SAUGUS Your Local News & Sports Online. Subscribe & Scan Here! D CAT Vol. 26, No.19 -FREE- www.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday S AD ATCTE E 781-233-4446 Friday, May 10, 2024 SUNSET ON THE SAUGUS Town Meeting 2024 Members will consider an article to use $500,000 from the Supplemental Student Support reserve Fund for afterschool programs to help students hurt by COViD-19 By Mark E. Vogler chool officials made a rare second pre-Town Meeting appearance before the Finance Committee Wednesday night – this time to seek the backing of a half-million-dollar afterschool program which won’t require increasing the proposed budget for Saugus Public Schools. “We want to make kids feel positive about school,” Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Michael Hashem said in briefi ng the Finance Committee about the goals behind ArMEETING | SEE PAGE 2 TOWN MEETING OPENERS A team of four Saugus Little Leaguers who served as the color guards prepared to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance as the 2024 Annual Town Meeting convened on Monday night. Pictured from left to right are Matty Benoit, Gio Natalucci, Anthony Smith and John Benoit. Please see inside for more photos and Town Meeting coverage. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) ON DISPLAY AT THE STATE HOUSE: This is one of two paintings by Saugus native Jeff Fioravanti that visitors will be able to view on the walls of the State House lobby through July 2. In his painting, the local artist paid somewhat of a tribute to what was once one of the largest lobster fl eets on the East Coast. “The title of this piece is not just a rendition of the beautiful sunsets that can be found on the Saugus River, but also a metaphor for what once was,” Fioravanti wrote. Please see inside for the story. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) Mid-grade Regular $3.95 3.35 73 73 Over 45 Years of Excellence! Full Service $3.09 Order online at angelosoil.com

Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 MEETING | FROM PAGE 1 ticle 10 – a request to authorize funding from the Supplemental Student Support Reserve Fund. Hashem said he hopes to see a variety of afterschool programs initiated on all levels of Saugus Public Schools “open up the buildings like they were envisaged before COVID … like a youth center…” Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree introduced the article to create the reserve fund during a Special Town Meeting in the fall of 2022 and convinced Town Meeting members to pass it. The fund was designed to aid the School Department in reaching students whose education was adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Finance Committee members voted unanimously to recommend passage of Article 10, one of six financial articles that are expected to be considered by Town Meeting members when they convene for Session 2 of the Annual Town Meeting on Monday (May 13) at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor auditorium at Town Hall. Town Moderator Steve Doherty said he expects that the six articles, including Article 10 – which received a favorable review from the Finance Committee at WednesMAKING HIS POINT: Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree (left) briefed Finance Committee members at Wednesday (May 8) night’s meeting on why he advocates support for an article to spend $500,000 on afterschool enrichment programs in Saugus Public Schools. Article 10 is expected to be one of the major items of discussion when the Town Meeting convenes in the second floor auditorium in Saugus Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13 for Session 2. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) day night’s review session – would be the focus of Monday night’s session. Time permitting, members could also take up some of the articles on the warrant that don’t involve money and therefore don’t require review by the Finance Committee, according to Doherty. He said Town Meeting probably wouldn’t be able to review the zoning articles on the warrant until June because the Planning Board needs time to review them. Money “to touch the kids” School Committee Chair VinEastern Bank Building on Rte. 1S 605 Broadway, #301 * Saugus (781) 233-6844 www.bostonnorthdental.com cent Serino, who accompanied Hashem to the meeting, told the Finance Committee “We need to look at what we’re trying to build here.” “I think it’s to get the kids engaged that really maybe aren’t engaged,” he said. “I think the goal for everybody is a top-rated school system,” Town Manager Crabtree said in his advocacy for Article 10. “The money we have in the Dr. Priti Amlani Dr. Bhavisha Patel * Restorative Dentistry * Cosmetic Dentistry * Implant Restoration * Zoom Whitening * Teeth in a Day - All on 6 * Invisalign * CEREC Crowns (Single Visit Crowns) * Root Canal Treatment * Sedation Dentistry ~ Full Mouth Rehabilitation ~ Before After reserve fund is specifically to work on – with the pandemic – and try to put money toward kids and children … that have fallen behind or lost vocabulary. That money is specifically to touch the kids,” he said. Money used from the fund over a two-to-four-year span would “put programs in that are going to bring kids up to par.” “This money is put aside to bring the kids back up so we can improve our scores and achievement in each class,” he said. “Moving forward, long term,” Crabtree stressed, the School Department would have to figure out how to come up with how to fund the programs after the reserve fund is no longer available. The fund, according to previous reports, has about $3 million that has never been used since its inception. This money would allow for a variety of educational programs in the school district that are not currently covered by the School Department’s operating budget. In order for the Saugus Public Schools to access these funds, the Superintendent and School Committee must submit a detailed plan to the Saugus Finance Committee, who will determine that such plans are supplementing current educational programming and not supplanting it. Use of the funds requires Town Meeting approval. A successful pilot project Hashem told the Finance Committee that he’s optimistic about the potential for the afterschool programs that the school district has been developing in anticipation of Article 10’s passage. “We did it on a small [scale] and it was successful,” Hashem said, referring to a pilot project initiated at the Belmonte STEAM Academy by School Principal Maureen Lueke. “I do credit Dr. Lueke. She asked if she could do something as a pilot [project] and it was extremely successful,” he said. About 100 students at the Belmonte participated in the afterschool programs over a six-week period. The programs included assembling a newspaper, arts and crafts, the Girls on the Run program and Spanish. “I envisage the program to be four days a week in each of the buildings,” Hashem said. “A chunk of the funding would go to getting supplies for the robotics,” he said. Robotics has been a very popular activity at the Belmonte STEAM Academy and there seems to be great interest at the Middle School for a similar program, according to Hashem. “I think a book club after school would be a huge win,” Hashem said. The educational philosophy behind the various afterschool programs is to reinforce academic skills, according to Hashem. For instance, the proposal for offerings at the Belmonte STEAM Academy includes a book club, keyboarding skills, a school newspaper, a theatre and creativity performance group, a robotics club, arts and crafts, board games and puzzles and homework help. Middle School students could participate in a debate club or chess club. Students would be able to seek tutoring in English and Math in a less stressful environment. But, most importantly, students would have a wide variety of options to participate in activities that would keep them busy and essentially turn their school into a community center, Hashem stressed. He said that students in grades 2 through 5 [Belmonte STEAM Academy] and grades 6 through 8 [Middle School] would be the ones most affected by the afterschool programs. Students in these grades are eager to find afterschool activities to engage in, because their options are currently limited, Hashem sugMEETING | SEE PAGE 3

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Page 3 Honoring mothers today and every day. Happy Mother’s Day. To the Editor: After living in Saugus my entire life and serving on the Board of Selectmen a total of 15 years, I thought I had seen it all. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Until now, I have never seen Town leaders knowingly and intentionally leave millions of dollars on the table, at a time when they could be especially benefi - cial use to our community. WIN Waste has been in Saugus since 1975 and they plan to stay in Saugus. It is important for people to understand that forcing them to close their ash landfi ll has nothing to do with their operation: burning trash and making electricity. The plant is not going anywhere so why not benefi t from it? It took almost two years of discussions for WIN Waste and the Saugus Landfi ll Committee to agree to the terms of a mutually benefi cial Host Community Agreement (HCA). Having more productive communications with our largest taxpayer was a goal for me and many of our Town leaders. After the Landfill Committee forwarded the HCA to the Board of Selectmen in the fall of 2022, there were several months of negotiations between the board and WIN before the Selectmen voted to approve the fi nal agreement on April 4, 2023. This was a significant development for the Town. The majority of the board understood that, regardless of how anyone feels about WIN Waste, the HCA provides the Town with huge economic and enviMEETING | FROM PAGE 2 gested. “There’s a lot of kids who don’t play basketball and a lot of kids who don’t want drama,” he said. ronmental benefi ts if WIN obtains the necessary permits to continue to operate their ash landfi ll. Inexplicably, 13 months after the Board of Selectmen, the primary governing body for the Town, voted to approve the HCA, the town manager has yet to sign it. This is unacceptable. If we had a Host Community Agreement with WIN Waste 20 years ago, we would likely have collected an additional $15-20 million in the last two decades – in addition to the taxes the company pays. An HCA would provide funding beyond the equivalent of property taxes. The HCA that we approved would provide Saugus with free tipping, worth about $1 million per year for the next 20 years. WIN Waste also agreed to make some important upgrades to their facilities, formalize lower emissions levels, continue to support and manage the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, and install a standalone air monitor at the WIN site. This is in addition to the Town-hired third-party consultant that reviews all of their submissions to the DEP and Board of Health and ensures they are operating in compliance, which they are. To execute this agreement, the Town of Saugus does not need anything other than a signature. The alternative? WIN ships the ash to Shrewsbury, which is happy to accept the additional revenue this would generate. The other articles at a glance At Wednesday night’s meeting, the Finance Committee also gave favorable review to: ● Article 11: To see if the Town will vote to ratify, approve and confirm the vote Right now Saugus residents, especially our seniors on fi xed incomes, are hurting badly from higher prices on just about everything. Elected offi - cials have an obligation to explore all options for increased revenue, in the short- and long-term. It is simply not right to turn our backs on a realistic proposal simply for political reasons, which is exactly what is happening with the HCA. Let’s not forget, we will be asking our residents to approve another debt exclusion for the construction of the new Northeast Vocational School in the coming months. As a reminder, WIN Waste will have to prove to both the DEP and Board of Health that the continued operation of the landfi ll will have no negative impact on the Town, and is the most environmentally responsible option. That case cannot be realistically made without the endorsement of the Town, which is the purpose of the HCA. Saugus has been remiss in not negotiating this type of agreement with WIN Waste before now. The Town has already left millions on the table. We have a chance to correct that mistake and a signifi - cant amount of good-faith negotiating went into this HCA. As residents, we have the right to insist that our current leaders respect the democratic process and understand their obligation to govern with the best interests of the entire Town in mind, and not at the whim of a vocal minority. 