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No challengers for reelection bid In a telephone interview Wednesday night, Wong also: –Declared he would campaign as aggressively as he can – while practicing social distancing – even though he was the only candidate who pulled nomination papers and filed them with certified signatures for the Ninth Essex House District seat he has occupied for nine and a We Now Offer For Your Eating Pleasure “UBER EATS” Convenient Delivery Service Bianchi’s Pizza and Renzo’s Full Menu To Go Open for Takeout for Bianchi’s Pizza and Renzo’s Food 381 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere 781-284-5600 half years –Talked about the hardships that COVID-19 caused this spring for candidates, including himself, trying to get on the ballot for the fall state elections –Shared his concerns about how the COVID-19 crisis is adversely affecting Saugus, particularly the Route 1 business corridor Wong seeks a sixth twoyear term representing voters of the Ninth Essex House District. Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in Saugus make up the core of the district, which also includes parts of Lynn and Wakefield. The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Election Division confirmed this week that Wong will be the lone candidate on the ballot for the Sept. 1 State Primary Election. Challengers can still emerge as write-in or sticker candidates. And they could compete in the Nov. 3 state elections, which will also include the U.S. Presidential Election. TEN THOUSAND MASKS: State Representative Donald Wong, R-Saugus, center, stands in front of 10,000 surgical masks donated by Asian American PAC. Representing AAPAC are Dr. Harry Gao, left and Jacky An Xie right. (Courtesy Photos to The Saugus Advocate) But that is an unlikely scenario, given that Wong was perfect in winning his fifth term two years ago. He swept all eight precincts in his hometown, all four in Wakefield and two in Lynn.Despite facing two challengers, he won in 2018 by more than 5,200 votes – a margin that was well over twice as much as what he won by two years earlier when he faced one opponent. “I’m not going to take anything for granted,” said Wong, who named Town Meeting Member Julie Ann Mitchell of Precinct 5 as his campaign manager. “I still want to get my name out there because there are a lot of new voters in the district,” he said. He said his longtime manager Corinne Riley isn’t running his campaign this time out of concerns that there’s a potential conflict of interest since her election last fall to the Board of Selectmen. Even as a longtime incumbent, Wong said he experienced difficulty earlier in the year when he had to secure 150 voter signatures for his nomination papers. “It’s a tough time for everyone who is running to get signatures because you can’t do doorknocking,” he said. Wong used Facebook to ask potential supporters to email him if they wanted to sign his nomination papers. He would then go over to their house with the papers to get the signature. “I got 175 signatures. Once it goes over 150, they don’t count it,” Wong recalled. “Now, you only need 75 signatures to qualify,” he added. With Massachusetts still facing months of social distancing, Wong expects to make adjustments in the way he campaigns. Instead of rallies, mingling with the crowds and various campaign gatherings, Wong said, he will make more use of lawn signs, Facebook and other social media. COVID-19 priorities galore It’s a hectic schedule for Wong, who is responsible for constituents in three communities while also working with fellow legislators on a wide range of COVID-related matters that affect everyone in Massachusetts. “The main things I’m working on – people are calling about unemployment and they’re trying to find out what’s going to be opening,” Wong said. In Saugus, there’s a major concern about the Route 1 business corridor, which has been crippled by the shutdown of restaurants and bars. “We usually get over a million dollars alone from the meal tax, but…we’re not going to have that this year,” Wong said. “A lot of businesses are hurting, and many won’t be reopening. It’s pretty bad on Route 1. But it’s not just in Saugus. Look at Chinatown. They lost about 85 percent of their business,” he said. “Throughout the Commonwealth, can you imagine what it’s like for the people who got their licenses and are just starting out in the business? They bought a building but can’t pay the mortgage. Or if they rent, they can’t pay the lease. A lot of these people aren’t coming back.” Wong believes the state needs to be moving toward reopening, but on a cautious phased-in basis advocated by Gov. Charlie Baker, who is expected to provide more details of his four-part plan on WORKING | SEE PAGE 16

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Page 3 SHS Class of 2020 Valedictorian Matthew Lanney discusses a possible parade-style graduation and the legacy of the seniors who endure the COVID-19 crisis Editor’s Note: For this week’s paper, we interviewed Matthew Lanney, who was recently named Valedictorian – the topranked student in the class – at Saugus High School. In order to practice social distancing because of the COVID-19 health crisis, we interviewed Matt over the phone and via email. We asked him about college and his career plans, what he hopes will be the legacy of the Saugus High School Class of 2020, how he would like to see commencement exercises conducted and what it entails to achieve the highest academic ranking in his class. Matthew,18, is the son of two Saugus High alumni – Carolina (Class of 1992) and Jay Lanney (Class of 1991). His fi nal GPA was a 4.48, tops of 162 seniors graduating this year. He plans to attend Merrimack College in North Andover this fall, where he will pursue a degree in engineering. Among the numerous academic honors and awards, he received the President’s Scholarship, which is considered Merrimack’s most prestigious merit scholarship and is awarded to the top 30 percent of incoming students. Matt said he was motivated to pursue Valedictorian honors at the end of his junior year after winning the Harvard Book Award, which is presented annually by Harvard University to the top-ranked junior in the class during senior awards night. Last June he also received the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award from the University of Rochester, which recognizes a student below that year’s graduating class who displays an exemplary understanding of the study of science and has great potential in the fi eld of science. Matt is a member of Gerry D’Ambrosio Attorney-at-Law Is Your Estate in Order? Do you have an update Will, Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney? If Not, Please Call for a Free Consultation. OUT WITH THE OLD: Class Valedictorian Matthew Lanney had hoped to get one more glimpse of the old Saugus High School with its familiar Sachem logo on a signpost in front of the building. But the signpost had been removed when he visited the old building this week, and there were “demo” markings across the brick walls of the school that was built in 1954. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) the National Honor Society, having been inducted during his junior year. He was a member of the Saugus High School Marching Band throughout his high school career. He cites his band experience for being “an absolutely crucial part of my life since even before the 6th grade.” He adds, “I credit band to teaching me many different useful life skills.” He played on the alto saxophone from the fourth grade to his sophomore year in high school, when he switched over to baritone saxophone. He intends to continue band as an extracurricular activity when he attends Merrimack College in the fall. He received a Merrimack College Band Scholarship. Matt has also been a member of the Saugus High School Jazz Band since his freshman year. He spent his last two years as a member of the Saugus High School Percussion Ensemble. Matt was a student athlete during his first three years at Saugus High, playing freshman baseball and basketball, JV Baseball and Basketball as a sophomore and JV Basketball and JV/Varsity Baseball as a junior. He gave up interscholastic athletics in his senior year to focus on his academic studies. He maintains a busy life outside of school. He’s been a longtime member and volunteer at Blessed Sacrament (Catholic) Church. He has also been practicing Kempo Karate at Saugus Karate Kung Fu since he was four and a half. Highlights of our interview follow. Q: Congratulations on achieving the honor of Valedictorian, as the top student in your class at Saugus High School. Looking back on your four years, what is the most valuable part of your educational experience as you look ahead to college and your future? ASKS | SEE PAGE 10 14 Proctor Avenue, Revere (781) 284-5657 Law Offices of Terrence W. Kennedy 512 Broadway, Everett • Criminal Defense • Personal Injury • Medical Malpractice Tel: (617) 387-9809 Cell: (617) 308-8178 twkennedylaw@gmail.com CURBSIDE TAKEOUT Call In Your Order: 781-629-3798 Hours: Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday 2:00 p.m. - 8;00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Marina Clambake Available to Go! The Clambake includes Lobster, Steamers, Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Chowder & Salad Call Your Order In Advance: 781-629-3798 BOOK YOUR NEXT FUNCTION WITH US * GIFT CARDS www.reverealuminumwindow.com AMPLE FREE www.marinaatthewharf.com 543 North Shore Rd. Revere 781-629-3798 PARKING AMAZING WATER VIEWS

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As a sophomore at West Texas State, he was second in the nation in rushing and scoring with 22 touchdowns and 132 points. He was added to the Boston Patriots’ taxi squad and ended his football career as a semipro player. After his football career ended, Pedro worked for the Lynn School Department. Pistol Pete wasn’t large for a running back at fi ve-foot eight and 160 pounds, but through his speed and strength, he became a threat to the opponents each time he had the football. His trip to Colorado was his fi rst time away from the area; he had never fl own before. In the early 1960s segregation was still rampant in much of the nation, especially in the southern states. Pedro was among the fi rst group of black players to appear for West Texas State. Ollie Ross and Bobby Drake were also brought aboard to strengthen the team that is now named University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Coach Joe Kerbel was a forThank you to all the first responders, healthcare workers, and all other essential workers who are working hard to keep our community safe and healthy. RIGHT BY YOU mer Marine sergeant in World War II and a brilliant off ensive mind who was as tough to his players as he was to his Marine troops. The Buffs were fearful of the coach, a big, physical man and a bombastic personality. Coach Kerbel wore silk boxer shorts to the practice fi eld each day, and Pedro, who was always looking to keep a comical persona in the locker room, decided one day to wear shorts like the coach, a pair of blue silk shorts. The players howled as Pete strutted around in his shorts, but the players feared that the coach would commit murder when he saw the hilarity. When he entered, coach Kerbel just smiled and said, “Let’s go” and onto the field they went. A teammate, Charlie Davis, said that the coach looked on Pedro as a favorite son. Corky Dawson, a white quarterback from Borger, Texas, and Pedro, a black Puerto Rican from Lynn, Massachusetts, got along fi ne, as did the rest of the team. Racial distinctions meant very little when a superior player could bring the team to winning football games. Coach Kerbel could care less about the color of the skin of his players, so he selected Pedro from Trinidad Junior College in Colorado. Pedro exploded into college 419 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149 • 617-387-1110 771 Salem St, Lynnfield, MA 01940 • 781-776-4444 www.everettbank.com Member FDIC Member DIF football in 1961 when Sports Illustrated did a story on Pete’s accomplishments. West Texas was playing New Mexico State, who had the leading rusher in the land, Preacher Pilot. Pedro was right behind him in statistics and Pedro scored a record six touchdowns, gained 236 yards rushing and was named the Associated Press national back of the week. Pedro became a third-team All-American as a sophomore, as he led the nation in scoring and was second in rushing yardage in the college ranking. Pedro gave his white teammates nicknames, Cowboy, Snake and Calvin among othBill Stewart The Old Sachem ers. They loved to listen to Pedro talk with his Boston accent, and his teammates were able to learn a large lesson from him about racial harmony. In an early season home game in Pistol Pete’s fi rst year, 1961, the team went to a Canyon, Texas, restaurant after the contest to eat chicken-fried steaks. When the team entered the eatery, the owner told Pedro and Ross that they would have to eat in the kitchen away from the dining room, which was exclusively for whites. Dawson recalled that the team stood in the doorway until the coach arrived When Kerbel reached the restaurant and saw the situation, he told the owner “where they could stick those chickenfried steaks.” Kerbel told Coach Harris to go to a restaurant in Amarillo and purchase 60 hamburgers and fries, and the team ate back at the college. Pete married an Amarillo girl, Gloria Quintero, and they moved back to Lynn after he had fi nished his time at West Texas. Pedro was a stellar running back for the Buff s, leading the team in yardage, and was the main reason that the Buffs won the 1962 Sun Bowl over the Ohio University Bobcats. The University (UTEP) created a scholarship in the memory of the greatest back the University had, and it will be awarded to a football player each year. Back in Lynn he and Gloria raised fi ve children, sons Peter Jr. and Ricky and daughters Mimi, Kristen and Helen, and he always said his greatest achievement was in having all fi ve obtaining college degrees. 