SAUGUS The Advocate–A household word in Saugus! AADVOCATEDV CAT Vol. 24, No. 17 -FREEwww.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday 781-233-4446 Friday, April 30, 2021 The Final Four Breaking Ground The public questions a quartet of candidates left from 25 who applied for Saugus school superintendent possible vote on their selecBy Mark E. Vogler our candidates remain from the original field of 25 who had aspirations of becoming the next superintendent of Saugus Public Schools. The public got a chance to interview the two men and two women finalists for 75 minutes a piece this week on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. School Committee members will get their opportunity to grill the potential successors to the retiring Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. next Monday (May 3) and Tuesday (May 4), with a F tion coming later in the week. “I don’t think any of these four candidates are pushovers,” School Committee Vice-Chair Ryan Fisher said when asked about whether he thought the aspiring superintendents had the right temperament to succeed in a community with a reputation for hardball local politics. “I might ask a question in the finals [next week’s interviews] about the rough-and-tumble nature of Saugus,” said Fisher, who chaired the 15-member Superintendent Search ComGetting “Zoomed” again For the second year in a row, concerns about COVID-19 have forced the Annual Town Meeting to be held in an online format By Mark E. Vogler R estaurants and bars across the state are getting back to normal with Governor Charlie Baker relaxing COVID-19 restrictions as more people get vaccinated. But things won’t be near normal for this year’s Annual Town Meeting, which will convene at 7:30 p.m. Monday (May 3) via Zoom videoconferencing – for the second consecutive year. Town Moderator Steve Doherty told selectmen in a letter filed last week that he didn’t feel comfortable having the session in the second floor auditorium at Saugus Town Hall, which still remains closed to the public except for a small crew of town employees who answer the phones and run the day-to-day operation. “BeZOOMED | SEE PAGE 13 CHRISTIE SERINO: A Sachem sports legend, from athlete, to coach to community mentor. Town Meeting is set to vote on an article that would name new Saugus High School sports complex after him. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) Rachael Turco grabs a piece of turf that was torn up from the backyard of the St. John’s Episcopal Church rectory last Saturday (April 24) as she and 24 other volunteers gathered to begin work on a community garden to help alleviate the town’s food insecurity problem. Turco, who is not a church member, says she got involved in the project because she spent many months feeling lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic and wanted to help others. For story and other photos, please see inside. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Tara Vocino) mittee which reduced the field of applicants to nine preliminary interviews and later the four finalists. “Really four interesting candidates; they all have good qualifications and very interesting backgrounds and experiences that they would bring to the job,” Fisher said. DeRuosi informed the committee last December that he plans to retire on June 30th – the last day of the 2021 fiscal year and also the end of his five years as leader of Saugus FINAL | SEE PAGE 5 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 30, 2021 A young “unsung hero” helps town Middle School educators nominate 8th grade Honor Student as Project 351 Ambassador for Saugus G ianni Baez Dellelo, 14, a budding young leader, and an unsung hero, was nominated by his Middle School educators to be the Project 351 Ambassador to represent Saugus. Educators select Ambassadors who have demonstrated an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility and gratitude. Gianni was seThanks For The Memories lected because of who he is as a person: a very kind student who is compassionate, humble, driven and would help anyone. Project 351 is an independent nonprofit organization that builds a movement of youthled service by engaging an 8th grade unsung hero from each of Massachusetts’s 351 cities and towns. United for a year of leadership and service, Project 351 Ambassadors transform communities, elevate kindness, advance social justice and gain the courage, compassion and capabilities to lead change. Firstly, the Ambassadors will unite in Spring Service campaigns to support children facing economic challenges and homelessness (to benefit Cradles to Crayons). Next is the Hope & Gratitude Walk in which they raise funds in support of nonprofits selected by the Ambassadors and their peers. In Richard Krzywicki shows his approval of the old “Young’s” grocery and liquor store sign that was revealed Tuesday morning (April 27) on the side of the building at 375 Central St. at the intersection of Denver Street, which now houses Tiger Institute Tae Kwon Do. The antique sign rekindled some fond childhood memories for Krzywicki and other Saugus residents who remembered the store. See story and photo on page 3. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) Gianni Baez Dellelo September they honor the military and veterans with a 9 /11 Tribute Service, in support of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund and Hope & Comfort. In the fall they address the issue of hunger and provide service to benefit hometown food UNSUNG HERO | SEE PAGE 12 Chris Serino, Jr. By The Old Sachem, Bill Stewart A “Bob’s always a phone call away.” — C.J. DOHERTY, VP, C.J. DOHERTY, INC. TALK TO BOB ABOUT OUR COMMERCIAL AND CONSTRUCTION LOANS. WE’RE READY TO HELP YOU GET STARTED. BOB KAMINER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT BKAMINER@EVERETTBANK . COM 61 7-381-3610 $2.39 419 BROADWAY, EVERETT MA 02149 WWW.EVERETTBANK .COM/GETSTARTED Member FDIC Member DIF mong the great athletes from Saugus, Mass., was Chris Serino. Chris was born in Saugus on August 1, 1949, and died in Boston on October 15, 2012, at the age of 63. Serino played football, baseball and hockey for Saugus High School in the mid-1960s. He was chosen as an All-Scholastic in nine consecutive seasons by Boston newspapers for all three sports that he played from his sophomore seasons to his graduation in 1967. His number five hockey jersey was enshrined in Kasabuski Arena, and he was installed in the Saugus High School Hall of Fame. Chris moved to American International College (AIC) and was a three-sport athlete from 1968 to 1971. In football he was the quarterback and a defensive back for the AIC Yellow Jackets. In hockey Chris was a standout wing, and in baseball as a senior in 1971 he batted .472, which was the top average in the College Division, and that is still the school record for batting average for a season. He was chosen for Topps All-American honors and was named as the 1971 Presidents Cup recipient as the outstanding senior athlete at AIC. He was the head hockey coach for seven seasons for the Sachems, then was chosen to lead Northfield Mount Hermon School, a prep school in Gill, Mass., in 1988. He served there for three seasons and was selected as the New England Prep Coach of the Year. He was selected by Dick Umile at the University of New Hampshire as his assistant hockey coach and coached at UNH until 1998, when he became the head coach at Merrimack College in North Andover. He was also the Athletic Director for the Warriors. His college coaching record at Merrimack was 78 wins, 149 losses and 27 ties. He coached at Merrimack for seven seaCHRIS SERINO | SEE PAGE 13