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Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Boston North Cancer Association, Inc. honors four Saugus High School seniors After losing their dads to cancer, they remain committed to academic excellence and pursuing a college education F our college-bound Saugus High School students who lost their dads to cancer will be among a dozen North Shore students honored next week at the 14th Annual Hope Begins Here Awards Reception at Danversport. The Cancer Care Team of the Division of Radiation Oncology at Lahey Medical Center Peabody will be honored as the recipients of the 2024 Hope Begins Here Award. This prestigious award is presented annually to an outstanding leader and advocate for cancer prevention, treatment or care north of Boston. “We recognize that it takes a team!” Boston North Cancer Association, Inc. President Susan McCarthy said. “Therefore, we are honor50 ing the team’s exceptional and compassionate cancer care to patients diagnosed with cancer and their families throughout the communities north of Boston and are celebrating Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s 100th anniversary and 30 years of care in Peabody,” McCarthy 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 “Our goal is to make a significant impact on those living with cancer in the communities north of Boston. To help in our community, we will also award over $40,000 in Community Grants and Sponsorships to organizations that meet our mission.” The four seniors being honored are Nathaniel Chadwick, Kaitlyn Pugh, Braden Faiella and Isabella Belluscio. Each of the students will receive a scholarship. Boston North Cancer Association, Inc. provided the following summary of the students’ scholastic stories at Saugus High, how they were personally affected by a family member battling cancer and their college plans: Hope Begins Here Scholarship ued moving forward while he was falling considerably behind. Being out of school for three weeks, and having to move into temporary housing shortly thereafter, left this sixth grader struggling. However, 2 years later, Nathaniel was achieving straight A’s and high honors. Nathaniel has a passion and Nathaniel Chadwick: He plans to attend Salem State University this fall to pursue a degree in Computer Science/ Computer Programming. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) The 2024 recipient of the $5,000 Hope Begins Here Scholarship is Nathaniel Chadwick. Nathaniel is from Saugus, attends Saugus High School, has a 4.3 GPA, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Nathaniel is in the Video Production Club, a Camera Operator and Tech High School helper. He also volunteers at the Blessed Sacrament Church. Nathaniel’s father was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer, and passed away a year later when Nathaniel was 11 years old. Nathaniel quickly learned how life continlove for technology which he learned from his dad. His father ran a Multimedia Design company, and Nathaniel was taught the basics by sitting side by side with his dad from a young age. His teacher says, “he is one of the hardest working students, and his commitment to work stands out as one of the best I’ve seen throughout my teaching career.” Nathaniel will be attending Salem State University this fall, pursuing a degree in Computer Science/Computer Programming. The Donald Perlman, MD Memorial Scholarship Kaitlyn Pugh: She plans to attend Endicott College in the fall to study math and teaching. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) The 2024 recipient of this $5,000 scholarship award is Kaitlyn Pugh. Kaitlyn is from Saugus, attends Saugus High School, and has a 4.15 GPA This scholarship was not only renewed but has been increased to $5,000 and is generously funded by Cynthia Perlman and her family in memory of Dr. Perlman, who also was a former recipient of our Hope Begins Here Award and who recently passed away. Dr. Donald Perlman was a renowned board-certified general surgeon specializing in breast disease and tumors HONORS| SEE PAGE 5

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Page 7 World Series Park celebrates its 20th anniversary with a snack bar dedication to Carolyn Davis years ago,” Glen said. “We have Christie Serino Stadium at the high school now, too.” It enables more flexibility for children to play baseball at night. Annually, there are approximately 250 games played. Glen said there’s a monument dedicated to the 2003 Little League team, which was the only Saugus team ever to make it to the Little League World Series. “My father drew together Agganis Construction to build the field,” Glen said. Superintendent Bob Davis, who was her husband, THE DAVIS FAMILY: Members of the family of the late Carolyn Davis stand near the sign that honors her many hours of volunteer work running the snack bar at World Series Park, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Pictured from left to right are Carolyn’s son Glen, her husband Bob and her daughter Rachel. (Saugus Advocate photo by Tara Vocino) By Tara Vocino W orld Series Park has been a legend in town, but on April 26, it celebrated its 20th Anniversary by dedicating the snack bar in memory of Superintendent Bob Davis’ late wife, Carolyn. Her son Glen said the night-time playing lights came in 2022. “We’ve been raising money for lights since the park was built 20 said there are approximately 54 sponsor signs around the mound. “My wife of 60 years passed away recently,” Davis said. “It’s a milestone that this park has been in existence for 20 years.” The night lights have added 60 games to allow more use of the field for adult leagues. “She ran the snack bar for 20 years,” Bob said. “She always had a smile on her face even when the team lost.” ANNIVERSARY | SEE PAGE 9 RON’S OIL Call For PRICE MELROSE, MA 02176 NEW CUSTOMER’S WELCOME ACCEPTING VISA, MASTERCARD & DISCOVER (781) 397-1930 OR (781) 662-8884 100 GALLON MINIMUM

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Show Cause Hearing Selectmen decide to work with Kowloon restaurant on measures to prevent future Thanksgiving Eve bar fights and underage drinking in the bar By Mark E. Vogler K owloon Restaurant staff confiscated 13 fake IDs from teenagers who were told to leave the restaurant, according to a Saugus Police report of last year’s Thanksgiving Eve Bar Brawl, in which four individuals were charged. “It should be noted that Bobby Wong informed me that any staff member that seizes a fake ID is paid $50.00 by the restaurant for each ID,” Lt. Shawn Flynn wrote in a Nov. 30, 2023, report to Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli. “This is to encourage employees to be vigilant in checking customers who appear to be under the age of 40,” Flynn said. That part of the report was cited as evidence favorable to Kowloon at Tuesday’s show cause hearing that selectmen conducted to determine whether the Route 1 restaurant establishment should face any disciplinary action – including possible suspension, revocation or modification of its all alcoholic beverages Common Victualer’s license. The selectmen opted not to take any disciplinary action. They voted instead, unanimously, to adopt several measures to prevent a similar incident from happening again. The investigation by Saugus police determined that two of the four people involved in the altercation at the Hong Kong Lounge were 19 years of age. They used false ID credentials, which enabled them to obtain green Heineken wristbands so they could be served alcohol. “The only way for them to get Bobby Wong of Kowloon Restaurant said his bar staff has a good incentive for confiscating fake IDs from potential underage customers: a $50 reward for each fake ID. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) those wristbands was to present an ID at the entrance fraudulently indicating they were 21 years of age or older for the purpose of procuring alcoholic beverages,” Lt. Flynn wrote in his report. Attorney Ira H. Zaleznik, the special counsel hired by the town to handle the show cause hearing, had four police officers sworn in as potential witnesses. But the selectmen determined that the testimony by Chief Ricciardelli and Lt. Flynn was all they needed to hear. And early during the hearing, which lasted about an hour, they were pleased with the way the Wong family has managed similar problems in the past and its recent efforts. As part of a solution to prevent similar incidents, selectmen voted to have Kowloon: ● Work with the Police Department to determine the appropriate police details to be on scene on future Thanksgiving Eve nights when a large crowd turns out ● Consult with the Fire Chief on what he considers would be adequate fire personnel to monitor the occupancy limits to avoid overcrowding ● Acquire a professional scanner for scanning IDs to reduce the potential number of underage people gaining access to the bar areas ● Also consult with Inspectional Services and the Fire Department about determining capacity on a room-toroom basis Wong told selectmen that Kowloon staff confiscate “one or two fake IDs a month.” He brought a box to the hearing containing numerous IDs that staff have confiscated over a period of years. “You go beyond trying to find illegal licenses,” Selectman Corinne Riley told Wong. Selectman Anthony Cogliano expressed concerns about the shortcoming of scanners to detect fake IDs. Cogliano raised the issue of underage Saugus Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli says the Police Department has a good working relationship in solving problems. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) bar patrons using the IDs of older brothers who can legally drink. He said that when he was 18, he used his older brother’s ID to gain admittance to a bar. “A scanner is not going to pick that up,” Cogliano said. As part of his research, Chief Ricciardelli said, he had the Police Department review a decade’s worth of records to find out whether there were any past problems on Thanksgiving Eve. “I found two in the past 10 years and they both took place in the parking lot,” Chief Ricciardelli said. Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Jeffrey Cicolini said he doesn’t consider incidents in the parking lot as serious as fights inside the establishment. Chief Ricciardelli said policing underage drinking at bar establishments will continue to be challenging. He noted that in recent years “kids are going to a website” to buy “very high-quality” fake IDs from China that are difficult to detect. Chief Ricciardelli said the Wong family “works well with us to solve any issues that come up and they work well on their own.” The chief noted that “overall, the incidents are probably on the low side for an establishment that big, with that much of a capacity and the amount of patrons in and out of there every year.” The four individuals arrested in last year’s bar fight: ● Rosaria Sophia McCauly, 32, of North Reading, charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (to wit glass beer bottle) and disorderly conduct ● Arnold John Carey Marujo, 19, of Somerville, charged with procuring liquor to someone less than 21 and disorderly conduct ● Donovan Clark, 19, of Lynn, charged with procuring liquor to someone less than 21, disorderly conduct and assault and battery ● Anthony John Micelli, 35, of North Reading, charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct. Window Glass & Screen Repair

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Page 9 Saugus resident awarded scholarship from MassCPAs T his week the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MassCPAs) announced that Aung Hein of Saugus was awarded the RSM firm’s scholarship by MassCPAs Educational Foundation’s 2024 Scholarship Program. Hein, a student at Suffolk University, was one of 51 students selected to receive a scholarship. The students will be honored for their awards at MassCPAs’ annual, member-wide networking event, Connect 2024, on May 8. “The dedication and talSaugonian Aung Hein, recipient of the RSM firm’s Scholarship (Courtesy photo) ent of these scholarship recipients is truly inspiring,” said MassCPAs President/CEO Zach Donah, CAE. “Their commitment to the accounting profession fills us with confidence about the future of the industry in Massachusetts. We’re honored to support their academic journeys and play a role in their success. We extend our sincere gratitude to this year’s donors and volunteers for helping students achieve their dreams through our scholarship program.” Scholarships are funded 100% through donations to MassCPAs Educational Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to inspire and support the next generation of CPAs in Massachusetts, and since the program’s inception in 2006, the Foundation has awarded over 400 scholarships to aspiring CPAs, ranging from $2,500-$10,000 and totaling more than $1,900,000. MassCPAs scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate accounting students who are attending a college or university in Massachusetts or attending an out-of-state college or university while having a permanent residence in Massachusetts. Scholarship funds are issued directly to the students and can be used for tuition, books, interviewing expenses or other needs. For more information about the Educational Foundation – https:// www.masscpas.org/ed-foundation/scholarship-program “MassCPAs is committed to fostering a diverse and talented accounting workforce,” said MassCPAs Director of Academic and Career Development Allie Orlando. “These scholarships address financial barriers and create opportunities for deserving students. We are deeply grateful to our individual and firm donors who share our vision. Together, we are building a stronger future for the accounting profession in Massachusetts.” “Sunset on the Saugus” artist is part of State House art exhibit By Mark E. Vogler S augus residents who visit Boston’s Beacon Hill during this month and through July 2 will have a special treat if they appreciate local art. Artist Jeff Fioravant, 66, a 1976 graduate of Saugus High School who grew up in town, has his artwork hanging on the wall in the Massachusetts State Senate Lobby. Town residents can see paintings from Fioravant’s collection along with all the other artists during regular State House hours by taking a free tour of the state Capital Building Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Senator Brandon Crighton’s office at the State House has been tasked with curating a ANNIVERSARY | FROM PAGE 7 Davis said they dedicated the monument to the 2003 Little League team. “They brought the town together, despite differences,” Davis said. “Because of that we decided to dedicate the field to them.” Glen said his mother was a great person who volunteered for First Congregational Church’s pumpkin