in my book. He will never overtake Dennis Eckersley in my eyes.

Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS By Mark E. Vogler H ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus. A “Shout-Out” to the community gardeners Local resident and avid Saugus Advocate reader Joanie Allbee offered this week’s words of praise for a group that is contributing to the betterment of Saugus: “Hello Saugus! “I’d like to give a shout out to Reverend John Beach of St. John’s Episcopal Church and his wife Denise Beneteau for planning, coordinating people, organizing, arranging, and providing seeds, dirt, containers, time, energy and the beautiful space to grow a Community garden to assist with fresh produce for the Saugus Food Pantry. “This is love in action. Love as a verb! Thank you “Also the seeds Reverend John Beach bought and donated and gave to people and I got some too, mine are Flourishing into fine tomato plants (two leaves) Ready to transplant in the Community Garden!” “I am growing #20seed veggies and let’s have others step up to plant some seeds for the Community Garden! He supplies the seeds and dirt all you gotta give is love and water For them to grow! Let’s help out by calling revjbeach @ gmail.com.” Meanwhile, Rev. Beach continues to reach out to the Saugus community for anyone wishing to join a noble cause. He emailed the following letter to The Saugus Advocate this week: “Dear Kind people, “Greetings. I write to remind you that we are inviting all able and interested persons to help us in the preparation of the ground for the community garden this Saturday, April 24th anytime from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. If you are able, please bring garden gloves, rakes, shovels, or a wheelbarrow. We have some of these things for those who do not have gardening equipment. “We will be gathering in the backyard of 276 Central Street, Saugus. I am grateful for the many folks who are now growing seeds in their homes. If there are any among you who can grow some more seeds, please let me know. I would be happy to drop them off at your house tomorrow or Thursday afternoon. “Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. “Peace, “John+” Want to “Shout-out” a fellow Saugonian? This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out – in a brief mention – remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents, or an act of kindness or a nice gesture. Just send an email (mvoge@ comcast.net) with a mention in the subject line of “An Extra Shout-Out.” No more than a paragraph; anything longer might lend itself to a story and/or photo Town looking for a few good volunteers For those town residents who felt snubbed when they weren’t selected to serve on the Superintendent Search Committee, here’s another chance to get involved with town government on a volunteer basis. The Board of Selectmen is accepting applications to serve on the Handicapped Commission/Commission on Disability. This is a volunteer/nonpaying position. Please submit your application to the Board of Selectmen, 298 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906 or email at jjarosz@saugus-ma.gov by May 7, 2021. Applications are also being accepted to fill the vacancy on the Saugus Cable TV Board of Directors. This is a volunteer non/paying position. Please send your application to the Saugus Board of Selectmen, 298 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906 or email jjarosz@ Saugus-ma.gov by May 7, 2021. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree’s office is also accepting resumes/applications from Saugus residents for several volunteer positions on the following Boards or Commissions: Board of Health: Members are responsible for proSITE OF FUTURE COMMUNITY GARDEN: The Rev. John T. Beach, center, stands in the backyard of the St. John’s Episcopal Church rectory, where a team of volunteers will assemble on Saturday (April 24) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to prepare the ground for a community vegetable garden to help fight food insecurity. Joining Rev. Beach are his brother-in-law, Marc Beneteau, left, and Beach’s wife, Denise Beneteau. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler). tecting and serving the citizens in health areas, such as food sanitation, restaurants, markets, compliance with the state sanitary and other health codes as well as emergency preparedness. Medical degree or physicians preferred. Commission on Disabilities: The responsibilities of these positions are to answer questions and provide referral guidance regarding disability-related issues in accordance with the Mass. General Laws. Planning Board: The Board’s responsibilities are to hear, review and vote on the applications proposed to the Town regarding subdivision plans, zoning special permits, rezoning issues and site plan review permits. If you are interested in volunteering and are a resident of the Town of Saugus, please send in a letter of interest and resume by Friday, May 14, 2021, to: Saugus Town Manager, 298 Central St., Suite 1, Saugus, MA 01906 or email Cmoreschi@saugus-ma.gov Public hearing on school traffic rescheduled The Public Hearing on the Traffic Rules and Regulations regarding Highland Avenue and John A. W. Peace Drive has been rescheduled for May 11, 2021, at 7 p.m. Anthony Cogliano, Chair. We have a winner! We have a winner in last week’s “Guess Who Got Sketched” contest. Congratulations to Shirley Bogdan, who contacted us with the correct answer and then had her name drawn from a green Boston Red Sox hat. The Sketch Artist: “The answer to last week’s sketch is a Vermonter who came to Saugus in 1951 and stayed making this her permanent hometown! Our proud Saugonian is Dottie Bockus! “The sketch includes a hint of a 4,000 puzzle of the Neuschwanstein Castle (translation: New Swan’s Stone Castle) of Germany that Dottie’s friend won in a raffle and gave it to her. “Dottie gathered her friends together to put the puzzle together and then with a beautiful handmade frame it was donated to the Saugus Heritage puzzle room where it hangs majestically catching glimpses of casting sunset rays. “Dottie is a multi talented woman who is also very highly gifted with numbers. Her career was banking and ended as an Officer in charge of Loan Operations of a Saugus Bank. She often could be found Volunteering for any Special Events. Dottie is a member of the Saugus American Legion Auxiliary Unit # 210. “In 1999 she joined Saugus Senior Center and volunteered wherever she was needed and was elected a seat on many Committees. Dottie is a Board Member and an Officer of “The Friends