SAUGUS ADV CDVOCAT V Vol. 24, No. 18 -FREEwww.advocat net .net Published Ey y Published Ey Friday 781-233-4446 School Committee set to hire town’s fi rst woman superintendent; Marblehead’s Erin McMahon wins unanimous support and rave reviews By Mark E. Vogler T he School Committee reached inside the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to fi nd the next superintendent to lead Saugus Public Schools. Committee members voted 4-0 on Wednesday night to make Erin McMahon – currently the senior advisor to Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeff rey C. Riley – the fi rst woman to oversee the town’s public education system. “She has one of the most impressive resumes I’ve ever seen,” School Committee ViceChair Ryan Fisher said of McMahon, 47, of Marblehead, whose career as an educator began as an English as a Second Language teacher in Washington, D.C., Public Schools in 1995. “Remarkable,” Fisher said as he noted that McMahon had also worked in New York City and Denver, both in the public and private sector. “She’s bilingual. She has a dramatic record showing student achievement ... Everything about her is just off the charts … She is a remarkable educator, a remarkable leader. I feel she is exactly what Saugus needs at this time. … She’s exThe Birds Are Back In Town traordinarily impressive. She’s going to make an outstanding superintendent for Saugus.” McMahon’s hiring is contingent upon successful completion of negotiations and signing a contract with the school district. She would succeed Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr., who plans to retire on June 30 – the last day of the 2021 fi scal year and also the end of his fi ve years as school superintendent. “Four great candidates” School Committee members spent about 11 hours in EDUCATOR | SEE PAGE 6 Welcome to Saugus! Board of Selectmen ViceChair Corinne Riley proposes It’s another sign of spring when the hummingbirds start hovering around the special bird feeders that Saugus residents put out for them, like this one at veteran photographer Charlie Zapolski’s house on Hobson Street. For more photos, see page 5. (Courtesy photo by Charlie Zapolski to The Saugus Advocate) “an open house” that would bring the community together WELCOME | SEE PAGE 5 Erin McMahon is the last candidate standing among 25 who applied for the superintendent’s post at the Saugus Public Schools. The School Committee voted 4-0 on Wednesday (May 5) to make her the fi rst woman to lead the town’s public education system, pending contract negotiations. McMahon is currently the senior advisor to Massachusetts’s Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner, Jeff rey C. Riley. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate by Susannah Bothe Photography) OCTE Friday, May 7, 2021 “A remarkable educator” TOP CHOICE Have a Safe & Happy Mother's Day! ANGELO’S FULL SERVICE Regular Unleaded $2.699 Mid Unleaded $2.879 Super $3.019 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, MAY 7, 2021 The latest Coronavirus Count State health offi cials notify Saugus of 26 new cases over the past week; death toll remains at 72 By Mark E. Vogler T he Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) advised the town of 26 new confi rmed COVID-19 cases yesterday (Thursday, May 6), raising the overall total to 4,155 since the outbreak of the virus in March of last year. Meanwhile, the number of deaths in Saugus linked to the virus remained at 72, according to the latest statistics released yesterday by Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree’s offi ce. This week’s number of confi rmed cases dropped by 14. A week ago, the state had reported 40 new cases – 19 fewer new cases than over the previous week. “Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic,” Crabtree said in the latest press release updating the latest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. J& $45 yd. S LANDSCAPE & MASONRY CO. MULCH SALE! 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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 off er free mobile drive-up testing for Saugus residents in their cars Monday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is needed. [Residents] drive-up and register using a tablet when they arrive. Saugus Police will be assisting with traffic. The testing site will be staff ed by 1012 individuals to handle registrations. All samples go directly to the Broad [Institute] in Cambridge for immediate testing with a 24-36 hour turnaround time. Notifi cation 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 specifi c 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) 231-4117 and/ or the Town Manager’s offi ce at 781-231-4111. 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 Page 3 Sports complex gets a name Town Meeting pays lasting tribute to legendary Sachem sports athlete/Coach Christie Serino, Jr. By Mark E. Vogler M onday’s opening session of this year’s Annual Town Meeting lasted barely more than 30 minutes. But 36 members who attended the session via Zoom teleconferencing took a vote that will honor the memory of the late Saugus High athlete, teacher and coaching legend Christie Serino, Jr. for years to come. Members approved a warrant article introduced by School Committee Member John Hatch on behalf of the Serino family and the Friends of Saugus High School to name the athletic sports complex located adjacent to the new Saugus Middle/High School on Pearce Memorial Drive after Serino. There will be no cost to the town for the sign and plaque that will be attached to the complex. Serino, 63, was the Malden Catholic athletic director and hockey coach when he died of cancer in October of 2012. “I think Christie is the epitome of what it truly is to be a Saugus Sachem,” Hatch said in addressing Town Meeting on the article that was authored by Serino’s son Matthew. “So many lives he’s touched over the years,” Hatch said. While at Saugus High, the 1967 graduate starred in football, hockey and baseball. He was the Saugus Sachems’ MVP in all three sports in 1967. “He was an exceptional coach and motivator and mentor,” said Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano, who played for Serino in football and was the captain of the hockey team under the coach. “He coached my brother up and is a big reason why he’s playing professional hockey today,” Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Joe Vecchione said, referring to his brother Mike, who was coached by Serino on the state champion hockey team at Malden Catholic. World Series Park welcomes Mango Realty as a sponsor (Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued by World Series Park this week.) W orld Series Park in Saugus depends on the support of Saugus businesses. Many Saugus businesses purchase advertising signs that are displayed on the outfi eld fence each season. People who come to the park are encouraged to support these businesses, since without the support of these sponsors the park wouldn’t be possible. SPONSOR | SEE PAGE 12 Michael Serino, one of Christie’s five sons, said his dad spent 40-plus years mentoring many local athletes and coaches “as if they were his own blood.” Even after leaving Saugus as a coach and teacher, “He was still a fabric of the town,” Michael said. Gerry D’Ambrosio Attorney-at-Law Is Your Estate in Order? Do you have an update Will, Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney? If Not, Please Call for a Free Consultation. 14 Proctor Avenue, Revere (781) 284-5657 Christie Serino, Jr. BACKING HOMETOWN BASEBALL: From left to right are World Series Park Superintendent Bob Davis and Mango Realty Owner Sue Palomba, holding the sign for the park’s newest sponsor that will be displayed at the park. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) Honoring mothers today and every day. Happy Mother’s Day.

Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 Mass. House passes FY22 budget supporting residents’ needs and making targeted investments; Wong and Giannino secure Saugus earmarks I ncreased investments in education, services for vulnerable populations, workforce and economic development BOSTON – The Massachusetts House of Representatives this week passed its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) budget. This budget responsibly responds to the needs of residents and makes investments that set the state on a path toward economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded at $47.716 billion (B), the House’s FY22 budget continues its strong commitment to cities and towns and includes significant investments in education, supportive services for vulnerable populations and workforce and economic development. “This budget meets the needs of our residents who have endured an unprecedented level of health and economic challenges over the past year. The House continues to support the services and programs that have proven to be essential for so many, while making targeted investments to grow the Massachusetts economy,” said Speaker of the House Ronald J. Mariano (D-Quincy). “I thank Chair Michlewitz for his leadership and guidance, the members of the Committee on Ways & Means, and all my colleagues in the House for their advocacy and hard work in shaping the final product.” “It’s always great when the State Delegation works together with our local government,” said Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus). The money to upgrade the communication system will help to keep our residents and firefighters safe. Plus, the money to go toward a new Animal Rescue Car is well needed.” “Despite the pandemic and period of uncertainty we continue to endure, the House’s budget makes critical investments in education, pubAluminum Everett 10 Everett Ave., Everett 617-389-3839 Owned & operated by the Conti family since 1958 • 62 Years! “Same name, phone number & address for over half a century. We must be doing something right!” Owned & operated by the Conti family since 1958 • 57 Years! family since 1958 • 60 •Vinyl Siding •Carpentry Work •Decks •Vinyl Siding •Vinyl Siding •Free Estimates •Fully Licensed •Roofng •Free Estimates •Carpentry Work •Fully Licensed •Decks •Fully Licensed ng •Roo ng • Fully Insured • Fully Insured • Replacement Windows www.everettaluminum.com Now’s the time to schedule those home improvement projects you’ve been dreaming about all winter! Everett Aluminum Jessica Giannino State Representative lic health, environment and climate protection housing, and so many other sectors which are vital to the quality of life of Massachusetts residents,” said Representative Jessica Giannino (D-Revere). “I am proud of the foresight the House has shown in investing in targeted areas, and I thank Speaker Mariano and Chairman Michlewitz for their work in shepherding this budget through our chamber, as well as Representative Donald Wong for his collaboration. The FY22 budget engrossed by the House also includes funding for programs and projects that will directly benefit the people of the Sixteenth Suffolk District, and I am pleased to have championed some of these local priorities.” Saugus earmarks secured by Representatives Wong and Giannino include: • $75,000 to the Saugus Fire Department for new, updated portable radios • $75,000 to the Saugus Police Department for the purposes of procuring a new AnDonald Wong State Representative imal Control vehicle “This budget is the product of tireless work over the past few months that focuses on the challenges our constituents face in the midst of this difficult time,” said Representative Aaron Michlewitz, who is Chair of the House’s Committee on Ways & Means. “In times of need, people rely on the services that government provides. Vital areas like housing stability, food security, education funding, and combating the growing concerns surrounding domestic violence and substance addiction, are all areas we prioritize in this budget.” The House FY22 budget does not cut services nor does it raise taxes, and it is made possible due to strong revenue collections and increased federal reimbursement, and by leveraging funds from the state’s Stabilization Fund. The budget does not appropriate anticipated American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds. As the House Ways & BUDGET | SEE PAGE 11 Spring!

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 Page 5 Welcome to Saugus! Board of Selectmen Vice-Chair Corinne Riley proposes “an open house” that would bring the community together By Mark E. Vogler Riley hopes the Board of SeI t’s been several years since Saugus had a viable Chamber of Commerce or other business organization to promote community events or orient new people to town. Board of Selectmen ViceChair Corinne Riley has come up with an idea she calls “Saugus 411,” which she hopes might fill that void – and more. “It’s a great way to welcome new citizens,” Riley suggested at last Tuesday’s (May 4) meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Riley said it’s not an original idea, but one she borrowed from a neighboring town after attending Wakefield 101 several years ago. She said she found it “a great way to welcome new citizens by inviting them to an open house to find out what their new town has to offer.” “There could be booths from our local government, nonprofit organizations, places of worship, local businesses, PTOs, youth sports ...it can cover so many organizations,” she said lectmen and the town manager would sponsor such an event. A committee would be created to plan, invite and organize it. There wouldn’t be any cost for the tables, and it wouldn’t be used as a fundraiser, she noted. The event would be open to the public, but an effort would be made to RSVP new residents so they could receive a “welcome” bag. There would be a list of new residents developed so that invitations could be mailed out. Reaction from her fellow selectmen was mixed. Selectman Jeff Cicolini said he’s seen similar plans succeed “when they’re nurtured by the community groups.” Selectman Debra Panetta said she thought the Chamber of Commerce should be spearheading an event like this and noted that she would be meeting with Denise Selden, who has served as president of the Saugus Chamber in the past. “She’s been working hard and trying to bring more life into the Chamber,” Panetta said. “Anything that brings more community spirit and lets people learn about their town is a good thing,” she said. Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano encouraged Riley to pursue her idea. “Our Chamber has basically done nothing,” Cogliano said. “If you want to spearhead this, Corinne, I support you,” he said. “It’s [the Chamber] not what it used to be. I’m all for it. It’s a serious commitment to get something like this off the ground,” he said. Cicolini noted that Route 1 merchants had the Route 1 Businessmen’s Association years ago and later a Chamber, which hasn’t been very active since he’s been involved in local government. “How can you have a Route 1 in Saugus and not have an active Chamber,” Cicolini said. “It’s mind-boggling,” he added. “I’m very disappointed at how far our Chamber has fallen,” he said. Cicolini wondered if the town could spend some time trying to reinvigorate It’s Feeding Time the Chamber of Commerce. He also urged some careful thought on making sure that the proper procedures be followed, because people would make donations. Selectman Michael Serino wondered whether a nonprofit organization would have to be set up for any fundraising. Riley said her plan didn’t involve a fundraising effort and that companies could contribute what they want for the event. She suggested that the event be held in an “Open House” format for about three hours, a week after the town’s annual Founder’s Day Event. Tables could set up, with businesses sharing information that would help orient town residents. Literature would be available for various town and community services offered to residents. Nonprofit organizations, including the PTOs, the Lions, Rotary, Masons, Knights of Columbus, Historical Society, Elks, Library Foundation, Cable TV, Friends of Breakheart, Veterans Council, VFW, churches, youth sports, Garden Club, Senior Center, state government, Iron Works and Scouts could all participate. Local photographer Charlie Zapolski captured the arrival of the hummingbirds in Saugus recently, in his backyard on Hobson Street. He says the little guests will be around until mid-September. (Courtesy photos by Charlie Zapolski to The Saugus Advocate)

Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 EDUCATOR | FROM PAGE 1 interviews with four fi nalists over the past two weeks – including 90-minute interviews with each of the candidates on Monday (May 3) and Tuesday (May 4). The three other fi nalists who were considered for Saugus school superintendent were: Margo Ferrick, the 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. Frank Tiano, the current superintendent of Uxbridge Public Schools – a district that serves more than 1,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12. He was looking for what would have been his third appointment as a superintendent during the last six years. Eric Tracy, the lone candidate among fi nalists who has no previous experience as a school superintendent. But the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School principal of more than seven years said his experience as an educator over the past three decades qualifi es him to lead Saugus Public Schools. Each of the four fi nalists received high praise from School Committee members. “If you threw darts on the board, any one of the four names that came up would have been somebody who had success in Saugus,” veteran School Committee Member Arthur Grabowski said during Wednesday night’s meeting. “In the very near future, they will be superintendents somewhere else. And they will, obviously, in my opinion, do a great job. They could have done the job here,” he said. Grabowski’s four committee colleagues all agreed they had confi dence that each of the candidates is well qualifi ed to run the School Department. “I just think all the candidates were exceptional,” Committee Member John Hatch said. “Any one of the candidates could have done a great job in our district,” he said. 