patch and at the snack bar. “It’s been 20 years, incredibly,” Davis said. “My grandson Kevin played here, and it was just swampland.” Carolyn’s daughter, Rachel, said her mother supported her father’s passion by working at the park and for the love of the town that she grew up in. “She was collection of visual art to hang in the Massachusetts State Senate Lobby “For this honor, Senator Crighton has chosen the artist members of the Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA). GALA is a community-based organization that represents a diverse collection of local practicing fine artists in the Senator’s district,” Fioravant said. “I am humbled to be included along with my fellow GALA artists in this wonderful exhibit. I will have two pieces, “Lifelines” and “Sunset On The Saugus” displayed on the State House Lobby walls during the next two months. Annette Sykes, the director of the Galleries At Lynn Arts (GALA), invited him to submit pieces for consideration of being displayed at the venue. the most unbelievable person you’ve ever met in your life,” Rachel said. “She gave of her talents, time and [was] the kind of person who everyone would want to be around.” Selectman Corinne Riley said Carolyn was with Davis a lot and was very supportive of his hours at the park. “She supported all his hard work,” Riley said. “Carol knew he takes a lot of pride on the field and all that he’s accomplished.” Riley said she was probably the sweetest woman she’s ever met, adding that she was quiet but pleasant. “When you met her, you felt like you knew her forever,” Riley said. Selectman Anthony Cogliano said that behind evANNIVERSARY | SEE PAGE 14 “I included the Saugus Scene since I grew up in Saugus and given that Senator Crighton from Lynn was the sponsor of the exhibit, something relating to these communities might be a good choice, given that this part of the Saugus River touches both Saugus and Lynn,” he said. “I brought about six pieces to the GALA exhibition space and Annette made the final choice of which two would be presented for inclusion. I had sent her six via email, and she had already indicated it would probably be the two chosen, but she wanted to see them in person to confirm. “ Fioravant’s Saugus River scene is special. “It’s not just the beauty of the sun setting on the Saugus River, but also how that same setting sun is a metaphor for decline of lobstering on the Saugus,” Fioravant said. During his days in Saugus, he was a standout athlete. He’s a member of the Saugus High School Athletic Hall of Fame for ice hockey and soccer. Fioravant is a member of several national pastel art associations, and holds signature membership in at least six. He’s also an International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle recipient. “I am also a new artist member of the Copley Society of Art, and have long been a member of the North Shore Art Association (Gloucester) and the Newburyport Art Association. Fioravant laments the future of what was once home to one of the largest lobster fleets on J& • Reliable Mowing Service • Spring & Fall Cleanups • Mulch & Edging • Sod or Seed Lawns • Shrub Planting & Trimming • Water & Sewer Repairs Joe Pierotti, Jr. the East Coast. “What remains of this once thriving location are just a handful of working boats still seeking a life from the sea,” he said. “The title of this piece (‘Sunset On The Saugus’) is not just a rendition of the beautiful sunsets that can be found on the Saugus River, but also a metaphor for what once was. 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Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 It Takes A Family To Build A Park While Bob Davis is World Series Park’s superintendent, his late wife Carolyn’s influence made it happen for two decades By Joe McConnell L ong before World Series Park was even in Bob Davis’s thought process, both he and Carolyn, his wife of 60 years, before she passed away in February after a long illness, understood the pros and cons of the Saugus sports scene. Together, they raised three children in the community, where they were quite active in its athletic programs across all backdrops. In 2003, when the Saugus American Little League Williamsport all-star team not only captured the attention of its neighbors in town, but also throughout New England after they made it all the way to the United States championship game, Bob got the ball rolling to turn a piece of swampland behind the Belmonte School into what turned out to be the crown jewel of baseball facilities throughout the North Shore, if not the state itself. Bob knew the work involved to pull everything together to get the project done would take time and patience. He needed first and foremost the support of his family. Carolyn already knew the town needed Carolyn Davis (right), who passed away in February after a long illness, was always at World Series Park in support of her husband, Bob (left), the facility’s founder and superintendent. Carolyn also managed the park’s concession stand, which was named after her late last month during the park’s 20th anniversary celebration. In this photo, Ed Stetson (center) is shown being honored as a donor to the Wall of Fame plaque about 10 years ago. The plaque is located on the concession stand. (Courtesy photo / Ken Howse) a brand-new baseball complex, because of her involvement as a sports mom. Stackpole Field was showing its age, and, because of that, it was easy for her to get behind the development of World Series Park. When World Series Park was christened in 2004, there was still work to be done to bring the facility up to certain 21st century standards that would make it the envy of nearby communities. A new state-ofthe-art concession stand and press box and meeting room behind home plate was soon built. An aluminum flagpole down the right-field line followed, and in 2021 lights were finally installed after years of fundraising to make it happen. I saw the 2004 opening of World Series Park and subsequent additions to it firsthand as the sports editor of a former Saugus newspaper. I began to know Bob and Carolyn quite well, as well as their son, Glen. They seemingly were always there to make sure the grass was mowed and the basepaths and batter’s boxes were properly lined for the games, the concession stand was constantly stocked with goodies for the fans, and for other aesthetics that created a pleasant, memorable experience. ~ Saugus High School Sports round-Up ~ By Dom Nicastro SAUGUS BASEBALL DROPS TWO OF THREE Saugus baseball stands at 7-6 after 13 games. Saugus bested Salem, 4-3, after taking the lead late in the game. The game was tied at three in the top of the fifth when Tyler Riley singled, scoring one run. In the top of the fourth inning, Saugus took a lead after Nathan Soroko singled, and Cam Soroko singled, each scoring one run. Shane Bourque stole two bases. Saugus stole six bases in the game. Soroko led things off on the mound for Saugus. He allowed seven hits and three runs (two earned) over five and two-thirds innings, striking out seven and walking one. Cam Bernard pitched one and one-third innings of shutout ball for Saugus in relief. He surrendered two hits, striking out one and walking none. Shawsheen blanked Saugus, 5-0. Danny Zeitz stepped on the hill first for Saugus. The starting pitcher surrendered five hits and three runs over four innings, striking out two and walking three. Jordan Rodriguez finished up the final three innings, walking three and striking out one. Zeitz went 2-for-3 at the plate, and Cam Soroko had Saugus’ other hit. Marblehead beat Saugus, 7-4. Saugus’ Riley made the most of his chances at the plate. He had two hits in three atbats. Bourque, Jeff Murphy, and Riley each drove in one run for Saugus. Bourque stole two bases. Saugus stole six bases in the game. Cam Soroko started and struck out seven. SAUGUS GIRLS LACROSSE DROPS TWO OF THREE Saugus beat Salem, 11-6, on the road. Violet Hawley, Nina Penachio (four), Juliana Scalis (two), Ashley Rezendes, Mara Faiella, and Aly Mabee (two) scored goals for the Sachems. Saugus traveled to Winthrop and lost, 10-1. Mabee scored the lone goal. Saugus returned home and lost to Danvers, 19-8. Penachio had five goals, and Mabee had the other three. SAUGUS GIRLS TRACK SHINES Saugus girls track beat Salem, 101-6, on Senior Night. “This was our first meet where we had a full roster as we have struggled with injuries all season,” Saugus coach Joe Alba said. “We lost our star sprinter and three-year captain Madi Femino to a torn meniscus for the rest of the season, so filling in her role is very tough. The girls have been great this season as a few have already qualified for the Division 4 state tournament that will take place May 23 and May 25 at Westfield State University. With us being a small team, they still continue to impress me every single day with their personal records, hard work, and dedication.” Some results from Salem: Jessica Bremberg (senior captain): first place in the long jump, triple jump, and the 400 Destiny Okoye (freshman): first place in the high jump and 100 Soraya Mathieu (eighth grade): second place in the 100 and long jump Alesha Bien-Aime (sophomore): first place in 100 hurdles and second place in triple jump Angie Lopez (junior captain): first place in 200 and shot put Kendall Hatch (junior): first place in discus and second place in shot put Brianna Feldman (junior): first place in 400 hurdles and second place in discus Girls 4x100m relay remains undefeated this season and qualified for states. The 4x100 relay team includes Destiny Okoye, Savanna Ceruolo, Jess Bremberg, and Soraya Mathieu. Three Saugus girls also competed in the NEC Freshman/Sophomore meet at Gloucester on May 4. “Despite only having three girls, we went there and represented the town of Saugus very well,” Alba said. Okoye, a freshman, won in the high jump, was runner-up in the 200, and took third place in the 100. Peyton DiBiaso, a sophomore, took runner-up (second place) in the javelin, fifth place in the high jump, and sixth place in the 400 hurdles. Sophomore Bien-Aime had a very strong performance in the 100 hurdles and triple jump. “With the three of them performing, we got ourselves eighth out of 10 teams, scoring 39 points,” Alba said. “They impressed me. The girls performed really well, and the fact the three of them got 39 points is outstanding. I look at this like a win, and it excites me for what is in the near future for these athletes. Saugus girls track is heading in the right direction.” Saugus’ next meet will be on May 10 at Winthrop, where it will be taking on a very competitive and well-coached Vikings squad. They beat Danvers by six, and the Sachems lost to them. “We were short-handed due to injury that meet,” Alba said, “but if we stay healthy and we perform well, I believe this meet will come down to the wire.” SAUGUS BOYS LACROSSE PICKS UP WINS Saugus beat Revere, 14-1, and topped Malden, 15-2. Connor Lacey was great in goal both days; he is an eighth grader. Larry Barrows, who was playing net while Lacey was hurt, scored the first goal of the game against Revere. Eighth grader Cam Marchand had seven goals and four assists against Malden. Bob took care of the park’s grounds both on and off the diamond, while Carolyn managed the concession stand. Their springs, summers and even falls for two decades were consumed at the park, pretty much seven days a week. But they weren’t complaining, because they were doing it for the love of the Saugus community without any financial benefit. And Bob continues to put in the work. The experience was not always pleasant for them. They had to endure occasional vandalism, as well as criticism from some who thought they knew better. But they soldiered on because they understood the bigger picture. This park was and continues to be for Saugus baseball players, and Carolyn’s contributions and sacrifices to make that happen will never be forgotten by those of us who saw her dedication and support for it up close. The concession stand was rightfully named after her during the 20th anniversary ceremony of the park late last month. Sacrifice and volunteerism embodied her entire life, and the Saugus community is richer today for it.