SAUGUS Saugus’ only local news source!augus’ only local news source! Vol. 25, No. 19 -FREE- www.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday Making Saugus Special 781-233-4446 Friday, May 13, 2022 “I Really Can’t Make It School Committee Chair Work Anymore” Whittredge resigns six months into new term, cites need to be with two children By Mark E. Vogler T his week School Committee Chair Thomas R. Whittredge, who topped his competition in the last two town elections, resigned the position he loved for personal reasons. After the death of his wife last year, he explained, it’s been diffi cult for him to address the needs of his two children and he needs more time for being a single parent. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Committee and am proud to have been chairman during the most difficult time our district has seen,” Whittredge said in a text message to The Saugus Advocate this week. “I love the community and helping the people in it. I hope to be back in a couple of years. But right now, my kids have been through traumatic times and they need my full attention,” he said. In a surprise announcement at the outset of last week’s School FROM THE SAUGUS POSTCARDS COLLECTION: Oscar Sanchez shows off the postcard he made in Brigitte Vaudo’s fourth grade class at the Belmonte Steam Academy. It’s just one of the postcards crafted by each of the 21 students in her class as part of a school project designed to help grade school students learn about the history of their hometown. See inside for more photos and the fi rst in an occasional series of articles titled. “The Advocate in The Classroom.” (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) ~ Home of the Week ~ SAUGUS - 1st AD Welcome home to this custom built, original owner Colonial featuring 8 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, including front to back living room, eat in kitchen & dining area both with sliders to joining rear deck, formal dining room, comfortable great room with                    3 zone gas heat, central air, updated roof, lots of natural        located on dead end street, PLUS 4 room, 1 bedroom au                               View the interior of this home right on your smartphone.       ASNGELO’ FULL SERVICE Regular Unleaded $4.309 Mid Unleaded $4.649 Super $4.839 Diesel Fuel $6.259 44 Years of Excellence!! 1978-2022 KERO $8.99 DEF $4.75 9 Diesel $6.029 9 HEATING OIL 24-Hour Burner Service Call for Current Price! DEF Available by Pump! Open an account and order online at: www.angelosoil.com (781) 231-3500 (781) 231-3003 367 LINCOLN A  A Hours: Mon. - Tues. 6AM - 6PM / Thurs. & Fri. 6AM - 7PM / Sat. 7AM - 5PM / Sun. 9AM-1PM Committee meeting (May 4), Whittredge told his colleagues that it would be his last meeting. But Whittredge decided to attend a brief subcommittee meeting on Monday (May 9) a few hours after submitting a letter to Town Clerk Ellen Schena’s Offi ce which stipulated that his resignation would be eff ective on Thursday, May 5. Meanwhile, Leigh Michelle Gerow was sworn in by the town clerk on Tuesday to serve the remaining 18 months of Whittredge’s unexpired term. She received 1,586 votes, the sixth highest total in the 2021 November town election. (See related story.) It has not yet been determined who will succeed Whittredge as chair. The most likely scenario would be for Vice-Chair Vincent A. Serino, the second-topmost vote-getter last fall, to move up in leadership if he chooses. And then School Committee Member John S. Hatch, the WHITTREDGE | SEE PAGE 2 Prices subject to change Ask about our Heating Oil Conditioner! FLEET

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On Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24), Theresa Whittredge died at Tufts Medical Center in Boston after a gallant fi ght with breast cancer. Friends and relatives say she was a great inspiration to others as she fought the disease. She was the mother of two children, Brody and Finley Whittredge. Theresa and Tom, married for 17 years, were known as the fi rst couple of the Saugus National Little League when Tom served as president. She was known as the 1st Lady of Saugus Little League. After recovBilly Tse’s 441 Revere St., Revere (781) 286-2882 www.Billytserevere.com Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM; Friday & Saturday, 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM • Order Online: www.order.mealkeyway.com • Reservations: Billytserevere.com Sushi Chef David, formerly of Super Fusion in Boston with Billy Tse’s owner, Xiang Wang at the brand new Sushi bar. New Sushi Bar Now Open! 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He apologized several times, saying he didn’t want to disappoint anyone. And he stressed that he really loved the job. “It’s just that I got two kids at home that really need my attention,” he said. “It’s hard for people who are not in my situation to understand it. I’m what they have at home. Those kids have me and that’s it. They depend on me. I don’t want to put them in front of babysitters all of the time,” he said. The School Committee members, joined by Superintendent of Schools Erin McMahon, other school offi cials and members in the audience, gave Whittredge a standing ovation. Committee Member Joseph “Dennis” Gould, representing his comments as being on behalf of the School Committee, all of the parents and all of the students, told Whittredge, “You really did a great job,” adding that the committee respects his decision “and we support you 150 percent.” Whittredge thanked committee members for their support. Challenging times Whittredge and most of the new School Committee members who were elected in the 2019 Saugus Town Election cited public outrage over the privatization of custodial services and the layoff s of 21 custodians as a major reason for the anti-incumbent atmosphere that led to the defeat of the three incumbents who decided to run for another term. But there was also a highly critical report issued by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education which explained the reasons for the Middle and High Schools ranking in the bottom 10 percent of the state in academic achievement. They also cited the controversy and acrimony that engulfed the divided committee. The new chair and his colleagues vowed to work in a spirit of cooperation and looked forward to a turnaround of the town’s public education system in a new Saugus Middle-High School and the consolidation of the school system into three buildings with the closing of three elementary schools and the Roby School Administration Building. But four months into the new board’s fi rst year, the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, leading to the indefi nite closing of schools and in-person instruction being replaced with remote learning. School officials look upon Whittredge’s two and a half years as chair as among the most challenging times in the history of Saugus Public Schools: In addition to coping with the challenges of the pandemic, the School Committee oversaw the eventual opening of a new Middle-High School, the consolidation of school buildings into three, the retirement of School Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr., and the search for a new School Superintendent. The School Committee made history last June by hiring the fi rst woman superintendent to lead Saugus Schools. They also approved a fi ve-year contract for Erin McMahon. No Saugus School Committee has ever invested so much money — close to a million dollars over the life of the contract — for a school administrator So, what were the most significant accomplishments under Whittredge’s time as School Committee Chair? The Saugus Advocate asked each of the committee members for reaction to Whittredge’s resignation — on how he contributed to the betterment of Saugus Public Schools during his time on the committee. School Committee Member Joseph “Dennis” Gould, who was one of the fi ve new members who ousted three incumbents and replaced two other veteran members who decided not to seek reelection during the 2019 Town Elections: “It was a privilege to serve on the School Committee with Tom Whittredge.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Page 3 Lawrence A. Simeone Jr. Attorney-at-Law ~ Since 1989 ~ * Corporate Litigation * Criminal/Civil * MCAD * Zoning/Land Court * Wetlands Litigation * Workmen’s Compensation * Landlord/Tenant Litigation A TEAM THAT LASTED 30 MONTHS: Left to right: School Committee Chair Thomas Whittredge and School Committee Members Joseph “Dennis” Gould, John Hatch and Ryan Fisher, who served together for two-and-a-half years of what some school offi cials consider the most challenging times in the history of the school district. (Saugus Advocate fi le photo by Mark E. Vogler) “Although we didn’t agree on everything, we always discussed and voted on what we thought was best for Saugus. “Tom was a stabilizing force on the committee, always listening to fellow committee members, parents, school administration and teachers to gather as much data as possible for the committee to review, debate and move forward. “The district is better for his service. He endured a lot of personal problems for his first term with his wife’s illness and taking care of two children, but somehow was always available, and at top of his game when it came to the district. “Although I will miss his leadership, I am so glad he is stepping aside for a while to focus on his two kids. He is a great father and I am sure if and when time and situation dictates, he can jump back into a future election and come back to committee.” School Committee Member Ryan P. Fisher, who served as the committee’s vice-chair during Whittredge’s fi rst term and was one of fi ve new members swept into office during the 2019 town elections: “The impact Tom had on this district can’t be measured. He took over a committee that had been fractured previously, and he set the tone for us. We were going to be positive, we were going to make the right decisions even if they weren’t always easy, and we were going to be role models and lead by example. “The challenges we faced — getting through a pandemic without a roadmap — and the challenges Tom and his family personally faced, tell you everything you need to know about him. He never once gave up, took it one day at a time and hung on harder and longer than I think any of us would have, and there’s no way he’s done. His kids need him, he’s putting his family fi rst, but he’ll keep inspiring us to be better, he’ll keep fi ghting for the kids, and he’ll be back before you know it.” School Committee Member John S. Hatch, a former School Committee member and another of the fi ve new members elected during the 2019 election purge of the then-incumbent School Committee: “I have a long list of things that Tom has done for the school system and what he’s advocated for. But Tom’s not just about being a School Committee member. He’s about being a coach in Little League and youth sports. He’s about being a father and a family man and a good resident of this town. When it comes to education, there’s no bigger proponent to support our schools than Tom. “He will be missed. But Tom will be back one day when he’s ready. Tom will be a School Committee member again. I promise you that. Taking care of his children is the most important thing right now. He can take care of all the kids in Saugus. But the most important people in his life right now are his two children.” School Committee ViceChair Vincent Serino, a former School Committee member who came back on the board as the second topmost vote-getter in last November’s town election: “Tom Whittredge is and has always been about doing the right thing. He is an asset to Saugus and his passion for the schools shows every time he speaks about them. Tom has done so much for the town and the schools that one contribution can’t define him. 