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 Page 3 Reminiscing about “Young’s” The removal of building siding at the corner of Central and Denver Streets revealed an antique sign that got people discussing a once-popular store By Mark E. Vogler R ichard Krzywicki rushed out to the intersection of Central and Denver Streets early Tuesday afternoon, snapping photos like a kid on a sightseeing trip. “My wife [Jennifer] called me this morning to tell me ‘The Young sign is showing,’ so I had to get down here and get a photo before it got covered up,” the 53-year-old Saugus resident said as he admired the Denver Street side outside wall of the building which once housed “Young’s” grocery and liquor store. “Last time I saw this sign would have been around ’73 or ’74. I was probably about three years old. I remember my grandfather coming here and getting his beer. He drove up in one of those big old giant Cadillacs,” he said. “In the 80’s when I came here from Junior High School, it was just a convenience store,” he said. Now the building houses Tiger Institute Tae Kwon Do. The owners recently decided to replace the siding on the building. And when a work crew pulled off the old siding on the Denver Street side, a colorful antique sign appeared – piquing the interest of many people who happened to pass by the building. “Oh, it’s beautiful,” said Jose Chacon of Brothers Construction Co. of Everett. “Everybody’s stopping and taking pictures of it. It’s real nice. We’re going to cover it back up with some vinyl siding on it,” said Chacon, who was in charge of the work crew that discovered the sign. One of Chacon’s coworkers held up his cell phone to display a series of photos and text messages that were piling up on a social 978-281-2612 AdultFosterCareNS.com Celebrating 19 Years Gerry LOOK WHAT WE FOUND: Jose Chacon of Brothers Construction Co. of Everett and members of his Saugus work crew created a photo-taking frenzy at the corner of Central and Denver Streets on Tuesday when they discovered an old sign for “Young’s” package and liquor store. The photos and text messages made a huge splash on local social media this week. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) media site Tuesday afternoon. Eugene Decareau, 91, a lifelong Saugonian, called The Saugus Advocate early Tuesday and left a message to “send one of your photographers down if you want to get a history photo before they cover it up again,” he said. “It used to be a grocery store there. And, believe it or not, I worked there when I was 13 years old,” he said. The sign drew some casual conversation Wednesday night at the end of the Finance Committee budget meeting. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree normally has a photo of Town Hall as his background when he appears at Zoom teleconferencing meetings. But Wednesday night he had a photo of the “Young’s” sign as his background. Crabtree asked the FinCom members whether they could recognize the background. FinCom Chair Kenneth DePatto said he got to see the sign and THIS WEEK ON SAUGUS TV Sunday, May 2 from 9 to 11 p.m. on Channel 8 – “Sunday Night Stooges” (The Three Stooges). Monday, May 3 all day on Channel 8 – “'Movie Monday” (classic movies). Tuesday, May 4 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – School Committee Meeting from April 27. Wednesday, May 5 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Finance Committee Meeting from April 28. Thursday, May 6 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – School Committee Meeting from April 28. Friday, May 7 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – School Committee Meeting from April 29. Saturday, May 8 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 8 – What’s Cookin’? with Theresa. 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*** lamented that it had been covered up again as of Wednesday. “Nobody can get a picture of it now. It’s worth some money here,” Crabtree quipped. “It sure is. It was beautiful. I drove by and saw it when they were taking the siding off [Tuesday]. And when I went by today, it was all gone. They covered it all up. I mean, that’s really nostalgic. Look at how nice and bright and vibrant the colors are,” DePatto said. Crabtree said it would have been nice for the sign to be restored. DePatto agreed. “They probably could have sold it to [American] Pickers or somebody,” DePatto said. DePatto said Decareau had told him it was a grocery store before it became Young’s Liquor. 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 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. “Our AFCNS support team is wonderful. They feel like family.” Adelaida, Caregiver to mother Dolores

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 Page 5 FINAL | FROM PAGE 1 Public Schools. That would allow about seven weeks for the transition. The competition for DeRuosi’s replacement: Erin McMahon, who is currently advisor to state Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley. Among her duties, she has been guiding the COVID-19 reentry process, making recommendations for health and safety, rapid response and remote learning. McMahon’s other duties include providing practical recommendations to district superintendents on how to plan for different models of learning while monitoring the implementation and the quality of the reopening, tracking lead indicators of wellness/instruction. Her career as an educator took her from an English as a Second Language teacher in Washington, D.C., in 1995 to several principal and teacher administrative posts in New York City and Denver, Colorado. Before Commissioner Riley hired her, she had worked the previous six years as associate chief of academics and innovation in Denver Public Schools. She also served three years as a regional superintendent overseeing 6,200 students in 14 schools. Margo Ferrick, who has been Deputy Superintendent of Southbridge Public Schools since June 2017, a district which serves more than 2,000 students. She spent close to two decades working for Lowell Public Schools – more than 13 years as a social worker at Lowell High School. She was hired at her current position to help turn around one of three chronically underperforming districts that are run by the state. While excelling in her current position, she wants to move on because her boss has no plans of leaving in the near future. Frank Tiano, who is currently the superintendent of Uxbridge Public Schools – a district that serves more than 1,700 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. He is looking for what would be his third appointment as a superintendent during the last six years. He had served five years as superintendent of Chelmsford Public Schools before leaving in 2015. That district serves close to 5,000 students. He began a 30-year career as an educator as a grade school teacher in Nashua, N.H. He served as an assistant superintendent in Framingham. Eric Tracy, the lone candidate among finalists who has no previous experience as a President of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She received her Master of Business Administration, Finance and Operations at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Education Leadership from Pace University in New York City. Ferrick earned her Bachelor SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATE #2: Eric Tracy, the principal of Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, this week at a “Meet and Greet” forum filmed by SaugusTV. He is scheduled to be interviewed by the full Saugus School Committee via Zoom teleconferencing on Monday (May 3) at 7:30 p.m. SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATE #1: Frank Tiano, the superintendent of Uxbridge Public Schools, this week at a “Meet and Greet” forum filmed by SaugusTV. He is scheduled to be interviewed by the full Saugus School Committee via Zoom teleconferencing on Monday (May 3) at 6 p.m. (Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler). of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1991). She earned her master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College (1996). She earned her Doctor of Education in Leadership from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (2019). Tiano received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Bentley College (1989). He received his Master of Arts degree in Teaching (Elementary) from Simmons College (1990). He received his Doctor of Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (2006). Tracy earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology (1991) and a second bachelor’s degree in Education (1992) from Fitchburg State University. He earned his master’s in Education degree in AdminFINAL | SEE PAGE 6 SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATE #4: Margo Ferrick, Deputy Superintendent of Southbridge Public Schools, this week at a “Meet and Greet” forum filmed by SaugusTV. She is scheduled to be interviewed by the full Saugus School Committee via Zoom teleconferencing on Tuesday (May 4) at 7:30 p.m. school superintendent. But the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School principal of more than seven years says his experience as an educator over the past three decades qualifies him to lead Saugus Public Schools. He currently manages a school of more than 520 students and 80 faculty and staff members. His previous job was nine years as principal of Wilmington High School, where he managed a facility of 975 students and 90 faculty and staff members. Educational backgrounds of the candidates McMahon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. She was a member of the Yale University Women’s Soccer Team and was Vice SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATE #3: Erin McMahon, senior advisor to state Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley, this week at a “Meet and Greet” forum filmed by SaugusTV. She is scheduled to be interviewed by the full Saugus School Committee via Zoom teleconferencing on Tuesday (May 4) at 6 p.m.

Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 FINAL | FROM PAGE 5 istration from Cambridge College (1993). What they say about the challenges of Saugus McMahon: “I think that as a community, you have an incredible tradition and you have families who continue to choose again and again to come back to Saugus. And so, you’re not just educating kids, but educating generations of the Town of Saugus. I think it’s incredibly important. And if I had the honor of becoming superintendent, I would be taking on that mantle. Really, this is about the generations of the families in Saugus and not just the kids who are in school right now.” Ferrick: “I did my due diliAUTOTECH 1989 SINCE Is your vehicle ready for the Summer Season?!! Recharge your vehicle's AC for the warm weather! Includes up to 1 LB. of Refrigerant* (*Most Vehicles/Some Restrictions May Apply) AC SPECIAL Only $69.95 DRIVE IT - PUSH IT - TOW IT! 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There’s also significant differences in the community. I’m not saying they’re comparable at all. But the work that needs to be done in terms of improving the teaching and learning and climate and culture – and building trust within the community in Saugus is work that I have been doing for the last four years in the trenches with my sleeves rolled up. And we’re beginning to see some outcome data of change and we’ve been very significantly focused on two main priorities – teaching/learning, climate and culture and where the intersection of them are. I just feel like the work that I’ve been doing as a deputy is very similar to the work and how I can lead Saugus.” Tiano: “So, what entices me about Saugus? I look at the commitment that this community has just made in your schools and facilities. They are beautiful. And the organization and the work that’s being done there, I think is great. And that by itself is not enticing enough in terms of what’s going to happen in those schools. I’ve looked at your DESE [state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education] reFINAL | SEE PAGE 17 Replacing DeRuosi Superintendent Search Committee chair credits his panel with “great job” in fielding the list of finalists By Mark E. Vogler S chool Committee ViceChair Ryan Fisher offered high praise for the four finalists being considered for the next superintendent of Saugus Public Schools. Fisher, who chaired the 15-member Superintendent Search Committee which recently recommended a list of four candidates as possible choices to replace the retiring Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr., lauded the search committee in an interview yesterday. “That I’ve had community members reach out to me to say positive things about every candidate for the superintendency tells me the screening committee did a great job,” Fisher told The Saugus Advocate. DeRuosi plans to retire effective June 30, at the end of the current school year, which would end his service to the town at five years. It will also be the final day of the 2021 fiscal year that began last July 1. Fisher also offered his major takeaways on this week’s interviews for each of the candidates, stressing their strong points: • Frank Tiano, who is currently the superintendent of Uxbridge Public Schools: “Dr. Tiano is the one sitting superintendent in the mix, and while he gave a lot of great information on how he’d move the district forward, what stood out to me was how he directly and honestly he spoke of confronting past challenges, learning from them, taking responsibility and moving forward. “This is a difficult job and we know that the next superintendent is going to have challenging days, and what’s as important if not more important as avoiding difficulties is how they’re handled once they do and will happen.” • Eric Tracy, the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School principal. He is the lone candidate among the finalists who has no previous experience as a school superintendent. “Mr. Tracy is an experienced principal and a strong communicator and showed the enthusiasm and energy he’d bring to the job. “It stands out to me that ONE COMMITTEE MEMBER’S TAKE ON THE FINALISTS: School Committee Vice-Chair Ryan Fisher, who chaired the 15-member Superintendent Search Committee, gave rave reviews on each of the four candidates being considered for appointment as the next superintendent of Saugus Public Schools. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) he’s focused much of his career on the high school side of the system but spoke comfortably and knowledgeably about our youngest students as well, and is truly a handson, roll-his-sleeves-up, I’llcome-to-you leader. I don’t have any doubt he’s ready for the superintendency.” • Erin McMahon, who is currently advisor to state Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley: “Ms. McMahon has an impeccable resume. She’s worked in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Denver, has been an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, a regional superintendent, a senior advisor to the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, and has a proven track record at raising student achievement. “One person told me they turned on the TV with the intention of only watching for a few minutes and stayed for her entire panel. She’s a tremendous communicator.” • Margo Ferrick, who has been Deputy Superintendent of Southbridge Public Schools since June 2017: “Two things stood out to me about Dr. Ferrick. The first is her work experience and ethic. She’s worked REPLACING | SEE PAGE 17

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 Page 7 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. Town Meeting being overshadowed It’s hard to believe it, but the opening night of Saugus Town Meeting will be playing second or even third fiddle on Monday and the rest of the week – in part because the COVID-19 pandemic has watered down the warrant. But, on the other hand, there are several significant events cracking this week: The main event, of course, is the selection of a new superintendent of Saugus Public Schools to replace the retiring Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr., who is in the final two months of his five-year contract. The School Committee has scheduled a pair of events for Monday night, beginning at 6 p.m. The interviews will probably run 75 minutes apiece and will conflict with the Town Meeting, which is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. – about the same time the second superintendent candidate will be interviewed. The final two interviews will take place on Tuesday night in the same time slots as Monday. The state legislative delegation that represents Saugus is expected to meet on Tuesday with the Board of Selectmen and other town officials in a “roundtable” Zoom format between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. This definitely conflicts with the schedules of people who want to see the final public interviews of the school superintendent candidates. But this an important session because it’s been several years since selectmen and town officials met with state Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) and other members of the legislative delegation. “The poor condition of the off ramps on Route One has been on our radar for some time and continues to be a major issue,” selectmen wrote in a joint letter to Rep. Wong last week in anticipation of this get-together. “While driving through our town, hundreds of motorists view trash, old barriers, and stored materials left on the ramps. Once landscaped with greenery and continual upkeep, they are now devoid of any attention or maintenance,” the letter continued. Board of Selectmen Vice-Chair Corinne Riley noted that state Rep. Giannino and state Sen. Creighton are also expected to attend the forum. Joe Vecchione, chair of the Cliftondale Revitalization Committee, said he has a few issues he plans to broach the legislative delegation on, too. One of them might be a request to consider extending the Blue Line or a Commuter Rail into Saugus – an issue that Precinct 1 Town Meeting Member Sue Palomba suggested