of Saugus Senior Center. “And being the occasional recipient of her baked goods, it goes without saying hands down, Dottie is an exceptional baker! :) love her Pizzelles! “Thank you Dottie you sure do shine! “Yours Truly, “The Sketch Artist” Change for Grab-N-Go Meals Saugus Public Schools is providing free meals on Tuesdays and Fridays from the Saugus Middle High School Complex at 1 Pearce Memorial Dr. beginning Tuesday, April 27. Grab-N-Go meals are available from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All Saugus families are encouraged to pick up meals. Meals will be available through June 30, 2021. Meals are no longer available for pick up at the Veterans Memorial School. Saugus Public Schools is providing free meals to all Saugus students through a USDA grant while in-person learning or remotely learning from home. Project Bread partners with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) through the Child Nutrition Outreach Program to provide free meals to kids across Massachusetts. CHaRM Center Recycling Drop-Off site open for season The community’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) site opened last Saturday (April 17). This site will remain open to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main St. At the CHaRM center, the Town will accept the same recycling items that can be placed outside for curbside collection each week, such as paper, cardboard, bottles, cans and glass containers – no shredded paper accepted for onsite recycling. Additional acceptable items include TVs and computers (up to three per year per address), car tires up to 22” (for a fee of $3), books and textiles, such as clothing, bedding, pocketbooks, belts and shoes. Plastic bags are not permitted; residents are kindly asked to empty recyclables out of any plastic bags and to remove the bags from the site. Also, rigid plastics are not being accepted for recycling at this time. Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781-231-4036 with questions or for more information. Compost site reopens The town compost site recently opened to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main St. Stickers are required to gain seasonal access to the site. Stickers may be purchased for $25.00 at the Department of Public Works (DPW) located at the compost site when making your visit to the compost site. The Town of Saugus accepts checks only for payment of the $25.00. No cash will be accepted. Kindly bring a check when visiting. Thank you! Compost site stickers must be permanently placed on the lower left corner of the residents’ automobile windshields. Vehicles registered out of state are not permitted. Yard waste must be disposed of in brown compost bags or open containers. The Town will accept grass clippings, leaves and brush. As in years past, no branches or limbs larger than three inches in diameter are permitted. We ask all residents to please wear a mask and maintain and respect social distancing from others while visiting the site. THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 11

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 Page 11 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 10 Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781-231-4036 with questions or for more information. Curbside leaf collection next month The Town of Saugus announced that spring curbside leaf collection will take place during the week of May 10, 2021. Residents may dispose of leaves curbside on their regularly scheduled collection day, between Monday, May 10, 2021, and Friday, May 14, 2021. Leaves should be left outside by 7 a.m. on the appropriate days. Please ensure that leaf containers are physically separated from trash and recycling. Paper leaf bags are the preferred method of leaf disposal. If you are using barrels, they must be clearly marked with yard waste stickers. Barrel covers must remain removed so that the leaves are visible. Plastic bags, cardboard boxes, branches, and brush will not be accepted. Please note that separate trucks collect the rubbish, recycling and leaves, so the leaves may be collected at a different time of day. “Missed pick-ups” will not be conducted. Please contact Lorna Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. Help the Vietnam vets “Roll to DC” This just in from Joseph “Dennis” Gould, a Vietnam War Era veteran who served four years with the U.S. Navy. He has organized a fund-raising drive that will help area Vietnam Era veterans visit Washington, D.C., in the fall of next year. “I am glad to announce that we will have a ‘Roll to DC’ for Vietnam Era Veterans from Melrose, Saugus, Lynn and surrounding towns September 2022. “The managers of this effort will be Saugus VFW Post # 2346. “Gould will be Chair and David Nelson, Saugus American Legion and Stacey Minchello, Melrose Senior Center will be Vice Chairs. “Stan King, Quartermaster Post # 2346 be Treasurer. “The trip will be a four night trip to DC staying at Presidential Inn on Andrews Air Force Base, home of Presidential Aircraft. It will include a ceremony and laying of a wreath at the Vietnam Wall and the Tomb of Unknown Soldier as well as visiting all Military Memorials and Statues.” “We are looking for major sponsorship and donations from all. The Vietnam Veterans will go on this trip free, but it will take approximately $70,000 of sponsorship and donations,” Gould said If you would like to be a major sponsor, please contact chairman Dennis Gould at cell 617-257-4847 or email Jdgould1969@aol.com. If you would like to send in a donation, please make check out to: “Saugus VFW–Roll to DC” – write “Roll to DC 2022” in comment line and mail to: Saugus VFW Post 2346, 190C Main St., Saugus, MA 01906. Any questions or if you would like to volunteer to assist the committee, please contact Dennis at contact info above. Last call for SAVE Scholarship The local citizen group Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) is, once again, offering a $500 environmental scholarship to any Saugus resident graduating with the class of 2021 (from any high school) and pursuing a degree in any field which will positively impact the environment. This is a scholarship aimed at students who will be attending a two/ four-year college or other educational institution and pursuing a degree in an area that would positively impact the environment. Applicants can download the SAVE 2021 Environmental Scholarship Application Form found at www. saugusSAVE.org. Together with the completed application form, please include a separate sheet (identified with your initials only) that provides a summary of any of