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Page 11 Welcome to Cliftondale Saugonians and former town residents enjoy “Open House” at The MEG; many revisit old memories and friends By Janice K. Jarosz T he MEG Foundation Board of Directors extend their appreciation to all of those who attended the recent Open House at The MEG – known to many as the old Cliftondale School. During last weekend’s event (May 4-5), many former students reconnected with fellow school chums, meeting at the school building that held so many cherished memories of their school years from the first grade to the fourth. Some “boys” even admitted to the many hours they spent in the principal’s office, the strap and ruler on her desk, rarely used, but threatening nonetheless. Blackboards were filled with dozens of class photos, original letters from students thanking Mr. Bogdan for a field trip they took to Anna Parker Playground, the “basement pass,” familiar class books, graded tests and a large bowl of candy from the forties and fifties. Charles Bond, who donated the property to the town and was a very generous benefactor, filled the front lobby with a written history of his life, photos and articles about his famous Blackstone cigars handmade in the “Bond Block,” on the corner of Jackson and Essex, now under new ownership. At one time, Blackstone cigars were one of the largest manufacturers of cigars throughout the country. Miss Marleah Graves was also remembered with photos and stories from former students about her life and her more than 47 years of teaching the second grade. She was described as a teacher with a quiet but strong voice, warm hugs and love and kindness to all. We had more than 150 people over the two days. Three brothers who all went to school there came down from New Hampshire. Some of the visitors came from quite aways – from Rhode Island and Western Massachusetts. A lot of them exchanged phone numbers and wanted to get together again. We passed out a lot of good local history during our “Welcome to Cliftondale” Open House. Special thanks to our busi“The Graduating Class of 2024” at The MEG: Seated in the first row are Andrew Whitcomb and Debra Panetta; in the back row are Stephanie Mastrocola, “Principal” Shirley Bogdan, Janice K. Jarosz, Lee Dyment and Lorraine Wilton. All graduated with honors! (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Steve Bevacqua) ness neighbors Webster First Credit Union, GCA Jewelers, Mike’s Barber Shop, the Blue Moon Cigar Shop, Mark Vogler of The Saugus Advocate, Clark Moulaison of Saugus Cable TV, State Representative Donald Wong, contributors Edward and Marilyn Carlson, Mary Leary and Stephen Carlson, from the Saugus Historical Society, town officials, and my special gratitude to the following board members who, together, recreated an event for our many visitors who were able to share with one another their A Historic Honor Local SHS Student Elected State President of Children of the American revolution at Mount Vernon ceremony (Editor’s Note: The following info is based on a press release issued this week by the Parson Roby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR].) I n a momentous occasion steeped in patriotism and history, Caylee Cassarino, a 10th grader at Saugus Middle High School, was installed as the Massachusetts State President of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) at the iconic Mount Vernon estate in Virginia. The ceremony, which was held on the estate once owned by George Washington, marks a significant achievement in Caylee’s dedication to patriotism, history and historic preservation in her growth within the C.A.R. organization. Caylee is the granddaughter of Gail Cassarino, local regent of the DAR, who has been elected Senior State President. The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (N.S.C.A.R.) is an organization that was founded on April 5, 1895, by Harriett Lothrop of Massachusetts. Her intention was “for the training of young people in true patriotism and love of country.” N.S.C.A.R. was chartered by the United States Congress, and it is now the nation’s oldest and largest patriotic youth organization. It offers membership to anyone under the age of 22 who is lineally descended from someone who served in the Continental Army or gave material aid to the cause of freedom in the American Revolution. There are three parent organizations: Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Sons of Revolution (SR). Caylee, being elected as State President, is committed to uphold the principles and ideals upon which our great nation was built. With Mount Vernon as a backdrop, she pledged to lead by example, inspiring C.A.R. members to embrace their role as guardians of American’s history. The C.A.R. society and members educate other children on American history through fun educational programs, community service initiatives and interesting commemorative events, and they promote patriotism – preserving American history and honoring the sacrifices of our nation’s founders. You will see Caylee and other members marching in the Memorial Day Parade, placing flags on the Field of Flags on Veterans Day, participating in both Constitution Day and Wreaths Across America events, picking up trash on the bike trail or reading to young children. Caylee has always loved performing and has been in local performances since she was five. Her State Project is based on her passion. She is raising money for a nonprofit cause where teens with disabilities – physically and intellectualyouthful memories of years gone by. Thank you, Paula Walsh, Steve and Paula Bevacqua, Laurie Davis, Michelle Cannizzaro, Rhonda Coombe, Kathy Giannetta, Skyler and Linda Ross, Joyce Rossetti, Karen Speziale, Patty Staples and Judy Worthley. A PATRIOTIC EXPERIENCE: Caylee Cassarino, a 10th grader at Saugus Middle High School, in front of George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate in Virginia, where she was installed as State President of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.). (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) ly – will have the opportunity to participate in a drama program. If you want to learn more or interested in becoming a member, please email https:// massachusettscar.weebly. com/. If you would like to donate to this project, make check payable to M.S.C.A.R. and mail it to 27 Pearson St., Saugus, MA 01906.

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Baseball Sachems Battle Peabody to 7-1 Loss Starting Saugus pitcher, Danny Zeitz, at World Series Park on Monday. Working to make the out at first base is Connor Bloom. Relief pitcher Jordan Rodriguez takes the mound. Saugus’s Cam Bernard looks back to confirm the out at second base. Conner Bloom at first base for the Sachems. Saugus’s Shane Bourque looks to make the run to second base. Saugus’s Jeff Murphy at bat; ducks to avoid being hit by the pitch. Jeff Murphy works to make the out at third base for Saugus. Cam Bernard at second base for Saugus. Cam Soroko took the mound during Monday’s match up with Peabody. Catcher Nathan Soroko looks back as his team gathers on the mound during Monday’s game. (Advocate photos by Emily Harney) Closer Shane Bourque took to the mound for the Sachem’s to close out their game with Peabody.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Page 13 SHS Sachems Varsity Co-Ed Track & Field Team honors its seniors Captain Jessica Bremberg was accompanied by her father Eric, brother Justin, brother Eric and mother Jennifer. After graduation, Bremberg plans to attend St. Anselm’s College to study criminal justice and run track. Savanna Ceruolo was accompanied by her father David, mother Lyllian, grandmother Vivian, her Nonnie Donna and grandfather Richard. After graduation, Ceruolo plans to study criminal justice at the University of New Hampshire to, hopefully, do research. Max Johnson was accompanied by his brother Emilio, who celebrated his 16th birthday that day, his cousin Logan and his father Logan during last Friday’s Saugus Varsity Track and Field Senior Night at Saugus High School. After graduation, Johnson plans to be a YouTuber graduation to entertain many. Captain Ryan Laws was accompanied by his mother Christine, father Kevin and sister Alli. After graduation, Laws plans to study communications at Merrimack College to, hopefully, become a sports broadcaster. Jake Ferraro was accompanied by his mother Melissa, father David and brother Paxton. After graduation, Ferraro plans to attend Plymouth State to study athletic training. Captain Madi Femino was accompanied by her parents, Chris and Alexyss. After high school graduation, Femino plans to attend St. Anselm’s College to study nursing. Mikaela Munafo was accompanied by her father Bobby, brother Cody and mother Lynne. Munafo plans to pursue dance after graduation. Braden Faiella was accompanied by his mother, Katie, and brother Nolan. Faiella plans to attend St. Anselm’s College to study accounting. Rayvin Pires-Chea was accompanied by his cousin Isabella Phon, Girls Coach Joe Alba and Boys Coach Steve Cummings. After graduation he plans to attend UMass Lowell to pursue mechanical engineering. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Sachems softball faces uphill battle for playoff berth T By Dom Nicastro he Saugus High School softball team dropped three straight heading into this week, and its hopes for qualifying for the postseason are precarious. “It was a rough week as we unfortunately completed the trifecta, going 0-3,” Saugus softball coach Steve Almquist said. “This puts us at 4-7, and we are at the point now where just about every game is a must-win if we have any hopes of making the state tournament again. We play well at times but just haven’t had the consistency necessary to go on any type of run.” Almquist said some of his top hitters have had first-half struggles at the plate, but the coach is hopeful there will be a turnaround for the stretch run of the season. Revere beat Saugus, 15-14. This was a tough one as Revere tried to give Saugus this game with shaky defense, but the Sachems could not capitalize. Revere started a backup pitcher, and Saugus built HONORS | FROM PAGE 5 The Lightshed Photography Honorary Scholarship The 2024 recipient of this $1,000 scholarship is Isabella Belluscio. Isabella is from Saugus, attends Saugus High School, and has a 3.72 GPA. Last year, Isabella’s father was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer, and soon after developed lymphoma. It was difficult for her to watch her father lose his battle to cancer. Her dad was her best friend and always her biggest fan, believing she could do anything. She says: ”I am forever grateful for everything he taught and did for me, and he forever lives in my heart.” Isabella intends to be a special education teacher, because it was one of her and her dad’s dreams to make a difference in helping kids with learning disabilities. Isabella’s teacher said, “She is one of the most respectful and empatheta 13-6 lead after two innings before the Patriots brought in their No. 1 starter. “We just couldn’t hold on,” Almquist said. “Of those 13 runs, most came from a combination of 13 walks and hit batters, so we didn’t have to do too much offensively to earn them. Once they brought in their ace, we could only muster one more run.” Saugus’ defense was the Achilles’ heel in this one as it committed eight errors, six coming from the infield, which is normally a strength. Despite that, Saugus still had a two-run lead going into the bottom of the seventh. But with two outs, Revere was able to score the tying run on a passed ball and the winning run on a walkoff single. Taylor Deleidi took the loss in this one, giving up 16 hits, three walks, and three strikeouts, but certainly deserved a better fate as the majority of the runs were unearned, according to Almquist. On offense, Saugus had 10 hits, and the key contributors were as follows: Taylor Deleidi (1-for-3 with RBI and two runs scored) Lily Ventre (2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored) Devany Millerick (2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored) Felicia Alexander (1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored) Arianna Chianca (1-for-1) Ava Rogers (2-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored) Danica Schena (1-for-3 with a run scored) Saugus fell to Beverly, 8-2, on the road. “We played a much better game in this one against a strong Division 1 team, but still not good enough to come away with the win,” Almquist said. “It was a 3-2 game heading into the bottom of the fifth before Beverly was able to put the game away courtesy of some shoddy infield defense. Taylor Deleidi took the loss but pitched very well.” Deleidi allowed eight hits on five unearned runs in six innings pitched. She struck out two and walked one. On offense, Saugus had five hits, ANNIVERSARY | FROM PAGE 9 ery man is a better woman. “She ran a great snack bar,” Cogliano said. “She kept Bob in line, which is very hard to do.” Cogliano said she was always smiling and kind, and she is missed by everyone. Board of Selectmen Chair Isabella Belluscio: She plans to attend Salem State University to major in Early Childhood Education. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) ic students I have worked with in twenty years of teaching, she brings a lot of positive energy and attributes to wherever she is.” Isabella will be attending Salem State University, majoring in Early Childhood Education, and then plans to earn a Master’s in Special Education. Debra Panetta said Carolyn was always by Davis’ side, always helping out. “She was loving and caring,” Panetta said. “To have a vision like Bob and the family did and see it to fruition is amazing.” Her son, Mark, played Babe Ruth at what she called a premiere park. She added that she is very thankful for Davis’ commitment to the youth. State Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) said it’s a wonderful night to celebrate the community coming together, tireless efforts and the park’s 20th anniversary. Father John Mulloy said only Davis could get him here from Boston on a cold, spring night to participate in the park’s 20th anniversary. led by: Ventre (1-for-3 with a double) Rogers (1-for-3 with a double and run scored) Alexander (1-for-3 with a triple, RBI, and run scored) Sydney Deleidi (1-for-3) Sabrina Tamburello (1-for2 with an RBI; Sabrina is an eighth grader and this was her first varsity RBI) Marblehead nipped Saugus, 1-0. “Not the result that we had hoped for, but this was a really well-played game by both teams,” Almquist said. “Marblehead is one of the better teams in Division 2 with a lights-out pitcher (she struck out 12 batters), but we went toe-to-toe with them, playing what I believe was our best game of the season thus far. Taylor Deleidi pitched masterfully, keeping the potent Marblehead offense off balance for most of the game. Our defense was outstanding in this one as well, particularly Devany Millerick at shortstop and Ava Rogers at third base, but we just couldn’t muster enough offense to push any runs across. We had runners in scoring position a couple of times, but the Marblehead pitcher was able to rise to the challenge and induce strikeouts on both occasions.” Taylor Deleidi was the hardluck loser but had a solid day, with seven hits, two strikeouts, and no walks in six innings. Kaitlyn Pugh, Taylor Deleidi, and Ava Rogers each had hits. Saugus was scheduled to take on Winthrop on Wednesday, Hamilton Wenham on Thursday, and Peabody on Friday. “It is imperative that we win the week by taking at least two games,” Almquist said. “I am hoping, though, that the Marblehead game will give us some momentum going forward because if we can play like we did in that game, then we can compete with anybody. However, we need to exhibit a sense of urgency and start playing to our capabilities because if not, we will continue to struggle and underperform.” A SIGN OF APPRECIATION: The snack bar at World Series Park was dedicated in memory of Carolyn Davis, a longtime volunteer who ran the snack bar and was considered a park asset. She died earlier this year. (Saugus Advocate photo by Tara Vocino) As part of the celebration, there was a reading of several hundred names of individuals and businesses who contributed to the success of World Series Park over the years. Saugus Middl e High School eighth grader Nick Shaw said Carolyn was a wicked nice lady who had a passion for the town, raised beautiful kids and was an amazing woman who would do anything for anyone. “She was a kind and loving person,” Shaw said. “The lights are good so the kids don’t have to play in the dark.