this week at the Cliftondale Revitalization Committee meeting. “I will be present and intend to speak regarding several of the safety and infrastructural issues in the square. I encourage committee members to attend and speak as this is a great opportunity to do so,” Vecchione said of the Tuesday night meeting, which will precede the selectmen’s meeting set for 7 p.m. Cliftondale forums coming up Speaking of the Cliftondale Revitalization Committee, there are a few upcoming dates that concerned residents might be interested in. May 24th – 6 to 7 p.m. The next meeting for the Cliftondale Revitalization Committee will be a site walk in Cliftondale Square. Let’s plan to meet in the North Shore Bank parking lot. The committee will begin the walk on Jackson Street, through the parking lot to the rear of St. Margaret’s Parish, down Lincoln towards the circle to the MEG building, and then circle back up the street past Banana Splitz, Eastern Bank and Rossetti Insurance. The committee invites business owners to attend and share their views. Mid-June: The committee is organizing a public forum with a date to be determined. Members are hoping to get all the stakeholders, particularly the Planning Department, Cliftondale property owners (landlords) and business owners involved. A “Shout-Out” to the super searchers School Committee Vice-Chair Ryan Fisher submitted this week’s nomination for all the Saugus citizens who helped out in the town’s quest for a new town education czar to replace retiring Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. “A shout out to the superintendent screening committee! Saugus saw four very strong finalists in this week’s public forums, and their selection was made possible by many committed volunteers who worked tirelessly these last few weeks so our kids could have the best education possible,” Fisher wrote in an email to The Saugus Advocate. “Heartfelt thanks to Stephannie Barboza, Steve Black, Julie Cicolini, Scott Crabtree, Michelle Dwyer, Dennis Gould, Sabrina Jaeger, Richard Lavoie, Charlie Naso, William Palmerini, Tracey Rahas already let Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree know he would like to fill one of those two unexpected vacancies on the Planning Board. “Given the recent resignations of Chairman Peter Rossetti and long time Planning Board member Dennis Moschella, you certainly have large voids to fill in this very critical and important town board,” Vecchione wrote in his letter of interest. “I believe my background in the architectural field, interest in the planning and economic development in Saugus and proactiveness as a Town Meeting member in planning and zoning issues would make me an asset to the Planning Board and begin to fill that void left by these recent departures. I am a lifelong Saugus resident, a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and an active member of the American Institute of Architects.” Vecchione already has plenty of expertise for the Planning Board, having coauthored a Route 1 zoning article passed by fellow Town Meeting members to better balance commercial and residential development on the Route 1 corridor “As a 30 year old resident with an optimistic outlook GUESS WHO GOT SKETCHED! In this week’s edition, we continue our weekly feature where a local artist sketches people, places and things in Saugus. Got an idea who was sketched this week? If you do, please email me at mvoge@comcast.net or leave a phone message at 978-683-7773. Anyone who correctly identifies the Saugonians being sketched between now and Tuesday at noon qualifies to have their name put in a green Boston Red Sox hat with a chance to be selected as the winner of a $10 gift certificate, compliments of Dunkin’ at the 1204 Broadway Saugus location on Route 1 North. But you have to enter to win! Look for the winner and identification in next week’s “The Sounds of Saugus.” Please leave your mailing address in case you are a winner. (Courtesy illustration to The Saugus Advocate by a Saugonian who goes by the name of “The Sketch Artist”) gucci, Michael Sullivan, Dawn Trainor, and Kelly Wolff.” Each of those people sat on the 15-member Superintendent Search Committee, which Fisher chaired. Fellow School Committee Member Gould was the vice-chair. 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. Chris Riley pushes for compensation study Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Chris Riley is recycling some of his good ideas and is proposing a warrant for an upcoming Special Town Meeting. “To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum not to exceed $40,000.00 for the purpose of hiring a consultant to provide a compensation study for town employees, or take any other action relative thereto,” according to a draft of the proposed article authored by Riley. “The purpose of the study shall be to determine the fair and equitable total compensation for town employees based on market conditions. As such, the study shall include, minimally, analysis and recommendations for salaries and employee benefits.” Vecchione eyes Planning Board vacancy Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Joe Vecchione on Saugus’ long term potential in regards to our economic development, not just on Route 1, but town wide, it would be an honor to serve on the Planning Board to actively work hands on to make this optimistic outlook a reality, in time,” he wrote Crabtree. Stay tuned. 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 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 protecting 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 at 7 p.m. Change for Grab-N-Go meals Saugus Public Schools is providing free meals on Tuesdays and Fridays from the Saugus Middle High THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 8

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 7 School at 1 Pearce Memorial Dr. 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. Through a USDA grant, Saugus Public Schools is providing free meals to all Saugus students while in-person learning or remotely learning from home. Project Bread partners with the state 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 has opened. 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 is accepted for onsite recycling. Additional acceptable items include the following: 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 has 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 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. 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 announces 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 came 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 cell 617 257 4847 or e mail “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.” 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 pre-bagged 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 shortterm 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.” THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 12