your activities relating to the environment and describes how you feel your career choice will positively impact the environment. Please mail your application – postmarked no later than today (April 23) – to: SAVE, P.O. Box 908, Saugus, MA 01906 or email your application (no later than midnight on April 23, 2021) to: SAVE President Ann Devlin at adevlin@aisle10.net. Again, the deadline for applications is April 23, 2021. “Express Yourself! Fun and easy art experiments” Kelly Slater has teamed up with the Saugus Public Library this winter and spring to present several free online workshops, “Express Yourself! Fun and Easy Art Experiments.” Ranging in subject from kitchen table printmaking to artist’s accordion books, the workshops share a common emphasis on fun and experimentation. No previous art experience is required, and all art supplies will be provided free at the Saugus Public Library in “Take and Make” bags. The program began last month and there is one workshop left. The final of four workshops is on Thursday, April 29: a foray into making accordion-style artists books. It will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The workshop is open to ages teens through adults. Advance registration is required through the Saugus Public Library. Interested students can submit class work for a virtual art exhibit hosted through the Saugus Public Library website. To reserve your space at the free workshop, send an email to sau@noblenet.org with “SPL workshops” in the subject line. If you have questions about the content of the workshops, please contact Slater at kellyslaterart@hotmail.com with “SPL workshops” in the subject line. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Saugus Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Zoom support is provided by the Saugus Public Library and select art supplies are provided by your local Artist & Craftsman Supply, which is located at 751 Broadway (Rte. 1 South) in Saugus. Food Pantry still open The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry will continue to remain open on Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. despite concerns over the Coronavirus. They have made adjustments to protect their core of volunteers and the needy people who receive the food. For the protection of volunteers & clients, and to limit personal contact and crowding/gathering, the food pantry has been distributing prebagged groceries. Even though clients may receive items they don’t want or need, food pantry organizers feel this is the best course of action to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. Those in need, even for short-term or one-time assistance, are encouraged to come. The food pantry is in the basement of Cliftondale Congregational Church at 50 Essex St. in Saugus. Food help for veterans Saugus offers a Veterans Food Pantry on the third Wednesday of each month. “We have been holding it in Melrose since the Saugus Senior Center has been closed,” Saugus Veteran Services Officer Jay Pinette says. “The pantry provides a mix of fresh produce and non-perishable foods. The pantry is open to Veterans and/or surviving spouses. Registration is required and may be done by contacting the Veterans Services Office.” “The food market is generally held at the Saugus Senior Center, but given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering a contact-free, drive-thru food pantry at Memorial Hall on Main Street in Melrose. If you are unable to pick-up, some limited deliveries may be available. This offering is year round. Please call the Saugus Veterans’ Service Office at 781-231-4010 or e-mail VeteransServices@ saugus-ma.gov in order to register. Proof of Veteran status is required.” Helping the Vet During these challenging times, your local Veterans’ Service Officers (VSOs) would like to share some information on a benefit program that is available to those who qualify. If you are a Veteran or the surviving spouse of a Veteran, the “Chapter 115 Benefits Program” is a Massachusetts state initiative that provides financial aid for Veterans and/or their surviving spouses who reside in Massachusetts and meet certain income and asset guidelines. Benefits may include monthly ordinary benefits and/or payment/reimbursement for medical expenses. Whether you are laid off, in transition or living on a fixed income, the program is designed to provide short-term or longterm assistance as needed to provide relief. The program is overseen by the Massachusetts Department Veterans’ Services (DVS), which runs the program in partnership with local VSOs. Every town or district in Massachusetts has a VSO. VSOs assist Veterans and their dependents in learning about, applying for and receiving Chapter 115 benefits. VSOs can also help you in applying for other benefits and connecting with local resources. Your local VSO handles applications, obtains program approval from DVS and provides local benefits. The program is funded by a combination of state and local funds. DVS pays for 75% of the approved benefits and your city or town pays for 25%. There are income and asset limits for the program. As a general rule, income and asset requirements are: Family of 1 – monthly income less than $2,081and an asset limit of $5,000. Family of 2 – monthly income less than $2,818 and an asset limit of $9,800. To determine if you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Chapter 115 program, visit the following link and follow the instructions – https:// massvetben.org/ – or call your local VSO for more information. The VSOs are also able to help Veterans apply for Federal VA benefits and local benefits and provide food assistance monthly. For example, did you know that if you own a home and have a VA service–connected disability, you are eligible for a partial or full exemption of your property taxes? “Please contact your local Veterans’ Service Officer for more information on any of the services mentioned. We are all here to assist. We are regularly checking voicemails and emails as we continue to work remotely and in our offices throughout COVID-19.” Melrose: Karen Burke, 781-979-4186, kburke@cityofmelrose.org Wakefield: David Mangan, 781-246-6377, dmangan@wakefield.ma.us Saugus: Jay Pinette, 781-231-4010, jpinette@saugus-ma.gov Buy a brick to honor your vets “Veterans Buy-a-Brick Program. Due to the low number of orders and the uncertainty of how a Veterans Day ceremony will be allowed, the program will be extended until May. The installation of bricks will be during the Memorial Day ceremony. We will be contacting the people who have already purchased a brick. Any questions, please