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Page 15 The Sounds of Saugus COMING ATTRACTION: Featured on Chronicle, Tony Gangi, along with his street organ, will appear at the Saugus Public Library on Monday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. to share the music and the history of Italian immigrants and the melodious music they made. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate) Spring Track is underway Coach Christopher TaranCOLORS OF THE SPRING: A painted lady butterfly suns itself. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Joanie Allbee) By Mark E. Vogler Good morning, Saugus It ’s been more than 20 years since my grandmother passed away. She was 97. It will be 19 years this July that my mother died at age 84 after battling cancer. Nana and Mom have both been gone for nearly two decades now. But I’ll be thinking of them both on Sunday (May 12) when the nation observes Mother’s Day, which has been celebrated as a national holiday on the second Sunday in May since 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the special day. If you love your mom, grandmother or other special mothers who are important in your life, at least take the time to thank them for all the kind things they have done for you over the years and continue to do. You could take your mom out for dinner to express your gratitude for all the kind and loving things she’s done for you going back to the day you were born. But flowers, candy, a small gift, a Hallmark card, a thoughtful note, a personal visit or just a simple telephone call will probably make mom’s day. Don’t get lazy and try to do something creative to make your mom feel special, appreciated and loved. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to provide a decent gift. And don’t look upon it as a chore, where you have to spend a lot of time thinking about it. Just think about your mom and all the sacrifices she made for you growing up, from the day you were born. Tell her you love her for the many acts of kindness she has showered on you. And do take the time to express some well wishes for every mom you meet on Sunday – especially your friends, relatives, coworkers and acquaintances. Happy Mother’s Day to all of our readers. Spring Flower Sale at St. John’s tomorrow St. John’s Episcopal Church in Saugus will be holding its 7th annual Spring Flower Sale tomorrow (Saturday, May 11). All in-person and online orders will be available for pickup from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church (located at the corner of Central and Prospect Streets in Saugus). The sale will be held rain or shine! Beautiful hanging baskets and individual potted flowers in a spectacular assortment of colors and varieties will be available. Spruce up your yard or pick the perfect flowers to honor that someone special on Mother’s Day! Online purchasing is also available by visiting the site: https:// st-johns-church- 6.5saugus. square.site. tino’s popular spring track program began this week for grades 1 through 5 at the track at Belmonte STEAM Academy. The spring program will run for six weeks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 5:15 p.m. The cost is $100 for the first year; $50 for returning athletes. Summer Track for youths ages 5 through 18 begins on July 1. The program is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the track outside Belmonte STEAM Academy. Registration will run from June 24-28. Here is the schedule: July 1-5: first formal week. July 8-11: second formal week. July 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: makeup practice (*if necessary). July 12, 6 p.m.: pasta dinner at Prince. July 13, 9 a.m.: in-house meet at Serino Stadium. July 15-18: retrain week. July 20: Summer Showdown, Cranston, R.I. July 24: wrap up. Cost: $250 first year, $200 returning with uniform, $150 if three years or more in summer program; includes pasta dinner, t-shirt, uniform and entry into Summer Showdown. Please note that these programs are not being offered through the town’s Youth & Recreation Department. Please contact Coach Christopher Tarantino directly with questions at 781-854-6778 or christophertarantino24@ gmail.com. Spring Fun Run/Walk on May 19 Joyce Vecchiarelli of the Friends of Breakheart Reservation has a special message for people who like running or a little exercise at a pace at which they won’t overexert themselves. “We are hosting our second annual ‘Spring Fun Run/Walk’ on Sunday May 19th. We got a very good turnout our first year and am trying to keep it going. If you can post something that would be great. Friends of Breakheart and the DCR are hosting the event. We THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 16

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 SOUNDS| FROM PAGE 15 are asking people to bring their own water ‘containers’ as the DCR has banned giving out any plastic in all the parks.” The 5K race or 3K walk, which will be cosponsored by the Friends of Breakheart and the state Department of Conservation & Recreation, will begin at 10 a.m. on May 19. Registration is at 9:30. The event will go on, rain or shine. A $10 donation is requested to enter. Cash or check only. The proceeds will be used by the Friends of Breakheart for park activities and future events. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female runners. Raffle prizes will be open to all who donate. Garden Club Fundraiser May 22 The second floor auditorium at Town Hall will host the Saugus Garden Club’s Annual Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Guest Speaker Neal Sanders will present “Gardening is Murder.” Why is so much gardening information on the internet so awful? Why is it impossible to do just one thing in the garden? Why should you never compute the value of your labor when you garden? And, why do we have garden benches if we never sit in them? These are the questions that keep Neal Sanders awake at night. As the spouse of an avid gardener with no ‘real’ responsibilities other than to dig holes and move rocks, Neal has lots of time to observe gardeners and their foibles. “Gardening Is Murder” weaves those observations into an illustrated talk that is humorous, informative and poignant. Is it a gardening lecture? Is it a comedy routine? Whatever it is, it is laughout-loud funny while managing to impart a modicum of useful and genuine horticultural information and knocking down some gardening myths. And it all comes to Saugus on Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. when the Saugus Garden Club opens its doors to guests. MEETING | FROM PAGE 3 said there was “a defect in the posting,” which required a new vote. ● Article 12: To see if the Town will vote to authorize amounts to be expended After a 35-year “corporate” career, Neal Sanders turned his attention to writing and has since authored 15 mysteries, many of which revolve around horticulture or use garden club settings. He writes the popular “The Principal Undergardener” blog, which addresses gardening as a non-gardener who loves gardens. He lives near Boston and speaks across the country. Upcoming Garden Club events The Saugus Garden Club has a busy schedule through the spring. Here are some upcoming events: ● Saturday, May 18, the Saugus VFW will host a workshop at noon to make 20 small floral centerpieces for a fundraiser to benefit Wounded Warriors. ● Saturday, May 25, St. John’s Episcopal Church will host a workshop to make container gardens for the Garden Club Plant Sale at next month’s Strawberry Festival. ● Saturday, June 15, the Saugus Historical Society will host its annual Strawberry Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the American Legion Hall while the Saugus Garden Club holds its annual plant sale on the front lawn of the Roby School on Main Street. CHaRM Center is open The Town of Saugus recently announced that the CHaRM Center is open Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents will be required to buy a $25 Sticker to use the Compost Facilities as well as to recycle hard plastics. The rest of the Facility’s features are free to use for any Saugus resident. Residents are also allowed three TVs or computers/CRT monitors for free per household each year. The Town of Saugus reserves the right to refuse any material if quantity or quality is questionable. The final date the CHaRM Center will be open for the season is December 14. However, the Facility will be open the following winter dates, weather permitting: January 18, 2025, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; February 15, 2025, from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; March 15, 2025, from each of these revolving funds: Saugus Senior Center Programs and Activities, Saugus Senior Center Lunch Program, Water Cross Connection Program, Town of Saugus Compost Program and Youth and Recreation Programs and from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please contact Solid Waste/ Recycling Coordinator Scott A. Brazis at 781-231-4036 with any questions. Spring curbside leaf collection begins next week The Town of Saugus announced that spring curbside leaf collection will take place during the week of May 13. Residents may dispose of leaves curbside on their regularly scheduled collection day, between Monday, May 13 and Friday, May 17. Leaves should be left outside at the curb 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. Stickers, which are free, may be obtained at Inspectional Services in the lower level of Town Hall at 298 Central St., Saugus. 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 Scott Brazis at 781-231-4036 with any questions. This week’s “Shout Outs” We received nominations from two of our readers this week for citizens who are deserving of public praise for acts of kindness, contributions to the betterment of Saugus or significant achievements. Precinct 8 Town Meeting Member Tom Traverse offered this compliment in his role as a member of the Disabilities Commission: “‘Shout Out’ to Town Manager Scott Crabtree and staff. The handicap ramp behind Town Hall were redone, repairs were made to ramp/stairs at the Annex and safety grab bars were installed at the Senior Center.” Loyal Saugus Advocate reader Sue Fleming was so Activities. ● Article 14: To see if the Town will borrow money at zero percent interest from the MWRA Local Pipeline Assistance Program for designing and constructing improvements to water pipelines. thrilled about last weekend’s “Welcome to Cliftondale” that she sent us a nice email, complimenting the people who worked behind the scenes to make the event a special one: “I would like to give a ‘Shout Out’ to Janice Jarosz and everyone who was involved in the “Welcome To Cliftondale” event at The MEG last weekend. It was so well organized and interesting to see the old Cliftondale School and how well maintained it is. There were lots of photos of former students and some history of what the Cliftondale area was like back then. Well done!!!!” Want to “Shout Out” a fellow Saugonian? This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out – in a brief mention – remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents or an act of kindness or a nice gesture. Just send an email (mvoge@comcast.net) with a mention in the subject line of “An Extra Shout Out.” No more than a paragraph; anything longer might lend itself to a story and/or a photo. Food Pantry notes The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry is open today (Friday, May 10) from 9:3011 a.m. Legion Breakfast today There’s a good breakfast deal for Saugus veterans and other folks who enjoy a hearty breakfast on Friday mornings. The American Legion Post 210 at 44 Taylor St. in Saugus offers Friday morning breakfasts in 2024. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast served from 8-9:00 a.m. for an $8 donation. Veterans who cannot afford the donation may be served free. “Distinguished Trees of Saugus” Thursday night On Thursday (May 16), Laura Eisener will present a program on “Distinguished Trees of Saugus” in the Community Room at Saugus Public Library from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Beautiful and old trees around town – on streets, in parks and in our forests – will serve to inspire you. This program is connected with the ● Article 15: An appropriation of $350,000 from certified free cash for construction or reconstruction of roadways and sidewalks for several areas of town, but not limited to Jamaica Road, Lake Street, Pinehurst Street and Steven’s art workshop taught by Kelly Slater in April, which provided the art on display in the library reading room this month. Learn more about trees like the beech on the ironworks lawn, the old elm at Main Street and Route 1 that survived Dutch elm disease, our spruce in the rotary, the grove of birches at Breakheart Reservation and more. Get some tips about choosing trees for your own garden, too! Laura writes the “Saugus Gardens” column in The Saugus Advocate. She is also a garden designer, horticulture teacher and president of the Saugus Historical Society. Laura will discuss how these trees or their fellow species members have been intertwined with the town’s history. Registration is recommended but not required. For more information or to register, contact Mary McConnell at the Saugus Public Library at moconnell@noblenet.org This program is supported in part by a grant from the Saugus Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. What’s going on at the library? There’s always something interesting going on at the library. Here’s a few activities worth checking out: ● Check out Toni Gangi’s Italian American Street Culture & the Street Organ on Monday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. The hand-cranked street organ has a historical connection to Italian-American culture, particularly in Boston. Italian immigrants brought the handcranked street organ to the United States, where it became a melodious fixture in Italian neighborhoods. Join Gangi and hear him play the music of the streets on his Barrel Organ. He may even make his talk really hit home, as he’s researching Saugus history involving organ grinders for his talk. ● Come relax with our continuing Adult Coloring Group on Wednesday (May 15) at 10 a.m. in the Brooks Room on the second floor of the library. It’s a great opportuniPlace. ● Article 16: An appropriation of $150,000 in certified free cash for replacement of guard rails that have been determined to be a priority because they have been damaged by a vehicle or are old.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Page 17 Saugus Gardens in the Spring Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener H ave you noticed two flower colors on one magnolia tree on the Roby School lawn? Both trees have pale yellow flowers, but a single branch originating near the base of the stem on one tree (on the right as you look at the school from Main Street) has pinkish blossoms. This can happen when the top part of a plant is grafted onto the rootstock of another closely related plant. Grafting is often done to make propagation easier or because the desired plant’s roots won’t thrive in certain locations (as is often the case with roses), or to produce a plant shape that can’t be developed naturally (as in the case of some weeping cherries). A branch originating below the graft line will produce stems and flowers with the genetic makeup of the rootstock, so you might get some upright stems on the weeping cherry coming from the trunk just below the graft. Another reason you can find two different flower colors on the same plant would be spontaneous mutations on one branch or even just one individual flower. These are often referred to as “sports.” Certain kinds of plants often produce sports. Variegated wintercreepers (Euonymus fortunei ‘Moonshadow’ and others) often have branches that revert to the solid green of the species, and some of these interestingly colored plants themselves originated as unusual sports that were then propagated as cuttings at a nursery. The bright purple flower of money plant (Lunaria annua) turns to “silver dollars,” which are often enjoyed in dried arWatch out for this plant – it’s poison ivy! (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) rangements. Also known as honesty or silver dollar plant, it may come as a surprise that it is in the cabbage family (Brassicaceae). Occasionally, it may have white flowers. While the blossoms are colorful and pretty, the most memorable feature of the money plant is its disc-like seed pod, known as a silicle. While often called siliques, technically siliques must be twice as long as wide, while silicles have a less elongated shape. Since the silicle is transparent and shiny, the tiny seeds inside are easily visible, which may be the reason for the name honesty. In the Victorian language of flowers, it often stands for this virtue when used in bouquets. It can also symbolize a wish for prosperity. When used in dried arrangements, the pod can last for many years. While it does not need to be pressed to be preserved as some flowers do, because of its flat shape it can be kept in a book or framed for aesthetic or sentimental reasons. This plant has natuOne of the yellow magnolias on the Roby School lawn has a branch with pink blossoms. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) ralized almost everywhere in temperate climates but is not on the prohibited list in Massachusetts. Some of the more elaborate nicknames in English are moonpennies and money-in-both-pockets. They spread easily from seed, but do not transplant well. Since they are annuals, this may make it difficult to keep them where you want them in the garden. New birds are still arriving as the weather gets warmer. I haven’t seen a hummingbird yet, but a few people around town have seen them at their hummingbird feeders. A Baltimore oriole has recently arrived in my garden, although most of the other species have been here for several weeks. Annuals are showing up in the nurseries, but we still have a few weeks before all danger of frost has passed so tender plants should still be in containers that can be covered or brought indoors if frost threatens. Also, remember to protect yourself against insects, such as ticks and mosquitoes, while out working in the garden, and be on the lookout for poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans). Birds sometimes drop seeds from fruits they have eaten, and May is the most common time for poison ivy exposure because many people are out working or walking in the nice weather for the first time this spring. Yellow ranunculus in pots by the flagpole at the post office look good in bud, full bloom or even a bit gone by. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) 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 perenniA Baltimore oriole (Icterid galibula) finds a lot to sing about this week, arriving to find a few warm days. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) als. She is a member of the Saugus Garden Club and offered to write a series of articles about “what’s blooming in town” shortly after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was inspired after seeing so many people taking up walking. Silver dollar plant has a colorful flower, but is better known for its interesting dried seed heads later in the season. (Photo courtesy of Margie Berkowitch)

Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen If you have any questions about this week’s report, e-mail us at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com or call us at (617) 720-1562. Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 49 - Report No. 18 April 29-May 3, 2024 Copyright © 2024 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved. By Bob Katzen GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO MASSTERLIST – Join more than 22,000 people, from movers and shakers to political junkies and interested citizens, who start their weekday morning with MASSterList—the popular newsletter that chronicles news and informed analysis about what’s going on up on Beacon Hill, in Massachusetts politics, policy, media and influence. The stories are drawn from major news organizations as well as specialized publications. MASSterlist will be e-mailed to you FREE every Monday through Friday morning and will give you a leg up on what’s happening in the blood sport of Bay State politics. For more information and to get your free subscription, go to: https://lp. constantcontactpages.com/su/ aPTLucKs THE HOUSE AND SENATE:Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ and representatives’ votes on roll calls from recent sessions during the week of April 22-26. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. TAX CREDITS FOR CONSERVATION LAND (H 4600) House 154-0, approved a budget amendment that would expand the existing Conservation Land Tax Credit (CLTC) by raising the annual cap for this program from $2 million to $5 million over a three-year period, beginning on January 1, 2026. The increase would remain in place until December 31, 2034. This state tax credit provides an incentive for land with significant 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 said that raising the cap will help the state address the growing demand for participating in the program, which currently has a waiting list of more than two years. “The CLTC program plays a critical role in conserving land and creating more accessible and open public space,” said amendment sponsor House Republican Minority Leader Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading). “To date, the program has helped Massachusetts conserve 15,505 acres of land across 154 municipalities, and in 2023 alone helped protect 558 acres of land. Raising the annual cap will allow for increased participation in the program and promote the conservation of critical natural resources in the state.” (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.) Rep. Jessica Giannino YesRep. Donald Wong Yes PRIORITIZE 12-MONTH RESIDENTS (H 4600) House 27-131, rejected an amendment that would give priority consideration for inclusion in the emergency housing assistance program, when space becomes available, to residents who have resided in the state for a minimum of 12 consecutive months and are on the waitlist for the program. “With a growing number of people on the waitlist for emergency housing assistance, we need to set clear priorities to better manage the demand and eliminate the waitlist,” said House GOP Minority leader Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading). “When doing so, it’s only fair that longtime residents of the commonwealth in need of services should take precedence over someone who has just arrived here from out of state.” Amendment opponents said the amendment might be unconstitutional. They also noted that people from around the world who are the victims of rape, violence and oppression are coming to Massachusetts and the state should not impose residency requirements on these suffering migrants. “I would also just like to underscore … that no families -- whether they are longtime Massachusetts residents or families that are new to the state -- are being put out on the street,” said Rep. Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley) who opposed the amendment. “We do have these overflow shelters. I don’t want anyone to be operating under the assumption that we have Massachusetts residents who are being left out on the street, so once again, I ask you please … to reject the residency requirement.” (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment giving priority to 12-month residents. A “No” vote is against the amendment.) Rep. Jessica Giannino No Rep. Donald Wong Yes ELECTRIC SUPPLIERS (S 2738) Senate 34-4, approved and sent to the House a bill that would bar electric suppliers from enrolling new individual residential customers in contracts, beginning on January 1, 2025. Supporters said the measure would protect residents from unfair and deceptive practices in the competitive electric supply market. They noted that according to the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Public Utilities, data analysis shows that consumers lost more than $577 million to competitive electric suppliers between July 2015 and June 2023. They added that low-income residents and residents of color are disproportionately affected by the industry by being more likely to sign up, and subsequently being charged higher rates. “Each year, the broken and predatory residential competitive electric supply industry harms consumers across Massachusetts – particularly in low-income communities and communities of color and fails in its promise to consistently provide consumer savings,” said Attorney General Andrea Campbell a sponsor of the original version of the bill. “I now urge the House to take up and pass this legislation so that Massachusetts residents are protected from this deceptive and harmful industry.” “The market would benefit from total reform, not elimination of newer energy suppliers/brokers,” said Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) who opposed the bill. “A competitive market is healthy for the economy and by implementing strategy that would hold these energy suppliers accountable, it would be beneficial to all parties involved.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes IMPOSE REGULATIONS INSTEAD OF BANNING (S 2738) Senate 5-33, rejected an amendment that would replace the bill barring electric suppliers from enrolling new individual residential customers in contracts, with a different bill that would have allowed the practice to continue and would instead impose more barriers for competitive suppliers to enter the market and provided the attorney general with more oversight authority. Under this alternate version, energy brokers, marketers and suppliers would be required to obtain licenses from the Department of Public Utilities, pay fees and maintain bonds. It imposes regulations on in-person or door-todoor marketing practices and requires third-party verification and identification badges for agents. It also imposes conditions on suppliers’ licensure renewals, including notification requirements and restrictions on termination fees. Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) said the amendment is aimed at reforming the industry by holding accountable those acting inappropriately in the marketplace, increasing public awareness on best practices to save money and ensuring greater transparency in energy pricing. “There is value in competition to lower consumer rates however I believe to effectively address this issue is by market reform instead of total eradication,” said O’Connor. “The amendment … holds suppliers accountable by identifying bad actors and preventing misleading market practices through new regulations.” Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Senate chair of the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, said the amendment used “lousy language.” Barrett signaled competitive suppliers have not added value to their product, despite having 25 years to prove themselves in the marketplace. “There’s nothing redeemable about this particular option,” said Barrett. It’s too bad. I think a lot of us were very optimistic in the late 90s -- this should have worked,” Barrett said. “Turns out that the product was absolutely fungible. These middlemen don’t have lower costs, they have higher costs.” (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment that replaces the ban with a new bill imposing regulations. A “No” vote is against the amendment.) Sen. Brendan Crighton No ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL GOV. HEALEY SIGNS SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET INCLUDING $251 MILLION FUNDING FOR SHELTERS (H 4582) - Gov. Healey signed into law a supplemental budget that includes an additional $251 million in funding for the Emergency Assistance Program that funds the emergency family shelter system which houses migrants. The measure imposes a new nine-month limit on how long families can stay in the state’s emergency shelters, with up to two 90-day extensions available to some and a new hardship waiver process. Provisions include $10 million for approved workforce training programs; $10 million for a tax credit for companies that provide job training to Emergency Assistance participants; $3 million for family welcome centers; $1 million for supplemental staffing at emergency housing assistance program shelters; and $7 million for resettlement agencies and shelter providers to assist families with rehousing, work authorization and English language learning. Other provisions keep in place some pandemic-era programs, set to expire, including allowing restaurants to sell beer, wine and cocktails for take-out; expanding outdoor dining; and allowing graduates and students in their last semester of nursing education programs to practice nursing. “This supplemental budget dedicates resources to balance the budget and maintain critical services and programs,” said Gov. Healey. “It also implements a length of stay policy for Emergency Assistance shelter, which is a responsible step to address our capacity and fiscal constraints as Congress has continued to fail to act on immigration reform. We will be finalizing details of this policy in the coming weeks and ensuring that families and providers are informed of the requirements and the services that we have available to help them secure work and stable housing.” “Gov. Maura Healey, Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka are only focused on spending as much taxpayer money to deal with the migrant crisis,” said Paul Craney, spokesperson for the Mass Fiscal Alliance. “They refused to address the root cause or how the state spends the money. This has resulted in the state spending nearly a billion dollars or about $3 million a day, just on the housing for the migrants. Their attitude toward the problem is reckless and short-sighted. Massachusetts taxpayers cannot continue to afford this crisis and our state leaders are doing nothing to fix it.” $375 MILLION FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES SIGNED BY GOVERNOR (H 4529) - Gov. Healey signed into law a bill that includes authorizing $200 BEACON | SEE PAGE 19

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Page 19 BEACON HILL ROLL | FROM PAGE 18 million in one-time funding for the maintenance and repair of local roads and bridges in cities and towns across the state. The $375 million package, a bond bill under which the funding would be borrowed by the state through the sale of bonds, also includes $175 million for several transportation-related grant programs. The programs funded by the $175 million include the municipal small bridge program; the complete streets program; a bus transit infrastructure program; and grants for municipalities to purchase electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support them. “We know that residents’ quality of life and our state’s economic strength depends on people being able to get where they need to go safely and on time,” said Gov. Healey. “These Chapter 90 funds and millions more for six grant programs will help us deliver on critical road, bridge and infrastructure projects that communities and the traveling public need.” “As a former mayor, I know how much this money means to our cities and towns,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll. “In particular, Chapter 90 apportionments go a long way in making sure our transportation system is safe and reliable for people who live, work and visit our communities.” HOME OIL LEAKS (S 2737) – The House gave initial approval to a bill that would mandate that insurance companies in the Bay State automatically provide residential owners with insurance for damage to home and property caused by a leak in a residential liquid fuel tank or home fuel supply lines. Each policy would provide this coverage and homeowners can either keep the coverage or opt out. Current law requires that companies make coverage available for owners but supporters say that while coverage is available, there are many documented cases of companies not making owners aware that the coverage is available. They said this often results in homeowners being unaware they do not have insurance coverage until after they experience a liquid fuel tank leak. Supporters said that some 100 homeowners experience an oil leak in Massachusetts every year. They noted that leaks can incur costly damage to the residence itself, but under Massachusetts law owners are responsible for environmental cleanup, which can rise to $100,000 or more, to dispose of contaminated soil and mitigate the spread in surrounding areas. “A constituent who had a leaking oil tank, unaware of available leak insurance, had to deplete their savings for a leaking basement oil tank cleanup,” said sponsor Rep. Steve Howitt (R-Seekonk). Howitt explained that the opt out option, as opposed to the current opt in option, would protect more consumers.” The Senate has already approved a diff erent version of the bill. DRIVING WITH AN EXPIRED LICENSE (H 3376) – The House gave initial approval to a bill making driving with an expired license a civil infraction. Current law classifi es it as criminal and carries with it a fi ne up to $500. The bill would reduce the fi ne to $50 if the license has been expired for less than 90 days and $100 if the license is expired for 90 days or more. The legislation distinguishes an expired license from a revoked license or a driver who never possessed a license. “This legislation makes sense because sometimes people merely forget to renew their license,” said sponsor Rep. Chris Markey (D-Dartmouth). “People should not be arrested for being forgetful as opposed to someone who is knowingly endangering others on the road.” QUOTABLE QUOTES “This new program is paramount for nurturing a thriving creative ecosystem across the commonwealth. This funding is a catalyst for innovation, offering the recipients the freedom to explore new ideas, take risks, and push the boundaries of their craft.” ---Michael Bobbitt, Executive Director of Mass Cultural Council, announcing $1.9 million in $5,000 grants to 385 Massachusetts artists, culture bearers and creative practitioners from the fiscal year 2024 Grants for Creative Individuals. “These predatory for-profit schools harmed vulnerable students for their own fi nancial gain, leaving student borrowers burdened with debt and without viable job or fi - nancial prospects. Thanks in part to the diligent work of my offi ce, I, alongside the Department of Education, am tremendously proud to announce meaningful debt relief for former students of The Art Institutes and help advance consumer and economic justice for these struggling borrowers.” ---Attorney General Andrea Campbell announcing $80 million in federal student loan debt will be discharged for over 3,500 former Massachusetts borrowers who attended the Art Institutes, including the New England Institute of Art, a Brookline-based predatory for-profit school that made false promises and misleading enrollment claims. “It is welcome news for small businesses and residents alike that Gov. Healey is not pursuing any tax increases for the foreseeable future. The more money we keep in the pockets of employers and consumers the better as the eff ects of prolonged infl ation persist.” ---Christopher Carlozzi, State Director for the Nation Federation of Independent Business in Massachusetts. “Massachusetts consumers, restaurants and bars can all toast to the fact that cocktails to-go are here to stay. During the pandemic, cocktails to-go were a critical source of revenue for many businesses, and now, the increased convenience and stability they off er is permanent.” --- Andy Deloney, senior vice president at the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States on Gov. Healey signing a supplemental budget that keeps in place some pandemic-era programs, set to expire, including allowing restaurants to sell beer, wine and cocktails for take-out. 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 fi led. 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 29May 3, the House met for a total of 24 minutes and the Senate met for a total of 17 minutes. Mon. April 29 House11:01 a.m. to 11:12 a.m. Senate 11:08 a.m. to 11:12 a.m. Tues.April 30 No House session No Senate session Wed. May 1No House session No Senate session Thurs. May 2House11:03 a.m. to11:16 a.m. Sa a Senate 11:08 a.m. to11:21 a.m. Fri. May 3No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com Bob founded Beacon Hill Roll Call in 1975 and was inducted into the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) Hall of Fame in 2019. Sa n o r y Senior Seni by Jim Miller How to Find a Good Doctor Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good resources to help me locate some quality doctors in my area? I’m looking for an orthopedic doctor for my 77-yearold mother and a new internist for me, since my doctor retired last year. Searching Susan Dear Susan, Finding and researching doctors is a lot easier than it used to be. Today, there are variety of websites you can turn to that provide databases of U.S. doctors, their professional medical histories, and ratings and reviews from past patients on a number of criteria. Here are some good sites to help you get started, along with a few additional tips that can help you fi nd the right doctors. Searching Tips To help you locate some good doctors in your area, a good fi rst step is to get referrals from trusted friends, along with any doctors, nurses or other healthcare professionals you know. You also need to check your insurance provider. Call your insurer for a list of approved doctors or ask whether the doctor you’re considering is in-network. If your mother is enrolled in original Medicare, you can use the care compare tool at Medicare.gov/care-compare – click on “Doctors & Clinicians.” This will let you fi nd doctors by name, medical specialty or by geographic location that accept original Medicare. If she’s enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, call or visit the plan website to get a list of approved candidates. Once you fi nd a few doctors, you need to call their offi ce to verify that they still accept your insurance, and if they are accepting new patients. You should also consider hospital affi liation. Your choice of doctor can determine which hospital you go to, if needed, so fi nd out where the doctor has admitting privileges. Then use some hospital ratings services like Medicare.gov/care-compare (click on “Hospitals”) to see how it compares with other hospitals in the area. Researching Doctors After you find a few doctors you’re interested in, there are various websites you can consult, to help you evaluate them. For example, the Federation of State Medical Boards offers a tool at DocInfo.org that will let you fi nd out doctor’s board certifi cations, education, states with active licenses, and whether or not a physician has been disciplined by a state medical board. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS Data) is also a good source for researching doctors. For example, it will help you fi nd out how many times a doctor did a particular procedure and what they charge for it – go to Data.CMS. gov/tools and click on “Medicare Physician & Other Practitioner Look-up Tool.” And to learn about the fi nancial relationship that doctors have with drug and medical device companies, visit OpenPaymentsData.CMS.gov. Some other good sites for fi nding and researching healthcare professionals include Healthgrades (healthgrades. com) and Vitals (vitals.com). Both sites provide substantial doctor’s information on education and training, hospital affi liations, board certifi cation, awards and recognitions, professional misconduct, disciplinary action, offi ce locations and accepted insurance plans. They also off er 5-star ratings scales from past patients on issues such as communication and listening skills, wait time, time spent with the patient, offi ce friendliness and more. But be aware that while physician rating websites can be helpful, they can also be misleading and unreliable. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. nior ior