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Page 5 Mrs. Vaudo’s 4th Grade Class at the Belmonte Steam Academy in Saugus. (Advocate photo by Mark Vogler) ballot in which the students raised their hands. “I like to visit Route 1 because I like to go to Prince for pizza,” Oscar Sanchez said as he pointed proudly to his colorful postcard that included the giant orange dinosaur that still exists, but once was the landmark of a miniature golf course. “Route 1 is important because it has a lot of places, stores, restaurants and historic places,” Oscar said. Members of Vaudo’s Class include Jiada Alqudah, Adriana Amoroso, Olivia Clark, Caleb Cunha, Aubrey DeMonte, Aryanna DiPietro, Liliana Fronduto, Jackson Gori, Liam Guzman, Pedro Julio, Seyeda Mirzais, Erica Mpwagi, Kenny Nguyen, Nhi Nguyen, Sebastian Patague, Oscar Sanchez Yanes, Janelys Serrano, Isabella Snyder, Arthur Souza Gomes, Dylan Verone and Devin Voong. (Editor’s Note: Today’s story is the fi rst of an occasional series of articles about innovative teaching methods involving teachers and students who are involved in various projects in the classroom. The Saugus Advocate extends an invitation to all educators. Here’s a chance for them to talk about special programs they have going to A vote to reduce the height of tall buildings Town Meeting members support Selectman Serino’s articles to reduce the allowable height of apartment buildings in town to 50 feet By Mark E. Vogler S electman Michael Serino lost a battle earlier this year in his eff orts to lower the height of tall apartment buildings on Route 1. But at Monday’s (May 9) session of the Annual Town Meeting, he won the war, winning overwhelming support on a package of articles that will reduce the maximum allowable height of apartment buildings in town from 90 feet to 50 feet. Businesses along Route 1 will be limited to 90 feet. As a result of the articles — which were supported by the Planning Board — the proposed mixed-use Kowloon project on Route 1 may include the last two six-story apartment buildings allowed in town, providing the articles passed Friday are approved by the state Attorney General’s Offi ce. For weeks, Serino was a staunch opponent of the Kowloon project, arguing it wouldn’t be in the best interests of the town to allow the proposed buildings to exceed four stories and 55 feet in height that the town zoning at the time allowed within the Route 1 Business Highway Sustainable Zoning District (BHSD). But when selectmen fi nally voted early last month, Serino reluctantly joined the rest of the board in unanimous support of the Wong family’s request for a special permit for the mixed-used development at the current site of the Kowloon Restaurant which would allow no more than 198 apartment units. There was sharp debate on Article 17, but it passed 33-5. “This is not what Saugus is all about,” Precinct 5 Town Meeting Member Pamela Goodwin said in arguing her case in support of Serino’s article. Others said they feared that not passing the article would allow for skyscrapers to be built across the Route 1 landscape. Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Joseph Vecchione, who is also a Planning Board member, said he feared passage of the article “will eff ectively kill new growth in town.” “It undermines the process,” he said. help their students learn in innovative ways. If you have an idea, feel free to email The Editor at mvoge@comcast.net or call 978-382-8151 to share your story idea.)

Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Saugus Ironworks hosts the fi rst of several outdoor concerts through the summer By Laura Eisener O n Mother’s Day afternoon, the Saugus Public Library, the Saugus Arts Council and the New England Conservatory presented a concert by Changwon Park, Lukas Helsel, Noah Nichilo and Jaehan Kim, who are “The Four Paperclips,” a trombone quartet, at the Saugus Ironworks. Library director Alan Thibeault announced to the concert audience that there will be summer concerts at the Ironworks on Wednesdays in July and August featuring a range of music styles. It will be nice to have the outdoor concerts back after a hiatus due to COVID. Editor’s Note: This concert was funded by a generous grant from the Saugus Cultural Council, a local arm of the Mass Cultural Council. MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL: “The Four Paperclips,” a trombone quartet, performed at the Saugus Ironworks last Sunday (May 8). (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) “Bob’s always a phone call away.”    VP, C.J. DOHERTY, INC.                           419 BROADWAY, EVERETT MA 02149   Member FDIC Member DIF

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Page 7 Big Sister Boston President & CEO Deb Re Announces Retirement B OSTON — After 16 years at the helm, Big Sister Boston’s President & CEO Deborah Re announced she’s stepping down from her role at the end of this year. Through a video message to friends, donors, and supporters of Big Sister Boston, Re made her announcement highlighting her pride in the organization’s innovative programming and ability to serve over 20,000 girls during her tenure. Under Re’s leadership, Big Sister Boston has been recognized by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Conference for Women, and the Massachusetts Nonprofi t Network. In 2020, 2019, and 2017, the organization received the Quality Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), as well as the 2015 national Agency of the Year for its substantial growth in the number of children served, quality and length of mentoring relationships, and increased fundraising. Re was an appointed member of the City of Boston’s Women’s Commission advising former Mayor Martin J. Walsh and has served as a member of Governor Charlie Baker’s transition team. Additionally, Re has received the Pinnacle Award from the Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized as a one of Boston Business Journal’s “Women of Influence.” She has received awards from numerous organizations including the Lewis Family Foundation. “Throughout her remarkable career, I’ve admired Deb for leading with integrity and authenticity. Big Sister Boston wouldn’t be what it is today without her leadership and deep commitment to helping girls thrive,” said Melissa MacDonnell, President, Liberty Mutual Foundation and Vice President, Community Investments at Liberty Mutual Insurance. “I want to personally thank her for always putting the needs of the girls fi rst and for changing so many lives for the better.” “All of us at Big Sister Boston are grateful to Deb for her passion, leadership, and unwavering focus on our mission to ignite girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships,” said Big Sister Boston Board Chair Carey Cort. “We’re excited to build upon her legacy of an organization uniquely positioned to tap into and nurture the vast potential that is the girls and young women of Greater Boston. The stage is set for a new leader to shepherd the organization into the next decade; to continue to forge strong connections in the community and partnerships that will benefi t Greater Boston’s girls for years to come.” The organization has retained Koya Partners to lead the search for their next President & CEO. Re will continue to lead Big Sister Boston through the remainder of 2022, and the organization plans to celebrate her 16 years of leadership at their annual gala, Big in Boston, in October. About Big Sister Association of Greater Boston Big Sister Association of Greater Boston ignites girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships with women and enrichment programs that support girls’ healthy development. Since 1951, Big Sister Boston has focused on meeting the unique needs of girls by providing them with the guidance, care, and support of a Big Sister. Today, the organization serves nearly 2,500 women and girls throughout Greater Boston through professionally supported one-toone mentoring relationships and enrichment activities that address the social-emotional development of girls ages 7 — 24. Big Sister Boston is the only independently supported agency within the Big Brothers Big SisDEA Recognizes First Ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day W ASHINGTON — In an effort to save lives, DEA is proud to join “Song for Charlie” and many of our valued public health, non-profi t, and law enforcement partners in recognizing the fi rst ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day. This day is an eff ort to educate individuals around the dangerous threat that fentanyl poses to the safety, health, and national security of the American people. To mark National Fentanyl Awareness Day, DEA released a video announcement from DEA Administrator Anne Milgram stressing the dangers of fentanyl and the need for urgent action. “Fentanyl is killing Americans at unprecedented rates,” said Milgram. “On this fi rst-ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day, please help save lives by making sure you talk with your friends and family about the dangers of this deadly drug.” Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is approximately 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. It is inexpensive, widely available, and highly addictive. Drug traffickers are increasingly mixing fentanyl with other illicit drugs—in powder and pill form—to drive addiction and create repeat customers. Many people who are overdosing and dying don’t even know that they are taking fentanyl. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, nearly 107,000 people died as the result of a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending November 2021. Sixty-six percent of overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. DEA has created a special exhibit for its museum, The Faces of Fentanyl, to commemorate the lives lost from fentanyl poisoning. If you would like to submit a photo of a loved one lost to fentanyl, please submit their name and photo to fentanylawareness@dea. gov, or post a photo and their name to social media using the hashtag #NationalFentanylAwarenessDay. For more information on the dangers of fentanyl, visit www. DEA.gov/fentanylawareness. ters (BBBA) nationwide network to solely serve girls and women and was recognized by BBBSA’s Leadership Council as the 2015 National Agency of the Year. For more information, please visit www.bigsister.org or follow @bigsisterboston on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Pioneer Charter School of Science II Senior Headed to Brown The Student From Malden Celebrates Her Admission to The Ivy League E VERETT — May 10, 2022 — Pioneer Charter School of Science II (PCSS II), based in Saugus, is pleased to announce one of its high school seniors has committed to attend one of top universities in the country: the Ivy League’s Brown University. Neva Matthews, age 18, of Malden, recently received her acceptance letter from the Providence, Rhode Island-based university, where she plans to study Biomedical Engineering. Neva endured a full year of online education before returning to in-person classes in August 2021, where her and her classmates combined to have a 100% college acceptance rate. “High School is by no means easy and the course requirements of PCSS II make it especially challenging, but I have realized that Pioneer helped me cultivate academic stamina that transferred as I was applying to colleges. Classes at Pioneer always pushed me to my limits and kept me on my toes and I am glad to say that it paid off ,” said Neva Matthews. “I know content only gets harder from here but thanks to the solid foundation the PCSS community built in me I am confi dent to thrive wherever I go.”          •   •   •          Neva Matthews, age 18, of Malden was accepted to the Ivy League’s Brown University. She will study Biomedical Engineering. “A huge congratulations to Neva,” Barish Icin, CEO at PCCS, said. “We’re always proud of our students for getting accepted anywhere, but to get into a school like Brown after the past two years these kids have had is a truly amazing achievement. Her remarkable dedication has certainly paid off and we look forward to her future successes in college and beyond.” About PCSS With schools in Everett (PCSS I) and Saugus (PCSS II), Pioneer Charter School of Science offers a rigorous academic curriculum emphasizing math, science, and analytical thinking skills balanced by a strong foundation in the humanities. The school off ers extended days/hours and career-oriented college preparation. Students must pass fi ve math and fi ve science classes in order to graduate — more than state standards, and students must complete 40 hours of community service. The school has a 195-day school calendar, extended days, after school tutoring and “voluntary” Saturday classes for students who need extra help.