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We Pay Cash For Your 2008 CHEVROLET IMPALA LTZ Thomas Whittredge abstained from the vote because of a potential confl ict of interest, as his sister, Dawn Trainor, is the executive director of Pupil Personnel Services & Special Education – a high administrative position that reports directly to the superintendent. But Whittredge did praise his colleagues for “an unbelievable job” in selecting DeRuosi’s replacement. “The [Superintendent] Search Committee did a great job in vetting these candidates and bringing the best four forward,” Whittredge said. “I’m excited for the district,” he said. Committee Member Joseph “Dennis” Gould offered the motion to appoint McMahon, pending successful contract negotiations with her. “The last four candidates all had something to off er,” said Gould, who served as Vice-Chair of the Superintendent Search Committee. “Nothing negative to report,” Gould added, stressing that he is confi dent in all four fi nalists. But Gould noted that McMahon impressed him the most with the research she did on Saugus, her professional background, experience, knowledge of state funding that could help the district and her personal values. He said he considered her talent so exceptional that she could come to Saugus and “run this place tomorrow.” “This candidate – Ms. McMa“THIS IS THE JOB I WANT”: During a 90-minute interview with School Committee members this week, Erin McMahon made her case to become the next superintendent of Saugus Public Schools. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler) hon – certainly stood out from the crowd,” Grabowski said. “And just about everybody I spoke to over the last several days echoed that. There were no negatives about any of the other three candidates,” he said. McMahon’s take on Saugus During the interview on Tuesday, Whittredge asked McMahon what she thinks is “the most glaring issue” that she would seek to address if hired as Saugus superintendent. “The Number One issue or the Number One opportunity – focus on student achievement together with improving social emotional learning for both students and staff ,” McMahon said. “The purpose of school is for students to have an opportunity to become college and career-ready. And it’s our job as educators to get students there,” she said. “I have a history of raising student achievement and improving social emotional learning in all of the districts in which I have worked. And I see that as my greatest strength – really meeting the greatest needs of the Saugus community,” she said. 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 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. In her current duties as senior advisor to Commissioner Riley, McMahon 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 diff erent models of learning while monitoring the implementation and the quality of the reopening, tracking lead indicators of wellness/instruction. She worked 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 in that city. Before joining Commissioner Riley’s staff , she was the chief program offi cer/chief academic offi cer of Kipp Foundation, which involved 224 schools serving 115,000 students in New York City. McMahon continues to be an adjunct professor of Education Leadership in the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in New York City. She teaches a graduate level business course in educational leadership that focuses on solving the human capital challenges of leading schools and school systems. As superintendent of Saugus Public Schools, McMahon said, she sees her role as “connecting and uniting constituencies” in the community. And that involves the town manager, the Board of Selectmen, police, fi re and other local government agencies – and especially with Saugus citizens. “We really have to listen to the constituents of Saugus,” she told School Committee members during Tuesday’s interview. “And what they told us is that schools and spaces for kids to play are incredibly important,” McMahon said. “And so we need to do the work to set up the bridge that actually delivers on what we have promised.” McMahon shared big expectations for her time in Saugus and said she “will stay until the job is done.” What does she want to be remembered for? “My legacy is developing leaders and developing high-quality staff,” she said.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 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. A super special superintendent It’s not every day that a Massachusetts school district that is striving for improvement gets a chance to hire the senior advisor to the commissioner of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. So, it had to strike School Committee members as an intriguing opportunity when they learned that a top aid from Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley’s office was among the 25 resumes from people aspiring to be the next superintendent of Saugus Public Schools. There was a consensus among all five School Committee members that Erin McMahon, Riley’s senior advisor, is truly the right person to take charge of Saugus’s public education system. The other three candidates made compelling cases to the committee as people who are well qualified to succeed the retiring Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. But one glance at McMahon’s resume made it difficult for committee members to think about picking anybody else. After the committee’s 4-0 vote to hire McMahon, we decided to get some comments from the committee on what impresses them the most about the next superintendent of Saugus Public Schools and what they think sets McMahon above the rest of the field. Here’s what three of the members had to say: School Committee Chair Thomas Whittredge: “I’m very excited to have the chance to work with Erin McMahon. What impressed me the most about Erin was her experience in different cities around the country, especially Washington, D.C., and New York, more specifically the Bronx. I think she will offer a different type of leadership for the district and bring a change to the way we view education in Saugus. The future is bright and I’m excited to be a part of it. School Committee Vice-Chair Ryan Fisher, who also chaired the 25-member Superintendent Search Committee, which recommended the four finalists: “All of the superintendent applicants, especially our four finalists, were enormously talented and ready, but even in that group, Erin McMahon stood out. Everyone who watched her public forum and interview saw someone with facts at her fingertips, deep experience to draw from, a calming presence and full command of the room, even though we were the ones interviewing her. She’s a graduate of Yale and Cornell, has worked in major districts all over the country, big and small, at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and she’s a college professor. She’s raised student achievement. She’s bilingual. She’s an athlete. At some point you’re going to run out of print space. She’s going to do an outstanding job.” Veteran School Committee Member Arthur Grabowski: “I believe the three candidates that we didn’t choose will be excellent superintendents in the future. But Ms. McMahon has educational credentials that show a very wide breadth of experience. She has some business expertise. She has some real-world experience in inner cities. She has experience in schools that needed a turnaround program implemented. She just has the abilities and talents that Saugus is in need of at this point in time. “I would hope that as our next superintendent, Ms. McMahon would review critically the District Review that was done by outside educational consultants to build upon their recommendations to where Saugus is no longer considered an underperforming district, but will have received extraordinary results that the students and parents can be proud of. I’m hoping to put the last five years behind us and look forward to an exciting time in Saugus where we can become an example of a high-performing school district.” Future superintendent welcomes new challenges Soon-to-be Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Erin McMahon emailed a brief message yesterday, expressing her appreciation to Saugus residents and town officials. “I am thrilled to be the next superintendent for the Saugus Public Schools, and believe my experience is a great match with what the Saugus community was looking for in a superintendent,” McMahon said. “I was impressed by the entire community’s investment in the process, especially the School Committee and the members of the Superintendent Search Committee. I am really looking forward to working with the students and families in Saugus to ensure every child achieves academic success.” Stay tuned. We have a winner! We have a winner in last week’s “Guess Who Got Sketched” contest. Congratulations to Ruth Berg, who contacted us with the correct answer. Here’s last week’s answer, offered by the person who goes by the name of The Sketch Artist: “The answer to the sketch is John Kane Scouts Troop Leader of # 62 & Kevin Wildman Scouts Troop Leader of # 61! John Kane earned his Eagles Badge in 1992 and Kevin Wildman his Eagle badge in 1989. of Selectmen. And we thought it was worth repeating, since we didn’t have a reader-generated “shout-out” for this week’s paper: “I’d like to request a citation from the Board in recognition of the retirement of Sgt. Maj Ken Oswald from Lynn English Marine Corps JROTC. Sgt Maj and the cadets have been an integral part of the Veterans Council’s ceremonies for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, POW/MIA Day and more for the better part of 10 years. He has played a significant role in the Town of Saugus’ patriotic ceremonies and celebrations and the cadets of Lynn English were named the honorary Honor Guard for the Veterans Council. The citation will be presented at the Memorial Day Ceremony on May 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.” 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. No Memorial Day Parade, but… The Saugus Veterans Council is planning a ceremony for Memorial Day. There won’t be a parade, but they are planning to have a ceremony at Riverside Cemetery at 10 a.m. 