Page 20 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Seasonally unadjusted unemployment and job L remained unchanged in one labor market area in the state during the month of March 2024 compared to February SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 16 ty to take time to unwind, be creative and have fun, no experience necessary! We have pencils and coloring pages ready and waiting… See you estimates for local labor markets in Mass. for March UNEMPLOYMENT | SEE PAGE 22 ocal unemployment rates decreased in 23 labor market areas and 2024, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported. Compared to March 2023, the rates were down in 17 of 24 labor market areas. Of the 15 areas for which there! Spaces limited; please call to register: 781-231-4168 x 3106. ● Check out Peter Jackson’s Magic To Go on Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. Reservations are required – ages six and up – reservations open The New Flea Market of Saint Anthony’s 250 Revere St., Revere 781-910-8615 SATURDAY, MAY 11TH 8 AM -2 PM ADMISSION .50 FREE COFFEE AND TEA GREAT DAY TO BUY FOR MOTHER’S DAY IF INTERESTED IN TABLES PLEASE CALL LYNDA: 781-910-8615 1973? 10. Nottingham Forest is the name of what kind of sports team? 1. On May 10, 1818, what French Huguenot who immigrated to Boston and made a famous horse ride died of natural causes? 2. Where would you usually find a jackrabbit? 3. Who was the first female inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? 4. What sugar is not derived from plants? 5. On May 11, 1997, Gary Kasparov lost Game 6 of a rematch with the Deep Blue computer in what game? 6. What Ray Bradbury novel was originally called “The Fireman”? 7. How are centaur, faun and mermaid similar? 8. May 12 is Mother’s Day; what 2008 film has the songs “Dancing Queen” and “Does Your Mother Know”? 9. A lawyer in an investigation of what president was taped using the term “the whole enchilada” in 11. On May 13, 1864, on the Arlington House grounds (later to be Arlington National Cemetery) was the first military interment; what river is it on? 12. W ha t t w o - w or d spring-blooming flower’s name includes the name of a fruit? 13. On May 14, 1878, the last witchcraft trial in the country was held in what town? 14. What 1972 bestseller featured a group of rabbits? 15. How many people were originally in the bands Grand Funk Railroad, The Police and Jimi Hendrix Experience? 16. Who replaced Curly as the third of The Three Stooges: Larry, Moe or Shemp? 17. On May 15 in what year did nylon stockings first go on sale to the public: 1910, 1920 or 1940? 18. In what Broadway show would you find Old Deuteronomy? 19. What is the meaning of vernal? 20. On May 16, 1965, what Franco-American “neat and easy to eat” canned pasta debuted? ANSWERS employment estimates are published, 14 New England Connectivity and Telecommunications Association (NECTA) areas gained jobs compared to the previous month. The largest percentage increasApril 15. Seating is limited. Blood Drive at Legion Hall on June 1 Saugus American Legion Post 210 plans to sponsor a Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at Legion Hall, 44 Taylor St., Saugus. Post 210 Commander John Macauda said the upcoming Blood Drive will be organized in Memory of Cpl Scott J. Procopio & Capt. William G. Shoemaker. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-7332767) or visit RedCrossBlood. org and enter: sauguscommunity to schedule an appointment. Brick program for Saugus War Monument The Saugus War Monument Committee, once es occurred in the Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead (+0.9%), Barnstable Town (+0.8%) and Worcester, MA-CT (+0.7%) areas. From March 2023 to March 2024, 11 areas gained jobs, again, is sponsoring the Buy-A-Brick Program to honor all those who have served their country. If you would like to purchase one in the name of someone who is presently serving or has served, in the memory of a loved one, or just someone from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4” X 8” brick (three lines) or $200 for an 8” X 8” brick (five lines). Each line is a maximum of 15 characters. The improvement and upkeep of the monument on the corner of Winter and Central Streets rely on the generosity of donors through fundraising. The brick application must be in by Sept. 10 to ensure the bricks will be ready for Veterans Day. Please conwith the largest percentage increases seen in the Barnstable Town (+5.4%), Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead (+3.2%) and Pittsfield (+2.3%) areas. tact Corinne Riley at 781231-7995 for more information and applications. About The Saugus Advocate We welcome press releases, news announcements, freelance articles and courtesy photos from the community. Our deadline is noon Wednesday. If you have a story idea, an article or photo to submit, please email me at mvoge@ comcast.net or leave a message at 978-683-7773. Let us become your hometown newspaper. The Saugus Advocate is available in the Saugus Public Library, the Saugus Senior Center, Saugus Town Hall, local convenience stores and restaurants throughout town. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Paul Revere In Western North America (it is large hare with long ears and hind legs) Aretha Franklin Lactose Chess (Deep Blue had been improved and was now unofficially called Deeper Blue.) “Fahrenheit 451” They are mythical human/animal hybrids (horse, goat and fish, respectively) 8. “Mamma Mia!” 9. 10. Richard Nixon (the Watergate scandal) Soccer (football in England) 11. Potomac 12. Grape hyacinth 13. Salem 14. “Watership Down” 15. Three 16. Shemp 17. 1940 18. “Cats” 19. 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 10, 2024 Page 21 OBITUARIES Rita R. (Kennedy) Delaney den. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children Hospital, St.Jude.org. Rosalie G. (Rizzuto) Colarusso O O f Saugus, age 96, died on May 2 at Bear Hill Healthcare in Wakefield. She was the wife of the late Daniel L. Delaney. Born and raised in East Boston, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Rahell) Kennedy. A graduate of Girls Latin and Mount. St. Mary’s College, A resident of Saugus since 1955, Rita was a teacher at St. Rose School in Chelsea for 17 years. Mrs. Delaney is survived by her daughter; Maureen A. Boyle and her husband James of Saugus, her sons; Daniel L. Delaney Jr. & Andrea Fontes of Saugus, Kevin E. Delaney and his wife Colleen of Cotuit grandchildren; Mathew Delaney and his wife Monique, Caitlin Boyle and 3 great grandchildren; Jordan, Aiden and Theo. Mrs. Delaney is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by five brothers; James Kennedy, Edward Kennedy, Richard Kennedy, Wilfred Kennedy, Thomas Kennedy and three sisters; Miriam Chaput, Annette Kennedy and Joan Leonard. Relatives and friends were invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Thursday, May 9. Funeral from the funeral home on Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Margaret’s Church, 431 Lincoln Ave, Saugus at 10:30am. Interment Holy Cross Mausoleum, MalGREAT SUMMER ADVERTISING RATES! REACH OVER 30,000 READERS EVERY WEEK! CALL US AT 718-233-4446 FOR MORE INFO! f Saugus. Age 81, died at Melrose-Wakefield hospital on Friday, May 3. She was the daughter of the late Joseph J. and Mafalda (DeSimone) Rizzuto. Born in Boston and raised in Malden, Rosalie has lived in Saugus for the last 52 years. Rosalie Enjoyed old movies and family gatherings. Rosalie is survived by her son Ralph W. Colarusso of Saugus; her brother Rocky Rizzuto of NH; Marie Frizzy of Melrose. She was predeceased by her former husband Ralph J. Colarusso and her brother James “Jim” Rizzuto. Relatives and friends were invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. James E. Crotty O f Saugus . A g e 100, died on Thursday, May 2nd. He was the husband of the late Helen V. (Hannon) Crotty with who he shared 74 years of marriage. Born in Boston, Mr. Crotty was the son of the late Andrew and Isabell (McMullen) Crotty. Mr. Crotty was a career telephone man, starting as a lineman and retiring in upper management. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps WW2 Veteran and POW. Mr. Crotty is survived by his daughter, Bonnie G. Ducott of Saugus; daughter-in-law, Patricia Elliott; five grandchildren, Marcus Crotty, Valorie Crotty, Ryan Elliott, Avery Crotty and Douglas Ducott as well as several great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, James K. Crotty. At the request of the family, services were private. In lieu of flowers, donations in James’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org. WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISION O ver the years in my estate planning/financial planning practice, this issue has come up time and time again. What is the Windfall Elimination Provision? If you work for an employer that does not withhold social security taxes from your pay each week (such as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, another government agency, local city or town or even an employer based in another country) the governmental pension or foreign country pension that you will ultimately receive may very well serve to reduce the social security benefits that you otherwise would have been entitled to. The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) affects how the amount of your social security retirement or social security disability benefit is calculated if you were to receive a pension based upon your work history where social security taxes were never withheld. The WEP applies if you earned a pension in any job where you did not pay into social security and you also worked in other jobs throughout your working years long enough to qualify for social security retirement or disability benefits. The WEP may apply if: • of age after 1985; • after 1985; • You reached 62 years You became disabled You first became eligible for a monthly pension based on work where you did not pay into social security after 1985, even if you are still working. Social security benefits are intended to replace only a percentage of a worker’s pre-retirement earnings. The way social security benefits are calculated, lower-paid workers get a higher return than highly-paid workers. For example, lower-paid workers could get a social security benefit that equals about 55% of their pre-retirement earnings. The average replacement rate for higher-paid workers is only about 25%. Prior to 1983, people who worked mainly in a job not covered by social security had their social security benefits calculated as if they were longterm, low-wage workers. Consequently, they had the advantage of receiving a social security benefit representing a higher percentage of their earnings, in addition to the pension they were receiving from a job where they did not pay into the social security system. Congress passed the WEP to eliminate that advantage. Social security benefits are based upon the worker’s average indexed monthly earnings (AIME) adjusted for inflation. AIME represents the average of your highest 35 years of indexed earnings. Indexed earnings are adjusted for inflation to reflect the equivalent value near the time of your retirement. Your average earnings are separated into three amounts and those amounts are multiplied by three factors. For example, for a worker that turns 62 in 2024, the first $1,174 of average indexed monthly earnings is multiplied by 90%; the next $5,904 by 32%; and the remainder by 15%. The sum of the three amounts equals the total monthly social security benefit that the worker would stand to receive. The 90% factor is reduced in the modified formula and phased in for workers who reached age 62 or became disabled between 1986 and 1989. For those who reached 62 or became disabled in 1990 or later, the 90% factorreduced to 40%. There are exceptions to this rule. For example, the 90% factor is not reduced if you have 30 or more years of “substantial” earnings in a job where you did pay into social security. The Social Security Administration has produced a table that sets forth the substantial earnings figures from 1937 to 2024. There is a second table that shows the percentage to use depending on the number of years you actually had of substantial earnings. So if you had 30 or more years, you use the 90% factor. If you only had 20 or less years, you only use a factor of 40%. 25 years of substantial earnings gives you a factor of 65%. Substantial earnings for 2024 is $31,275. To see the maximum amount that your benefit could be reduced, go to the following website. www.ssa.gov. You’ll be able to see the section on the Windfall Elimination Provision. The WEP does not apply to survivor benefits. It also does not apply if: • You are a federal worker first hired after 12-31-83; • You were employed on 12-31-83 by a nonprofit organization that did not withhold social security taxes from your pay at first, but then began withholding social security taxes from your pay; • where you did not pay social security taxes was before 1957; • years of substantial earnings under social security If you get a relatively low pension, you do have some protection. The reduction in your social security benefit cannot be more than ½ of the amount of your pension that is based on earnings after 1956 on which you did not pay into social security. For more information, go to the social security website at www.ssa.gov or call 1-800772-1213. Joseph D. Cataldo is an estate planning/elder law attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, AICPA Personal Financial Specialist and holds a masters degree in taxation. Your only pension is The only work you did based upon railroad retirement; • You have 30 or more

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