SAUGUS Your Local News & Sports Online. Subscribe & Scan Here! CAT D Vol. 26, No.20 CAT -FREE- www.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday A SAUGUS SCHOLAR SHINES A TE 781-233-4446 Friday, May 17, 2024 Town Meeting 2024 Article creating an Ash Landfi ll Closure Committee passes with near-unanimous support during Night Two By Mark E. Vogler t the end of this year’s Annual Town Meeting, town offi cials will begin planning for life after the ash landfi ll near WIN Waste Innovation’s trash-to-energy plant on Route 107. On Monday night during Session 2, members voted 44-0 – with one abstention – to create a fi ve-member Ash Landfi ll Closure Committee within two weeks of this year’s Town Meeting adjourning. “Not having a plan is irresponsible for our town,” Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta told Town Meeting Members before they took their roll MEETING | SEE PAGE 2 POSTHUMOUS HONORS Norine Pasquarello (center), joined by Sheriff Kevin Coppinger, receives The Supreme Sacrifi ce Medal of Honor on behalf of her late son, Essex Sheriff ’s Deputy Anthony Pasquarello, who died in the line of duty on Dec. 9, 2021, from COVID-19. Deputy Pasquarello’s name was added to the National Law Enforcement Offi cers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Please see inside for the story and more photos. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate) At last weekend’s commencement exercises at UMass Lowell, Andrew James Whitcomb, of Saugus, received a Chancellor’s Medal for Student Service. Please see inside for more photos and this week’s “The Advocate Asks.” (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate)) Mid-grade Regular $3.95 3.35 73 68 Over 45 Years of Excellence! Full Service $3.15 Order online at angelosoil.com

Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 MEETING | FROM PAGE 1 call vote. “Our Number One Priority as elected officials is the health and well-being of our residents,” she said. The purpose of the committee is to identify timeframes for final closure, post closure, maintenance and monitoring, post closure economic re-use possibilities and other related issues that may be identified, according to the article that was approved. Two selectmen appointed by the chair of the Board of Selectmen, two Town Meeting members from Precinct 10 (where the WIN plant is located) appointed by the town moderator, and the town manager or his designee would make up the special committee. There is also a provision for the town moderator to invite WIN Waste to have a company representative participate as a nonvoting member of the committee. “I was pleased with the fact that not a single Town Meeting Member voted against this article,” said Precinct 10 Town Meeting Member Peter Manoogian, who authored Article 25. “The formation of this committee for the stated purpose of closure of the ash landfill, sends a strong message that Saugus wants to see closure of the landfill and explore other uses that will neither burden the public health or the environment,” Manoogian said in a statement after the meeting. “The work of this committee will be serious and non-adversarial. It is therefore my hope that WIN will have a company representative with authority participate in the meetings, someone that is not a PR person, a hired political consultant, or a local fixer. Town Meeting has offered them a seat at the table. 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Mary Urban, Sr. Director of Communications & Community for WIN Waste, wouldn’t answer the question as to whether WIN plans to participate in the meetings. “WIN Waste Innovations worked with town leaders, community members and the Landfill Committee for more than 18 months to carefully craft a Host Community Agreement that was approved by a vote of the Board of Selectmen more than a year ago and includes a closure date for the monofill,” Urban said in a brief statement to The Saugus Advocate this week. “We are eager for the HCA, which is designed to give the town at least $20 million and significant environmental benefits, to be signed and start the rigorous permitting process,” she said. Precinct 6 Town Meeting Member William S. Brown was the lone member who declined to support the measure – by abstaining from the vote. Brown, who previously told The Saugus Advocate that he supports an extension of the ash landfill as part of an HCA, said he could not support the creation of a closure committee. “It’s not town property,” Brown said of the landfill. “How do we make plans for other people’s property? It’s not ours to make plans for. I can’t support this. That’s why I abstained from the vote,” he said. Brown was also the lone member who did not support Article 18, which amended the town bylaws to create Solid Waste Facility Environmental Performance Standards. “Article 18 is unnecessary,” Brown said. “We already have the federal and state regulations for the WIN facility. It’s like having the Saugus EPA now. We should be working to repair our relations with WIN Waste. This article can only have adverse effects on any negotiations with WIN Waste. We should be working with these people. There should be an open dialogue, instead of continuing our adversarial relations,” he said. Article 18 passed by a margin of 44-1. The article was initially drafted in 2014 and passed by the Annual Town Meeting. But the state Attorney General’s Office determined that provisions in the article were more restrictive than what state law allowed. State law provides a fine of $300 per violation, while the town bylaw as previously introduced allowed a fine of $1,000 per violation. Monday night’s vote essentially corrected the flaw identified in the 2014 version of the article. Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta called it “a very important article.” “We need to pass this to give the Board of Health some teeth to protect us,” she said. WIN Waste faces tough challenges There are some major obstacles that WIN Waste would have to overcome to make adoption of the proposed HCA and expansion of the ash landfill possible. The HCA, which selectmen supported a year ago on a 3-2 vote as a precautionary measure in case the state weakens environmental regulations, has no legal basis. The agreement would have to be negotiated by the town manager and wouldn’t take effect unless the state allowed the company to expand its ash landfill. The last two state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioners have said that no expansion of the ash landfill would be allowed under the current state environmental regulations. If the state loosens the regulations at the ash landfill and the town manager negotiates an agreement with WIN Vote draws favorable public reaction The Alliance for Health and Environment, which represents several organizations and residents throughout Saugus and the region, issued a press release commending the Town Meeting for its vote. “We applaud Saugus Town Meeting for the creation of this Closure Committee. In addition, we hope that WIN Waste will participate as a non-voting member in order to work for the best interest of the health and environment of Saugus and surrounding communities,” the alliance said. Loretta LaCentra of Revere stated, “The City of Revere has long been impacted environmentally and health-wise by this unlined, dangerous incinerator ash landfill. I applaud and thank the Saugus Town meeting members who voted unanimously to form a landfill closure committee. I look forward to the development of this committee as they work towards an orderly and timely closure of the Saugus WIN Waste ash landfill.” Waste, Saugus would receive $20 million over the next 20 years, while WIN Waste could continue use of the ash landfill, according to the nonbinding HCA supported by a majority of the selectmen. Last month, WIN Waste began trucking ash to a company disposal site in Shrewsbury in an effort to prolong the life of the ash landfill. The company announced that six trucks a day were leaving the plant, traveling from Route 107 South to Route 60 East, to Route 1A South to Route 90 West. WIN Waste officials told the Board of Health that the trucks would transport about 4,500 tons of ash offsite per month, adding life to a landfill that one company official said last year is expected to reach its capacity by the end of 2025. Selectman Michael Serino told Town Meeting members “Saugus, you can do better” than expanding the landfill for another two decades. “Continued dumping of toxic ash is not in the best interests of our public or environmental health,” Serino said. He noted that instead of accepting $20 million from WIN as part of an HCA, the town could receive a potential $1.2 million a year from a solar farm being located at the ash landfill site. An industrial park is another possible option. Meanwhile, WIN could continue trucking its ash to a properly lined landfill in Shrewsbury “with zero impact on Saugus,” Manoogian said.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 Page 3 ~ The Advocate Asks ~ Andrew James Whitcomb talks about being awarded a Chancellor’s Medal for Student Service last weekend at UMass Lowell commencement exercises Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we talked to former Saugus Town Meeting Member Andrew James Whitcomb – the third in a Saugus family of quadruplets to graduate from UMass Lowell in the last two years. His sisters Collette and Diana graduated last year. His brother, Bryce, plans to complete his undergraduate degree within the next few years at UMass Lowell. Andrew’s graduation last Saturday was special, as he received the Chancellor’s Medal for Student Service, which is awarded to members of the graduating senior class who have made outstanding contributions to the university. This could include involvement with clubs and organizations, campus programs, leadership positions or other activities that improve the quality of life for students. Andrew, 23, was selected to represent the 75,000plus students from the five UMass campuses as a student advisor to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for the 2022-23 academic year. He attended monthly meetings and helped to steward the 29 campuses in the state’s public higher education system. Last Saturday, he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Andrew is the son of Precinct 4 Town Meeting Member Maureen Whitcomb, a single Saugus working mother, who Andrew said has made a lot of personal sacrifices to create a better life for her children. Besides serving on Town Meeting, Maureen is also a memtion. A: I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Management and Marketing. In December I am set to finish my MBA at UMaASKS | SEE PAGE 5 Eastern Bank Building on Rte. 1S 605 Broadway, #301 * Saugus (781) 233-6844 www.bostonnorthdental.com A FAMILY THAT VALUES EDUCATION: the Whitcomb quadruplets with their mom at last weekend’s UMass Lowell Commencement Exercises. Pictured from left to right: Collette, Maureen, Andrew, Bryce and Diana celebrated Andrew’s graduation. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) ber of the Saugus Housing Authority. She is also working on a college degree for herself. Since an early age, Andrew has taken an active interest in local and state government. He hosted the “Know Your Town” cable television program for Saugus TV. He would attend town meetings with his mom, whose cousin is Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. By age 10, he was holding campaign signs for family friends who were running for select board or school committee. When he was 14, he was on the steering committee for State Representative candidate Jennifer Migliore, a Saugus Democrat who ran against State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus). Migliore later invited Whitcomb to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government to speak to her seminar about the power of smalltown government. Highlights of this week’s interview follow. Q: Briefly, please tell me about your college educaDr. Priti Amlani Dr. Bhavisha Patel * Restorative Dentistry * Cosmetic Dentistry * Implant Restoration * Zoom Whitening * Teeth in a Day - All on 6 * Invisalign * CEREC Crowns (Single Visit Crowns) * Root Canal Treatment * Sedation Dentistry ~ Full Mouth Rehabilitation ~ Before After Window Glass & Screen Repair

Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 Saugus History A look at the legacy of Edward Pranker By Laura Eisener T he May program of the Saugus Historical Society was about Edward Pranker and his legacy in Saugus. Pranker was an emigrant from England who spent his life manufacturing fabrics. Arriving in 1820, he honed his skills in Danvers and North Andover, Mass., as well as Salem, N.H., before purchasing an abandoned mill on the Saugus River. Together with two partners, his son George Pranker and John 50 The old Pranker’s Mills at the intersection of Elm and Central Streets – part of a long history of manufacturing based on power from the Saugus River. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) Gerry D’Ambrosio Attorney-at-Law Is Your Estate in Order? Do you have an update Will, Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney? If Not, Please Call for a Free Consultation. 14 Proctor Avenue, Revere (781) 284-5657 Armitage, he formed Edward Pranker & Company in 1857. In 1860 they enlarged the original mill and built another across the street because the business was so successful. Like most notable 19th century businessmen, Pranker also became involved in the railroad business, and he was one of the men who helped shape the Saugus Branch Railroad. After his death, the mills continued to be used by a succession of businesses, and still stand as a reminder of when Saugus was the home of many different industries. Ron Wallace has been Ron Wallace, one of the speakers at the recent Saugus Historical Society program, restored the gravestone of Edward Pranker, who died in 1865. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) working on restoring Pranker’s grave in Riverside Cemetery, as he has for some other Saugus historical figures, and his work was the inspiration for this mini symposium. Ron spoke about the work he has been doing as a volunteer, and many of the attendees at the meeting were very interested in his work. Bill Stewart, known as “The Old Sachem” from his history and sports column in The Saugus Advocate, worked in the mill for the summer after he graduated, since he was not yet 18 and not permitted to start the apprenticeship program at General Electric as he wanted. He spoke a bit about his experience in the historic buildings. EDWARD PRANKER | SEE PAGE 16

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 Page 5 Town Meeting 2024 Members approve a committee to study the feasibility of registering and inspecting apartments By Mark E. Vogler P recinct 2 Town Meeting Member Peter A. Rossetti, Jr. recalls that a former building inspector once estimated “more than 5,000 illegal units around town.” If they are illegal, they are probably not being inspected for health and safety code violations. Precinct 10 Town Meeting Member Peter Manoogian authored an article for this year’s Annual Town Meeting to create a committee to investigate the feasibility of registering and inspecting apartments within the town. Town Meeting members voted overwhelmingly at Monday night’s Session 2 in support of the measure, which would examine the process used by at least two other nearby communities to register and inASKS| FROM PAGE 3 ss Lowell and I am going to start working on my applications to law school very spect apartments. The committee would