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Page 9 Collision course to the State House Demonstration and Motorcade by Auto Body Industry set for May 18 B OSTON, MA — In response to a state house hearing on labor rate reimbursed for collision repairs, several hundred Massachusetts auto body shop owners, family members, employees, voc-tech students and supporters are expected to converge on the State House. In addition to community demonstration of support, a motorcade of fl atbed trucks topped with damaged cars will circle the area. The Collision Course event is set for Wednesday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. — rain or shine. The event is led by The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Massachusetts (AASP/MA). Scheduled speakers include State Representative James K. Hawkins, D-2nd Bristol; Evangelos “Lucky” Papageorg, Executive Director, AASP/MA; Kevin Gallerani, President of AASP/MA and owner of Cape Auto Collision Center, Plymouth, MA; Jack Lamborghini, co-owner of Total Care Accident Repair in Raynham, MA; Guy Glodis, Former State Senator, D-2nd Worcester who led Financial Services Committee WHITTREDGE | FROM PAGE 3 “It’s just that I got two kids at home that really need my attention. It’s hard for people who are not in my situation to understand it. I’m what they have at home. Those kids have me and that’s it. They depend on me. I don’t want to put them in front of babysitters all of the time. “I hope I’m not letting anybody down out there, but I really tried to make it work. And what makes it easier for me is having all these people as a legislator; and Dennise Caratazzola, concerned consumer from Bridgewater. The group is protesting the unsustainably low reimbursement rates that were artifi cially set by insurance companies. In a statement, State Senator Michael O. Moore, D-2nd Worcester noted, “The current Labor Rate for the auto body industry in unfair and unsustainable. I will continue to advocate for a legislative change that increases the labor rate to make the industry viable and consumer’s safe.” Brian Bernard, co-owner of Total Care Accident Repair in Raynham, an independent collision center owner, said the current $40-per-hour reimbursement rate is the lowest in the nation and falls far short of covering the body shop owners’ labor, equipment, training and repair costs. As a result, unfortunately, many consumers have to pay the diff erence out of pocket, he said. Bernard said the labor reimbursement rates paid by Massachusetts auto insurers have stayed the same for 11 years. next to me because I know that the district is in unbelievable hands. I couldn’t handpick a better crew to have been working with all of this time. It’s hard for me to say this today because I really enjoy School Committee. I really can’t make it work anymore, so effective Monday will be my last day as chairman of the Saugus School Committee. So I just want to thank everybody. And I appreciate everybody’s support. Thank you very much.” Everett Aluminum 10 Everett Ave., Everett 617-389-3839 Owned & operated by the Conti      Years! “Same name, phone number & address for      over half a century. We must be doing something right!”          f        www.everettaluminum.com                 Spring is Here! The rates only moved $10 in nearly 34 years. Since 1988 the labor rate has increased $10 while the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased 137.7% and insurance premiums have increased 254%. Additionally, advanced technology has resulted in cars becoming far more complex and expensive to repair. Additional training and equipment have forced Massachusetts auto body shop owners to invest far more to get paid less, Bernard said. “It’s tremendously unfair to consumers who pay thousands of dollars in premiums to have their insurance companies tell them they’re not going to cover the cost of their repairs. We’ve done our best to bring attention to this issue, but at this point we need to make it clear to insurers and consumers that we cannot do this work at the current reimbursement rates,” Bernard said. The fi nal report, issued on April 13, 2022, of the Special Commission on Auto Body Labor Rates outlines the issues that require a vote by the state legislature to rectify. The full report can be found at https://malegislature.gov/ Bills/192/SD3104. For more information about the Collision Course to the State House rally, visit AASPMA.org/rally

Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Rob and Michelle D’Amico, holding Jaxson, and Julianne Davis of Northeast Arc Night at Fenway a home run for Saugus family S ix-month-old Jaxson Patrick D’Amico of Saugus represented Century 21 North East as the “Leader of the Pack” on their Family Night at Fenway Park on May 3. Jaxson, the son of longtime Century 21 employees Michelle and Rob D’Amico, has Down syndrome and receives early intervention services from Northeast Arc. His occupational therapist, Julianne Davis, works with him on motor skills, feeding and overall development. Jaxson was recognized as the Leader of the Pack during a pregame ceremony on the fi eld, where he met Wally, the Red Sox mascot. Wally the Red Sox mascot with six-month-old Jaxson Patrick D’Amico of Saugus

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Page 11 SAUGUS GARDENS IN THE SPRING Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable S By Laura Eisener pring is full of wonderful moments which could be missed if you are in too much of a hurry for summer. We are certainly not at a loss for fl owers even if we might wish for a few more warm days than we have had so far. The garden is full of other fascinating events, such as the unfolding of leaves. Many of them have additional colors in early spring that will be more subdued by the time the leaves are full size. Unfamiliar trees will have to be examined more closely, since they now have neither the winter bud appearance nor the recognizable shape of the summer leaf. New oak leaves often are bright velvety red or pale gold, and white oak (Quercus alba) sometimes looks white or silvery as the leaf buds open. Fine hairs on the edges of beech, especially European beech (Fagus sylvatica), like the big tree at the Saugus Ironworks, are more noticeable now than they will be later in the season. While the pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) in my garden is not among the best known of dogwoods, this native species has some very interesting leaves and soon will have interesting fl owers, too. One rainy day recently, I suddenly smelled a fragrance that took me a moment to place — then I realized it was the scent of a freshly cut lawn along with the scent of rain, a combination we don’t experience for the months of winter. This week we are starting to get another scent that is a favorite of many people — the fragrance of lilacs (Syringa vulgaris). One unusually relaxing warm and sunny morning last week, my husband and I shared coff ee outdoors watching petals fall from the crabapples along the hillside path of the Ironworks. There was a light breeze, and some blossoms were fading while other buds were still in the process of opening. We enjoyed the musical accompaniment, too — the songs of birds in the spring, and the sight of them collecting twigs for their nests, are special joys of the spring garden. Some of these birds are just returning from spending winter in milder climates, like the hummingbirds, while others, like the goldfi nches, have remained for the winter. On Mother ’s Day after watching the concert at the Ironworks with a friend, I watched a mother goose lead her six fl uff y yellow goslings along the Saugus River at low tide, the fi rst time I had seen the babies this year. It may seem hard to imagine now, with fairly large Canada goose populations in many urban areas, that in the 1950’s their population had declined to the extent that extinction seemed likely. I can remember my late grandfather bemoaning the absence of fl ying geese in the spring and fall skies — he would be delighted by their comeback today. Even something as familiar as a tulip can have details worth savoring — many tulips have hidden patterns at the base of their sepals and petals that form an interesting design when you look down into the fl ower. Other tulips may have multiple petals, or have fringed edges, more than one color, double petals or other unusual features. I know I planted quite a few bulbs in my garden last fall, and I have been enjoying the anticipation of watching most of them come up and bloom. I am sure I didn’t plant any in the lawn just a few inches from the pavement of Fairmount Avenue! Nevertheless, a few weeks ago I noticed that a tulip was definitely coming up there, and this week it bloomed. The fl ower is red with yellow fringes. I suspect whoever planted it has a gray bushy tail, since squirrels are known to have a taste for tulips, and they may have relocated them for use during the winter, only to forget where they put some of them. While this might not be the location I would have chosen, the tulip is living by the popular motto “Bloom Where You’re Planted!” and making the most of the situation. Editor’s Note: Laura Eisener is a landscape design consultant who helps homeowners with landscape design, plant selection and placement of trees and shrubs, as well as perennials. She is a member of the Saugus Garden Club and off ered to write a series of articles about “what’s blooming in town” shortly after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was inspired after seeing so many people taking up walking. A FAMILIAR YELLOW SIGHT: Goldfi nches in their cheery summer plumage are very noticeable at the feeders now. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Charles Zapolski) AN ADDED ATTRACTION: Unfolding leaves can be as fascinating as fl owers — while the completely opened foliage of the pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) is essentially green, the unfolding leaves have vivid red stripes. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) THE MYSTERY QUESTION: Who planted this red fringed tulip in my lawn? Not me! (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) FAMILY OUTING: This mother goose took her six goslings for a walk along the Saugus River on Mother’s Day. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) NATURE’S COLORING BOOK: Designs at the base of some tulip blossoms can show surprising colors and patterns. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener)