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 Page 5 The Coronavirus count Confi rmed Saugus COVID-19 cases increase to 432; town receives news of fi ve more virus-related deaths By Mark E. Vogler lease. “Due to the fact that T here were 41 new cases of Saugus residents testing positive for COVID-19 over the past week, bringing the total of confi rmed cases to 432 – about an 11 percent increase, according to new data released late Wednesday afternoon by the state Department of Public Health (DPH). Meanwhile, the DPH notifi ed the town that its death total from the virus had risen to 23 – an increase of fi ve over the same period. No information was available on the Saugus residents who died from the virus. As of Wednesday, DPH officials reported 5,315 deaths statewide linked to COVID-19. Of those, 704 have been reported in Essex County. Cases cited at two local nursing homes As of Wednesday night, there were 80,497 confi rmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 11,703 in Essex County. The Chestnut Woods Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, a Saugus nursing home licensed for 88 beds, had more than 30 cases of residents and staff testing positive for the virus, according to the DPH website. There were more than 30 cases of residents and staff testing positive for COVID-19 at the Saugus Center nursing home, which is licensed for 90 beds. The Rubin Home Assisted Living facility had less than 10 cases of residents and staff testing positive for the Coronavirus, according to the state website. The DPH has been releasing numbers of COVID-19 cases for all 351 municipalities, broken down by city and town, every Wednesday. The agency on its website will post the number of cases of people testing positive for the Coronavirus, and the number of cases per 100,000. The 432 cases reported for Saugus averages out to a rate of 1,519.77 per 100,000 – which is above the state average of 1,155.44 per 100,000, according to the data released Wednesday. But offi cials believe the numbers for most communities are substantially underreported because of the lack of aggressive testing for the virus. “The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus,” the town advised in a press rethey are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the state continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance. “The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts. “Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples [sic] of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth.” This is the eighth consecutive week since the fi rst case of the deadly virus was reported in Saugus on March 19, that the number of town residents testing positive for the killer virus has increased signifi cantly. How Saugus compares to neighboring communities As of press time yesterday, town offi cials were unaware of any additional deaths of Saugus residents infected with the virus since the four deaths reported earlier in the week. Meanwhile, town residents are able to compare the number of COVID-19 cases confi rmed in Saugus to those in neighboring cities and towns as well as communities of similar size by going to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at https:// www.mass.gov/info-details/ covid-19-response-reporting – then click on COVID-19 cases by city/town. Here’s how nine other area communities compare to Saugus: Lynn: 2,834 cases, 2,808.63 per 100,000. Revere: 1,403 cases, 2,303.16 per 100,000. Everett: 1,366 cases, 2,814.38 per 100,000. Malden: 986 cases, 1,455.27 per 100,000. Pe abody : 809 case s , 1,450.71 per 100,000. Saugus: 432 cases , 1,519.77 per 100,000. Wakefi eld: 257 cases, 951.68 per 100,000. Melrose: 206 cases, 712.26 per 100,000. Reading: 247 cases, 898.71 per 100,000. Lynnfi eld: 80 cases, 686.75 per 100,000. Statewide totals: 80,497 cases, 1,155.44 per 100,000. (Data compiled by Massachusetts DPH and made public as of May 13, 2020, count and rate [per 100,000] of confi rmed COVID-10 Cases in Massachusetts by city/ town, January 1, 2020–May 13, 2020.) On its website, the DPH noted that the rate specifying the number of cases per 100,000 “provides a standardized way to compare the burden of disease in cities and towns regardless of the size of their population.” The DPH stressed “these are reported cases only.” Town of Saugus U pdate “Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by: “• Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds “• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth “• Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others “• Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons “• Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others “Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs. We are her [sic] for you. 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 Page 7 Second Best at Essex Tech Saugus’s Julia Harrington achieves Salutatorian honors among 340 seniors graduating in August (Editor’s Note: The following story is based on a press release issued this week by Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School.) Julia Harrington recalled being apprehensive when she first arrived at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School. “I had no idea what to expect coming into the school, and, knowing very few people, was worried that it would be easy to be isolated, with students from all different towns separated into shops, and a new community that was still developing its culture,” Harrington said. “What I found was quite the opposite, and I’ve branched out more than I would have ever expected. It’s been satisfying to watch the school grow as I grow relationships with the people I’ve met in it, and I’m happy with that.” Harrington wound up thriving in the educational environment at Essex Tech, the agricultural and technical high school located in the Hathorne section of Danvers. She excelled in the classroom, finishing with Salutatorian honors – second in her graduating class of 340 AN HONORARY SPEAKER: Julia Harrington, of Saugus, will have a chance to address her fellow graduates in the Essex Tech commencement exercises, which are set for August 1. She received that invitation as a result of being named Salutatorian for the school’s Class of 2020. (Photo Courtesy by Essex Tech to The Saugus Advocate) seniors. Harrington’s academic grades were second only to Charlotte McDonald, of Salem, who was named the Valedictorian of the Class of 2020. Both students are in the Equine Science program at Essex Tech. “Congratulations to the Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian – they have both demonstrated that they are hardworking, brilliant, capaANCESTORS | from page 6 of these graves, it will make researching deceased family members exponentially easier,” Finnie said. “It allows for relatives in different areas, or even states, a way to search online for the graves and locations of deceased family members,” he said. Social distancing in the cemetery Clearly, Finnie’s first Eagle Scout project wasn’t COVID19-compatible. Not when the Senior Center was forced to close because of Gov. Charlie Baker’s orders. And once the lockdown came, he needed an alternative project that would not endanger the health and safety of others. 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Both the valedictorian and salutatorian will be given the opportunity to give a speech to their peers when Essex Tech holds its graduation event, which is scheduled to take place Aug. 1 with a rain date of Aug. 2. Further information will be provided on the ceremony as it becomes available. Harrington headed to UMass-Lowell Harrington is a member of Essex Tech’s horse judging team for the Future Farmers of America (FFA), as well as of the school’s National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) and National Honor Society (NHS). She joined the school Chorus and Drama Clubs earlier this year and plays the guitar and enjoys hiking. Harrington plans to attend UMass Lowell in the had to get creative with how to lead this project,” Finnie said. Troop 62, like other groups and organizations, can’t have its typical meetings because they would violate social distancing rules. The group of two dozen volunteers expected to be working on the project tomorrow and Sunday in the two town cemeteries can’t be working at the same time. “I am not able to have the usual group gathered for instruction,” Finnie fall, and she will be a part of the Honors College as she studies psychology. The Valedictorian McDonald will attend UMass Amherst and be a part of the Honors College as she studies prelaw. She is a member of the school’s NHS and NTHS and is involved in student mentoring. During her high school career, she also took part in the Essex Tech Art Club and GSA, and she was a member of the school’s horse judging team for FFA and of the literary magazine. She also works as a bank teller and, in her spare time, draws and paints at the Acorn Gallery School of Art in Marblehead. “When I first came to Essex Tech, I was a transfer student who arrived three weeks late into freshman year,” McDonald said. “I was petrified everyone had already found their friends and I would feel out of place. However, I was quickly proven wrong as the students and teachers welcomed me with open arms and made me feel at home right away. This accepting atmosphere has only gotten stronger throughout the four years and has led to the creation of some of the said. “In place of one large group gathered at the cemetery for training and instruction, I have scheduled a Zoom online video meeting and put together a presentation to instruct everyone on what needs to be done and how to best accomplish this,” he said. “To get volunteers, it was suggested to me by one of my Scout leaders to use a website that I can use to email an electronic signup sheet, and track who has strongest relationships I have ever had.” Commendations from faculty and staff McDonald and Harrington received high praise from faculty and staff at Essex Tech. “Charlotte and Julia were some of the hardest working young ladies to come through our program,” said Linda Corson, an equine science teacher. “They each have bright futures ahead of them, and it has been a pleasure to be their teacher.” “We feel truly fortunate to have spent time working with young women with such enormous hearts and compassionate souls,” said Clarice Menesale, an equine science teacher. “We’ll miss them dearly in the equine science program.” “They were kind, considerate, dedicated and professional every moment of their journey with us,” said Vanessa Wilde, an equine science teacher. “Their killer senses of humor brightened everyone’s days, including the horses.” “They are both extremely hardworking and amazing young women who are dedicated to their education and will go very far in life,” said Guidance Counselor Casey O’Donnell. signed up for what time slot.” For the days of the project, Finnie decided to set up a schedule of two-hour time slots, with 30 minutes in between each slot to minimize larger groups gathering. When the volunteers get to the cemetery for the time slot that they have signed up for, he plans to give them a laminated map of the cemetery that he broke down into numbered sections. Each volANCESTORS | SEE PAGE 9 Spring!