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 Page 9 SAUGUS GARDENS IN THE PANDEMIC Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener t's definitely tulip time all over Saugus! The most popular tulip varieties, Darwin hybrids which come in almost every color of the rainbow except true blue, are flowering in Saugus this week. While there are other kinds of tulips which flower earlier and some a little later, these are the ones we usually have in mind when we think of tulips. Some are blooming at the Saugus Iron Works, where they remind us of what was happening in the Netherlands during the 17th century. The Iron Works was first in operation in 1646, but just a little earlier in that century the Netherlands was I TULIP TIME IN SAUGUS: tulips from the Netherlands in the Casolis’ garden. (Courtesy photos to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) gripped by tulip mania, and bulb prices soared – suddenly in 1637 prices plummeted. 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 Some of the most sought-after color combinations were those of “broken” tulips, which had intriguing patterns caused by a virus. The stories now just add to the aura and intrigue of the many colors of tulips we see now. Modern multicolored tulips are created through breeding programs rather than a virus. A bit of the Netherlands appears on Adams Avenue, where tulips bloom in the front yard of the Casoli family. They took a bucket list trip there in the spring of 2017, visited the famous flower displays and were inspired to order bulbs, which are now blooming for the second year. They include unusual varieties and color combinations and make a beautiful splash of color along Adams Avenue. Among them are a few daffodils and a hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis). Hostas which will fill in the space left as the tulip foliage fades can be seen emerging from the ground nearby. Hostas and daylilies are popular companions for bulb plantings, since they are just beginning to emerge from the ground now and will bloom later to distract from yellowing foliage as the bulbs go dormant in early summer. Today is Arbor Day! Last year Saugus got a lot of new street trees planted thanks to a grant that Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) applied for and to a generous donation from Al DiNardo, and these trees are already beautifying the town. Anyone heading toward the Iron Works will be noticing the beautiful pink flowers on one of the new trees along Central Street, an SHADES OF THE NETHERLANDS: Tulips at the Saugus Iron Works. A CLOSER LOOK: Okame cherry blossoms on a Central Street tree. BEAUTIFUL PINK: Okame cherry in bloom on Central Street. SPRING COLORS: Multicolored tulips and one hyacinth in the Casolis’ garden. Okame cherry (Prunus 'Okame') and new leaves coming out on many other new street trees in town. You may have noticed the signs near the boundaries of town – Saugus has been a Tree City USA for 22 years. The Tree City USA program was started by the Arbor Day Foundation in 1976 to encourage towns and cities across the country to plant GARDENS | SEE PAGE 12

Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 Helping the Hungry Two dozen volunteers break ground for a community garden in the backyard of St. John’s Episcopal Church rectory – to help fight food insecurity By Tara Vocino A pastor is giving up his stimulus money to help fight food insecurity right in his own backyard. St. John’s Episcopal Church Rev. John T. Beach broke ground last Saturday (April 24) on a community garden where harvested food will go toward fresh vegetables for the Saugus Food Pantry and needy. Only a few planters are from the church, according to Beach. pandemic. “I wanted to help others,” Turco said. “We all need to get our bodies moving.” Garden Club member/planter Joyce Rodenhiser pitched in because she admires Beach’s generosity to help others rather than seek personal gain. “It’s a great thing,” Rodenhiser said. “I felt led to grow tomato seeds at my house, as a result, to give back.” Denise Beneteau, of Saugus, who is a church member, she said the reasoning was simple. From left to right are Senior Warden Daniel Casey, church members Judy and Bruce Maxwell, Pastor John Beach, church member William Pethier, Saugonian Kathie Granara, and Garden Club member Joyce Rodenhiser, from the viewpoint of the church rectory porch. Tree Committee Chairwoman Nancy Prag and Garden Club member Joyce Rodenhiser admire Rev. John Beach’s generosity to help fight food insecurity. The age category ranges from young adults to seniors. On Saturday, approximately 25 volunteers began the groundwork by cultivating soil, removing grass and planting vegetables in the backyard of 276 Central St. – the St. John’s Episcopal Church rectory where Rev. Beach lives. “It will be harvested this fall,” Beach said. “I hope it will be an inspiration for others, including elementary school students who are planting seeds in their classrooms.” Planter Rachael Turco, who eats organic since it’s healthier and who isn’t a church member, said she wanted to help since she spent so many months feeling lonely during the COVID-19 “People need food,” Beneteau said. “I wanted to do something participatory.” Tree Committee Chairwoman Nancy Prag, of Saugus, said it’s great timing with Earth Day this past week. “There is still much to be done,” Rev. Beach said. “I fully understand that there are many whose schedule does not allow for this. It would, however, be a joy if some among you are able to join me.” Volunteers plan to complete the ground preparation today (Friday, April 30) from 9 to 11 a.m., or tomorrow (Saturday, May 1) from 1 to 3 p.m. For information, call 774-961-9881 or visit the rectory on Central Street. Saugus resident Denise Beneteau, who picked up grass and soil with a wheelbarrow, said she wanted to do something participatory. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 Page 11 Mistakes cost Saugus in season-ending loss T By Greg Phipps hrough more than three-quarters of the first half, the Saugus High School football team went toe-to-toe with the Peabody Tanners in their annual end-of-season rivalry game last Friday evening at Peabody. But mistakes at inopportune times ended up costing the Sachems in an eventual 24-0 loss. It was the third shutout defeat of the year for Saugus, which finished its abbreviated COVID-19 impacted season at 2-5 – both wins coming against Salem. Meanwhile, Peabody produced perhaps its best campaign in years with a 5-1 mark. It was also the eighth straight victory for the Tanners in the longtime series between the traditional Thanksgiving foes. Early on, it was clear Saugus was well prepared for the contest. The defense stopped Peabody on its first three possessions, and the offense moved the ball pretty well on the ground. Saugus senior defensive lineman Dougie Clark chased after Peabody quarterback Shea Lynch in last Friday’s season finale. (Advocate Photos by Greg Phipps) The game was still deadlocked at 0-0 entering the final few minutes of the second quarter. Saugus had a nice drive underway late in the second period, but a crucial five-yard penalty on a fourth-and-one situation forced a punt. The Sachems’ defense appeared to have Peabody stopped again on the ensuing possession. But on a thirdand-13 play, the Tanners converted on a pass play to earn the first down. They eventually scored the game’s first touchdown (and PAT kick) with two minutes, 55 seconds left in the first half. The Sachems then proceeded to relinquish the ball quickly, and the Tanners scored again before the half to grab a 14-0 lead. The visitors were kept off the board for the remainder of the contest while the home team added 10 more points in the second half to account for the final result. Saugus senior running back Sal Franco led the offensive attack with 73 yards on 16 carries. More than 60 of those came in the first half. Quarterback Donovan Clark threw sparingly and completed just one pass for seven yards. Senior Kyle Surette rushed for 18 yards. After the game, Saugus head coach Steve Cummings admitted to the press that the firsthalf errors put his squad in a tough position. “Those first drives of the game, we really needed something. But we really hurt ourselves with penalties,” he said. “We needed to be a little bit crisper. If you’re going to beat good teams like Peabody you can’t make those mistakes.” The season result was not Saugus senior running back Sal Franco stiff-armed a Peabody defender on his way to a sizable gain. Saugus defensive lineman Tre Sanders put pressure on Peabody quarterback Shea Lynch. what Cummings and his team hoped for. But having had the fall season wiped out due to the pandemic, just having a season at all in 2020-21 was a victory in itself. “When I saw the fall guidelines, I didn’t think we’d play this year,” he said. “But I’m thrilled we did and we got all seven games in, too. The seniors probably didn’t have the year they’d always planned, too, but I couldn’t be more impressed with how they handled it.” The Savings Bank hosts Small Business Recovery and Growth Resources webinar W AKEFIELD – The Savings Bank will continue its ongoing series of webinars on May 12 and May 18 with Small Business Recovery and Growth Resources presented by Maria Nigro Di