call 781-231-7995.” Side Door Pickup at the Saugus Public Library To help keep the building and staff warmer during the winter, the Saugus Public Library moved its Front Door Pickup service from Central Street to Taylor Street in mid-December. Patrons are required to place items on hold via the library’s online catalog and then, once notified that their item(s) are ready, schedule a pickup date. Pickup times remain the same: Tuesday: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. “In addition to the slight change in location, the library has made it easier for its patrons to retrieve their items. Instead of waiting for a librarian to place your item on the table, we’ll place all scheduled holds on a table in the Taylor Street hallway. All you’ll have to do is walk in (one at a time, please, and don’t forget to wear a mask!) and retrieve the bag with your name on it. The library also provides remote printing pickup and take & make crafts from the Taylor Street hallway.” THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 16

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 Local hockey teams celebrate O North Shore Stars capture two VHL titles in overtime wins n Sunday, April 11, Lynnfield/Saugus Youth Hockey’s North Shore Stars captured two Valley Hockey League (VHL) Championships at Valley Forum in Haverhill! The Mite 1 team defeated Winchester 5-4, and the Mite 3 team beat Wakefield 2-1. Both games were decided in exciting OT periods. In the Mite 3 victory, Michael Raposo scored the game winner, collecting a rebound of a Kyle McNaught shot and beating the goaltender just :21 into the extra session. McNaught outmuscled two Wakefield players in the corner to dig out the puck and put it on net, setting the stage for Raposo’s heroics. Earlier in the game, McNaught put the Stars ahead 1-0 on a pinpoint, top-shelf shot past the Wakefield goalie late in the first period. Luke Provenzano set the play in motion with a nice cross-ice feed sending McNaught in alone. Billy Lauziere was outstanding in net for the Stars, stopping 25 shots in the victory. The team finished the season 21-5-1 and led their division from start to finish. A great accomplishment for a team that started in the Mite 3 division and then moved up to play Mite 1 & 2 teams throughout the season. The Mite 1 victory was a back-and-forth affair with both teams holding leads at different points of the final period before Luca DePalma scored off a great feed from Nico Bello to send the team and its fans into a frenzy. The winning play was set in motion following a great save from goalie Joey Ryan when TOP TEAM: North Shore Stars Mite 1 team celebrate title. The Mite 1 team ended the season at 22-2-3 after beating Winchester 5-4 on April 11 to capture their Valley Hockey League Championship. (Courtesy photos to The Saugus Advocate) Bello collected the rebound and led the rush up ice, creating a 3 on 1 for the Stars. DePalma filled the center lane and directed Bello’s pass between the Winchester goalie’s pads for the 5-4 victory. During regulation, DePalLEAGUE CHAMPIONS: North Shore Stars Mite 3 after winning the Valley Hockey League Championship with a 2-1 win over Wakefield on April 11. The team finished the season at 21-5-1. OBITUARIES Margaret Irene “Renee” Petrie Passed away peacefully on Monday, April 12, 2021. She was 82 years old. Born in Malden on September 29, 1938, to Irene M. Petrie (Haumann) and Joseph T. Petrie, Renee might have begun her life in Malden but soon made Saugus her forever home following a family move from Malden to Saugus in 1946, where Joseph and Irene established Petrie’s Florist and Greenhouse on Lynn Fells Parkway. From a very young age Renee was a very active participant in the running of the florist with her younger sisters, Ann and Donna, and soon developed a deep passion for floral design. After graduating Saugus High School in 1957, Renee attended Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston. Upon graduating with honors, Renee went on to work at her family establishment, quickly making a name for herself as an award-winning floral designer on the North Shore. Over the many years Renee was an active member of the Teleflora and F.T.D. community, having a number of her designs featured in both print magazines, including two featured covers. She also won numerous blue ribbons for top floral design at the Topsfield Fair Holiday Floral Show. Renee was passionate about theatre and music and adored being an auntie to her one niece and five nephews. A longtime member of the Route 1 Business Association, Renee was involved in the many events and social gatherings, always able to make new friends and hold dear the long-term relationships she made. Following the sale of Petrie’s Florist to new ownership, Renee moved her talents to Currans Flowers in Danvers, where she worked until her retirement in 2006. Her remaining years were dedicated to her family and friends, yet still managing to design a wedding here or there. It is safe to say that Renee Petrie’s beautiful work graced tens of thousands of gatherings across the North Shore, from weddings to baptisms, birthdays to funerals, Renee made an indelible mark on this world through a creative life well lived. Renee is predeceased by her parents, Irene and Joseph, and her sister Ann Petrie Collins of New Jersey. She is survived by her sister, Donna Petrie Gould of Saugus, her niece Robin Collins, and nephews, Dr. Richard S. Collins (Susy), Darren Collins (Joeylynn), Jay Gould (Alex Kassl), Steven Gould (Courtney), Thomas Gould (Angela), as well as great nieces Caitlyn Collins, Colleen Collins, Megan Collins, Mackenzie Gould and great nephews Richard Rossi (Theresa), Anthony Rossi, Brian Collins, Kiley Gould, Auden Gould, and MaGuire Gould. ma also scored and Max Pedersen collected a hat trick, including two highlight reel goals. Ryan was stellar in net, holding the fort in the extra session while under relentless pressure from Winchester. The Mite 1 team ended the season at 22-2-3 and, like the Mite 3s, led their division wire-to-wire. They finished with the best record of any division champion out of 152 Mite teams in the VHL. The two championships concluded a long, challenging season for all 13 teams in Lynnfield/Saugus Youth Hockey’s program. In all, four teams won their division championships, including two Mini-Mite teams. Registration and more information on the program can be found at www.lynnfieldyouthhockey.com.