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 MA Bay Youth Co-Ed Lacrosse Sachems undefeated By Tara Vocino T he Saugus 3rd & 4th grade youth co-ed Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse Sachems team is 5-0 this season so far. According to Assistant Coach Joseph Marshall, the Belmonte STEAM Academy students beat Milton at home on Stackpole Field on April 12 by a score of 121. They also beat Haverhill on April 10 at home by a score of 9-2. They played at Lynnfi eld and won by a score of 10-4, and last week they played at Winthrop and won by a score of 11-9. There is also a 1st and 2nd grade program as well as a 5th and 6th grade program. Plans are in the works to start a 7th and 8th grade program next season. Game 5 stats (against the North Reading Hornets, winning 7-2) Mike Raposo: 1 goal Dylan Scarpuccio: 1 goal, 2 assists Ryan Rescigno: 1 goal, 1 assist Connor Quirk: 1 goal, 1 assist Josh Ewuik: 1 goal Gavin Diozzi: 2 goals Jason Cuddy: assist Full base stats through 5 games Goals: Ryan Rescigno: 10 goals, 3 assist Connor Quirk: 9 goals, 7 assists Nolan Decheanx: 8 goals, 10 assists Gavin Diozzi: 6 goals, 4 assist Dylan Scarpuccio: 6 goals, 9 assist Josh Ewuik: 5 goals, 4 assist Mark Connolly: 2 goals, 2 assists Mike Raposo: 1 goal, 1 assist Ryan Hayes: 1 goal Luca Cviji Lukkas Sullivan 1 goal, 1 assist Jaxson Salsman Dylan Vetrone Roman Casazza 1 goal 1 assist Billy Lazorre Mike D’Amico Call ups: Jason Cuddy: 3 assists Austin Diozzi Jake O’Donnell Saugus 3rd & 4th grade youth co-ed Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse Sachems Co-Captains at bottom is Goalie Luca Cvijic. Middle row, pictured from left to right: Co-Captains Dylan Scarpuccio and Connor Quirk. At top: Head Coach Justin Scarpuccio during Sunday’s game against the North Reading Hornets at Saugus Middle-High School. The MA Bay Youth Lacrosse Sachems in action against the North Reading Hornets on Sunday at Saugus Middle-High School. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) Sachems caught the rebound off the rebounder.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Page 13 FROM LEFT TO RIGHT IN THE FRONT ROW: players Austin Diozzi, Billy Lauzore, Jason Cuddy, Connor Quirk, Gavin Diozzi, Jake O’Donnell, Mike Damico, Roman Casazza and Mike Raposo. Second row, pictured from left to right: Johnny Odonell, Dalton Diozzi, Lukkas Sullivan, Ryan Rescigno, Mark Connelly, Josh Ewuik, Luca Cvijic and Dylan Scarpuccio. Coaches: Jim Diozzi, Joe Marshall, Mike Damico and Head Coach Justin Scarpuccio. Not pictured: players Nolan Descheneaux, Jaxson Salsman, Dylan Verone and Ryan Hayes. The Sachems put up a banner entrance. Players entered the fi eld through a smoke show.

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Saugus High Girls Tennis Team volunteer at USTA National Tennis Month Event T o kick off National Tennis Month, the New England division of USTA sponsored an event on the Boston Common tennis courts Saturday, May 7, 2022. Several members of the Saugus high girls tennis team volunteered to work with children interested in learning tennis, feeding tennis balls and playing in age-appropriate games. Pictured from left, Alex Wesley, Norma Galloway, Saugus High Girls Tennis Coach Kristen Gerety and Kristen Liteplo. Pictured back row, left to right; Woody Freeman, Ludmila Yamus, Olivia Sweeney with Saugus Tennis Team members Sami Sarnacchiaro, Madison Casaletto, Ashleigh Moore and Wiktoria Biegun. (Courtesy photos)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Page 15 Better Business Bureau warns of summertime scam S ummer is coming, and rising temperatures mean high air-conditioning bills. Scammers have devised a new con that claims to “save you money.” Con artists, posing as local government and utility company representatives, are off ering phony home energy audits and services. Here’s what you need to know to spot the scam. How the scam works You are contacted over the phone or in person at your front door. The “representative” introduces themselves as working for your utility company or with the energy division of your local government. They might even show you identifi cation, but it isn’t real. The scammers inform you that you could be saving big on your energy bill. Some con artists will even insist on a tour of your home. These individuals might off er to install fi lters, thermostats or other energy equipment to lower your bill, or they might simply say you are eligible to pay less. In either case, they’ll ask you to sign a contract and possibly even run a credit check. They will also ask for billing information, including your debit or credit card number. In the end, you won’t receive any discount on your energy bill or any services; the equipment you were promised won’t be delivered — that’s because this “home energy audit” is a scam. However, you might be charged the fees mentioned in the contract, and your personal information will be in the hands of a scammer. How to avoid impersonation scams Don’t agree to anything on the spot. No matter how good the deal seems or how urgent the individual makes their offer seem, take time to do your research. Tell the person you need time to think about their offer and hang up or close the door. Scammers might tell you you’ll miss out on the deal, but taking immediate action isn’t worth getting scammed. Go to the source. Contact your local government agency or your utility company directly to confirm whether they really are offering energy audit services. This is the quickest way to find out if you are dealing with an impostor. Get help. If you aren’t sure about what you’re being off ered, talk to someone. Call a trusted friend or family member or contact your local Better Business Bureau to fi nd out if you are dealing with a scam. B Tax Foundation Reports MA is the 5th for Property Taxes OSTON — A new Tax Foundation report shows Massachusetts has the fi fth highest property tax rate in the country, with our state’s ranking not improving over the last few years. According to their report, Massachusetts has been ranked as the fi fth highest in 2022, 2021 and 2019. In 2020, Massachusetts was the sixth highest in the country. Many of the New England states rank in the top ten most expensive states in the country, but unlike those other New England states, Massachusetts is considering raising its income tax rate for high income earners and some small businesses at this November’s election through a ballot question. If the ballot question passes, these high income earners and some small businesses are likely to fl ee our state, further depriving Massachusetts of these revenues and increasing the property tax burden on those who remain. The Tax Foundation’s report notes that property taxes matter to businesses for a wide variety of reasons and pay a signifi cant part of the overall property taxes collected by states. A copy of the report may be found by clicking here. “According to the Tax Foundation, Massachusetts property owners pay among the highest property taxes in the entire country. Today’s report comes after April’s state tax collections numbers Highest State show that Massachusetts collected nearly 80% more in taxes this April than last April,” stated Paul Diego Craney, spokesman for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. “Making things even worse, Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka have a ballot question this November to raise income taxes by 80% for some high-income earners and small businesses. If their 80% tax hike passes, many affl uent and small businesses will fl ee out state, leaving the middle class to make up for the loss of tax collections, including property taxes,” continued Craney. “It seems like the Speaker and Senate President are driving the state economy right into a brick wall but they do not seem to care. Eventually, the high taxes, high spending, and high infl ation will catch up to them but it will come at the expense of the middle class who will be expected to pay for these reckless decisions by our State House leaders,” concluded Craney. Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance advocates for fi scal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in state government and increased economic opportunity for the people of our Commonwealth. AG’s Offi ce issues warning about scams targeting friends and family of incarcerated people A ttorney General Maura Healey is partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC), Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) and the Massachusetts Sheriff s’ Association (MSA) to advise residents with incarcerated loved ones to be wary of scams that off er to make or improve connections between those in correctional facilities and their friends and families for a fee. These scams target the families and friends of people who are currently incarcerated, offering deceptive or fake services that are often advertised online, over social media and in print media. In some cases, scammers purportedly offer supplemental calling plans, including false promises of “unlimited minutes,” to connect with incarcerated people. However, Massachusetts does not currently off er unlimited calling plans in any jail, House of Correction or prison. Ultimately, these scams fail to provide promised services, even after taking hundreds of dollars from consumers. “Scammers will use any opportunity to seek financial gain, including taking advantage of family and friends looking to connect with their incarcerated loved ones,” said Healey. “We are working with community advocates and our partners in law enforcement to ensure our residents know how to protect themselves from fraud and deceptive services and that they can report any instances of these scams to my offi ce. It is important that incarcerated individuals are able to connect with the people closest to them without their loved ones becoming victims of fraud.” “The Sheriffs stand united that one of our highest priorities is keeping incarcerated individuals connected to family members, friends and outside support systems,” said Suff olk County Sheriff /MSA President Steven Tompkins. “We want to warn citizens that these are most defi nitely scams and urge them to take the proper precautions. Taking advantage of people who are already dealing with the stress and emotional toll of having a loved one who is incarcerated is especially repugnant. Protecting our incarcerated individuals and their families from those who would prey on them must remain a top priority.” “The Department of Correction recognizes the importance of connected relationships of family and friends with their loved ones in our custody,” said the Department of Corrections’ Commissioner Carol Mici. “This collaboration with the Attorney General’s office will help to ensure this connection continues while thwarting opportunities for fraud.” “It is too often the case that families who are already fi nancially burdened and disproportionately people of color are also preyed upon by people seeking to take advantage of the painful experience of being separated from a loved one who is incarcerated,” said Prisoners’ Legal Services Executive Director Elizabeth Matos. “We appreciate the Attorney General’s eff orts to ensure that families and communities are not being scammed in this way.” The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, DOC, PLS and MSA are encouraging residents to take the following steps to protect themselves from fraud and targeted scams: Be cautious before posting about incarcerated loved ones on social media, as scammers looking for targets might try scanning social media activity. • Before signing up for a service, check the business’s website to make sure they off er reputable and legitimate services and to see if they have negative reviews. • Confi rm that you can contact the business/organization via phone, email, live chat or through their website. • Look out for all fees that will apply and check the business’s refund policy. • Avoid off ers that come from social media and, in particular, from questionable businesses or organizations that operate solely on Facebook or other social media websites. • Avoid unsolicited offers from sources you don’t trust or know, including texts and phone calls, unless you can confi rm that the product or service is legitimate. • If you decide to make a purchase, pay with a credit card, PayPal or other method that off ers purchase protections. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken recent action against these scams, stopping the operators of a scheme that preyed on families and friends of incarcerated individuals who rely on phone calls to stay in touch with their incarcerated loved ones — particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic when in-person visitations were suspended. A settlement was also reached by the FTC and the Florida Attorney General’s Offi ce with a company that scammed prisoners and their families by charging them for magazine subscriptions that either showed up late or not at all. Any consumers who feel they may have been scammed by these deceptive practices are encouraged to fi le a complaint online with the Attorney General’s Offi ce.