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”) “These two men are responsible for helping a number of Scouts achieve the high rank of an Eagle Scout. The Scouting Program makes a tremendous difference in a kid’s life in almost every aspect! “These Scouts learn and gain so many new experiences even if they do not make the elite high rank of an Eagle. They still walk away with a wealth of fun and knowledge and new friends. “The Scouts learn new trades, life skills, first aid, camping skills, survival skills, develop Character, Citizenship and respect for Our flag, outings, Trainings, Awards Nights and cookouts at Camp Nihan and Camping experiences all over such as Grand Canyon! “The Scouting Program makes such a difference in kids’ lives and this one in Saugus has these two highly skilled Leaders. Kevin has been honored with prestigious medals, such as Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award and the list of honors of these two is quite impressive as well as their Public Services Outreaches. “As Scout Masters John & Kevin organize all kinds of Public Service Projects assisting the Scouts to choose and Learn to budget; they teach the Scouts Leadership skills and skills of organizing priorities and a vast array of business skills. “The Military recognizes and honors Eagle Scouts, upon entering by giving them an automatic pay raise just for the rank of Eagle Scout. They realize it’s a hard rank to achieve, but with Kevin and John Kane pulling for the Scouts, training them, they are in great training hands to make this Eagle Scout rank Goal come true. Thankyou John Kane & Kevin Wildman. “Yours Truly, “The Sketch Artist” A patriotic “Shout-Out” Board of Selectmen Vice-Chair Corinne Riley made the following request at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Board A community garden update The Rev. John Beach of St. John’s Episcopal Church said his growing crew of volunteers for the community garden in the backyard of the church rectory on Central Street can still use some help. If you have some free time today (Friday, May 7) from 8 to 11 a.m. or tomorrow (Saturday, May 8) from 9 to 11 a.m., you are welcome to join him. “We will be spreading the mulch and erecting the rabbit fence. If any are available to come over for an hour during that time, it would be greatly appreciated,” Rev. Beach said in an email this week. “If these times are not convenient and you would like to help out on another date, please let me know and we can arrange for a task to do on your own. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.” You can call him at 774-961-9881. Saugus Rotary Club awards scholarships The Saugus Rotary Club recently awarded $4,500 in college scholarships to three graduating members of the Saugus High School Class of 2021. They were selected for their outstanding academic, leadership and community service qualities. Here are the recipients: KYLE BERNARD: received the John Dean Memorial Scholarship ($1,500). He will be attending Northeastern University, studying Pharmaceutical Sciences. DANIELA MARQUEZ: received the Kang Yu Memorial Scholarship (1,500). She will be attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, studying Mathematics. She would like a career in the field of Engineering. MATTHEW RUGGIERO: received the David Carleton Leadership Scholarship ($1,500). He will be attending UMass Amherst, pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy. Steve Tarpey and Kathy Cucinelli, Co-Chairpersons of the THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 10 THE LONG SHOT: Carol and Bob Long celebrated their 55th anniversary last Friday (April 30) following the Fleet breakfast at the American Legion Hall. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate)

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 Teaming up Saugus offi cials meet with state legislative delegation to help Saugus on a wide range of issues beyond town’s control By Mark E. Vogler F or the fi rst time in several years, town offi cials and a handful of citizens shared concerns with the town’s legislative delegation in a 90-minute forum that focused on a host of complaints about Route 1. “It just looks like a shabby, major highway,” Selectman Jeff Cicolini told the lawmakers in a session that was held via Zoom videoconferencing last Tuesday (May 4) in a session before the Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and selectmen held a special session with state Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus), state Rep. Jessica Giannino (D-Revere) and state Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) to see what the delegation could do to assist Saugus on a wide range of issues, particularly related to Route 1. “The residents are concerned about traffic issues,” Selectman Debra Panetta noted. “The state really doesn’t take care of Route 1 the way they should,” she said, referring to the overall appearance, which has been the source of many complaints. Town officials mentioned the ongoing concern about the vacant, rundown Karla’s Shoe’s building – which is a potential safety hazard. “Any way the state can take that by eminent domain? It really has to be knocked down,” Selectman Michael Serino said. “I know at one point the state was interested in taking it by eminent domain,” Serino said. Crighton said that the delegation could explore that possibility and perhaps advocate that as a solution to an unsightly mess. Panetta mentioned that selectmen had brought up their concerns about Karla’s “multiple times.” “The broker for Karla’s reached out to me and asked if we were interested in buying the property,” she said. ~ LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR ~ School Committee Chair Tom Whittredge applauds residents’ patience as Saugus Public Schools reopen Dear Editor: With the Schools fully reopened and the kids finally getting back to a little bit of normalcy, I wanted to thank the residents for their patience with the traffi c situation. A big shout out to the Saugus PD! With their help, the fl ow gets better everyday and will continue to improve over the next few weeks that we have left of school. With the COVID restrictions in place, opening up our buildings bringing 2700 kids and staff back was a monumental task. Please be aware that at the start of the next school year we hope to have the buses back to the full schedule and capacity. We also hope to be able to implement our “kids come fi rst” early drop off program at the elementary schools and a similar version at the MSHS Complex. Kids will be able to be dropped off up to an hour before the bell and have breakfast. One more thing to remember is the Waybright and Oaklandvale will be taken off line essentially eliminating the traffi c congestion on upper Main Street and especially on at the Highland-Vine-Talbot intersection. Great things are happening with our schools and the patience and support of the community has been an instrumental part of that success. On behalf of the School Committee, Thank you for your continued patience! Tom Whittredge School Committee Chairman Bike to the Sea Member Meeting Wednesday May 12, 7pm–9pm Join us for a zoom meeting to hear about some new ideas: • Travis Londen of Velofix: “The Bike Shop that comes to you” https://www.velofix.com/ Representative Giannino acknowledges May as Mental Health Month R EVERE – Mental Health Month raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of children, families and communities. Mental Health Month was established in May 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. “As someone who has strugAttendees must pre-register at: https://biketothesea.org/event/member-meeting-5-12-21 For more info contact: Jay Cobau jay@biketothesea.org (339) 224-2448 gled with anxiety for most of their adult life, it’s so personal to me that I acknowledge the importance of mental health and the impact it has on not only ourselves, but on our friends and families. You cannot help others without taking care of yourself fi rst,” said Giannino. “It’s so important to me to end the stigma of mental health issues. So often, people are embarrassed of how they are feeling and embarrassed to seek help.” Mental health is essential for a person’s overall health. Prevention works, treatment is eff ective and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives. While one in fi ve people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages, and now more than ever it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles that commonly prevents individuals from seeking help. Knowing when to turn to friends, family and coworkers when you are struggling with life’s challenges can help improve your mental health. Living a healthy lifestyle and incorporating mental health tools to thrive might not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. Seeking professional help when self-help eff orts to improve your mental health aren’t working is a sign of strength, not weakness. Giannino recently fi led a late motion during the May 3 Revere City Council Meeting to acknowledge May as Mental Health Month in her hometown, Revere, and she encourages all residents of the Sixteenth Suffolk District in Revere, Chelsea and Saugus to commemorate and acknowledge the importance of mental health. Panetta asked if the delegation could assist the town in getting air monitors that could be put in near the WIN Waste Innovations trash-to-energy incinerator in East Saugus. Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Joe Vecchione asked the legislators to consider any funding opportunities for the town which might help revitalization efforts in Cliftondale Square. “I hope the town and the state can work cooperatively to help make things happen in Cliftondale,” said Vecchione, who chairs the special Cliftondale TEAMING UP | SEE PAGE 17

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 Page 9 Saugus Girls’ Softball Opening Day — ‘Play Ball’ Tigers player Elena Melon, 6, with softball Saugus High School/Everett Crimson Tide standout Cat Schena. Tigers friends Isabella Bluestein, 5, and Mila Murphy, 4, with their proud moms, Stephanie Bluestein and Natasa Murphy. Jennifer with her daughter, Avaleigh Kohr, 5, who plays for the Tigers. Tigers member MacKenzie Burch, 7, with her proud dad, Sean. Brooke, 6, and Ava DeVincenzo, 8, are pumped to play for the Tigers and the Cardinals. Cardinals Pitcher Sunny Brammer, 8. Shown from left to right, are, parents John and Carmelina with Vittoria, who is a Saugus unsung hero, and Juliana Valentine, who both play for the Gators, a major league team. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)

Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 7 Rotary Scholarship Committee, along with the entire Rotary Club membership wish them the very best in their future endeavors. A long Friday The folks who gathered for last Friday (April 30) morning’s Fleet breakfast at the American Legion Hall had something to celebrate – the 55th wedding anniversary of Saugonians Bob and Carol Long. When somebody asked Carol for her secret, she giggled and offered some sweet advice: “Never go to bed angry at each other, and to kiss each other every day! “ Bob agreed to pose with his bride for photos, providing he could keep his hat on. Good deal! 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 Law Offices of Terrence W. with a date to be determined. Members are hoping to get all of the stakeholders – particularly the Planning Department, Cliftondale property owners (landlords) and business owners – involved. 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 Commission on Disabilities. 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 today (Friday, May 7) 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 today (Friday, May 7). 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 Kennedy 512 Broadway, Everett • Criminal Defense • Personal Injury • Medical Malpractice Tel: (617) 387-9809 Cell: (617) 308-8178 twkennedylaw@gmail.com are to hear, review and vote on the applications proposed to the Town of Saugus 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 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 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 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 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 recycling on site. 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 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 is 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. 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 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 week 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.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 Page 11 BUDGET | FROM PAGE 4 Means and Federal Stimulus committees await the issuance of spending parameters by the federal government, they have begun a process to better understand the needs of Massachusetts communities and analyze past expenditures of federal funds, particularly those received from the CARES Act. “I want to commend Speaker Mariano and Chairman Michlewitz on an impressive and comprehensive budget that addresses the needs of the Commonwealth at one of the most unpredictable times in the nation’s history,” said Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, who is Vice-Chair of House’s Ways & Means Committee. “The economic development measures and strong social service supports position Massachusetts to recover from the pandemic and continue growing.” The FY22 House budget reflects the local aid commitment recently made by the House and Senate. It increases Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) by $39.5 million (M) over FY21 for a total of $1.168B and Chapter 70 education funding by $219.6M over FY21 for a total of $5.503B, fully funding the first year of a six-year implementation plan of the Student Opportunity Act (SOA). The SOA was enacted in 2019 to support equitable funding for Massachusetts’s most vulnerable students, and the Legislature’s funding schedule ensures the SOA remains on track to be fully implemented over the course of seven years – contrary to the Governor’s budget proposal. The House’s FY22 budget creates a $40M enrollment reserve fund to help school districts whose fall enrollment is negatively impacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help students with the consequences of prolonged remote learning and address the full educational and social-emotional needs of students, the budget provides $15M for summer education and supportive services. Additional education funding allocations include: • $367M for Special Education Circuit Breaker aid • $154M for Charter School • $82M for regional transportation • $14M for homeless student transportation Continuing the House’s commitment to high-quality Early Education and Care (EEC), the FY22 budget includes a $20M investment in rate increases for child care providers across Massachusetts. Other early education and care funding initiatives include: • $15M for Head Start grants • $12M for child care resource and referral agencies • $5M for EEC higher education provider opportunities • $2.5M for early childhood mental health grants Building on Speaker Mariano’s priority to ensure Massachusetts residents from diverse backgrounds have access to meaningful educational opportunities, the House budget invests in higher education, allocating $571M for the University of Massachusetts system, $315M for community colleges and $291M for state universities. The budget also includes a $10M increase in scholarship funding over the last fiscal year for a new total of $130M, and it funds the Supporting Urgent Community College Equity through Student Services (SUCCESS) fund at $10.5M and the STEM Starter Academy at $4.75M. The budget also includes large investments in labor and economic development, such as the creation of a trust fund dedicated to job training for the offshore wind industry to be administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. This budget makes an initial deposit into this fund of $10M to establish and grow technical training programs in our public higher education system and vocational-technical institutions. The fund will also prioritize grants and scholarships to adult learning providers, labor organizations and public educational institutions to provide workers with greater access to these trainings. Additional investments include: • $50M for adult education • $24M for Youthworks Summer Jobs • $5M for Small Business Technical Assistance • $5M for Community Action Agency Operating and Outreach Support • $5M investment in Local Tourism Recovery Marketing • $2.5M for Urban Agenda Grants • $2M investment in Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership The Commonwealth’s commitment to MassHealth remains one of the largest drivers of the budget. In FY22 the House provides $18.969B to fully fund its caseload, which increased as more residents became eligible during the pandemic. The House’s FY22 budget accurately reflects this enrollment growth, showing the necessary increase in spending beyond what was included in the Governor’s budget proposal while also factoring in the increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) reimbursement levels. Many of the House FY22 budget’s most significant increases represent essential services and programs that serve Massachusetts’s most vulnerable residents, including $771.1M for the Department of Transitional Assistance to maintain support to families, at-risk parents, victims of intergenerational trauma, seniors and persons with disabilities. Other notable health and human services investments include $30M for Emergency Food Assistance, $13M for the Healthy Incentives Program and $500,000 for a public awareness campaign on the contraceptive ACCESS Law. The House’s FY22 budget also includes funding for housing and homelessness prevention, investing $22M in direct appropriations for the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) Program to promote housing stability and combat the threat of evictions. The budget also includes $148M for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) and $84M for public housing subsidies. Additional investments for individuals include: • $56.4M for Homeless Individuals Shelters • $12.5M for the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP) • $12M for Rental Subsidies for eligible Department of Mental Health (DMH) clients • $8M for unaccompanied homeless youths The budget funds the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) at $2.29B, which is aimed to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. It includes $219.9M for Day and Work programs, $84.9M for Respite Family Supports, a $55.4M increase for DDS’s Turning 22 class, a $7M investment in transportation services and $23.4M for head BUDGET | SEE PAGE 12

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 BUDGET | FROM PAGE 11 injury treatment services. Reflecting the Legislature’s strong commitment to providing access to care and treatment for individuals with a substance use disorder, the budget allocates $160M for the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, including support for the Massachusetts Access to Recovery program and targeted investments in five additional recovery centers. The budget also provides funding for low-threshold housing for people experiencing homelessness, mental health disorders or being at risk for HIV; outpatient and mobile services for persons with disabilities; and treatment at correctional facilities. To ensure every resident has equal access to the criminal justice system, the House’s FY22 budget includes a $775M investment in the Trial Court; $35M for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation and increases for Prisoners’ Legal Services and Mental Health Legal Advisors. The budget renews commitments made to criminal justice reform, such as $11.1M for community-based reentry programs and $4M in preand post-release services. The budget also continues the House’s focus on environmental and climate protection by including $312.6M in funding for environmental services, which includes increases for state parks, environmental protection and the endangered species programs. Additional investments include millions for hazardous waste site cleanups, river ways protection and access and Clean Water Trust contract assistance. The House budget makes the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority college savings tax deduction permanent, creates a commission to develop recomBUDGET | SEE PAGE 13 SPONSOR | FROM PAGE 3 Each season World Series Park hosts over 250 games. Mango Realty recently purchased a sign for the 2021 season and became a World Series Park sponsor. Mango Realty is a new Saugus company owned by Sue Palomba, who previously worked for Century 21 for many years. Mango Realty is located at 38 Main St. and is an independent real estate brokerage company that is committed to providing outstanding service and value to buyers and sellers. Sue Palomba and Mango Realty believe in supporting the community by not only providing reliable, professional service for people’s real estate needs but also by supporting causes that make Saugus a better place to live, like World Series Park that provides a great facility for the youngsters of Saugus to play baseball. World Series Park Superintendent Bob Davis said, “We very much appreciate Mango Realty’s support and encourage people to try their real estate services. We hope that other new and already established Saugus businesses will help us by purchasing advertising signs and becoming one of our sponsors.” The World Series Park Lighting Fund is still in need of funds to finance the installation of lights that will happen this season. Donations can be made to World Series Park and sent to 8 Holden Ave., Saugus, MA 01906. For a $100 donation, a person’s name or the name of a past loved one will be included on the Lighting Fund plaque.