produce a report by the 2025 Annual Town Meeting that may include a bylaw proposal that would identify procedures, costs associated with a registration/inspection process and recommendations for implementation. Study of the issue would be conducted by a committee made up of three Town Meeting members, a selectman appointed by the chair of the Board of Selectmen and the town manager or his designee. Saugus Fire Chief Michael C. Newbury said he likes the idea of inspecting apartments upon the renewal of leases. “This is a common practice in many communities around the Metro Boston area,” Chief Newbury said in a statement to Manoogian that was distributed at Monday’s meeting. “It has been something that soon in order to start in fall of 2025. My top choices are Northeastern and Suff olk. Q: Andrew, it looks like you wore a bunch of diff erent cerhas been discussed by our fi re prevention team for some time,” the chief said. “I hope Town Meeting votes to support Article 24 and establish a committee to study this topic. If Article 24 passes, I will gladly obtain the best practices from the fi re prevention divisions throughout the area and share them forthwith. I believe that inspecting apartments upon a transfer of a lease would be an appropriate measure to ensure proper life safety codes and standards are met at the beginning of each new lease.” Manoogian noted that several communities have regulations that require a certifi cate of fi tness every time an apartment is leased out. “We’ve talked a lot about a West Side Fire station. This is a public health and safety issue,” he said. emonial sashes or robes last Saturday. Briefl y, please describe them and tell me what ASKS | SEE PAGE 6 8 Norwood St. Everett (617) 387-9810 Open Tues. - Sat. at 4:00 PM Closed Sun. & Mon. Announcing our Classic Specials Dine In Only: * FREE Salad with purchase of Entree, Tuesdays & Wednesdays * Cheese Pizza - Only $10 Catch ALL The Live Sports Action On Our Large Screen TV’s Scan & Follow Us on Facebook! www.810bargrille.com SABATINO/MASTROCOLA INSURANCE AGENCY 519 BROADWAY EVERETT, MA 02149 Auto * Home * Boat * Renter * Condo * Life * Multi-Policy Discounts * Commercial 10% Discounts * Registry Service Also Available Sabatino Insurance is proud to welcome the loyal customers of ALWAYS READY TO SERVE YOU: Our Staff are, Emma Davidson, Jeimy Sanchez, Josephine Leone, Marie D’Amore, Rocco Longo, Z’andre Lopez, Anthony DiPierro, Darius Goudreau, Laurette Murphy, Danielle Goudreau and Tina Davidson. PHONE: (617) 387-7466 FAX: (617) 381-9186 Visit us online at: WWW.SABATINO-INS.COM

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The new machines were completed in December 1790, and for the first time in America, workers could produce thread using water powered machines. Slater had spent some time of his childhood working in a factory. Now for his factory in Pawtucket, he hired young children to learn the procedures for producing cotton. Later he hired full families who worked and lived in mill villages and earned living wages, but lived under the control of their employers. These changes marked a new age of American industry; they would not have to import cotton from England. In 1793 a company was formed to build a new mill replacing the experimental ASKS| FROM PAGE 5 they are for. You must have made your mom very proud last weekend! Please tell me how it went. A: Happily, my mother was so excited. As a Chancellor’s Medal recipient, my family got reserved seating at the ceremony so they had a really good view. All of the medal “The Old Sachem,” Bill Stewart. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Joanie Allbee) mill built by Slater. The new mill was named Slater Mill and had six windows wide and two and one-half stories tall. The building still stands today. During the 1800s Slater Mill was expanded six times and remained a cotton spinning mill until 1895. Slater’s younger brother John worked in cotton mills in England and came to America in 1803 to work beside his brother Samuel. John built a factory along the Branch River, which would provide constant fl ow of water all year long. The Slaters built a community named Slaterville that included houses for the workers, stores, a farm, a church and a school. Today we know of mills built in eastern Massachusetts that also produced cotton using water wheels for power. Brown and Slater created an industry that reduced the price of cotton, because America no longer had to purchase cotton from England, and eventually sold much cotton to Europe. (Editor’s Note: Bill Stewart, who is better known to Saugus Advocate readers as “The Old Sachem,” writes a weekly column – sometimes about sports. He also opines on current or historical events or famous people.) recipients are invited to sit on the stage during the ceremony and get recognized one at a time, so when I stood up, I could see my family waving their arms. As a rep for the department of Higher Ed., I walked in with the Chancellor’s procession and attended the graduate student/ ASKS | SEE PAGE 9