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 The Sounds of Saugus By Mark E. Vogler “The Advocate in the Classroom” In this week’s paper, we begin a series of occasional stories about what’s going on in the Classrooms of Saugus Public Schools. These will be in-person stories by an Advocate reporter, who will observe and take photos. This week, I accepted a gracious invitation from veteran teacher Brigitte Vaudo’s fourth grade class at the Belmonte STEAM Academy to sit in on a demonstration of their nifty project, in which the students created postcards based on local monuments that inspired them. This was probably the best time I had all week. I was inspired by the demonstration I saw to extend an invitation to teachers in the school district to publicize some of their nifty school projects. Here’s a chance for them to talk about special programs they have going to help their students learn in innovative ways. If you have an idea, feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast. net or call me at 978-382-8151. Get a new sound system for Town Hall? With all of the push for technological improvements throughout Saugus Municipal Government, when the heck are they going to fi x the stinking sound system? It’s ridiculous. And it doesn’t help when Town Meeting members and other residents who go to the lectern to opine on various proposals don’t speak into the microphone. At this past Monday’s meeting, I had Town Meeting members who knew I was observing as a reporter asking me if I could hear any of the speakers. I was sitting in the fi rst row behind the seats behind the last row tables and chairs on the left side of the hall that were occupied by Town Meeting Members. There was an interesting challenge by Town Meeting Member Peter Manoogian of Precinct 10 to table the vote on Article 6 to raise and appropriate funds for the Water Enterprise Fund for the 2023 Fiscal Year that begins on July 1. This has to do with the 6 percent increase in water rates recommended by the Finance Committee. That would mean a $28 increase for the annual residential user. All I could hear from Manoogian was that he spent all weekend researching questions he sought answers for. And he called on Town Meeting to table the article until he got those answers. It passed unanimously. But I didn’t know why because I couldn’t hear much of Manoogian’s presentation. I asked him for a copy of the one-page sheet of questions. They included these points: —The MWRA Assessment is projected to be $4,882,255, but the final assessment is $21,268 less. Why was a higher number used? —The town budgeted $611,779 in retained earnings as an appropriation, yet it was not projected as a revenue for FY2022. Why? —Projected expenditures for FY2022 were $7,970,588, and this was identical to what was budgeted as expenditures for FY2022. Why after 10 months in the fi scal year isn’t there an accurate expenditures analysis, or should we assume that projected expenditures match, to the dollar, what was budgeted? —“Other Expenditures” for FY2022 are stated to be $796,486. This is $286,610 more than in the previous year and far exceeds each of the previous four years by a similar amount. Manoogian wants to see an itemization of those expenditures. “I believe that each of these four questions are reasonable, and answers should be provided prior to voting on this article,” Manoogian said, as he made the motion to table and it prevailed. Stay tuned for an explanation at the next session of Town Meeting, which reconvenes at 7:30 p.m. Monday night. I look forward to hearing the debate. A Call to clean up the town Earth Day in Saugus isn’t over yet, as far as Board of Selectmen Vice-Chair Debra Panetta is concerned. Sure, it was officially observed around the United States on April 22. And various groups have had get-togethers for several weeks in diff erent parts of Saugus. But those were just warm-ups for the “Saugus Town-wide clean-up” set for later this month. “The Town of Saugus is seeking volunteers to help collect trash as part of a community-wide spring clean-up on Saturday, May 21, 2022,” reads the press release that the environmentally conscious Panetta has been circulating. “Interested teenagers and adults are encouraged to attend from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to help beautify our community. This cleanup is an excellent way for students to earn community service credits Additional credits will be given to students who are able to recruit an adult to participate. “Adults are also needed to supervise small groups at various locations throughout Town. All volunteers should meet at the Saugus High School, 1 Pearce Memorial Drive, upper-level parking lot at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022. The Town will provide disposable gloves and trash bags. “Hope to see you all there! Thank you.” For more information, please contact Selectman Debra Panetta at 781-233-9720. Want to learn about raptors? This just in from Amy Melton, Head of Children’s Services at Saugus Public Library, who wants to spread the word about The New Friends of Saugus Public Library sponsoring “a very special FUN, FREE event,” which is set for next weekend: “Join the acclaimed WINGMASTERS for a live, birds of prey demonstration! The program will be held at the Saugus Iron Works, 244 Central Street, 10:30AM on SATURDAY, MAY 21st. “This live presentation will include fi ve birds of prey all native to New England. “Did you know that raptors boast the best eyesight and sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom? Did you know that the word raptor comes from a Latin word, “to seize”? Raptors include hawks, falcons and owls. Come learn more about these graceful birds! Recommended for children ages 6+. Adults are welcome. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket to sit on!” And don’t forget to access the link to raptor-related words for kids: http://www.wingmasters.net/rrwords.htm To fi nd out more, call Amy at 781-231-4168 or stop by the Saugus Public Library at 295 Central St. in Saugus. Calling all Saugus servicemen and women The Town of Saugus, along with the Saugus Veterans Council and the American Legion Post, extends an invitation to all local servicemen and women to join us at the Memorial Day Parade on May 28, 2022. Please contact the Board of Selectmen’s Offi ce at 298 Central St., Saugus, Mass. or email the Board at jjarosz@ saugus-ma.gov for further information. Come march with town offi cials, residents, students and fellow soldiers to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom. The parade — which is scheduled to get underway at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28 (Memorial Day will be celebrated on Monday, May 30, the designated holiday) — will be “historical” this year, according to Saugus Veterans Council Commander Stephen L. Castinetti. Billie June “BJ” Farrell, the 77th Commanding Officer of the USS Constitution — and the fi rst woman offi cer in charge during the ship’s 224year history — has accepted an invitation to be the grand marshal of this year’s Annual Memorial Day Parade and keynote speaker for the town’s Memorial Day Ceremony. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that you cannot miss!” said Castinetti, a retired U.S. Navy captain. “It’s historical because Commander Farrell became the fi rst female Commanding Offi cer of this great ship in 224 years. Come out and welcome Commander Farrell to Massachusetts and, more importantly to Saugus!! Meet the new Commanding Officer of the USS Constitution, Old Ironsides, on May 28,” he said. Find out if you have any Revolutionary War relatives There could be a Patriot among us! Have you ever wondered if there was an ancestor who was a Patriot in your family tree? The Parson Roby Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), is hosting a Genealogy Workshop for prospective members and the public to explore your family tree and perhaps fi nd that Revolutionary War hero in your family. The event will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MEG Building (54 Essex St., Saugus). DAR members will be offering helpful tips and assistance to you in your search for family members that may have contributed to service or aid during the American Revolution. Experienced genealogists and researchers will also be on hand to guide you with your search. Plan to drop in and let them help you fi nd that long lost Patriot relative! The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is the largest women’s service organization in our country! For further information please contact Regent Charlotte Line at linesat33@gmail. com A Salute to Saugus High baseball seniors This in from Julie Cicolini: “Saugus High School Baseball Team will be celebrating their 2022 Seniors on Friday May 27th. “We are inviting the local newspapers to cover the pre game festivities in addition to the game against Everett at World Series Park. “Senior events begin at 3:30 “Game begins at 4:00 “We hope you can make it and spotlight the Seniors from Saugus High School.” Want to help make a better Library? The Saugus Board of Selectmen is accepting applications for appointments to the Saugus Library Board of Trustees. This is a volunteer/nonpaid position for Saugus residents. Those interested may submit a letter of interest/resume no later than June 1 to the Saugus Board of Selectmen, Saugus Town Hall, 298 Central St., Suite 4, Saugus, MA 01906. Interested in town zoning matters? The Saugus Board of Selectmen is accepting applications for appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Saugus. This is a volunteer/nonpaid position for Saugus residents. Those interested may submit letter of interest/resume no later than today (May 13) to the Saugus Board of Selectmen, Saugus Town Hall, 298 Central St., Suite 4, Saugus, MA 01906. Compost site now open The community’s compost site will be open to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main St. Stickers are required to gain seasonal access to the site. Stickers may be purchased for $25.00 at the Department of Public Works (DPW) located at the Compost Site when making your visit to the Compost Site. The Town of Saugus accepts checks only for payment of the $25.00. No cash will be accepted. Kindly bring a check when visiting. Thank you! Compost site stickers must be permanently placed on the