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 Page 13 SAUGUS GARDENS IN THE PANDEMIC Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener S pring flowers are everywhere you look! The forsythia (Forsythia intermedia) displays its yellow flowers all over town, and many varieties of ornamental cherry (Prunus spp.), plum (Prunus spp.) and pear (Pyrus spp.) are now covered in pink or white blossoms. Last Friday’s rain, and a bit of snow in midafternoon, helped alleviate the drought and gave a little encouragement to our gardens. At Huberman’s on Vine Street, the pansies (Viola wittrockiana) are out on the tables, and many other plants are in the greenhouse waiting for slightly warmer weather before they make their debut outside. Dan Huberman says the pansies are safe to put outside because they tolerate frosty nights better than many other flowers. People from the Cliftondale neighborhood have lost no time going over to choose from among the many colors and styles. One of the earliest shrubs to flower is the Japanese andromeda (Pieris japonica). One of its nicknames is lily-of-the-valley shrub because the white, bellshaped flowers are very similar to the popular shade perennial lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), which is not closely related despite the similarity of the flowers. The flower buds are actually formed in late spring of the previous year, so the flowers blooming now were developing back in May of 2020, and they were noticeable all through the fall and winter. There are several varieties of andromeda, and even a few with pale pink flowers. The andromeda at the Cliftondale Fire Station are among the tallest in town, and they must have been planted deA WIDE ARRAY OF COLORS: pansy selection at Huberman’s. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) PICKING OUT THE FLOWERS: Rajkumar Nava helps Oviya Rajkumar, 5, choose pansies at Huberman’s on Vine Street. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) cades ago. Unlike the forsythia, which blooms before its foliage emerges for the season, andromeda has leaves which remain deep green all winter. Once the flowers finish this spring, the shrubs will put on some new growth, produce additional leaves, which will be lighter green for a while in late spring, and produce buds that will become the flowers of 2022. Andromeda is in the heath family (Ericaceae), the same family as rhododendrons, azaleas, mountain laurel (Kalmia spp.) and cranberries (Vaccinium spp.), most species of which also have evergreen leaves. Highbush and lowbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum and Vaccinium angustifolium, respectively) are also in this family, and have small, bell-shaped flowers similar to the andromeda although their foliage is not evergreen. All of the members of this family like acid soil, which is usually what we have in eastern Massachusetts. Cherries, plums, pears and apples are all members of the rose family (Rosaceae). The first three bloom before their leaves emerge, but apples usually flower at about the same time or even a little after the leaves emerge. There are many kinds of cherry tree – some are bred to have tasty fruit, while others are valued for their flowers and the shape of the tree, and their inconspicuous fruit is not valued as a food. Ornamental cherry trees may be round crowned, vase-shaped or weeping, depending on the variety. Cherry trees have been grown and hybridized for so long in Japan that it is sometimes impossible to tell what wild species were the ancestors of these trees. Weeping forms of ornamental cherry are often grafted onto trunks of more upright trees, making it possible to have weeping cherries of varied heights, depending on where the graft was made. Sometimes, when the tree is under stress from storm damage, over-pruning or even drought, buds from the trunk will grow up through the weeping branches and form a more upright shape on top. These portions of the tree will often have somewhat different flowers and leaves than the weeping branches. It is wise to remove these sprouted portions if you wish to continue to have a weeping tree, since the trunk growths sometimes become stronger and overpower the more desirable shape of the tree. The white flowering ‘Snow Fountains’ is one of the most popular white weeping cherry varieties. Depending on where the graft was taken, these may be dwarf tree forms of less than 10 feet. The beautiful white weeping cherry in the front yard of the Trumpler family of Lynnhurst is only about 6 feet tall, but its location above a retaining wall shows off the tree shape to great advantage, and it is in full bloom now. The Trumplers also have another weeping cherry in the side lawn and a beautiful pale yellow magnolia (Magnolia soulangeana hybrid) also blooming nearby. Some of these may have been planted by the Parker family who lived in the house almost 50 years ago and who had a private greenhouse here. The current residents have planted some lovely new flowers of their own, including some fluffy, split-cupped daffodils which have avoided being devoured by bunnies. 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. BEAUTIFUL TREE BLOOM: yellow magnolia blossoms at the Trumpler family home. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) IN FULL BLOOM: Weeping cherry in front of the Trumpler family home in Lynnhurst. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) SAVORING SPRING: Fireman Patrick Cross at Cliftondale Fire Station enjoys the andromeda’s spring bloom. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener)

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 S y Senior Could You Have Prediabetes? Sa e a Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about prediabetes, and how can you know if you have it? My 62-yearold husband, who’s in pretty good shape, was recently diagnosed with prediabetes and didn’t have clue. Could I have it too? Wondering Spouse Dear Wondering, Underlying today’s growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes is a much larger epidemic called prediabetes, which is when the blood sugar levels are higher than they should be but not high enough to be called diabetes. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 84 million Americans today have prediabetes. Left untreated, it almost always turns into type 2 diabetes within 10 years. If you have prediabetes, the longterm damage it can cause – especially to your heart and circulatory system – may already be starting. But the good news is that prediabetes doesn’t mean that you’re destined for fullblown diabetes. Prediabetes can actually be reversed, and diabetes prevented, by making some simple lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercising, eating a healthy diet and cutting back on carbohydrates. Or, if you need more help, oral medications may also be an option. Get Tested Because prediabetes typically causes no outward symptoms, most people that have it don’t realize it. The only way to know for sure if you have it is to get a blood test. Everyone age 45 years or older should consider getting tested for prediabetes, especially if you are overweight with a body mass index (BMI) above 25. See CDC.gov/bmi to calculate your BMI. If you are younger than 45 but are overweight, or have high blood pressure, a family history of diabetes, or belong to an ethnic group (Latino, Asian, African or Native American) at high risk for diabetes, you should get checked too. To help you determine Seni BY JIM MILLER ld Y H your risk of diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has a quick, online risk test you can take for free at DoIHavePrediabetes.org. Diabetes Tests If you fi nd that you’re at risk for prediabetes, there are three different tests your doctor can give you to diagnosis it. The most common is the “fasting plasma glucose test,” which requires an eight-hour fast before you take it. There’s also the “oral glucose tolerance test” to see how your body processes sugar, and the “hemoglobin A1C test” that measures your average blood sugar over the past three months. It can be taken anytime regardless of when you ate. Most private health insurance plans and Medicare cover diabetes tests, however, if you’re reluctant to visit your doctor to get tested, an alternative is to go to the drug store, buy a blood glucose meter and test yourself at home. They cost around $20. If you find that you are prediabetic or diabetic, you need to see your doctor to develop a plan to get it under control. The ADA recommends losing weight and doing moderate exercise – such as 150 minutes a week of brisk walking. And when lifestyle changes alone don’t work, medication might. The ADA recommends the generic drug metformin, especially for very overweight people younger than 60. For more information on diabetes and prediabetes or to fi nd help, join a lifestyle change program recognized by the CDC (see CDC.gov/diabetes/prevention). These programs offer in-person and online classes in more than 1,500 locations throughout the U.S. Over the course of a year, a coach will help you eat healthy, increase your physical activity and develop new habits. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. nior n r ior EARTH DAY | FROM PAGE 2 cording to a company press release issued this week. “This is really the starting point,” WIN Waste Innovations External Communications & Outreach Manager Mary Urban said in an interview at Rumney Marsh on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re going to expand this to other parts of the country where we operate. We’ll be doing tree canopies in Baltimore, waterway cleanups in Florida and tree plantings in Fitchburg in a few weeks,” Urban said. “Our main goal is to preserve and conserve and protect.” “A new standard for landfi ll management” Geoff Wilson, who has managed the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary since its inception adjacent to the Wheelabrator plant, called the cleanup “an extension of the work we do at Bear Creek.” Wheelabrator created Bear Creek in 1997 with the goal of providing a natural habitat for bird species and other wildlife as well as space for educational and recreational opportunities for students and adults. The 370-acre sanctuary is a habitat for nearly 200 bird species, in addition to other wildlife – including coyotes, foxes, raccoons and snakes. The sanctuary encompasses more than 16,000 feet of walking trails, a half-acre exhibit garden and meeting and lecturing areas, according to Wilson. “One of the main focuses of cleanups like this is to get the plastic material and discarded Styrofoam before it breaks up into the environment and gets harder and harder to pick up,” Wilson said. Wilson described the sanctuary as an environmental model which has been replicated nationally and throughout the world. “Twenty-five years ago, we integrated a migratory wildlife sanctuary on an active landfi ll in what was then the fi rst of its kind. Starting in the period of 2005 to 2008, we started getting calls from other companies in the U.S. and around the world,” Wilson said. “It set a new standard for landfi ll management. I know of 300 companies around the world – some as far away as China – that have followed our example,” he said. Chris Karras, President of Charles George Companies, WIN Waste Innovations, said the cleanup this week “is not a oneand-done event.” “We’re trying to change the way people once thought of the waste industry,” Karras said in an interview at Rumney Marsh. “Our new company slogan – ‘Performance for the Planet’ – really says it all. We’re more than a RECEIVING INSTRUCTION: Volunteers gathered on Tuesday (April 20) at Rumney Marsh Reservation to help with cleanup of trash and other debris. collection company. We’re more than a waste-to-energy company. We’re all of the above,” Karras said. “Our vision is to be here for a long time and to grow the business. At the end of the day, it is very important to us to have a positive business and have a positive impact on the communities where we are operating. We hope to have many more of these kinds of events.” 1. On April 23, 1981, a mix of cowhide, plastic and shark cartilage was used at Massachusetts General Hospital to create what medical fi rst? 2. What four U.S. states border Mexico? 3. What animal’s diet consists of about 99% bamboo? 4. April 24 is the start of World Immunization Week, which was created in 2012 by WHO, which stands for what? 5. What 1919 Sherwood Anderson book is subtitled “A Group of Tales of Ohio Small-Town Life”? 6. What is done annually in the River Thames that is called “Swan Upping”? 7. In April 1930, “The Poor Millionaire” fi lm was released, which was what important “last”? 8. April 25 is the Academy Awards; what fi lm based on a Ken Kesey novel won “Bests” for Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay? 9. In what two U.S. states is coffee grown? 10. At the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, what was introduced as Fairy Floss? 11. On April 26, Charles Francis Richter was born, inventor of the Richter Scale, which measures what? 12. The longest U.S. Senate fi libuster was in 1957 by Strom Thurmond for how long: 5:46, 11.20 or 24:18 ? 13. On April 27, 1791, what Charlestown, Mass., native was born who is the namesake of a famous code? 14. What Irish writer reportedly said before he died in 1900, “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do”? 