Stefano, who is the Northeast Regional Director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. In the webinar Di Stefano will be joined by Pete Johnston, who is Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Banking Officer at The Savings Bank. The webinar will highlight business challenges and pathways to recovery and re-imagination to successfully emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and increase business. The Bank will offer the webinar at noon on May 12 and again at 5 p.m. on May 18 to accommodate varying business schedules. Both 30-minute presentations will address the same topics followed by a question-and-answer opportunity. This free webinar is the fourth in a series of informative webinars sponsored by The Savings Bank for customers and the public. Director Di Stefano will focus on business plans, marketing and offline and online networking to redesign, recharge and reengage business models. In addition, she will discuss resources small business can use to gather information and connect with industry experts, including the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation and SCORE. Participants can ask questions of the Director and Senior Vice President Johnston within the 30-minute presentation. To register for either webiSaugus senior running back Kyle Surette looked to break through a hole against Peabody. nar, or for information regarding future topics, email marketing@tsbawake24.com. Upcoming webinar topics will include Protecting your Parents Against Elder Scams in June. Established in 1869, The Savings Bank, which is headquartered in Wakefield, is a $675 million community bank with offices in Wakefield, Lynnfield, North Reading, Andover and Methuen.

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 8 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 shortterm or long-term 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 UNSUNG HERO | FROM PAGE 2 pantries. Gianni has been preparing to kick off his Spring Service campaign to benefit children facing economic challenges and homelessness through Cradles to Crayons. He will REPLACING | FROM PAGE 6 in difficult districts, has a track record of raising student achievement and thinking outside the box, and her social worker beginnings are GARDENS | FROM PAGE 9 more trees and to promote appreciation of the benefits of trees. To achieve tree city status, cities and towns must have a community tree ordinance, have a tree board or department, celebrate Arbor Day, and spend at least $2.00 per capita on urban forestry. The Saugus Tree Committee arranged the planting of approximately 60 trees in public places in Saugus last year, more than in any previous year. Members of the Saugus Tree CommitPublic Library moved its Front Door Pickup service from Central Street to Taylor Street in mid-December. Patrons are required to place items on hold via the library’s online catalog and then, once notified that their item(s) are ready, schedule a pickup date. Pickup times remain the same: Tuesday: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. “In addition to the slight change in location, the library has made it easier for its patrons to retrieve their items. Instead of waiting for a librarian to place your item on the table, we’ll place all scheduled holds on a table in the Taylor Street hallway. All you’ll have to do is walk in (one at a time, please, and don’t forget to wear a mask!) and retrieve the bag with your name on it.” The library also provides remote printing pickup and take & make crafts from the Taylor Street hallway. “And should you need assistance, a librarian will be standing by to help. “Fast, simple, and easy!” For more information on this and other services, visit http://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org. Let’s hear it! 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 five years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the week. Feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast.net. Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want to express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15- to 20-minute interview while practicing social distancing outside a local coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coffee. 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. be collecting new and gently used children’s clothing from size newborn to youth large size 10/12. The clothing drive will take place from May 10 to May 21. Donations can be dropped off curbside by the tent drop box at 34 Atlantic Ave., or if you have a donawell suited to our post-covid recovery. “The second is her personal approach. She didn’t polish her answers. She spoke honestly about mistakes made, took credit for achievements she tee have donated time to water the new trees regularly, since last summer and this spring have both been unusually dry seasons. This Arbor Day, Nancy Prag and Tim Hawkes will install the plaque for the new tree that has been planted near the Cliftondale Fire Station adjacent to the bike trail in memory of Judy Hoffman. Next month, Joyce Rodenhiser will read a book about trees to children at the library, getting kids involved in appreciating trees. Many people in town will be celebrating this holiday tion to be picked up, you can email: kidsdonationpickup@ gmail.com. For more information on Cradles to Crayons or Project 351, access https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/ and https://project351.org/. took personal pride in, wasn’t afraid to say when she didn’t have an answer, and was open about being a collaborative leader but capable of making firm decisions. What you see is what you get.” by planting a new tree, or at least by enjoying and feeling grateful for the trees in their community. 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, APRIL 30, 2021 Page 13 ZOOMED | FROM PAGE 1 cause I do not foresee any way to safely assemble our 50 member Town Meeting, and allow for public attendance at the same time while complying with state directives on public assemblies during the current health emergency, I am hereby requesting permission from the Saugus Board of Selectmen to hold the 2021 Annual Town Meeting, as last year, in an online format, using Zoom meeting platform, on the evening of Monday, May 3, 2021,” wrote Doherty, of Precinct 4. “We have used this format in the past and know that it allows for all participants to see and hear all other participants. It also allows for the accurate taking of attendance to determine if a quorum is present, the ability to conduct a roll call vote and the ability for all Town Meeting members and registered voters in attendance to get the Moderator’s attention and be recognized to speak,” he said. Doherty noted that he spoke with Kevin Currie of the Town’s Commission on Disability, who he said didn’t think there were any accessibility issues. However, the first order of business will be for Town Meeting members to vote on whether to conduct the meeting using the remote format. “If the Town Meeting members by a majority vote, opt to not utilize this format, the meeting will be adjourned to a date predetermined by the Board of Selectmen, when the body can fulCHRIS SERINO | FROM PAGE 2 sons, and before Serino the Warriors never had a winning season in Hockey East. Chris was also the head coach for baseball at UNH leading the Wildcats to six NCAA tournament appearances, including a Frozen Four appearance in 1977 as the team set the school record with 27 wins for the season. After the 2005 season at Merrimack, Serino resigned as hockey coach and accepted the position at Malden Catholic High School, where he remained until his death in 2012 from throat cancer. He also held the position as the Director of Athletics at Malden Catholic. During his seasons with the Lancers, he led them to the top of the Catholic Conference, winning the Super 8 Division state tournament for two consecutive seasons. Chris Serino is now being considered as the title of the new sports complex at the Saugus Middle-High School, an honor he has earned in his sporting activities in and around Saugus. ly assemble to conduct the town’s business,” Doherty said. Main event – Christie Serino, Jr. tribute There are 24 articles on this year’s warrant. But members will only take up a handful of articles on Monday night because many of the articles – including the budget for the 2022 fiscal year that begins on July 1 – have financial implications and haven’t received a complete review and recommendation by the Finance Committee, according to Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. The major event of opening night will Article 20 – to see if the Town will vote to rename the outdoor athletic sports complex located adjacent to the new Saugus Middle High School Complex on Pearce Memorial Drive “the Christie Serino, Jr. Athletic Sports Complex. Serino, 63, was the Malden Catholic athletic director and hockey coach when he died of cancer in October of 2012. But he also was one of the best Saugus High School athletes ever – a three-sport MVP for the Sachems – who later became a great coach at his alma mater. Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Joe Vecchione said Article 20 holds deep, personal meaning for him. “I am excited to be voting in favor of the football field being named after Christie Serino,” Vecchione said. “Christie and my family have a lot of history and he was an incredible mentor to my brother and I growing up in the hockey community,” he said. “Christie was not my coach for youth or high school hockey as he was at Merrimack College during those years but he did mentor me through the hockey camps he held several times a season. I did play and was friends with his son Tony, and often Christie would invite me to Merrimack to skate during off hours and coached me up during those skates,” he said. Vecchione’s younger brother Mike played for Serino when he coached the Malden Catholic hockey team to the school’s first D1A State Championship in 2011. “My brother was a senior captain for that team. He [Serino] passed a year later. We miss him dearly,” Vecchione recalled. Serino coached the 15-year-old Saugus All-Star team, and during one season Vecchione made the team. “He was a family friend for many years. I actually gave a speech as an 11-year-old at a Saugus Youth Hockey banquet in 2002 awarding him ‘person of the year,’” Vecchione said. Mike Vecchione is a center who currently plays for the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League while under contract to the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. He has played in several NHL games.

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 Savvy Senior Should You Prepay Your Funeral? BY JIM MILLER Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I have been thinking about preplanning our funerals now so our kids won’t have to later, but we would like to find out if it’s a good idea to prepay. What can you tell us? Living on a Budget Dear Living, Planning your funerals in advance is definitely a smart move. Not only does it give you and your wife time to make a thoughtful decision on the type of service you want, it also allows you to shop around to find a good funeral provider, and it will spare your family members the burden of making these decisions at an emotional time. But preplanning a funeral doesn’t mean you have to prepay too. In fact, the Funeral Consumer Alliance, a national nonprofit funeral consumer protection organization, doesn’t recommend it unless you need to spend down your financial resources so you can qualify for Medicaid. Here’s what you should know. Preneed Arrangements Most funeral homes today offer what is known as “preneed plans,” which allow you to prearrange for the type of funeral services you want and prepay with a lump sum or through installments. The funeral home either puts your money in a trust fund with the payout triggered by your death or buys an insurance policy naming itself as the beneficiary. If you’re interested in this route, make sure you’re being guaranteed the services you specify at the contracted price. Some contracts call for additional payments for final expense funding, which means that if the funeral home’s charges increase between the time you sign up and the time you sign off, somebody will have to pay the difference. Here are some additional questions you should ask before committing: Can you cancel the contract and get a full refund if you change your mind? Will your money earn interest? If so, how much? Who gets it? If there is an insurance policy involved, is there a waiting period before it takes effect? How long? Are the prices locked in or will an additional payment be required at the time of death? Are you protected if the funeral home goes out of business or if it’s bought out by another company? What happens if you move? Can the plan be transferred to another funeral home in a different state? If there’s money left over after your funeral, will your heirs get it, or does the home keep it? If you decide to prepay, be sure to get all the details of the agreement in writing and give copies to your family so they know what’s expected. If your family isn’t aware that you’ve made plans, your wishes may not be carried out. And if family members don’t know that you’ve prepaid the funeral costs, they could end up paying for the same arrangements. Other Payment Option While prepaying your funerals may seem like a convenient way to go, from a financial point of view, there are better options available. For example, if you have a life insurance policy, many policies will pay a lump sum when you die to your beneficiaries to be used for your funeral expenses. The payment is made soon after you die and doesn’t have to go through probate. Or you could set up a payable-on-death (or POD) account at your bank or credit union, naming the person you want to handle your arrangements as the beneficiary. POD accounts also are called Totten Trusts. With this type of account, you maintain control of your money, so you can tap the funds in an emergency, collect the interest and change the beneficiary. When you die, your beneficiary collects the balance without the delay of probate. 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. 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. 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 THE HOUSE AND SENATE: In keeping with tradition, there were no formal sessions of the House and Senate last week which was April vacation week for Bay State students. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on proposed amendments filed by representatives and senators to amend the state constitution. Any proposed constitutional amendment sponsored by legislators needs the votes of a majority of the 200-member Legislature in the 2021-2022 session and the same in the 2023-2024 session in order to appear on the November 2024 ballot for voters to decide. None of these proposals have yet been approved, but hearings have already been held on most of them. LIMIT JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS TO SEVEN YEARS (H 81) – Limits judicial appointments to seven years but allows judges to be re-appointed by the governor for an unlimited number of years every seven years. The appointment would have to be approved by the Governor’s Council as required under current law. “The people of Massachusetts should have the power to remove government officials in any position who are not doing or are unable to do their jobs,” said the measure’s sponsor Rep. Tom Golden (D-Lowell.) “Establishing term and tenure limits would help to ensure that judges do not stay in office beyond the point at which they are effective.” PROHIBIT EMINENT DOMAIN TAKINGS OF LAND (H 82) – Prohibits the state from taking land by eminent domain from property owners for private commercial or economic development. “The right to own property is a widely recognized principle in the commonwealth, and one I believe should be firmly protected,” said GOP House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading), the sponsor of the amendment. “[The bill] will ensure that eminent domain proceedings are limited to those instanc1. On April 30, 1960, the oldest U.S. bat (in a cave in Mt. Aeolus, Vt.) was found to be how many years old: 11, 24 or 36? 