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Page 17 lower left corner of residents’ automobile windshields. Vehicles registered out of state are not permitted. Yard waste must be disposed of in brown compost bags or open containers. The Town will accept grass clippings, leaves and brush. As in years past, no branches or limbs larger than three inches in diameter are permitted. We ask all residents to please wear a mask and maintain and respect social distancing from others while visiting the site. Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781231-4036 with questions or for more information. We have a winner! Congratulations to Sue Fleming for making the right identifi cation in last week’s “Guess Who Got Sketched” contest. She was one of several readers answering correctly. But she was the only one to have her name picked in a drawing from the green Boston Red Sox cap. Here’s the correct answer, offered by the person who goes by the name of The Sketch Artist: “The answer to last week’s sketch is the lunchtime heroes Yuzreef Yusuf and Heloysa Delima. They saved their friend from choking at lunchtime on a carrot. “Yuzreef and Heloysa and Sylaas Vieira appeared on the cover of April 15, Saugus Advocate and were interviewed by Editor Mark E. Vogler on page two ‘Lunchtime Lifesavers.’ As stated in the article, Yuzreef’s Father taught Yuzreef life saving techniques that Yuzreef put into action and saved his classmate Sylaas from choking. Heloysa Delima jumped out of her seat and went to tell the teacher. Meaghan Killion, their teacher, is proud of how her two students responded to classmate Sylass’s emergency. Yuzreef and Heloysa moved into action where some adults would just freeze. These two students are thoughtful role models leading the way; they listened, learned and responded with assimilated education put to action! “Thank you 3rd grade stars! “Yours Truly “The Sketch Artist” A course in “Critical Thinking for Saugus Seniors” The Saugus Senior Center is pleased to announce a new program offering: “Critical Thinking for Saugus Seniors,” which is scheduled to begin next month. It is well established that engagement in thought and discussion helps promote and maintain good cognitive health. Modern brain research helps prove that engaging in critical thinking skills that include synthesis, analysis, evaluation and judgment can stimulate the brain in a positive way. These cognitive skills will be applied to historical events, literary works and civic dialogue. The fi rst program event will take place on May 19 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. It will consist of a showing of the twohour historical fi lm “Triumph of the Will,” produced by Leni Riefenstahl, who was commissioned by Adolf Hitler. After viewing the film, participants will break into teams of four to defend a position, assigned at random, that the fi lm is either propaganda or documentary. Each team will then report their reasoning with supporting evidence to the larger group. Further discussion will take place about contemporary media and the impact of how individuals or events are portrayed. This program will be presented by retired educator Peter Manoogian, who has previously led teams of educators in similar activities at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s “Writing, Reading and Civic Education” summer program. “Critical Thinking for Saugus Seniors” will be limited to 12 participants per event. But, if there is enough interest among senior citizens, one or more additional classes could be scheduled. To register for the class (admission will be granted to the fi rst 12 seniors to apply), please call (781-231-4178) or drop by the center at 466 Central St., Saugus. A “Shout-Out” to the cast of “Mamma Mia!” Erin Davalos nominated the Saugus High School Drama Club for a bunch of “ShoutOuts” this week for the young actors’ efforts to overcome adversity during the Easter Weekend performances of “Mamma Mia!”: “The female lead had to be replaced a week before the show. The male lead had to be replaced on the day of the fi nal performance. And other twists and turns along the way. And they still put out an amazing performance!” “Mamma Mia!” is a very popular musical romantic comedy, originally produced in London by Judy Craymer and based on the book by Catherine Johnson. 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. Become a part of the Community Garden The Rev. John Beach of St. John’s Episcopal Church continues to search for a few good men, women and children who would like to join a noble cause — the second year of the church-sponsored community garden. “We are inviting all interested persons to join us in producing vegetables for those who are suff ering from food insecurity in Saugus,” Rev. Beach wrote in a recent letter to the community. Rev. Beach is looking for a variety of help, as the garden approaches planting time for its second year: • If you are able to grow a few seedlings in your home, we would like to bring the seeds, soil, pots, and instructions in the next few weeks. • We would like to invite any who are available to help for an hour to help us prepare the garden on Friday, May 13th and/or Saturday May 14th between 9 a.m. and noon. • Assist in the planting of crops on Friday May 27th and/or Saturday May 28th sometime between 9 and noon. We will be having a brief service of the blessing of the ground on the Friday. • Assist for an hour a week in the tending of the crops (weeding and watering) over the course of the summer. • Assist in the harvesting of the crops in September and delivering them to the Saugus Food Pantry “If you are able to assist, or if you are interested in contributing to the garden, please let me know. I am looking forward to working with you,” Rev. Beach said. He can be reached by phone (774-961-9881) or email (revjbeach@gmail.com). Saugus Kindergarten Registration underway Kindergarten registration for students entering the Saugus Public Schools in the fall of 2022 opened this month. Registration packets may be picked up at the Main Offi ce of the Veterans Early Learning Center (VELC) at 39 Hurd Ave. in Saugus Monday through Friday during school hours. The GUESS WHO GOT SKETCHED! If you know the right answer, you might win the contest. In this week’s edition, we continue our weekly feature where a local artist sketches people, places and things in Saugus. Got an idea who was sketched this week? If you do, please email me at mvoge@comcast.net or leave a phone message at 978683-7773. Anyone who between now and Tuesday at noon identifi es the Saugonian sketched in this week’s paper qualifi es to have their name put in a green Boston Red Sox hat with a chance to be selected as the winner of a $10 gift certifi cate, compliments of Dunkin’ in the Food Court at the Saugus Square One Mall. But you have to enter to win! Look for the winner and identifi cation in next week’s “The Sounds of Saugus.” Please leave your mailing address in case you are a winner. (Courtesy illustration to The Saugus Advocate by a Saugonian who goes by the name of “The Sketch Artist”) packet will also be available on the Saugus Public Schools’ website, https://www.saugus. k12.ma.us/. Completed forms and required documentation may be returned to the VELC Main Offi ce starting Monday, May 16. Packet drop-off hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; kindergarten screening appointments will be scheduled at this time. Screenings will take place on Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9 and will last about 20 minutes. There is no deadline for registration; however, the district asks families to return the forms by May 20 in order for them to schedule screenings and plan for staffi ng and programming in the fall. Saugus moved to a free, allday kindergarten model for the 2021-22 school year to better prepare students academically, socially and emotionally. A half-day option is not available. “Free, all-day kindergarten levels the playing field and gives Saugus children all of the building blocks they need from day one,” said School Committee Member Ryan Fisher. Students must be fi ve years old by Aug. 31, 2022, in order to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2022; there are no exceptions. For more information, please contact the Veterans Early Learning Center at 781-231-8166. Buy a brick to honor a Saugus veteran The Saugus War Monument Committee once 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 THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 18 —Contest— SKETCH OF THE WEEK

THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 17 Page 18 a loved one, or just for someone from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4″ X 8″ brick (three lines) and $200 for 8″ X 8″ brick (fi ve 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. 15 to ensure the bricks will be ready for Veterans Day. Please contact Corinne Riley 781-231-7995 for more information and applications. SHS Class of ’62 plans 60th reunion Leaders of the Saugus High School Class of 1962 would like you to “SAVE THE DATE.” Their 60th Class Reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Prince Pizzeria in Saugus. They are reaching out to contact fellow classmates as well as other alumni who would like to join them. The well-known 50’s and 60’s music group of Howie Conley will be there for musical enjoyment. Those of you who have THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 heard them know what a performance they put on. There will be pizza and salad combinations plus soft drinks. The price includes all you can eat, tax and gratuities — plus Howie Conley’s group — and is $29 per person. There is a bar available for wine, beer and mixed drinks. There is no need to purchase tickets at this time. Please let one of the following people know of your interest either by a phone call or a text message so that you can be easily reached when the time draws near. No commitment is necessary. They are just exploring the number of interested classmates. • Donna “Cann” Olivera — 781-987-4308 • Jonni “Giantonio” Matrona — 781-439-4200 • Janice “Cristiano” Pomeroy — 617-512-2097 • Larry Seavers — 704-9062606 Food pantry seeking driver volunteers The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry seeks volunteers to make food and bread pickups on Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Anyone who has the time and interest to help out should contact Jeff Hirtle at 781-922-0661. The food pantry operates out of the basement at Cliftondale Congregational Church at 50 Essex St. in Saugus. Friday morning Legion Hall breakfasts Here’s some great news for people who enjoy their Friday morning breakfasts at the Saugus American Legion Cpl Scott J. Procopio Post 210. Legion Hall, which is located at 44 Taylor St., will continue its Friday breakfasts through the last Friday in May of 2022. The buff et breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. for a donation of $7. Bon app?tit! And good luck to the Kitchen Crew. Looking for book donations The New Friends of the Saugus Public Library are asking for donations of gently used adult hardcover and softcover fi ction for the ongoing book sale in the Community Room. They would also appreciate donations of gently used children’s books. Please limit donations at this time to only fi ction and children’s books; they do not have storage space for other genres or media. Please... clean and newer books only. No tattered pages, bad odors, stains or dirty covers! Books may be dropped off at the Main Circulation Desk during business hours. Please do not place donations in the outdoor book drops. Want to be a Knight? The Knights of Columbus is looking for new members to join. If you are interested in becoming a member of this local organization, please call 781233-9858. Healthy StudentsHealthy Saugus (Editor’s Note: The following info is from an announcement submitted by Julie Cicolini, a member of the Board of Directors for Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus.) Who we are: Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2) is a nonprofi t group of volunteers who are helping to off - set food insecurity in households. HS2 provides students/ families who enroll in the program a supply of nutritious food for when school lunches and breakfasts are unavailable to them on weekends. How HS2 can help you: HS2 bags are distributed at school on Fridays to take home. Bags include such items as peanut butter, jelly, a loaf of bread, canned meals/soups/tuna/ vegetables, pasta/sauce, fruit cups, cereal, oatmeal, goldfi sh, pretzels and granola bars. To sign up go here to complete online form: https://forms.gle/ gmMGguycSHBdziuE9 Want to partner with us: HS2 relies on donations to create take-home bags for a weekend full of meals. All food is provided to children free of charge. It is our hope these resources will support the health, behavior and achievement of every student who participates. We would love to partner with organizations, youth groups, PTOs, businesses and individuals to assist in feeding students of Saugus. To learn more about how you can partner with us, visit the Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus Facebook page or email us at HS2Saugus@gmail.com Checks can also be sent directly to: Salem Five C/O Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus, 855-5 Broadway, Saugus,