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 Baker-Polito Admin. announces fourphase plan to reopen state’s economy T he Baker-Polito Administration recently announced a four-phase approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and it published Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards that will apply across all sectors and industries once reopening begins. The goal of the phased reopening, which is based on public health guidance, is to methodically allow certain businesses, services and activities to resume, while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases. Phase 1 will be “Start’: Limited industries resume operations with severe restrictions. Phase 2 will be “Cautious”: Additional industries resume operations with restrictions and capacity limits. Phase 3 will be “Vigilant”: Additional industries resume operations with guidance. Phase 4 will be the “New Normal”: Development This week on Saugus TV Monday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Board of Selectmen Meeting from May 11. Tuesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. on Channel 8 – Cliftondale Congregational Church Service from May 17. Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Board of Health Meeting from May 14. Thursday, May 21 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Board of Selectmen Meeting from May 19. Friday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 22 – Superintendent’s Special Report from May 21. Saugus TV can be seen on Comcast Channels 8, 9, & 22. For complete schedules, please visit www.saugustv.org. ***programming may change without notice*** of vaccine and/or therapy enables resumption of new normal. Businesses and activities that provided “COVID-19 Essential Services,” per Governor Charlie Baker’s March 23 order, will continue to operate. Certain businesses and activities with a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission will open in earlier phases. Decisions and timing will be influenced by public health metrics for when the first phase of reopening begins, as well as when it is safe to move into concurrent phases. Additionally, the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the COVID-19 Command Center, in consultation with the Reopening Advisory Board and based on feedback from industry, labor and community coalitions, has developed Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission as employees and customers begin to return to workplaces during the first phase of reopening. These Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards are applicable to all sectors and industries that will be open in Phase 1 and create new workplace requirements for social distancing, hygiene, staffing and operations and cleaning. These standards are being released to give workplaces time to plan and prepare for reopening. Social distancing • All persons, including employees, customers and vendors, should remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside workplaces • Establish protocols to ensure that employees can practice adequate social distancing • Provide signage for safe social distancing • Require face coverings or masks for all employees Hygiene • Provide handwashing capabilities throughout the workplace • Ensure frequent handwashing by employees and adequate supplies to do so • Provide regular sanitization of high-touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs and restrooms, throughout work site • Provide training for employees regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols • Employees who are displaying COVID19-like symptoms do not report to work • Establish a plan for employees getting ill from COVID-19 at work, and a return-towork plan Cleaning and disinfecting • Establish and maintain cleaning protocols specific to the business • When an active employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, cleaning and disinfecting must be performed • Disinfection of all common surfaces must take place at intervals appropriate to said workplace In addition to these Mandatory Standards which apply to all workplaces, the Reopening Advisory Board is developing Sector Specific Safety Protocols and Best Practices that will detail how particular industries should operate after reopening. The Reopening Advisory Board is scheduled to provide its full report to the governor on Monday, May 18. WE WORK FOR YOU! * Have your car repaired by Real Manufacturer Certiified Technicians * An I-CAR GOLD CLASS SHOP Highest Certificate in the Repair Industry * Premier Insurance Co. Collision Repair Shop for Geico, Liberty Mutual, Metlife, Progressive and more! * Over 30 Years of putting families back on the Road Safe & Fast! * ATLAS Stands Behind All Repairs with a Limited Lifetime Warranty 1605 North Shore Road, Revere * 781-284-1200 Visit us at: www.AtlasAutobody.com or call (781) 284-1200 to schedule your appointment today!

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 ~ Letter to the Editor ~ Page 9 Saugus Lions Club Still Roars Dear Editor: While we are still in the COVID-19 lockdown, The Saugus Lions are still roaring. The Lions have been meeting thru Zoom video conferencing brainstorming ideas to raise money because our fundraising events and community gatherings have been suspended. We have come up with some awesome ideas to continue to serve giving back to our community and to our signature charities involved with eye research and visual aids. While this is not policy yet, stay tuned. One of our rollouts will be an entertaining and aggressive social interaction keeping you informed and brings us into the 21st century! Stay tuned! Saugus Lions are proud to give back to our community so we would like to share with you, the public, on another eye advance in eye research. This is for those that need a ANCESTORS | from page 7 unteer will be assigned a section to complete. “I will also be asking the volunteers to check in with me before they leave so that I am able to find out how many headstones they had completed, and if there were any that they were not able to photograph, or read,” Finnie said. “There are roughly 5,000 headstones in Riverside Cemetery; my plan is to, hopefully, document as many headstones as possible over the course of this upcoming weekend, but I will extend the project into the upcoming week if I need to.” He planned to contact the Saugus Police Department this week to brief them about the project and the hours the volunteers will be working in case police receive phone calls from citizens or family members observing people milling around the cemetery taking photos. “My dad and I actually went down to the cemetery to familiarize ourselves with it so that we would be able to instruct the volunteers, cornea replacement – the cover in front of your eyes that refracts light and is responsible for a majority of seeing power. When damaged, sight becomes distorted, excessive tearing and redness make it painful and there could be a sensitivity to light. The cornea can be replaced right now but it involves a procedure similar to a dental crown. It needs to be fitted, made and then adhered to your eye. and to be able to answer any questions that may come up,” he said. “The cataloging process doesn’t take very long, so once each volunteer has done a few, the process is only about 30-45 seconds for each headstone. I am hoping to have both cemeteries documented collectively in 16 hours. Right now I have roughly 15-20 volunteers signed up to help both on Saturday and Sunday.” After the pictures are uploaded to the website, the information will be available within three to four days on the BillionGraves.com webIn an article from Bloomberg Magazine, the company – WR Gore – a company that’s responsible for water repellents and fireproofing garments stepped in using their current knowledge to go outside the box. In short, they are inventing a “Gore-Tex” eye. It is a cornea replacement that can be done right in an office visit by making cornea “on the spot”. The flexibility of their material will adhere to the eye almost immediately. It is schedsite, according to Finnie. The app/web site transcribes the info from the photos. But some of the more difficult to read stones will need to be manually transcribed when the picture is taken, he said. On the road to Eagle Finnie currently holds the rank of Life Scout. He was recently nominated with five other scouts from Troop 62 to join the Order of the Arrow lodge. He has earned the following Merit Badges for his Eagle Scout Badge: First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in uled for testing the fall of 2020 hoping for a prototype procedure upon successful testing. We hope this article breaks the monotony of all this COVID talk, So, Watch out, the Lions will be roaring loudly soon! Meanwhile, here’s a groaner. A karate expert joins the army. When he saluted – he knocked himself out! (Henny Youngman) God Bless and stay safe and healthy. Anthony Speziale Saugus Lions Club the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking, Personal Fitness, Swimming, Camping, Family Life, Indian Lore, Fingerprinting, Wilderness Survival, Photography, Scout Heritage, Welding, Public Speaking, Chess, Life Saving, Kayaking and Fire Safety. “I’ve been a part of scouting since I was a Bear in Cub Scouts in the Second Grade,” Finnie said. In addition to earning 21 Merit Badges, candidates for Eagle Scout must also complete a Public Service project.

Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 Saugus gardens in the pandemic Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener T hese three trees can be seen in abundance in every neighborhood in Saugus. Two are Rose family members like the early flowering cherries, pears and plums, but the third, flowering dogwood, is unrelated to the trees we were seeing earlier in the spring. All three species are in demand because of their showy flowers but also their modest size – they can even be used as street trees because major branches do not usually interfere with power lines. Pop quiz: What color are the flowers of the dogwood? If you said pink or white, you are not quite right!! The true flowers are tiny, yellow, and occur in clusters surrounded by four modified leaves, called bracts, which may be pink or white and which unfold just before the flowers open, and which fall once the flowers fade. At that point the green leaves which will last all summer are beginning to open up. When fall arrives, there will be clusters of tiny oval berries if the flowers were pollinated, and birds will flock to eat them, and the green leaves will turn bright red before falling. Flowering dogwood is native to the east coast of the United States. It is more common in the wild farther south, but before the fungus became such a problem, I used to see them growing wild in Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, their flowers visible from the parkway in spring. Fifty years ago this was the most popular Mother’s Day tree, but a fungus disease made homeowners search for other alternatives near the end of the 20th century. There is a lovely pink flowering dogwood on the Roby School lawn, planted in memory of Ruth G. Mohr, in full bloom right now. Two others are near the back door of Town Hall. An older white one can be found in the shade in a corner of the Saugus Ironworks parking lot. Of IN FULL BLOOM: This lovely pink flowering dogwood is on display right now on the Roby School lawn. It was planted in memory of Ruth G. Mohr. (Courtesy Photos to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) all the flowering trees we have mentioned so far, the dogwood tolerates shade best. Like the earlier flowering cherries and other members of the rose family, crabapples have five petals on their flowers. The main difference between crabapples and the apples we find in the supermarket is that those bred for eating are much larger and usually sweeter. Not all crabapples are sour, but those that have become popular as ornamental trees have much smaller fruit, usually ½ inch or less, to make fall cleanup easier. Crabapple trees come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes; fruits may be yellow or red when ripe; and the flowers range from white to pale pink to deep magenta-pink. While leaves on most varieties are green, some of those with darker color flowers will have burgundy foliage. White crabapples bloom on the hillside of the Ironworks where the rangers like to stop to point out the features of landscape and archeology during tours. There are two beautifully shaped pale pink ones on the grounds of Town Hall, one near the corner of Taylor Street and one near the corner of Hamilton Street. Kwanzan cherries are the last of the ornamental Asian cherries to bloom. The flowers are double, which means they have multiples of five petals on each flower. The flowers are abundant, bubblegum pink and are in full bloom just as the copper colored leaves begin to unfold. The leaf color is very distinctive but it gradually becomes greener as it matures. The leaf color in the fall is spectacular, too, turning a bright orangey-red in October. There’s a big Kwanzan cherry behind the old Hamilton Street fire station, on the Taylor Street side of the building. The library has a line of three – two large and one that was planted a year or two ago, near its Taylor Street entrance. At Riverside Cemetery, one leans over the small office next to the Winter Street wall, and a few more are growing along Shute Brook. For many people it just isn’t spring until the lilacs bloom. Finally they are here. Lilacs are native to the Near East, but they have been very popular in New England for centuries, and they thrive in cold weather regions of the United States. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was considered good luck to plant them at the corners of your house and on both sides of the front door. Common lilacs can reach 15 feet tall, and as they produce suckers at the base, they can spread quite a bit over time. They may survive shade but they won’t bloom well unA SCENT OF THE SEASON: For many people it just isn’t spring until the lilacs bloom and emit their fragrance. And who can resist exposing at least one nostril from their face mask to enjoy this fleeting pleasure. SHADING THE GRAVES: At Riverside Cemetery, this Kwanzan cherry tree leans over the small office next to the Winter Street wall. less they are in full sun, so as trees grow up around them, they may become mostly leaves with few if any flowers. For a shrub that blooms just a few weeks in May and has no bright fall color, you might wonder why they are so popular – until you breathe in the scent. More than anything else, it is the fragrance that draws people to them and brings back memories of other springs. If no one is nearby, you might not be able to resist exposing at least one nostril from your mask to enjoy this ASKS | from page 3 A: I think the classes outside of the core classes are definitely where you are going to get the most value, because you are going to learn more about yourself and your own creativity. Q: How much time do you spend on your studies outside the classroom? A: Basically, I ended up spending about six hours on homework and studying each fleeting pleasure. Editor’s Note: Laura Eisener is a landscape design consultant who helps homeowners with landscape design and plant selection and placement of trees and shrubs, as well as perennials. She is also a member of the Saugus Garden Club and offered to write a series of articles about “what’s blooming in town, since so many people have taken to walking the streets in their neighborhoods as a way to get some exercise and get out of the house!” day. Q: What is the worst grade you have received in high school? A: The worst final grade I ever got was a 90 in chem honors my sophomore year. I never got a final grade lower than a 90 in any class during high school. Q: So, you are pretty much a straight A student. ASKS | SEE PAGE 11

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 Page 11 ASKS | from page 10 A: Yes. Q: Now that you graduated from high school, what do you want to do with your life? A: Right now, I think I just want to stay realistic. I want to go to college and get my degree, and I want to get a job in the engineering field. Then we can work on what we really want to do with our lives. My lifelong dream is to invent something new, patent it, sell it, make a fortune and retire by age 35. But right now, I’m staying realistic. Q: What makes you such an exceptional student? A: It’s not really what I think makes me exceptional. I think it’s about more that I am surrounded by a really top group of exceptional scholars and students, and that kind of keeps me going. And I want to be the best that I can be. It’s really being surrounded by my peers that are in all of the classes that I’m in – and they are all so intelligent – and that kind of competition is what really brings out the best in my abilities and pretty much everyone else’s, too. Q: And what does it feel like to achieve this honor, of being the top student in your class? A: I’ll tell you how I felt when I learned it. It felt like a giant relief because I learned that I was sitting at the top of the class ranking at the end of my junior year when I won the Harvard Book Award – once I got that award and I thought about it. Yeah, I wanted it. I decided this is what I want. It was actually a bit of relief, and a lot of pride in myself. I made a lot of people proud. Q: Do you have anybody special that you look up to? Who is your role model? A: My role model is my greatgrandfather. His name is Jerry Lanney. He passed away literally a week after I started in the sixth grade. I was 11. That was like the first major family death I ever experienced, and it really left quite a mark on me, when I thought about who he was. He was a United States Marine during World War II, and his company was sent to go fight the Battle of Iwo Jima, and he fought the entire battle – all 54 days. He was a spotter on a boat. His job was to spot the enemy and then coordinate for the firing team who would then fire the shells at those coordinates. He watched as the Marines raised the flag. I credit him for who I am, the way I am and how focused and dedicated I am and my perseverance. He basically instilled that in me without even telling me. He ended up being the one I wanted to make proud. And I feel like I have certainly done it, and I feel like I got to keep going and I got to keep getting better. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without having him be in my life for as long as he was. You can ask anybody. I often wear U.S. Marine Corps T-shirts, hats; I have a United States Marine Corps keychain that was his. People who don’t know about him will ask, “Are you thinking about going into the Marines?” I tell them “No,” that I don’t have the guts to do that. I wear the Tshirts in honor of him to keep his legacy alive. Q: Wow. That is a pretty good hero to look up to. A: Yes. Q: What’s your favorite subject? A: My favorite subject is Physics. I absolutely loved A.P. Physics. I got a 93 in the class. I did pretty good. I also like Calculus, too. They kind of go hand in hand. Q: Besides achieving the honor of being the Valedictorian of your class, what has been the highlight of your high school career? What is your proudest accomplishment? A: The adjudication festival for the bands – you play in front of judges. You get judged, and they award you either a platinum, gold, silver or bronze plaque. We went my sophomore year. It was in Springfield, Mass. We actually didn’t have any trumpets at the time; they actually couldn’t make it that day, and we still managed to pull out the gold adjudication plaque. And that was really a proud moment…that we were able to pull that off. It was a very special moment for what I call the band family. Winning that gold plaque was the best feeling ever because everybody was so nervous on the bus ride to Springfield. It was like five in the morning and we were the first band to go. We were all really, really nervous, especially when we had to play at eight in the morning, but we were able to knock the judges socks off. They were so impressed because of our size and that we were missing our trumpets and we still managed to entertain them as much as we did. That was the moment I really got into music and decided this was going to be a part of my life. Also, on the plus side of that, after we finished playing, we got free tickets to go to Six Flags. We finished about nine o’clock and showed up at Six Flags at 10 o’clock, and we stayed there the rest of the day. That was a really good day. We were supposed to go again this year, but, unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Q: When you’re not being a student or working, how do you like to spend your time? A: I like to do a couple of difJuly or August, and it would take place at Stackpole [Field]. But it would be a socially distant graduation, almost like military-style: Each graduate would be, like, 10 feet apart from each other; there would be limited or no audience; and the graduation would be livestreamed, and everyone could watch it from home. There’s that option and there are two other options that would take place on June 5, which is supposed to be our graduation date. So, one June 5 option would LET’S DRIVE: Class of 2020 Valedictorian Matthew Lanney, says he prefers to see “a parade-style graduation” on June 5, when the graduates, their families, friends and other guests would drive through town and end at the new Saugus Middle-High School complex, where they would receive their diplomas. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate). ferent things. I’m a huge gamer type. I’ll be honest: I love to play video games on my PlayStation. I like to do my karate as well. I’ve been at Saugus Karate Kung Fu since I was four and a half, right in the town center. I’m a first degree brown belt in Kempo Karate, the belt right before black belt. From karate, I have learned respect, discipline, self-confidence and self-awareness, teamwork and perseverance. And I like to play pickup basketball games with my friends. Pickup street hockey is pretty big with us, too. Q: Let’s talk a little bit about COVID-19 and how this has impacted your senior year of high school. What will you remember five to 10 years from now? A: That we were the class that didn’t get a graduation? No, I don’t want us to be remembered that way. I think the main thing I will remember is the time I spent with my classmates when I did. And I’m going to appreciate that time a lot more than I originally would have, I think, if something like this [COVID-19] didn’t happen – if we didn’t get shut down… Q: You mean you probably would have taken time spent with classmates for granted if you didn’t get shut down. Is that fair? A: Yeah. Yeah. They’re very special people already. Now there are going to be even more special people in my life, because we are all in the same boat. I really hope that we can all get back together someday, just to kind of sit down with some good food and have a chat about what we’re doing – whether it’s a year from now or five years from now – I hope we can all come together again and all look back and really appreciate the time we spent in that old Saugus High School. Q: I guess it should be a good reunion then. A: What do you think? Do you think we are entitled to a one-year class reunion? Q: Yes. I guess, under the circumstances – usually you have to wait five years for the first one, right? A: Yes. I think we are entitled to a one-year reunion, given the circumstances. It’s really sad that I’m not going to be able to walk across that graduation stage and the promenade stage. I was really looking forward to sharing that moment with my girlfriend, Cherilyn [Chadwick]: walking across the promenade stage with her and just absolutely blowing away everybody. I was looking forward to that for a long, long time. Her mother knows a guy who has a bunch of old cars and we were going to try to get him to drive us in one of his fancy 1950’s cars. It was going to be a real big thing. Unfortunately, now we can’t do that. Q: How will graduation be observed now? What do you hear? A: They actually sent out a survey not that long ago, asking “What do you guys want for graduation?” It seems like they’re putting a lot of it into our own hands. But the options we have right now are a postponed graduation, which would be taking place, like, in be a completely virtual graduation, which probably would be all 162 of us on a zoom call. And there was this option – which is my favorite option – a parade-style graduation where we would start somewhere and end at the Middle-High School complex, and we’d probably be able to have a couple of speeches, and then they would give us our diplomas. I personally favor that option because everyone could still be there. If we went with the 10-foot-apart graduation, I wouldn’t really care for it because not all of my family could be there, if not any of my family. That’s why I prefer the parade-style: We could all get in the car; my grandparents could go in their car; I could go in mine; my parents could go in theirs. It would be able to work and still safely happen. Those are just the options. They haven’t confirmed anything yet. I think they are waiting for Gov. Baker’s address on the 18th [of May] to make a final decision on it. Q: Are you still writing a Valedictorian Address? A: Yes, I am. Q: So, you are in the process now? A: Yes, I just finished my second rough draft, and I’m waiting for my mom to come home so I can read it to her and see how she likes it and how I can edit it more. Q: What will be the message to your classmates and the community? A: It’s going to be a message about unity and togetherness, as opposed to how I got to this point and how I can give you tips to get to this point. I want to talk about current events and relate it to how we’ve unified before and we can still do it again, and then what that means for us, going on in the future. Q: A lot of people that know you probably think that school comes easy for you. Does it? Could you relax a little and still excel in the classroom? A: It depends – it depends on what class we’re talking about. If we’re talking about any Math ASKS | SEE PAGE 12

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS By Mark Vogler H ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus. A “Shout-Out” for Bill Palmerini We didn’t receive any nominations this week for “An Extra Shout Out.” So, we will defer to recommendations offered by the pride of Saugus High School at a recent School Committee meeting held through Zoom Video Conference. School Committee Chair Thomas Whittredge asked Class of 2020 Salutatorian Ronald DiBiasio which teacher – high school or any other level – had the most influence on him. “The person who comes to mind is my fifth grade teacher – Mr. Palmerini,” Saugus High’s second-ranked student answered. “One thing that stuck out was weekly that we had to recite and memorize poems. And I think that 100 percent helped influence my skills set – public speaking and memorization.” “I can vouch for that. I can vouch for that,” this year’s graduating class Valedictorian, Matthew Lanney, interjected. Whittredge asked Lanney whether he would provide the same answer if he were asked the same question. “Oh, absolutely. Undoubtedly,” Lanney replied. Sounds like a class act when you have the two top graduating seniors publicly praising a faculty member who left such a positive impression on their lives at such a young age. There were some chuckles overheard when DiBiasio mentioned Palmerini’s influence in the classroom. But during my time as editor of The Saugus Advocate, I’ve heard similar praise for the Veterans Memorial Elementary School teacher who has spent more than three decades as a Saugus educator – all of it in the fifth grade. Palmerini is homegrown. He is a lifelong town resident and 1982 Saugus High School graduate. And I was impressed a couple of years ago from what I observed during an elementary level robotics program, a class he was co-teaching with Computer Literacy teacher Jaclyn Hunter. All of the kids were engaged. From what I hear, there should be more teachers like Bill Palmerini. During this period of remote learning, I hear scuttlebutt that some folks don’t like it that he goes the extra mile for his students. That he goes way beyond what his contract calls for. Isn’t that what education is all about? Sounds like the type of teacher I looked up to when I was in high school a half a century ago. ASKS | from page 11 class before A.P. Calculus, I could probably relax and be fine. But if we’re talking about A.P. Calculus, no. There would be no slacking off in that class. I think, for the most part, school does come naturally for me, but it kind of just varies on the subject – about which ones come easier to me than others. Typically, the Science classes come very easy, the Math classes (outside of Calculus) – History classes really come easy to me, because I really love History, but English – I really did have to pay attention in English. I think that is my weakest link. When I took Spanish, Spanish came pretty easy to me. That’s because I have been around Italian my whole life and was able to pick up on it very easily. Q: English is your most difficult subject? A: Yes. I love books. I love poetry. It’s more of my essay writing skills sometimes that are not that great. If you talk to my English teacher, you’ll hear, “What are you talking about? You’re pretty good.” And I feel like I’m not very good. So, probably English is my struggle area where I really got to buckle down. But I still do well. That’s why my teachers don’t agree. Q: Is there much pressure to being the top student in your class? Or is it something you don’t think much about? A: Oh, there’s a lot of pressure. I thought about it constantly, constantly, mostly during this year. Before this year, there wasn’t much. It all intensified during Senior Awards Night last year when basically the top three of the Class of 2020 were announced. That is when it got real, if you know what I mean. At that point, the pressure started getting into high gear. Q: After two months of virtual classrooms and other distractions because of the Coronavirus, how do you stay focused? A: I know I don’t really want IN WITH THE NEW: Had there not been an outbreak of COVID-19, Matthew Lanney and the other graduating students from the Saugus High Class of 2020 would have moved into the High School wing of this new Saugus Middle-High School that was ready for occupancy after April vacation. But this year’s Valedictorian and his classmates spent their final months of school doing their classwork at home. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) to do this [schoolwork] now because I’m in my home, but I got to say to myself, “Look, I want completion. I want a grade. I want to graduate.” Just by knowing that if I put in the effort, I’m going to get a grade – that kind of keeps me focused. To be honest with you – once we closed down – you wonder, “What’s the point?” My year was over. All the grades IT LOOKS WORSE THAN IT WAS: Here’s a rollover crash with a happy ending. The driver of this car suffered no injuries despite knocking down a light pole near 21 Hammersmith Drive shortly before 2 p.m. on May 7. The driver was entrapped in the vehicle.. The driver apparently lost control of the car momentarily and overcorrected, hitting the curb and light pole, causing the airbags to deploy, according to police and fire reports. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate by Michael Layhe). 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 the mention in the subject line of “An Extra Shout Out.” No more than a paragraph; anything longer might lend itself to a story and/or photo. A virtual Memorial Day Observance It’s not too early for folks to start thinking about Memorial Day, which will be observed on Monday, May 25. Because of social distancing, there won’t be any parade or gathering at Veterans Park or Riverside Cemetery – no special program that would draw the crowds to pay tribute to the Saugonians who gave the ultimate sacrifice. But Saugus Veterans’ Service Officer Jay Pinette sent this message along: “The Saugus Veterans’ Service Office invites you to join us in honoring, remembering, and respecting the sacrifices made by our brave men and women. All are encouraged to decorate their homes, doors, or windows with patriotic spirit leading up to Memorial Day on May 25. Through these actions, we can Honor Those Who Served, show our appreciation and honor the service and sacrifice of our fallen heroes.” That would be great. Food pantry still open The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry will continue to remain open on Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. despite concerns over the Coronavirus. But they have made adjustments to protect their core of volunteers and the needy people who receive the food. “For the protection of our volunteers & clients, and to limit personal contact & crowding/gathering, the food pantry has been distributing prebagged groceries,” says Wendy Reed, Clerk of the Saugus Board of Selectmen, who also oversees the operation of the all-volunteer food pantry. “We understand clients may receive SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 13 were announced, and I’m the Valedictorian, so what’s the purpose anymore? But I know I can get a grade just by putting in the effort. But, also, I’ve got a lot of time on my hands. And I wouldn’t want my teachers to be upset with me, because I have a really good relationship with them – with all of my teachers – and I wouldn’t want them to be upset with me while I move on from Saugus High. Q: So, why were you still taking tests this week? Isn’t school out at this point? A: I took A.P. exams: A.P. Calculus and A.P. Literature. If I do well on the exams, those are college level courses that I get credit for that I won’t have to take. Q: How should the Saugus High School Class of 2020 be remembered. What should be their legacy? A: Don’t say we’re the class that didn’t get a high school graduation. Don’t remember ASKS | SEE PAGE 15