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 Page 13 OBITUARIES Anthony A. Struzziero “YOUR FINANCIAL FOCUS” JOSEPH D. CATALDO STEP-UP IN BASIS PROPOSED TAX LAW CHANGE P Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on April 30 at 1. On May 7, 1954, construction began on what bridge that was the then longest suspension bridge in the world – connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan? 2. What is the only penguin native to north of the equator (on islands)? 3. Ciabatta was first made in what decade: 1880’s, 1950’s or 1980’s? 4. On May 8, 2010, Betty White guest hosted what comedy show (which won her an Emmy) due to backing by Facebook fans? 5. What is the alter ego of Anakin Skywalker? 6. Which U.S. state produces the most fresh-cut flowers? 7. May 9 is Mother’s Day; what author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” organized Mother’s Day observances in NYC and Boston in the 1870’s? 8. In 2017 it was announced that what BBC sci-fic series would have its 13th doctor protagonist – the first female one? 9. The “Waltz of the Flowers” is from what work composed by Tchaikovsky? 10. On May 10, 1879, in what N.E. city was the first U.S. national archaeological society founded? 11. What beverage did the Puritans on the Mayflower mostly consume? 12. How are Thumper, Flower and Faline similar? 13. On May 11, 1995, it was confirmed that what virus was discovered in Zaire? 14. What Black female recorded “Hound Dog,” “Ball and Chain” and “Wade in the Water”? 15. Zōri are the precursors of flip-flops and are native to what country? 16. How are Bag End, Wuthering Heights and Manderley similar? 17. On May 12, 1820, what nurse was born who was known as “The Lady With The Lamp”? 18. How are March Hare, Hatter and Dormouse similar? 19. Is rhubarb a fruit? 20. On May 13, 1883, who was born who devised the Pap smear test? ANSWERS the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was the former Belmonte Jr. High School Principal and husband of the late Catherine (DeAngelis) Struzziero. Mr. Stuzziero was the loving father of Judith Rotz & her husband Richard of Saugus, Karen Struzziero of FL, Cathryn Kelly & her husband Thomas of Holliston & Thomas Struzziero of Saugus, cherished grandfather; Timothy & his wife Sarah, Jillian & her husband Douglas, Katerina, Cassandra, Sophia & Thomas, great grandchildren; Braydon, Charlie, Caitlin, Jayden & Gianna. Mr. Struzziero is also survived by his companion Carole Drake of Saugus. He was the brother of the late Ernest and Alexander Struzziero and the late Mary Turino. Also survived by many nieces & nephews. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital at stjude.org. Entombment Holy Cross Mausoleum. Late WWII U.S. Navy veteran. BUDGET | FROM PAGE 12 mendations and best practices for responses to mental health emergencies and creates a new program to approve rural growth funds that would invest in small businesses in rural communities. It also eliminates the sunset on the Film Tax Credit and increases the Conservation Land Tax Credit. Speaker Mariano and the House Ways & Means Committee introduced their FY22 budget on April 14, 2021, following a review of the Governor’s proposal and a series of budget hearings. After three days of debate and over a thousand proposed amendments, the budget was passed by the House of Representatives, 160-0, and it now goes to the Senate for consideration. resident Biden’s proposed repeal of the step-up in basis provisions of Internal Revenue Code Section 1014, if passed by Congress, will create a sweeping change in the tax code that will affect millions of American taxpayers. The step-up in tax basis provisions provide for the fair market value of all assets owned or constructively owned by the taxpayer at the time of his or her death to become the new “cost basis” going forward in the hands of the recipients of those assets (e.g. surviving spouse, children, relatives, etc.) pursuant to the terms of the Last Will and Testament transfer on death account, or a Living Trust, for example. As long as the assets are includible in the taxable estate of the decedent, regardless of whether or not a federal or Massachusetts estate tax has to be paid, the step-up in basis is achieved. This provision allows for a single-family home originally purchased for $75,000 to be left to one’s children at the time of death of a parent, while creating a new cost basis in the hands of the children equal to the fair market value at the time of death. If, for example, at the time of death, the fair market value of the home is $500,000, that will be the new cost basis. The children would be able to sell the home soon thereafter for $500,000 without having to pay any capital gains tax. One of the original purposes of the legislation was to avoid the unmanageable task of requiring the children to attempt to compute the cost basis of the home by going back 50 or more years to determine the original purchase price, capital improvements, closing costs, refinance costs, etc. By establishing the fair market value as the starting point after the date of death, all of those issues are avoided. No need for canceled checks, settlement statements, credit card statements, invoices, etc. No need to defend oneself in an IRS audit that most likely could not be won. Therefore, in the above example, if the Biden administration proposal is passed, if one assumes there were $75,000 in improvements over the years, there would be a $350,000 capital gain. If there were two children, the federal capital gains tax would be approximately $26,250 each and the Massachusetts capital gains tax would be $8,750 each, for a total of $70,000. This is certainly an increase in taxes to be paid by a lot of middle-class taxpayers. Millions of middle-class American taxpayers currently do not have to be concerned about such a capital gains tax in these circumstances. If the tax law is changed, it will be unavoidable. What’s important is not so much whether or not you agree or disagree with abolishing the step-up in basis provisions of the tax code, but whether or not you realize this will affect just about everybody, not just the rich and famous. This will also affect appreciated stock that a mother or father may leave to his or her children. Even a $100,000 stock portfolio built up over years of investing may have a cost basis of only $25,000. Without the benefit of the step-up in cost basis provisions, the children, upon a later sale of the stock, will realize a $75,000 capital gain and incur a $15,000 combined federal and Mass capital gains tax. The repeal of this long-standing provision will have profound implications for millions of taxpayers, not just the wealthy. Such a repeal would also create a disaster from a taxpayer compliance standpoint as well as from an IRS enforcement standpoint. Such a new tax law would amount to nothing less than a middle-class tax hike, and this would have nothing to do with the proposed increase in the capital gains tax rate for those who earn more than $400,000 per year. 1. The Mackinac Bridge 2. The Galápagos penguin 3. 1980’s 4. “Saturday Night Live” 5. Darth Vader 6. California 7. Julia Ward Howe 8. “Doctor Who” 9. “The Nutcracker” 10. Boston (the Archaeological Institute of America) 11. Beer 12. Bambi’s friends in the 1942 animated film “Bambi” 13. Ebola 14. Big Mama Thornton 15. Japan 16. They are fictional houses in British novels (“The Hobbit, “Wuthering Heights” and “Rebecca,” respectively) 17. Florence Nightingale 18. They attended the March Hare’s tea party in the novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” 19. No; it is a member of the buckwheat plant family. 20. George Papanicolaou

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 SAUGUS GARDENS IN THE PANDEMIC Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener M any of the fl owering dogwoods blooming around town were very likely Mother’s Day gifts from years past. Because it typically blooms in early May, it was a popular gift, until a fungus disease made it diffi cult to maintain. Now there are some disease-resistant hybrids available, but there are also other trees and plants that would be appropriate since so many trees, shrubs and perennials are bursting into bloom this week. Like the flowering dogwoods (Cornus fl orida), eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) is a lovely small woodland tree which is sometimes planted in sun or part shade for its attractive fl owers. Redbud usually grows in areas south and west of Massachusetts, but it thrives in gardens here. Deep pinkish purple buds bloom before the leaves. A member of the pea family (Fabaceae), you can see the resemblance of the blossom to sweet peas and other members of this family. The leaves which will develop as the fl owers fade later this month are heart shaped. A few redbuds are planted at the entrance to Breakheart, next to the stone pillars which mark the start of the paved road. The only two plants named after fi sh that I can think of are both blooming this time of year. Shadblow (Amelanchier canadensis) got its name because when it blooms this indicates that the shad, an important small local fish, is swimming upstream to spawn. Settlers gave the shrub this name, but it has been called a few other names as well – serviceberry, sometimes spelled sarvisberry or just plain sarvis, and saskatoon. It is also known as Juneberry because of the early ripening fruit. Some say the name serviceberry came from the fact that the weather was fi nally mild enough for itinerant preachers to travel to rural areas to conduct church services. Saskatoon comes from the Cree word for Pacifi c serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia). There are several species of Amelanchier in North America with similar fl owers. American shad (Alosa sapidissima) is a type of herring highly valued as a food by local Native Americans and by 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. Upcoming guests: Sunday, May 9: Tony Dow, best AMERICAN TROUT LILY: From a North American bulb grows one of the earliest local wildfl owers. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) known for playing Wally Cleaver on the iconic television series “Leave it to Beaver.” Sunday, May 16: Susan Olsen best known for her role as Cindy Brady on the classic television series “The Brady Bunch.” Listeners are always invited to call in and talk with our popular guests. 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. BeaPAPER BIRCH CATKINS: at Breakheart Reservation. Not all the fl owers blooming now have showy, colorful petals. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) con Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of April 26-30. All the House roll calls are on the House version of a $47.7 billion fi scal 2022 state budget for the fi scal year that begins on July 1, 2021. A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE BUDGET “DEBATE” Most of the decisions on which A CLOSEUP VIEW: shadblow blossoms at Birch Pond. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) European settlers. Saugus Ironworks Park Ranger Paul Kenworthy says the small fi sh can often be seen from the bridge just outside the ironworks fence as they jump the rocks there in a shallow part of the river at this time of year. The fish can also be seen someGARDENS | SEE PAGE 16 representatives’ amendments are included or not included in the budget are made “behind closed doors.” Or in the COVID-19 era, “behind closed Zoom meetings.” Of the 1,157 budget amendments proposed, most of them were bundled into consolidated “mega” amendments. This year there were seven mega amendments and all but one, which had just one vote against it, were approved unanimously. There is no real “debate” on the House fl oor. Everyone who spoke on any of the consolidated amendments spoke in favor of them. The system works as follows: Individual representatives fi le amendments on various topics. All members then pitch their amendments to Democratic leaders who draft consolidated amendments that include some of the individual representatives’ amendments while excluding others. The categories of consolidated amendments include some 16 subjects including programs relating to public safety, judiciary energy, environmental aff airs, housing, labor and economic development. Supporters of the system say that any representative who sponsored an excluded amendment can bring it to the fl oor and ask for an up or down vote on the amendment itself. They say this system has worked well for many years. Opponents say that rarely, if ever, does a member bring his or her amendment to the fl oor for an upor-down vote because that is not the way the game is played. It is an “expected tradition” that you accept the fate of your amendment as determined by Democratic leaders. Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven (D-Somerville) was the only member who voted against one of the consolidated amendments. “It is worth noting that [my] ‘no’ vote is the only non-unanimous vote taken for the entire House budget, showing how little transparency, public debate and public accountability there is in the House budget process,” she said. HOUSE APPROVES $47.7 BILLION FISCAL 2022 BUDGET (H 4000) House 160-0, approved and sent to the Senate a $47.7 billion fiscal 2022 state budget for the fi scal year that begins on July 1, 2021. The House, over three days, added $59.8 million to the bill. The House version now goes to the Senate which will approve a diff erent version. A House-Senate conference committee will eventually craft a plan that will be presented to the House and Senate for consideration and sent to the governor. “This budget meets the needs of our residents who have endured an unprecedented level of health and economic challenges over the past year,” said House Speaker Ron Mariano (D-Quincy). “The House continues to support the services and programs that have proven to be essential for so many, while making targeted investments to grow the Massachusetts economy.” Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester), vice chair of the House Ways & Means Committee said, “The economic development measures and strong social service supports position Massachusetts to recover from the pandemic and continue growing.” “Budgets are more than line items and spreadsheets” said Rep. Jack Lewis (D-Framingham), co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus which hailed the budget. “Budgets are promises to support all the residents of the commonwealth and invest in our shared future. This House budget embodies the deepest commitments of our commonwealth by raising the Conservation Land Tax Credit, increasing support for families living in deep poverty and expanding funding to civil legal aid, emergency housing assistance and public education.” (A “Yes” vote is for the budget). Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes CONTINUE THE FILM TAX CREDIT (H 4000) House 160-0, approved an amendment that would indefi nitely extend the fi lm tax credit which is due to expire at the end of 2022. According to the Massachusetts Film Offi ce, the state provides filmmakers with a package of tax incentives including a 25 percent production credit, a 25 percent payroll credit and a sales tax exemption. Any project that spends more than $50,000 in Massachusetts qualifi es for the payroll credit. Spending more than 50 percent of the total budget or fi lming at least 50 percent of the principal photography days in the Bay State makes the project eligible for the production credit and the sales tax exemption. “Since the inception of the fi lm tax credit in 2006, $2.8 billion in economic development has fl owed into Massachusetts, stimulating many businesses that previously were not here, and creating new employment opportunities for thousands of people,” said the amendment’s sponsor Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy). “It is essential, especially in light of the pandemic, that the commonwealth continues to champion job preservation, growth and continued investments in our local businesses.” (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment). Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes EXPAND CONSERVATION LAND TAX CREDIT (H 4000) House 160-0, approved an amendment that would expand the existing Conservation Land Tax Credit by raising the annual cap for this program from $2 million to $5 million over a three-year period, beginning on January 1, 2022. The increase would remain in place until December 31, 2031. This state tax credit provides an incentive for land with signifi cant conservation value to be donated to public and private conservation agencies. The tax credit is equal to 50 percent of the fair market value of the donated property, up to a maximum credit of $75,000. Supporters explained that the tax credit has already resulted in the permanent protection of some 14,000 acres of land valued at over $76.5 million. They noted that for 2021, the maximum $2 million in tax credits has already been committed to 33 projects that will protect about 1,954 additional acres. They said that leaves 83 additional projects representing another 1,482 acres of land on a waiting list with some of the projects expected to be waiting until at least 2024 to receive the tax credit. “The recent passage of the 2050 Roadmap bill recognized that naturally occurring carbon sequestration is a very important component of the state’s ability to reach its short and long-term goals for reducing carbon emissions,” said House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading), the sponsor of the amendment. “Increasing the tax credit program’s annual cap will help to clear up the backlog of projects that are currently pending and will reap sigBHRC | SEE PAGE 15

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 Page 15 BHRC | FROM PAGE 14 nificant environmental benefits for the commonwealth.” (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment). Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes CONSOLIDATED AMENDMENT ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND JUDICIARY (H 4000) House 158-1, approved a $5.3 million consolidated amendment that funds public safety and judiciary programs. This is the only consolidated amendment which did not receive a unanimous vote. “I am proud of the work we did in the House of Representative to provide for our cities and town’s local public safety needs,” said Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield), the House chair of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. “Chief among our accomplishments is our commitment to process all untested sexual assault evidence kits within 180 days of the budget’s passage. This is an essential step towards providing the justice that all of these survivors of sexual assault are owed.” “This amendment represents the values of our commonwealth,” said Rep. Michael Day (D-Stoneham) the House chair of the Committee on the Judiciary. “These … investments seek to help the marginalized, keep our communities safe and continue our march towards equal justice under the law, for all our residents.” “I voted no because this amendment increased both funding for the State Police and the Department of Corrections by $1 million and $500,000 respectively,” said Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven (D-Somerville). “While there is good language on sexual assault evidence kit testing and spending accountability on ICE, I cannot vote for an amendment that increases funding to institutions that commit overtime fraud or force horrific living conditions on incarcerated people. At the very least, we must increase accountability before increasing spending. It is worth noting that this ‘no’ vote is the only non-unanimous vote taken for the entire House budget, showing how little transparency, public debate, and public accountability there is in the House budget process.” (A “Yes” vote is for the consolidated amendment. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes CONSOLIDATED AMENDMENT ON ENERGY, ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING (H 4000) House 159-0, approved a $7.3 million consolidated amendment that funds energy, environmental affairs and housing programs. “Housing is central to the well-being of individuals and families across the commonwealth,” said James Arciero (D-Westford), House chair of the Housing Committee. “Massachusetts is a high-cost state and this impacts the ability of our residents to gain and retain decent affordable housing. This budget provides historic funding for our housing programs as we prioritize this basic, fundamental need of our citizens.” “The House has crafted a bold budget that matches our ambitions in the fight against climate change and for the commonwealth’s clean energy future,” said Rep. Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin), House chair of the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. “Climate science and policy is complicated and demands the actions articulated in this budget to avoid what is essentially the most significant existential challenge of our time. It builds on the recently signed climate bill, which increases our commitment to offshore wind in the commonwealth to 5600 megawatts.” “Our prioritization of these essential environmental programs will protect and preserve our natural resources and outdoor spaces, as well as set a sustainable and resilient course for the future,” said Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston), House chair of the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. (A “Yes” vote is for the consolidated amendment). Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes CONSOLIDATED AMENDMENT ON LABOR AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (H 4000) House 159-0, approved an $11.9 million consolidated amendment that funds labor and economic development programs. “If there is a common thread in these House budget line items, it is that we are investing in our people,” said Rep. Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury), House chair of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. “Let’s face it, we don’t have the best weather, year-round sunshine, an abundance of gold, silver or vast oil reserves. Our greatest resource as a commonwealth is our people. We all know that what powers Massachusetts is our skilled workforce. The House budget continues these investments in our workforce and builds on them in significant ways.” “As we work our way out of this pandemic it is critical that the commonwealth play a vital role in supporting the growth of our economy and make targeted investments in areas that will improve the lives of our citizens and help those hardest hit by the pandemic, including those working in industries such as hospitality and retail,” said Rep. Jerry Parisella (D-Beverly), House chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. (A “Yes” vote is for the consolidated amendment). Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes SENATE APPROVES $400 MILLION FOR NEW SOLDIERS’ HOME IN HOLYOKE (S 2439) Senate 40-0, approved 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. The House has already approved a different version of the bill and a conference committee will likely hammer out a compromise version. The measure also provides $200 million to increase geographic equity and accessibility of long-term care services for Bay State veterans with a focus on areas that are not primarily served by the soldiers’ homes in Chelsea or Holyoke. 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. “Massachusetts has always been a leader for veteran services, and this bill reflects the Senate’s deep commitment to those who have served our nation,” said Sen. John Velis (D-Westfield), Senate Chair of the Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. “While our veteran population and their medical needs are changing, the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home’s mission remains the same: to provide care with honor and dignity. This bond bill will ensure that the next generation of residents at the home receives the care with honor and dignity that they have earned BHRC | SEE PAGE 17

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 GARDENS | FROM PAGE 14 times from the dock in the park. Both the arrival of the fi sh in the rivers from the Atlantic, where they spent the winter, and the bloom of the fl owers signifi ed the real arrival of spring. This spring shrub is found at wood edges in Breakheart Reservation and Lynn Woods, with grayish foliage just emerging behind the fl owers. It usually prefers moist sites and is likely to be located near the edges of the ponds. It has also become a popular landscape plant. The berries are edible, and the fall foliage turns bright reddish, orange and yellow. The other flowering plant named for a fish is trout lily, which is also known as dogtooth violet (Erythronium spp.). The fi sh part of the name came from the pattern on the speckled foliage, which resembles the mottled skin of a trout. It is in the lily family (Liliaceae) and is not related to violets. “Dogtooth” probably refers to the unopened fl ower, which looks like a long, narrow canine tooth. While there are several species found on both sides of the Atlantic, our local species is American trout lily (Erythronium americanum). This one has a yellow blossom, and it is abundant in open woods, but you could possibly fi nd it under a tree in an undisturbed area of your yard as well as wilder places. It also goes by a few other animal-inspired names, such as fawn lily and adder’s-tongue. Like the tulips and daff odils still blooming in our gardens this week, trout lily grows from a bulb which helps it survive challenging sites. Trout lily often forms large colonies. Not all the fl owers blooming now have showy, colorful petals – if they are pollinated by wind, the bright colors and nectar which lure pollinating insects are not necessary. We also see the gracefully dangling catkins of such trees as willows and birches at this time of year. Most birch catkins are observable through the winter as small, brownish structures attached to the twigs, just a little larger than the leaf buds, but now in full bloom they have extended to several inches long and wave with a breeze to better distribute pollen to other birches nearby. 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 off ered 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. 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! 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

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 Page 17 ~Handyman Services~ •Plumbing •Electric •Ceiling Fans •Waterheaters + More Call Tom 781-324-2770 BHRC | FROM PAGE 15 in service to our country.” “To meet the needs of the ever-changing veteran population, the bill adopted today is a refl ection of the strong advocacy of the members of this Senate to begin providing the long-term care services desperately needed for all veterans across the commonwealth,” said Sen. Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport), chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “The funding in this bill will ensure that we begin to rethink how we deliver care to veterans of every generation across Massachusetts,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “Ensuring that our veterans are connected to their communities is an important factor in ensuring that their physical and mental health is taken care of, and so I am proud of the steps we have taken to ensure geographic equity and accessibility, especially for our women and LGBTQ veterans, as well as veterans of color. Our quick action in passing this legislation will help ensure we maximize federal funds in this important endeavor.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill.) Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT (S 2439) Senate 37-3, approved an amendment that adds Project Labor Agreement language that mandates a pre-bid, pre-hire collective bargaining agreement for the construction of the new Soldiers’ Home and requires the recruiting of women, minority and veteran owned businesses to participate in the design and construction of the facility. “I am proud that the Senate added additional language during our debate that strengthens the bill to refl ect our commonwealth’s collective values,” said Sen. Paul Feeney (D-Foxborough), the sponsor of the amendment. “It is critical that signifi cant taxpayer-funded projects of this scope be completed on-time and on-budget with a diverse, local, safe, welltrained and highly skilled workforce. Additionally, we should be working diligently to assist women, minority and veteran owned businesses in creating jobs and opportunities now and in the future. The bill we passed today accomplishes these goals by authorizing funding for a modern facility for our commonwealth’s veterans while expanding opportunities for many local working-class people in the construction trades.” “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 83 percent of the construction industry is ‘open-shop’ non-union labor,” said Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) who voted against the amendment. “A project labor agreement on a taxpayer funded project requires that only union laBHRC | SEE PAGE 18 TEAMING UP | FROM PAGE 8 Square Revitalization Committee. Wong noted that he worked with Giannino to help the town obtain $75,000 for a new animal control vehicle and another $75,000 to buy portable radios for the Saugus Fire Department. Board of Selectmen Vice-Chair Corinne Riley, a former campaign manager for Rep. Wong, organized the forum. FRANK’S Housepainting (781) 289-0698 • Exterior • Ceiling Dr. • Power Wash • Paper Removal • Carpentry FREE ESTIMATES — Fully Insured Office/Commercial Space for Lease “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, MAY 7, 2021 BHRC | FROM PAGE 17 bor be utilized, excluding 83 percent of those in the industry who are non-union even though their tax dollars also fund the project. We should allow both union and nonunion workers an opportunity for employment, especially when it’s the public’s money. Project labor agreements are also known to increase the cost of taxpayer projects because of the lack of competition on who can work on said projects.” “As legislators, we have the responsibility to ensure that any state contract of this magnitude— regardless of its noble and critical purpose—receives a comprehensive evaluation,” said Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton), Senate Chair of the Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. “This is especially true in times of great economic need and uncertainty, and where our failure to ensure fairness for all would risk grave consequences in other areas. I am proud to have helped shape that conversation by bringing forth important questions about regional equity, fiscal accountability and the rights of Massachusetts workers.” Senate Ways and Means chair Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport) also voted against the amendment. “I have problems with anytime we limit competition on any sort of public construction projects,” he told the State House News Service. “I think more competition is healthier for everyone. It’s better for the taxpayers.” (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment. A “No” vote is against it). Sen. Brendan Crighton 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 26-30, the House met for a total of 37 hours and 40 minutes while the Senate met for a total of four hours and 19 minutes. Mon. April 26 House 10:02 a.m. to 11:29 p.m. Senate 11:12 a.m. to 11:31 a.m. Tues. April 27 House 11:05 a.m. to 9:44 p.m. No Senate session Wed. April 28 House 11:01 a.m. to 2:35 a.m. (Thursday morning) No Senate session Thurs. April 29 No House session Senate 11:19 a.m. to 3:19 p.m. Fri. April 30 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com REAL ESTATE TRANSAC TIONS Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com. BUYER1 BUYER2 Roussin, Joseph W Roussin, Joseph W SELLER1 Stazinski, Ronald Stazinski, Ronald SELLER2 ADDRESS 12 Fairview St 5 Clark St CITY DATE PRICE Saugus 16.04.2021 $222 000,00 Saugus 16.04.2021 $200 000,00


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