1. Theodore Roosevelt 2. Wallpaper 3. Elephant 4. “57 Varieties” 5. Sonar 6. Charles Lindbergh 7. Mozzarella 8. Jane Swift of Massachusetts 9. The Navajo 10. Hogwarts wizarding exams 11. Sahara 12. The fi rst operable laser 13. “Dr. Strangelove” 14. School segregation 15. Crane 16. Paul McCartney 17. The Ritz-Carlton 18. 1933 19. Absent WithOut Leave 20. Lynn THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Page 19 MA 01906. Online donations can also be made at: https:// givebutter.com/HealthySaugus Food Pantry still open The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry continues to remain open on Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. despite concerns over the Coronavirus. They have made adjustments to protect their core of volunteers and the needy people who receive the food. For the protection of volunteers & clients, and to limit personal contact and crowding/gathering, the food pantry has been distributing pre-bagged groceries. Even though clients may receive items they don’t want or need, food pantry organizers feel this is the best course of action to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. Those in need, even for shortterm or one-time assistance, are encouraged to come. The food pantry is located in the basement of Cliftondale Congregational Church at 50 Essex St. in Saugus. Let’s hear it! Got an idea, passing thought or gripe you would like to share with The Saugus Advocate? I’m always interested in your feedback. It’s been six years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the week. Feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast.net. Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want to express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15- to 20-minute interview over a hot drink at a local coff ee shop. And I’ll buy the coff ee or tea. Or, if you prefer to continue practicing social distancing and be interviewed from the safety of your home on the phone or via email, I will provide that option to you as the nation recovers from the Coronavirus crisis. If it’s a nice day and the temperature is 50 degrees or better, my preferred site for a coff ee and interview would be the picnic area of the Saugus Iron Works. Savvy Seniory Senior BY JIM MILLER How Medicare Covers Alzheimer’s Disease Dear Savvy Senior, What exactly does Medicare cover when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease? My husband was recently diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s, and we would like to find out what’s covered and what isn’t. Planning Ahead Dear Planning, I’m very sorry to hear about your husband’s diagnosis, but you’ll be happy to know that most medical costs to treat benefi ciaries with Alzheimer’s disease are covered by Medicare. Unfortunately, longterm custodial care costs that most patients eventually need are not. Here’s a breakdown of what Medicare does and doesn’t cover when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, along with some tips that can help you plan ahead. Medical care: For the most part, ongoing medical care to diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease is covered by Medicare Part B, including visits to primary care doctors and specialists, lab tests, speech and occupational therapy, home health care and outpatient counseling services. Medicare pays 80 percent of these costs, and you will be responsible for the remaining 20 percent after you’ve met your annual $233 Part B deductible. Sixty days of inpatient hospital care is also covered under Medicare Part A after you pay a $1,556 deductible. Beyond 60 days, a daily coinsurance fee is added. Medications: Most Alzheimer’s medications are covered under Medicare’s Part D prescription drug gan? 10. Where would you fi nd quizzes with grades that include Outstanding, Acceptable, Poor and Dreadful? 1. On May 13, 1908, what president delivered an opening address called “Conservation as a National Duty” at the Governors’ Conference on the Conservation of Natural Resources”? 2. Play-Doh was invented to clean what interior decoration? 3. What is the largest animal that can recognize itself in a mirror? 4. On May 14, 1919, Henry John Heinz died, who had founded H.J. 5. Heinz Co. and invented what slogan that included a number? Sound Navigation Ranging is more commonly called what? 6. What pilot was Time’s fi rst Man of the Year? 7. What cheese has a variety called fi or di latte (fl ower of the milk)? 8. On May 15, 2001, what Acting Governor in New England had twin girls? 9. What Indian tribe traditionally lived in a ho11. The men of the Tuareg tribe traditionally wear indigo veils; in what desert do the Tuareg live? 12. May 16 is International Day of Light; on May 16, 1960, what synthetic ruby crystal instrument was fi rst operated? 13. What 1964 film has the subtitle “or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”? 14. On May 17, 1954, what did the U.S. Supreme Court outlaw? plans, but coverage varies so check his plan’s formulary. The only exception is Aduhelm, the controversial new drug that is estimated to cost $28,200 per year. Medicare Part B will only cover this drug if your husband is enrolled in a clinical trial. Long-term custodial care: It’s important to understand that original Medicare does not cover longterm custodial care. This includes nursing home care, the costs of assisted living facilities and adult day care. Medicare does, however, pay for some shorter-term nursing home care, but only up to 100 days following a three-day inpatient hospital stay. Hiring home help for bathing, toileting and dressing (this is known as custodial care) is not covered by Medicare either unless your husband is also receiving skilled-nursing care or physical or occupational therapy. To help with these costs, you may want to look into getting a longterm care insurance policy or shortterm care plan (see aaltci.org/stc) if possible, or if your income and assets are very limited, you may qualify for Medicaid. To investigate your fi nancial options for long-term care, go to PayingForSeniorCare.com. Hospice: In the final stages of the disease, Medicare Part A covers nearly all aspects of hospice care, including doctor services, nursing care, drugs, medical equipment and supplies, physical and occupational therapy, homemaker services, counseling and respite care. To qualify, a doctor must certify that a patient has six months or less to live. 15. Per Japanese tradition, folding 1,000 of what type of origami bird will make someone’s wish come true? 16. Which Beatle was inspired to sing about his mother, who was named Mary? 17. On May 18, 1927, what hotel that then required a dress code opened in Boston? 18. When did building of the Golden Gate Bridge start: 1899, 1912 or 1933? 19. What does AWOL mean? 20. On May 19, 1885, in what Massachusetts city did African American Jan Matzeliger begin the fi rst mass production of shoes? Other Insurance and Assistance If your husband is enrolled in original Medicare and he doesn’t have a supplemental insurance (Medigap) policy, you should consider getting him one. A Medigap plan will help pay for things that aren’t covered by Medicare like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. To search for plans in your area, go to Medicare.gov/ plan-compare and click on “Medigap policy only.” If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan (like an HMO or PPO), his plan must provide him at least the same coverage as original Medicare does. Some advantage plans may also off er additional coverage for home care services. If you can’t aff ord your Medicare out-of-pocket costs or need help with medication expenses, there are Medicare Savings Programs and the Extra Help program that provide fi nancial assistance for medications. To learn more, see Medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/gethelp-paying-costs. You can also get help through your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (see ShipHelp. org or call 877-839-2675), which provides free Medicare and longterm care counseling.. 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. ANSWERS