2. What word concerning accounting has three consecutive repeated letters? 3. In April 1897, J.J. McDermott won the first B.A.A. Road Race, which is better known as what? 4. What tree (named for a person) only grows in the Mojave Desert? 5. Who won the first American Idol contest? 6. In Hawaii, May Day (May 1) is known as what? 7. What is the world’s fastest two-legged animal? 8. What famous author (who died in Boston) wrote in “Jack and Jill: A Village Story” (1880), in the “May Baskets” chapter, “such laughing, whistling, flying about of flowers and friendly feeling— it was almost a pity that Mayday did not come oftener”? 9. What is Massachusetts’s state cookie? 10. On May 2, 1885, in Holyoke, Mass., what women’s magazine was founded? 11. In the 1600’s what flower bulb was sometimes valued more than gold? 12. The fictional character Uncas was the last of what? 13. The first general-purpose, programmable electronic digital computer was called ENIAC, which stands for what? 14. On May 3, 1952, what horse race was nationally televised for the first time? 15. Who was the first female inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? 16. What is the state grain of Michigan and Minnesota? 17. May 4 is Star Wars Day; what Star Wars catchphrase was used in a pun to determine that date? 18. What poet who died in Cambridge, Mass., wrote in 1861, “The word May is a perfumed word... It means youth, love, song; and all that is beautiful in life”? 19. In 1930 what “Mother of American Modernism” made six paintings of a jack-in-thepulpit in Lake George, N.Y.? 20. On May 5, 1832, Congress passed the Indian Vaccination Act of 1832, which aimed to prevent what disease? ANSWERS 1. 24 2. Bookkeeper 3. The Boston Marathon (B.A.A. stands for Boston Athletic Association.) 4. The Joshua tree 5. Kelly Clarkson 6. Lei Day 7. The ostrich (over 43 mph) 8. Louisa May Alcott 9. Chocolate chip cookie 10. “Good Housekeeping” 11. Tulips in Holland 12. “The Last of the Mohicans” (by James Fenimore Cooper) 13. Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer 14. The Kentucky Derby 15. Aretha Franklin 16. Wild rice 17. “May the Force be with you” (May the Fourth be with you) 18. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 19. Georgia O’Keefe 20. Smallpox

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 Page 15 es where it is necessary for the good of the entire community, and not for the economic benefit of a limited class of persons. This bill strikes a balance between two competing but legitimate realities—the need of the government to acquire land to serve the public good and the rights of private citizens to own property.” PROHIBIT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS FROM RESTRICTING FREEDOM AND EQUALITY (S 20) – Prohibits the proposal of any future constitutional amendment that would restrict the rights to freedom and equality that are in the constitution, or the right of each individual to be protected by society’s laws in the enjoyment of life, liberty and property. “Under the current constitutional scheme there is nothing to stop a group from attempting to repeal or abridge certain constitutional rights through the initiative process,” said amendment sponsor Sen. Cindy Creem (D-Newton). “Subjecting such important rights to a popular vote or a fleeting change in political winds is unconscionable and should not be allowed.” EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW (S 21 and H 83) – Expands a part of the constitution that currently provides that equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of sex, race, color, creed or national origin. The measure adds “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the section. Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) and Rep. Patrick Kearney (D-Scituate) each filed the proposal at the request of one of their constituents Sabrina Holland. “This legislation … is deserving of a favorable report by the committee and has my full support,” said Sen. O’Connor who supports the bill. “This language is needed to officially prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual preference or gender identity, to perpetuate Massachusetts’ values and to create a truly equitable and safe society for all.” Neither Rep. Kearney nor Sabrina Holland responded to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the proposal. And Kearney did not respond to a specific question as to whether he supports the bill. Sometimes a legislator will file a bill as a courtesy to a constituent even if the legislator doesn’t support it. GIVE GOVERNOR THE POWER TO APPOINT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR (H 84) – Grants the governor the power to appoint a lieutenant governor if the office is vacant because of the death, resignation, removal from office or incapacity of the lieutenant governor. The appointment would have to be confirmed by a majority vote of the House and Senate. Current law leaves the seat vacant until the next election. The measure’s sponsor, Rep. Paul Mark (D-Peru) did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the proposal. MAKE CONSTITUTION GENDER NEUTRAL (H 79) – Makes the state constitution general neutral by striking all references to “he” and replacing it with “the person.” The measure’s sponsor, Rep. Mindy Domb (D-Amherst) did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the proposal. “AFFIRM” RATHER THAN “SOLEMNLY SWEAR” (H 80) – Amends a current section of the constitution that gives Quakers the option to change the oath a person must take upon taking office from the current: “I do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the commonwealth of Massachusetts and will support the constitution thereof. So help me God.” Currently Quakers are allowed to change the word “swear” to “affirm” and the words “So help me God” with “under the pains and penalties of perjury.” The amendment would give that same option to anyone, not just Quakers. The measure’s sponsor, Rep. Mindy Domb (D-Amherst) did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the proposal. CHANGE “SELECTMAN” TO “SELECT BOARD” (SD 2564) – Changes all references to the constitution to a town’s “selectman” to “select board.” “This bill would recognize that both men and women can lead in local government by updating antiquated references to “selectmen” in the constitution,” said sponsor Sen. Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont). The modern terminology, adopted by many towns, is “select board.” HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible latenight sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of April 1923, the House met for a total of eleven minutes while the Senate met for a total of eight minutes. Mon. April 19 No House session. No Senate session Tues. April 20 House 11:01 a.m. to 11:07 a.m. Senate 11:18 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. Wed. April 21 No House session. No Senate session Thurs. April 22 House 11:00 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. Senate 11:13 a.m. to 11:14 a.m. Fri. April 23 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com

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Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 CORONAVIRUS | FROM PAGE 4 register using a tablet when they 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 24-36 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 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 the CDC and MDPH have 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) 2314117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.” REAL ESTATE TRANSAC TIONS Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com. BUYER1 BUYER2 Cunha, Jordan P Prizio, Jessica B Shen, Hui Z Alkhatatbih, Ahmad M Salvo, Michael J SELLER1 Rubin, Merle 154-156 Central LLC US Bank NA Tr Robert W Casson RET Casson, Robert H SELLER2 ADDRESS 17 3rd St 55 Gates Rd 8 Chase St CITY DATE PRICE Saugus 09.04.2021 $470 000,00 154 Central St #154 Saugus 09.04.2021 $410 000,00 Saugus 08.04.2021 $600 000,00 Saugus 05.04.2021 $400 000,00

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