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 Page 13 SOUNDS | from page 12 items they don’t want or need, but feel this is the best course of action to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. Those in need, even for short term or one-time assistance are encouraged to come.” The food pantry is located in the basement of the Cliftondale Congregational Church at 50 Essex St. in Saugus. Taking care of hungry students Julie Cicolini, a member of the Board of Directors for Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2), wants to make sure people in the community are aware of some recent program changes. “Please be aware that Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus bags are now available on Thursdays instead of Fridays 10 a.m. to Noon,” she advised us this week. “Whitsons food service, that has been managing the grab-ngo meals for students and HS2 weekend bag distribution during the school closure, will be moving to 2 days a week. This is to help reduce contact and limit residents from leaving their home to pick up food. “HS2 will provide weekly, no contact, delivery on Thursdays to ensure those we serve receive their HS2 weekend bags and keep everyone home. Please visit Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus Facebook page and send a message to be added to the delivery list. “Grab-n-go breakfast/lunch meals will be distributed every Monday (three days of meals) and Thursday (two days of meals) from 10am-12pm. Please wear a mask/face covering when picking up food. Again, these changes are to help reduce contact and limit how many times people are leaving their home. “Please visit Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus Facebook page for updates.” Food help for veterans This came in from Saugus Veteran Services Officer Jay Pinette: “We want to share a couple of opportunities with you for food assistance that are being offered to Veterans and/or their surviving spouses. First, the Melrose-Wakefield-Saugus Veterans’ Services Offices partner with the Greater Boston Food Bank to provide food to Veterans and their surviving spouses on the third Wednesday of each month. The food market is generally held at the Saugus Senior Center, but given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering a contact-free, drive-thru food pantry at Memorial Hall on Main Street in Melrose. If you are unable to pick-up, some limited deliveries may be available. This offering is year round. Please call the Saugus Veterans’ Service Office at 781-231-4010 or e-mail VeteransServices@saugusma.gov in order to register. Proof of Veteran status is required. “In addition, there is now another offering for food assistance on the North Shore. Many of you may have heard about the food distribution for Veterans that was held recently at Gillette Stadium. In order to make this more accessible to Veterans on the North Shore, the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center and Massachusetts Military Support Foundation Food4Vets are bringing the food drive to the North Shore and Merrimack Valley! They have partnered together with local VSOs to offer assistance to Massachusetts Veterans experiencing limited access to food due to COVID 19. They will be holding drive-through food distribution events on Wednesdays beginning this week on April 22nd , 2020 in Haverhill. Distributions will be held on alternate weeks at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, and North Shore Community College in Danvers. The distribution will take place in the college parking lots. Veterans will need to pre-register using the respective Danvers and Haverhill links below “If you are a Melrose, Wakefield or Saugus Veteran and are unable to pick up food in either Haverhill or Danvers, please register and then contact Melrose Veterans’ Services at KBurke@ cityofmelrose.org or SCaffey@cityofmelrose.org to arrange delivery assistance.” To register: Danvers: https://clearpathnewsengland.formstack.com/forms/ food_supply_request_vneoc_danvers Haverhill: https://clearpathnewengland.formstack.com/forms/ food_supply_request_vneoc_haverhill Buy a brick to honor your vets 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 a loved one, or just from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4″ X 8″ brick (three lines), $200 for 8″ X 8″ brick (five lines), and $500 (five lines) for a corporate brick. 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. 30 to ensure the bricks will be ready for Veterans Day. Please contact Frank Manning at 781-929-9723 for more information and applications. Helping the vets During these challenging times, your local Veterans’ Service Officers (VSOs) would like to share some information on a benefit program that is available to those who qualify. If you are a Veteran or the surviving spouse of a Veteran, the “Chapter 115 Benefits Program” is a Massachusetts state initiative that provides financial aid for Veterans and/or their surviving spouses who reside in Massachusetts and meet certain income and asset guidelines. Benefits may include monthly ordinary benefits and/or payment/reimbursement for medical expenses. Whether laid off, in transition or living on a fixed income, the program is designed to provide short-term or long-term assistance as needed to provide relief. The program is overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS), which runs the program in partnership with local VSOs. Every town or district in Massachusetts has a VSO. VSOs assist Veterans and their dependents in learning about, applying for, and receiving Chapter 115 benefits. VSOs can also help you in applying for other benefits and connecting with local resources. Your local VSO handles applications, obtains program approval from DVS and provides local benefits. The program is funded by a combination of state and local funds. DVS pays for 75 percent and your city or town pays for 25 percent of the approved benefits. There are income and asset limits for the program. As a general rule, income and asset requirements are: Family of one – monthly income less than $2,081and an asset limit of $5,000. Family of two – monthly income less than $2,818 and an asset limit of $9,800. To determine if you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Chapter 115 program, visit the following link and GIANNELLI follow the instructions: https:// massvetben.org/. Or call your local VSO for more information. The VSOs are also able to help Veterans apply for Federal VA benefits, local benefits and provide food assistance monthly. For example, did you know that if you own a home and have a VA-service-connected disability, you are eligible for a partial or full exemption of your property taxes? Please contact your local VSO for more information on any of the services mentioned. We are all here to assist. We are regularly checking voicemails and emails as we continue to work remotely and in our offices throughout COVID-19. Melrose: Karen Burke, 781979-4186, kburke@cityofmelrose.org Wakefield: David Mangan, 781-246-6377, dmangan@ wakefield.ma.us Saugus: Jay Pinette, 781-2314010, jpinette@saugus-ma.gov Annual Town Meeting Warrant remains open Because of the Coronavirus, selectmen are unable to set a date for the Annual Town Meeting – which is usually scheduled for the first Monday in May. 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ASKS | from page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 SOUNDS | from page 14 trial period for the next couple of weeks. The appointments will be every 10 minutes. Residents can call the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at (781) 231-4036. The Town reserves the right to make adjustments as this is implemented. The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main St. Residents will not be required to have a Compost Site sticker at this time. Please be prepared to show a valid identification for proof of residency. The Town will not be selling Compost stickers at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. The Town thanks everyone for their understanding and cooperation during these challenging times. Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781-231-4036 for an appointment or with questions or for more information. For more information about the Town of Saugus, visit www.saugus-ma.gov. A message from the Town Clerk Residents can’t get in to see Town Clerk Ellen Schena these days because of social distancing protocols. But the Town Clerk’s Office has left a special COVID-19 virus message on the Town Website: “The Town Clerk’s office will be processing all Vitals Records via mail. Please submit a mail-In request form or a letter requesting Birth, Death or Marriage Certificates and enclose a check or money for $10 (each copy) with a self-addressed stamped envelope. The Mail in request form can be found on the Town’s website under the Town Clerk’s page. The vital records request will be processed and mailed back to you. “The Town Clerk’s Office will be processing Dog Licenses via TOGETHERNESS: Saugus High School graduate Cherilyn Chadwick – seen at the top of this banner – and her boyfriend, Matthew Lanney, were named “Class of 2020 Class Couple” and “Class of 2020 Most Musical.” (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) yourself like that. Remember our class as the resourceful ones. We’re the class that when times were extremely unprecedented – no one in their right minds four years ago would ever think we’d be going through this right now – remember that this class still did its work. We still took our A.P. exams. We still applied to colleges and universities. We still did scholarships. We still did everything despite everything. That shows we’re truly resourceful; we’re really persistent; we’re really responsible. I feel like that’s the way this class should be remembered. And I hope the town recognizes us and gives us a sendoff that we really deserve. Q: It looks like they did a nice job with the banners around town bearing the faces and names of all 162 graduates. A: Yes. That was great. They’ve done a good job so far. Q: Tell me a little bit about your girlfriend. A: Her name is Cherilyn Chadwick, and she’s on one of the graduation banners with me. Among the class superlatives, we were named “Class of 2020 Class Couple” and “Class of 2020 Most Musical.” She’s in the band and plays the flute and is graduating and, hopefully, will join me at Merrimack College. We first started dating back in middle school in the sixth grade and stayed together until the middle of the eighth grade. And then we got back in November 2017. Q: Anything else that you would like to share? A: One thing that kind of bugs me about all of the end of the senior year, in terms of class ranking and the Valedictorian – they get a lot of attention. Honestly, I was extremely grateful for it, and I wanted to work my butt off for it, and I’m glad I did it. But I don’t want my classmates to be left kind of alone. There are so many people who worked so hard during their time at Saugus High. They worked harder than me or as hard as me – all of them. And they won’t get the recognition I feel they deserve. I want my classmates to know that their work is incredible and their work is always appreciated. And everything that they’ve done, they deserve all the credit. They are the true stars of this class. Even though I am where I am, it’s great. But it can’t equal the amount of work that we’ve all put in as a class. And a message to everyone: Times are really bad and really challenging for everyone. But keep in mind that you are going to be fine. You are going to adapt. You