Page 20 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 Beacon Hill Roll Call 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 infl uence. The stories are drawn from major news organizations as well as specialized publications selected by widely acclaimed and highly experienced writers Keith Regan and Matt Murphy who introduce each article in their own clever and inimitable way. 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: www.massterlist.com. THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of May 2-6. There were no roll calls in the House last week. Technical audio problems plagued the Senate live broadcast near the end of the session. All Senate sessions are broadcast live on the Legislature’s website at www.malegislature.gov After the Senate adjourned and the online video broadcast ended, the audio could still be heard online. Sen. Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont) who presided over the Senate debate, conducted several “mic checks” and could be heard asking a technician, “It doesn’t sound like I’m underwater anymore?” All Senate roll calls were on amendments to the bill allowing undocumented/illegal immigrants to apply for a Massachusetts standard driver’s license. Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), the sponsor of several failed amendments to the bill, did not respond to repeated requests from Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on why he fi led the amendments. Sens. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) and Adam Gomez (D-Springfi eld), two key backers of the bill, did not respond to repeated requests from Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on why they opposed all of Tarr’s amendments. UNDOCUMENTED/ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CAN GET DRIVER’S LICENSE (S 2851) Senate 32-8, approved a bill allowing undocumented/illegal immigrants to apply for a Massachusetts standard driver’s license. The House has approved a diff erent version of the bill and the Senate version now goes to the House for consideration. The bills are similar and both branches approved their version by veto-proof margins. Once the two branches agree on a fi nal version, the measure goes to Gov. Charlie Baker. The legislation requires an applicant “without legal presence” in the United State to provide the RMV with a foreign passport and at least one of fi ve other documents: a driver’s license from another state, a foreign driver’s license, a birth certificate, a foreign national identification card or a marriage certificate or divorce decree from any U.S. state. “The [bill] makes our roads safer and, just as importantly, makes the lives of more than 185,000 Massachusetts immigrants without status easier by allowing them to earn a standard driver’s license,” said Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn). “In the absence of a robust regional public transportation system, it is impossible for many Massachusetts residents to get through their day without the use of a car. No one should fear detention or deportation over essential everyday tasks such as getting to work, school, doctor’s appointments and grocery stores. It is time for Massachusetts to join the 16 other states who have passed this common-sense legislation.” “It was important to me to listen to my local police chiefs, many [of whom] indicated to me that they had concerns,” said Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), one of only fi ve of the Senate’s 37 Democrats to vote against the bill. “As well-meaning as the legislation is, I do believe there will be unintended negative consequences. For one, the legislation will task the RMV with verifying documentation. You do not have to look very far to see problems the RMV continues to have, including the Brockton RMV improperly awarding 2,100 drivers licenses without a road test.” “We are a nation of immigrants, and our commonwealth continues to be profoundly and positively shaped by immigrants from all over the world,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “They deserve to be able to safely get to work and school, care for their families and participate in the lives of their communities. I am thrilled that the Senate has moved forward with this proposal which will support families, improve public safety and be good for our economy.” “State-issued drivers licenses are a primary form of identifi cation in our society and they carry real-world consequences and responsibilities,’’ said GOP Minority Leader Sen. Bruce Tarr who led the opposition to the measure. “We proposed safeguards to ensure that a privilege to drive does not, under any circumstance, become misused for any purposes including access to voting in elections or anything else that could put the public at risk. The 9/11 Commission said that all layers of government should secure state-issued identifi cation documents describing it as a national security and law enforcement imperative to combat identity fraud and illegal immigration.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it). Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes MUST HAVE DISTINGUISHING FEATURES (S 2851) Senate 8-31, rejected an amendment that would require the license to have a background color and other features which will distinguish it from all other licenses issued by the RMV. “[This] would have helped address issues raised by a number of local police chiefs in the district I represent who I consulted with prior to yesterday’s vote,” said Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton). “Based on the input I received, the possible corruption of our state licensing process was fl agged as a signifi cant concern.” Amendment opponents said law enforcement officers do not need a distinctive license to identify a driver. They said the amendment could create an opportunity for stigma and allow someone to discriminate against its holder. (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment. A “No” vote is against it). Sen. Brendan Crighton No NOT VALID FOR ID (S 2851) Senate 7-32, rejected an amendment that would require that the license include the words “Not valid for identifi cation” prominently in bold text.” Amendment supporters said that the license is meant to operate a motor vehicle and it should be made clear that it is not valid for identifi - cation purposes. Amendment opponents said the amendment is unnecessary and will only lead to and open up opportunities to discriminate. (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment. A “No” vote is against it). Sen. Brendan Crighton No REQUIRE RMV TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO CITY AND TOWN CLERKS (S 2851) Senate 10-29, rejected an amendment that would require the RMV to provide information on the holder of a Massachusetts driver’s license to any city or town clerk requesting information to verify the identity and eligibility of any individual using a Massachusetts license to vote or to register to vote. Amendment supporters said this would ensure that anyone who receives a Massachusetts license who is not eligible to vote is not accidentally registered to vote. “The bill does very little to prevent the issue of an undocumented citizen using their driver’s license to register to vote,” said Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton). “This poses a challenge to the integrity of the process to register to vote, because city and town clerks will not be able to determine whether or not an individual is eligible to register. My amendment would add strength to the security of this process by ensuring that Massachusetts is in compliance with the law that enables U.S. citizens to vote.” Amendment opponents said getting a driver’s license has nothing to do with a person’s ability to vote. They noted there are many non-citizens, such as green card recipients, who have earned a license but are not eligible to vote. (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment. A “No” vote is against it). Sen. Brendan Crighton No PROMISE NOT TO USE LICENSE TO REGISTER TO VOTE OR FOR ID (S 2851) Senate 7-31, rejected an amendment to a section of the bill that requires the applicant to attest, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that their license to operate has not been suspended or revoked in another state or country. The amendment would also require the applicant to attest that he or she will not use his or her license for the purpose of registering to vote, voting or for identifi - cation. Amendment supporters said this is simply another safeguard to ensure that the license will not be misused with the intent to vote illegally. Amendment opponents said there are suffi cient safeguards in the bill to ensure there will not be improper use of this license. (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment. A “No” vote is against it). Sen. Brendan Crighton No 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 latenight sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of May 2-6, the House met for a total of 45 minutes and the Senate met for a total of fi ve hours and 32 minutes. Mon. May 2 House 11:01 a.m. to 11:21 a.m. Senate 11:08 a.m. to 11:11 a.m. Tues. May 3 No House session No Senate session Wed. May 4 No House session No Senate session Thurs. May 5 House 11:02 a.m. to 11:27 a.m. Senate 11:12 a.m. to 4:41 p.m. Fri. May 6 No 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.

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Page 24 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 ............. # 1       “Experience and knowledge Provide the Best Service”        View our website from your mobile phone! 335 Central St., Saugus, MA 781-233-7300 SAUGUS - 1st AD 10 Room Split Entry Ranch offers 3-4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, 2 fireplaces, master with half bath, hardwood flooring, deck, finished lower level with second kitchen, inground pool, cul-de-sac ......................$710,000.                                                           eat-in kit., heated front porch, walk-up attic, nicely located on side street, convenient                                SAUGUS - 1st Ad Custom 8 rm, 4 bedrm Cape, 3 ½ baths, gorgeous granite                                                                     WONDERING WHAT YOUR HOME IS WORTH? CALL US FOR A FREE OPINION OF VALUE. 781-233-1401 38 MAIN STREET38 MAIN STREET, SAUGUS, SAUGUS FOR SALEFOR SALE COMING SOONCOMING SOON LET US SHOW YOU OUR MARKETING PLAN TO GET YOU TOP DOLLAR FOR YOUR HOME! LITTLEFIELDRE.COM 624 SALEM STREET, L NNFIELD 624 SALEM STREET, LYNNFIELD UNDER CONTRACTUNDER CONTRACT COMING SOON - 4 BED, 2 BATH COLONIAL NEW ROOF GREAT LOCATION ! MALDEN $599,900 CALL KEITH 781-389-0791 FOR SALEFOR SALE FOR SALE -LOCATED WITHIN THE SOUGHT AFTER MONTROSE NEIGHBORHOOD, THIS HOME HAS BEEN TASTEFULLY DESIGNED AND IS FILLED WITH EXQUISITE FEATURES ON ALL 3 LEVELS & BOASTS THE FLEXIBILITY & AMENITIES TO TODAY’S LIFESTYLE. THE 1ST FLOOR CONSISTS OF A GENEROUS SUN FILLED KITCHEN, INCLUDING DINING AREA WHICH IS OPEN TO THE LIVING ROOM WITH WOOD STOVE. A SLIDER TO THE DECK IS READY FOR BARBECUES AND OVERLOOKS A TRANQUIL PRIVATE YARD AND CONSERVATION LAND. FORMAL FAMILY ROOM WITH CATHEDRAL CEILING, FORMAL DINING ROOM, 1/2 BATH AND LAUNDRY ROOM COMPLETE THE 1ST FLOOR. THE 2ND FLOOR OFFERS A MASTER SUITE, 2 GENEROUS SIZE BEDROOMS, FULL BATH AND A BONUS ROOM THAT CAN BE EASILY USED AS A 4TH BEDROOM. THE EXTENSIVE LOWER LEVEL IS GREAT FOR THE EXTENDED FAMILY. AMENITIES INCLUDE A 2 CAR ATTACHED GARAGE , BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPING SO MUCH MORE $1,180,000 WAKEFIELD CALL KEITH 781-389-0791 LOOKING TO BUY OR SELL? CALL JOHN DOBBYN FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS! 617-285-7117 FOR SALE - 4 FAMILY INVESTMENT PROPERTY NEAR DOWNTOWN ALL SEPARATE ENTRANCES WITH GREAT RENTAL HISTORY $1,100,000 PEABODY CALL RHONDA 781-706-0842 FOR SALE - 2 BED, 1 BATH WITH ADDITION IN DESIRABLE PARK. PEABODY $79,900 CALL ERIC 781-223-0289 FOR SALE -BRAND NEW MANUFACTURED MOBILE HOMES. FOUR CUSTOM UNITS LEFT. ALL UNITS ARE 2 BED , 1 BATH 12 X 52. DANVERS $199,900 CALL ERIC 781-223-0289 FOR SALEFOR SALE FOR SALE - 2 FAMILY WITH GREAT 4-5 BED OWNER’S UNIT, SMALLER 1 BED RENTAL UNIT, $899,900 REVERE CALL DEBBIE 617-678-9710 UNDER CONTRACTUNDER CONTRACT FOR SALE - 3 BED 2 BATH COLONIAL WITH LARGE GRANITE KITCHEN, FP LIVING RM. GREAT SETTING $619,900 SAUGUS CALL RHONDA 781-706-0842 FOR SALEFOR SALE FOR SALE - 5 ROOM END UNIT TOWNHOUSE 2 BEDROOM, 2 FULL BATH $409,900 LYNN CALL RHONDA 781-706-0842 FOR SALEFOR SALE

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