15. In 1983 Redondo Beach, Calif., adopted what fl ying non-bird as its offi cial bird? 16. How are Alvin, Simon and Theodore similar? 17. On April 28, 1937, the 1st U.S. animated electric sign (including ball-tossing cats and a cavorting horse) presented a free four-minute show in what Square? 18. What is an orchestra’s largest family of instruments? 19. What part of the human body contains about a quarter of the body’s bones? 20. On April 29, 1899, what jazz great was born who composed “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”? ANSWERS 1. First U.S. artifi cial skin transplant 2. Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas 3. Panda 4. World Health Organization 5. “Winesburg, Ohio” 6. The river’s swans are counted for their owner, the queen. 7. Last U.S. feature-length silent fi lm 8. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” 9. California and Hawaii 10. Cotton candy 11. Earthquake magnitude 12. 24:18 13. Samuel F.B. Morse (Morse code) 14. Oscar Wilde 15. The Goodyear Blimp 16. They are members of Alvin and the Chipmunks, a virtual band created in 1958 for a record. 17. Times Square 18. Strings 19. The feet 20. Duke Ellington

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 Page 15 THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen A note from Bob Katzen, Publisher of Beacon Hill Roll Call: Join me this Sunday night and every Sunday night in our new time slot between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for my talk show “The Bob Katzen Baby Boomer and Gen X Show.” Jump in my time capsule and come back to the simpler days of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. My guest on Sunday, April 25 will be Jamie Farr best known for playing Corporal Max Klinger on the iconic, award-winning television series M*A*S*H. Listeners are invited to call in and talk with the popular 86-year-old actor. There are many ways you can listen to the show from anywhere in the world: If you have a smart speaker, simply say, “Play WMEX on Audacy.com ” Download the free www.Audacy.com app on your phone or tablet Listen online at www.wmexboston.com Or tune into 1510 AM if you have an AM radio Beacon Hill Roll Call record local representatives’ votes on the roll call from the week of April 1216. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week. HOUSE APPROVES $400 MILLION FOR NEW SOLDIERS’ HOME IN HOLYOKE House 160-0, approved and sent to the Senate a bill authorizing $400 million to fund the construction of a new Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. The push to construct the new home follows the deaths of 77 veteran residents last year as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak at the current facility. During debate on the House floor, Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) House chair of Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets addressed what the bill does and does not do. “This bill is solely to finance the long overdue construction of a new soldiers’ home in Holyoke to serve our state’s veterans,” said Gregoire. “The myriad issues in governance and oversight and the geographic, racial and gender inequity issues that have been brought to light, though not created by the COVID-19 crisis, and resulting tragedy in Holyoke last year will be addressed in the near future, through a vehicle that will allow for more extensive research, discussion and debate.” Gregoire also outlined a timeline for the project. She noted the “enabling work” for the project is expected to be done in spring 2022; construction will occur between the summers of 2022 and 2026; the move to the new building will be in the fall of 2026; demolition of the existing facility will follow the move and end in 2028; and final site work and landscaping will take place between the spring and summer of 2028. The Baker administration and House and Senate leaders are all trying to speed the bill’s passage in order to meet deadlines to apply for as much as $260 million in funding from the federal government, which would leave state taxpayers with a $140 million bill. “Holyoke is deeply proud to be home to the Soldiers’ Home and we are grateful to see the House support a bill to prepare the home for the next 50 years,” said Aaron Vega, Director of Holyoke’s Office of Planning and Economic Development and former state representative from Holyoke. “The bonding authorization included in this legislation will allow the commonwealth to move forward with critical upgrades to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home that will provide our veterans with a state-of-the-art facility that meets their health care and long-term care needs,” said House GOP Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading). “It also places the commonwealth in a strong position to qualify for significant federal matching funds to complete this work.” Next stop is the Senate where Sen. John Velis (D-Westfield), who represents Holyoke in the upper chamber, said, “I am pleased that the House unanimously passed the … bill today. Our commonwealth needs a new facility that will care for our veterans with the honor and dignity that they deserve. Today’s passage was an important step towards that goal, and I look forward to the Senate promptly acting on this bill.” The office of House Ways and Means chair Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston), the author of the bill, did not respond to questions by Beacon Hill Roll Call which were sent repeatedly directly to Michlewitz and his Chief of Staff Blake Webber. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill.) Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of April 12-16, the House met for a total of three hours and 36 minutes while the Senate met for a total of 17 minutes. Mon. April 12 House 11:00 a.m. to 11:03 a.m. Senate 11:14 a.m. to 11:19 a.m. Tues. April 13 No House session No Senate session Wed. April 14 House 11:00 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. No Senate session Thurs. April 15 House 11:01 a.m. to 1:59 p.m. Senate 11:19 a.m. to 11:31 a.m. Fri. April 16 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 11 “And should you need assistance, a librarian will be standing by to help. “Fast, simple, and easy!” For more information on this and other services, visit http:// www.sauguspubliclibrary.org Let’s hear it! Got an idea, passing thought or gripe you would like to share with The Saugus Advocate? I’m always interested in your feedback. It’s been over fi ve years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for The Advocate Asks interview of the week. Feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast.net. Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want to express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15to 20-minute interview while practicing social distancing outside a local coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coff ee. Or, if you prefer to be interviewed from the safety of your home on the phone or via email, I will provide that option to you as the nation copes with the Coronavirus crisis. SACHEMS | FROM PAGE 8 be played at Peabody. The last time the Sachems tasted victory in the series was in 2013 when they pulled off a 25-14 triumph. Since then Peabody has emerged on top on six straight occasions. In the last meeting back on Turkey Day 2019, the Tanners scored two second-half touchdowns to break a 7-7 deadlock and eventually win 21-7. If the Sachems hope to reverse the recent trend in Peabody’s favor, they will need their strongest effort of the season. The Tanners sport a 4-1 record and have signature wins over perennially powerful programs like Danvers, Beverly and Masconomet. They crushed Gloucester 41-0 on the road last week and lost a close 20-13 decision at Marblehead back in March. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ADVOCATE NEWSPAPER FACEBOOK.COM/ ADVOCATE.NEWS.MA Frank Berardino MA License 31811 • 24 - Hour Service • Emergency Repairs BERARDINO Plumbing & Heating Residential & Commercial Service Gas Fitting • Drain Service 617.699.9383 Senior Citizen Discount WASTE REMOVAL & BUILDING MAINTENANCE • Landscaping, Lawn Care, Mulching • Yard Waste & Rubbish Removal • Interior & Exterior Demolition (Old Decks, Fences, Pools, Sheds, etc.) • Appliance and Metal Pick-up • Construction and Estate Cleanouts • Pick-up Truck Load of Trash starting at $169 • Carpentry LICENSED & INSURED Call for FREE ESTIMATES! Office: (781) 233-2244 Mold & Waterproofing EXPERTS • Sump Pumps • Walls & Floor Cracks • ALL WORK GUARANTEED - Licensed Contractor - JPG CONSTRUCTION Cell phone 781-632-7503 508-292-9134 We follow Social Distancing Guidelines!

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 Page 17 COVID | FROM PAGE 4 report was conducted, and a bid put out to upgrade all mechanical systems was undertaken. HVAC Contractor scope of work: Building maintenance and Facilities • Repaired and replaced any defective motors, greased units, and changed all filters and belts for any roof top unitary air equipment. • Cleaned and disinfected all classroom and office uninvents water tank • Changed 125-gallon hot • Cleaning existing ductwork HVAC Contractor • Basically, repaired or replaced the contents of each uninvent. Changed air and water control valves, control communication boards and wiring. • Re-attached and verified operation of all outside air dampers • Rewired uninvents back to a central automated building controls head end. • Future renovation calls for the replacement of roof top and ventilator units and the controls system is being integrated with all existing and new equipment. • All remaining school buildings will have the ability to be controlled by a central Facility maintenance System. • Re-attached and verified operation of all outside air dampers Saugus Town Hall • Replaced water fountains with touchless bottle filler units • Replaced all toilet and plumbing fixtures with touchless devices including paper towel dispensers. • Added social distancing signage and floor markings • Repaired and or replaced internal office heating and cooling units’ controls and valves. • Recommissioned boiler and heating system. Upgraded automated controls and verified operation. • Separating service and operation between the public and employees. Old Clerks and Treasurers Office transaction counters have been removed. A new counter will be placed along the inside office walls and the public will engage employees from the hallway side of the offices. Set up will be like a bank tellers’ style of operation. • Adding an office to the Clerks Area / Town Manager Office for direct access to the hallway. • Adding new transaction counter and door to the Assessor’s Office. • Splitting doors (Dutch style) to Veterans and Selectman’s Offices to create a transaction area and social distancing. • Added portable air quality units to all classrooms and administration areas. COVID | SEE PAGE 18 Office/Commercial Space for Lease FRANK’S Housepainting (781) 289-0698 • Exterior • Ceiling Dr. • Power Wash • Paper Removal • Carpentry FREE ESTIMATES — Fully Insured “Proper prep makes all the difference” – F. Ferrera • Interior 3 Large rooms, each with walk-in storage area. Ideal for Law Office or Aerobics Studio. Like new condition. Second floor elevator direct to unit. Seperate entrances - New Baths - Large Parking Area. On MBTA Bus Route #429. Located on Route 1 South at Walnut Street. Rollerworld Plaza Rte. 1 South 425 Broadway Saugus Call Michelle at: 781-233-9507

Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 COVID | FROM PAGE 17 • Adding air cleaning equipment to RTU’s and ductwork Belmon t e M i d d l e School Currently under renovation. Replacing all classroom uninvent controls, filters and adding bipolar ionization units (air cleaning) • Repaired and re - placed any defective motors, greased units, and changed all filters and belts for any roof top unitary air equipment. • Cleaned and disinfected all classroom and office uninvents • Adding new air handling units (with bipolar ionization) to for the new School and Administration Offices Saugus Middle High School The SMHS was designed to exceed the current energy code and is tracking to be LEED Gold Certified. Therefore, no major mechanical, plumbing, or electrical work was required to COVID ready the building other than a minor change in the number of air changes per hour, which was accomplished through by some reprogramming of the automated building controls system. To further assist with COVID, we implemented the following social distancing strategies: • Provided layouts of student learning spaces and eating spaces with State recommended social distancing criteria • Call out locations for additional medical waiting areas and quarantine areas • Highlight potential entry and exit areas, note one directional flow in corridors and stairs, and design signage to help people with social distancing through the facility. • Provided desk to dividers • Provided rolling tack board partitions that can be used to create temporary walls for additional classroom space in project areas.


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