are going to overcome. And you will be okay. You just need to put your mind in the right mindset, and you will be okay. mail. Please submit your dog application and a copy of your rabies certificate with a check with the appropriate fee of $12 or $15 per dog and with a self-addressed stamped envelope. The dog license will be processed and mailed back to you. “The Town Clerk’s Office will be accepting Marriage Licenses by appointment only. If you are getting married within the next 60 [days] and require a marriage license, please call the Town Clerk’s office during Town Hall hours at 781-231-4102/4103/4104 to schedule an appointment to come to Town Hall to complete the forms. Cost is $30 cash or check only. “All voter registration can be down on line at https://www. sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ “Please call the Town Clerk’s office for any other questions. Time for the U.S. Census Town Clerk Ellen Schena has been reminding all residents to fill out and file their forms for the U.S. Census. The deadline has been extended to August on account of COVID-19. But you can still do it by mail, email or phone – It is important to respond though. If you ignore it, you could find yourself being harassed and hounded by a Census worker making repeated trips to your home, as happened to me 10 years ago. If you are civic-minded, you don’t need me to explain why it’s incumbent upon you to fill out the Census form. The information you provide is used to determine how much communities receive in state and federal money for important resources, like public health, transportation and education, to name a few. For more details, please visit www.my2020census.gov and do your part to make sure your town’s population count and other information being sought is complete Main attractions at the Saugus Public Library All programs and events scheduled at the Saugus Public Library are cancelled until further notice. Anyone who has books to return to the library gets a pass during the time the library is closed, according to Library Director Alan Thibeault, who requested that we provide this message to all potential library visitors: “We ask that patrons hold onto any items they have borrowed and NOT return them to our book drops. Additionally, while folks are passing time by cleaning out their homes, some have been dropping off old books and media at the Library. We ask patrons NOT to donate items to the library, please. Everything people leave here has to be disinfected and we don’t want to bring any of it into our facility. Therefore, we will simply throw away any non-library items brought to us.” If anyone in town has any ideas they want to bounce off Thibeault, you can call him by phone at 781-2314168 x3122 or email him at athibeault@noblenet.org. Let’s hear it! Got an idea, passing SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 16 Page 15 1. The third Friday in May is a day honoring what kind of transport? 2. What book has the subtitle “Or There and Back Again”? 3. Do penguins have knees? 4. On May 16, 1991, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to speak before what U.S. group? 5. Where is Peter Pan’s home? 6. What is the 1933 XXI Constitutional Amendment? 7. What movie has the songs “Jailhouse Rock” and “I Want to Be Free”? 8. On May 17, 2004, the first legal U.S. same-sex marriages were performed in what state? 9. The Zodiac signs are in what language? 10. In 1968 for what did Robert Crumb originate the slogan “Keep on Truckin’? 11. On May 18, 1980, what volcano erupted in Washington state? 12. In baseball what is a hot corner? 13. “The Cosby Show” and “Cheers” were the top sitcoms in what decade? 14. On May 19, 1971, what American humorous poet and author of “Candy is Dandy” died? 15. In what movie would you Auntie Em’s farm? 16. What desert is affogato? 17. On May 20, 1969, the Battle of Hamburger Hill ended in what country? 18. In the movie “Top Hat,” who sang “Cheek to Cheek” to Ginger Rogers? 19. Which U.S. president was the only one sworn in by a female (Judge Sarah Hughes)? 20. On May 21, 1901, the first U.S. speed limit law passed in Connecticut – for 12 mph in cities and how many mph outside of city limits: 15, 20 or 25? ANSWERS 1. Bicycle (Bike to Work Day) 2. “The Hobbit” 3. Yes; they are hidden by feathers. 4. Congress 5. An island called Never, Never Land 6. Repeal of Prohibition 7. “Jailhouse Rock” 8. Massachusetts 9. Latin 10. A one-page comic 11. Mount St. Helens 12. Third base 13. The 1980s 14. Ogden Nash 15. “The Wizard of Oz” 16. Vanilla ice cream and espresso 17. Vietnam 18. Fred Astaire 19. Lyndon Johnson 20. 15

Page 16 SOUNDS | from page 15 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 WORKING | from page 2 thought or gripe you would like to share with The Saugus Advocate? I’m always interested in your feedback. It’s been four years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the week. Feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast.net. Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want to express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15- to 20-minute interview while practicing social distancing outside a local coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coffee. Or, if you prefer to be interviewed from the safety of your home on the phone or via email, I will provide that option to you as the nation copes with the Coronavirus crisis. EVERETT MALDEN REVERE SAUGUS A dvocAte Newspapers Published weekly by The Advocate Newspapers, Inc. • MAIN OFFICE • 573 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149 Mailing Address: PO Box 490407, Everett, MA 02149 Telephone: (617) 387-2200 / (781) 286-8500 (781) 233-4446 / FAX: (617) 381-0800 Email us at: Jmitchell@advocatenews.net info@advocatenews.net James David Mitchell, Publisher James D. Mitchell, Editor The Advocate Newspapers, Inc. are free newspapers published every Friday. This newspaper assumes no financial responsibility for errors in advertisements printed herein, but will reprint without charge that part of an advertisement in which the error occurs. HELPING SAUGUS SENIORS: Saugus Senior Center Director Joanne Olsen, right, receives some of the 500 boxes of medical masks presented by State Representative Donald Wong, R-Saugus. Wong said he wanted to make sure that center staff and the drivers involved in the delivery of food are protected because they risk their health and safety in providing a necessary service. Monday (May 18). “We have to rely on our common sense,” Baker said. “My concern is once we reopen and people start coming out again, if we’re not careful, we will hit a second wave [of Coronavirus]. That will happen if we don’t use common sense. And I would hate to see that,” he said. All for the first responders Wong had maintained a special focus on making sure first responders get the masks they need. He’s getting compliments from his colleagues, many of them Democrats. Space for Lease 3 Large Rooms, each with Large Walk-in Storage Area. or Aerobics Studio. Located at Route 1 South at Walnut Street. Rollerworld Plaza, Route 1 South, 425 Broadway, Saugus. Call Michelle at: 781-233-9507 One Call Does It All! “Proud to stand six feet from State Representative Paul Tucker and Salem Police Chief Butler to accept Representative Donald H. Wong’s donation of 500 masks to Salem Police Department,” State Senator Joan B. Lovely, a Salem Democrat, wrote in a text yesterday. Meanwhile, Wong continues to work behind the scenes with people who become generous donors. He helped bring 15,000 surgical masks to anyone over 60 in Wakefield. Most of the masks went to elderly residents and first responders. In Saugus, he escorted a donation of 500 masks to the Saugus Senior Center. Wong showed up at the Saugus Rehab and HealthCare Facility with another 500 masks. “Thanks to the many generous #MA folks who are donating PPE to those on the #COVID19 frontlines,” Senator Lovely said. WASTE REMOVAL & BUILDING MAINTENANCE • Landscaping, Lawn Care, Mulching • Yard Waste & Rubbish Removal • Interior & Exterior Demolition (Old Decks, Fences, Pools, Sheds, etc.) • Appliance and Metal Pick-up • Construction and Estate Cleanouts • Pick-up Truck Load of Trash starting at $169 • Carpentry LICENSED & INSURED Call for FREE ESTIMATES! Office: (781) 233-2244 Call for a Free Estimate Landscaping & irrigation/construction & demoLition excavation & site Work • SPRING CLEAN-UPS • WEEKLY/BIWEEKLY LAWN SERVICE • NEW LAWN INSTALLS • MULCHING & EDGING • TREE & SHRUB PLANTING • BUSH & SHRUB TRIMMING • BOBCAT & EXCAVATION WORK • DEMOLITION & REMOVAL SERVICE • DUMPSTER RENTALS www.StevesServicesLLC.com 781-808-1061 617-908-0436

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Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 Obituaries James Tedder 61 of Saugus passed away He will be greatly missed. from pancreatic cancer on May 6, 2020. James is survived by his wife Toni Tedder and his three daughters Allegra, Carmela, and Briana Tedder. James was a dedicated and well-respected employee and friend of Quest Diagnostics for almost 20 years. He was a very proud father of his three daughters. IS YOUR HOME NEXT? The Saugus Real Estate Listings are brought to you by: Gertrude E. Cox Of Saugus and Harwich, passed away peacefully on May 4, at the age of 95. Wife of the late Joseph E. Cox. Lov ing mother of Donald Cox (wife Carolyn Cox) and the late Robert Cox (wife Karen Cox). Cherished grandmother of Theresa Cox, Elizabeth “Beth” Cox, Erin Cox, Megan Cox and her husband Zak Kosan, and great grandmother of Ronan Kosan. Also sur vived by many nieces and nephews. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Ethel (Borowski) Przybylski. Sister of the late Thadeus and Francis Sybil and Lucille Hayes. Call for Classified Advertising Rates 781-233-4446 53 Jackson Street Saugus, MA 01906 781-813-3325 REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com. BUYER1 Medrano, Yessenia C Mitchell, Matthew E Manning, Fred N Datserakis, Andrew G Hogan, Dawn Ferreira-Gomes, Fabricio SAUGUS BUYER2 Pereira, Blanca Manning, Mary T SELLER1 Castaneda, Jaime A Poudyal, Diwesh Conn Jean M Est Cammarata, Michael S Zaya, Paul G Miller, Janice SELLER2 ADDRESS 8 Stone St Poudyal, Durga Conn, Donald L Zaya, Renee J 32 Basswood Ave CITY Saugus Saugus 1605 Lewis O Gray Dr #1605 Saugus 29 Westford St Saugus 903 Sherwood Forest Ln #903 Saugus 65 Vine St Saugus DATE 28.04.2020 27.04.2020 27.04.2020 24.04.2020 24.04.2020 22.04.2020 REVERE PRICE $450 000,00 $446 000,00 $409 900,00 $449 000,00 $449 000,00 $470 000,00 SAUGUS - Pride of Ownership. Classic Colonial boasts a large eat in kitchen with center island along with natural light. This 9 Room 5 lge. size bedrooms has so much to offer with lots of storage space, 6 car drway, fenced-in yard, deck, shed and more. $619,000 EVERETT EVERETT Darlene Minincleri & Sue Palomba REVERE EVERETT - Legal 2 Fam. Pristine. 11 Rm 5 Bdrm. wash/dryer in both units. New Roof 2012, New Heater 2016, New Driveway 2014 and new Electrical Panel. Everyday luxury you deserve by being close to Major Routes, Airport, Boston and More................. $789,000 ~ APARTMENTS FOR RENT ~ Revere, Wakefield , Winthrop, East Boston from $1600 - $2900 / Some incl. all utilties. Saugus - 1 bdrm Stainless Kitchen. incl. elect. $1650 Revere - 1 bdrm Gorgeous Newly Renovated $1800 Call for details! Call for a FREE Market Analysis Lisa Polignone John Marino Lea Doherty Pat Rescigno Rosa Rescigno Marisa DiNucci Xavier Ortiz Sharon D’Allesandro Maureen Gaeta Kevin Alvorado (Office Assistant) EVERETT - Great location, 2 Family, open floor plan, 2 Car Driveway, near REVERE BEACH - Magnificent Ocean Views from all windows; Stainless & Granite Kitchen, Balcony, Brazilian Cherry Floors throughout...........................................$499,900 Wellington St., Encore Casino & Shopping. $685,000 ~ Meet our Agents ~ EVERETT - Legal two family, 5/5, w/off-street parking.........$599,900 53 Jackson St. Saugus (781) 813-3325 REVERE - Gorgeous single 3/2 with gleaming hdwd flrs, fireplace, High end Gourmet kit., SS appliances, 3 car parking and So Much More.....................Call for Details!

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 Page 19 Follow Us On: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY SALES & RENTALS Sandy Juliano Broker/President Hope to reopen soon to continue to serve all your real estate needs. In the meantime please stay safe at home! EVERETT APT. FOR RENT Sunny, two bedroom, newly renovated apartment in Everett Square location. Off street parking. No pets, no smokers. $2,200/month. Available May 1. For details call Rosemarie at 617-957-9222. REVERE APT. FOR RENT Second floor, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. On bus line. $2,000/month with heat. Available immediately. For details call Maria at 781-808-6877. MALDEN APT. FOR RENT IEE Mald en Map lewood Square area. Laundry and on-street parking. First floor. $2,000/month. Available June 1. Call Rosemarie at 617-957-9222. COMING SOON! WOODLAWN AREA 7 ROOM SINGLE WITH FINISHED BASEMENT $579,900 SOLD BY SANDY! 123 CENTRAL AVE., EVERETT SINGLE FAMILY $449,900 WE KNOW EVERETT!! Call TODAY to sell or buy with the best! NEW LISTING BY NORMA NEW LISTING BY NORMA OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY MAY 17, 2020 12:00-1:30 By Appointment Only! 11 FAIRLAWN ST., EVERETT TWO FAMILY $759,900 Call listing agent, Norma at 617-590-9143 to confirm a time slot! Mask required. LISTED BY SANDY UNDER AGREEMENT! SINGLE FAMILY 33 WOODWARD ST., EVERETT NEW PRICE! $399,900 SOLD BY SANDY! SINGLE-FAMILY SOLD BY NORMA! 67 DARTMOUTH ST., EVERETT NEW PRICE! $484,000 2 SINGLES “SOLD AS A PACKAGE” 30-32 CENTRAL AVE., EVERETT NEW PRICE! $799,900 LISTED BY SANDY Open Daily From 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 433 Broadway, Suite B, Everett, MA 02149 www.jrs-properties.com Open Daily From 10:0 Joe DiNuzzo - Broker Associate :0 00 AM 5:00 PM Follow Us On: 617.544.6274 Norma Capuano Parziale - Agent Denise Matarazz - Agent Maria Scrima - Agent Rosemarie Ciampi - Agent Kathy Hang Ha -Agent Mark Sachetta - Agent

Page 20 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 15, 2020 # 1 Listing & Selling Office in Saugus “Experience and knowledge Provide the Best Service” Free Market Evaluations CRE CarpenitoRealEstate.com View our website from your mobile phone! 335 Central St., Saugus, MA 781-233-7300 SAUGUS - 6 room Colonial offers large living room w/woodstove, dining room, galley kit., updated full bath, 1st fl. master bdrm., wood flooring, great open flr. plan, updated roof (2017), oversized shed/garage, level, corner lot......................$349,900. SAUGUS - LAST LOT available in Bellevue Heights! Beautiful views, great sub-division surrounded by exclusive, custom homes that are perfectly maintained Build your dream home!..............................$289,900. SAUGUS - Free Standing Bldg. w/off street parking, half bath, kitchenette area, spacious, corner lot, conveniently located just outside of Cliftondale Square...........................................................................$329,900. SAUGUS - Residential lot on side street. Great opportunity to build an affordable home on 27,000 sq. ft. lot. Call for more information................$99,900. SAUGUS - CONTRACTORS YARD with oversized, heated two bay garage, updated electric, call for details....................................................................$275,000. SAUGUS - 1st AD Nicely maintained 6+ rm. cape offers 4 bdrms., 2 full baths, eat-in kit., spac. living rm., finished lower level w/playroom & kitchenette, updated heat & oil tank (2015), large, level lot, 1 car detached gar., located on dead-end street............................................................................................$495,000. REVERE, WEST - NEW 2 bedroom Townhome offers 2½ baths, spac. lvrm. open to kit. w/granite & stainless, master w/bath, hardwood floors, cen. air, one car gar, pavers driveway, located on dead-end.............................................................$529,900. SAUGUS - NEW CONDO conversion – 3 bdrm. units, NEW kits. w/quartz, oversized center island, stainless, NEW hardwood flooring, windows, central air, open floor plan, deck, oversized garage, side street location........................................$469,900. SAUGUS - Gracious and nicely maintained 9 rm. CE Colonial boasting 4 bdrms., 3½ baths, custom kit. w/cent. island w/gas cooktop, stainless appliances, dining area w/slider to deck, frml. dining rm., living rm., 1st fl. family rm........................................................................$889,900. Go to: 7CiderMillRd.com WONDERING WHAT YOUR HOME IS WORTH? CALL FOR YOUR FREE MARKET ANALYSIS! LITTLEFIELD REAL ESTATE SAUGUS ~ Rehabbed colonial. New windows, siding, new kitchen with quartz counters, stainless appliances, new cabinets. New hardwood flooring throughout house. New heat. Central AC. New maintenance free deck. .........$570,000 SAUGUS ~ Desirable 2 family. Each unit has 2 beds, updated kitchens and baths, vinyl siding, in-unit laundry, rear decks .......$499,000 SAUGUS ~ Rehabbed colonial, 4-5 bedroom, 2 full baths, gas heat, central AC, new siding, new roof, hardwood flooring, fresh paint, new kitchen with SS appliances quartz counters ...............$559,900 38 Main Street, Saugus MA WWW.LITTLEFIELDRE.COM 781-233-1401 WAKEFIELD ~ New construction duplex. 3 bed, 2.5 baths, 2400 sq feet, garage under, central AC, Gas heat, fireplace living room ............. Call Keith Littlefield for pricing Call Rhonda Combe For all your SAUGUS ~ New construction single family. 4 bed, 2.5 bath, SS appliances, garage under, granite, gas heat, central AC ....... CALL KEITH LITTLEFIELD FOR PRICING. real estate needs!! 781-706-0842 SAUGUS ~ 3 bed, 1.5 bath colonial. Open concept 1st floor, 2 car garage, newer gas heat, roof and HW heater, prof landscaping....$439,900 REVERE ~ 2 family located in the Beachmont area, 3 beds, one bath in top unit, 2 beds, one bath lower unit .....................................$639,000 LAND FOR SALE WILMINGTON ~ Colonial featuring 4 beds and 2 full baths, great dead end location, central AC, hardwood flooring, finished lower level ..$534,900 MELROSE ~ Single family, 4 bed, 2 full bath, SS appliances, new gas heat, quartz counters, Central AC, Garage under ...................$650,000 LYNN ~ New construction. 3400 sq feet, 4 bed, 2.5 bath, gas heat, central AC, hardwood flooring, walking closet, great cul de sac location, garage under ........... $879,999 SAUGUS Call Rhonda Combe at 781-706-0842 for details!! SOLD Too New For Photo! UNDER CONTRACT SOLD

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