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 Page 7 Town Meeting 2024 D “Community Engagement” article wins by just one vote By Mark E. Vogler oes Saugus need a special committee to generate more public involvement in civic matters – like voting or running for elective offi ce? As innocuous as Article 23 appears on the warrant for this year’s Annual Town Meeting, first-term Member Matthew Parlante’s proposal to create a Community Engagement Committee was one of the more contentious issues discussed during Monday night’s (May 13) Session 2 of the Annual Town Meeting. It initially passed by a slim 2119 margin. But near the end of the meeting, Town Counsel John Vasapolli said a question had surfaced about the hand count so the moderator wanted another vote. A recount of the vote later determined the article prevailed by just a 2221 margin. “You don’t really need a community discussion group,” longtime Town Meeting Member Robert J. Long of Precinct 4 said in an unsuccessful motion urging members to refer the article back to its maker, Parlante of Precinct 2. “Saugus is a very active town,” Long said. But Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Peter A. Rossetti, Jr., another veteran member, said he saw the value in Parlante’s proposal. “I think it’s a good thing. It doesn’t cost anything. It might encourage more people to get involved,” Rossetti said. Parlante said the purpose of his 10-member committee is to increase civic engagement through educational forums and existing town public events. His proposal stipulates that the town moderator will appoint one member from each of the 10 town precincts to meet bimonthly, participate in two public events (like an information table at Founders Day) and also hold an educational forum prior to the 2025 Annual Town Meeting. The committee lacks a budget and its recommendations will be nonbinding. “This is an opportunity to create something different around here,” Parlante told his colleagues. Precinct 7 Town Meeting Member Frank V. Federico stressed “there’s really no downside … if we can get residents more involved.” Parlante’s proposal (Article 22) to create an 11-person Charter Review Committee received far less support. Long made a motion to refer the article back to its maker, which passed by a 39-6 vote. Several Town Meeting members objected to the provision that prevented town employees who are Town Meeting members from serving on the committee. “My primary concern is stopping 18 people on this body from serving on this committee,” Precinct 10 Town Meeting Member Peter Manoogian said. ARGUING HIS CASE: Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Matthew Parlante briefed his colleagues at Monday’s Annual Town Meeting session on his proposal to have a special committee to educate and encourage more citizen participation in town civic matters. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) Parlante said he doesn’t have anything against people working for the town. “Being new, it just makes sense to me to have the most unbiased committee we can have,” he said. “I don’t see anything wrong with Town Meeting members working for the town,” he said. RON’S OIL Call For PRICE MELROSE, MA 02176 NEW CUSTOMER’S WELCOME ACCEPTING VISA, MASTERCARD & DISCOVER (781) 397-1930 OR (781) 662-8884 100 GALLON MINIMUM

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 Making up for lost time, these students fi nd silver lining in fi rst-year challenges Two UMass/Lowell friends from Saugus recall the challenges of getting a college education during pandemic “It was defi nitely lonely,” says staff writer Jill Gambon wrote the following story, which was published by the University on April 30. We have reprinted this article with the permission of UMass Lowell.) By Jill Gambon F lash back to the spring of 2020: It was one cancellation after another for Jake Hogan and Nick Israelson, who were about to graduate from Saugus High School. Long-awaited rites of passage – the senior prom, a class trip to Europe, graduation parties – were scuttled, thanks to COVID-19. Their graduation ceremony took place on the high school football fi eld with everyone spread out 6 feet apart, limited to two guests per graduate. It was hard to muster a celebratory mood. That fall, the high school friends were heading to UMass Lowell together. But they began their fi rst semester as River Hawks living at home, taking online classes. The situation was discouraging. “I was kind of itching to live away, really yearning for that college experience,” says Hogan, an English major with concentrations in journalism and professional writing. Israelson. Both Hogan and Israelson decided to move to campus for the second semester. With COVID restrictions still in place, they lived in rooms by themselves one fl oor apart in Fox Hall. Most classes were online. “It felt very odd. Being thrown into living alone was very jarring, but it gave me independence. And it taught me a lot,” says Hogan. “I’m very glad I did it.” Having a friend living in the same building was helpful for both of them. They could get together outside for coff ee, to toss a football or to venture off (Editor’s Note: UMass Lowell After graduating from Saugus High School in 2020, senior English major Jake Horgan (left) and senior business major Nick Israelson got through a strange start to college together at UMass Lowell. They were among more than 4,500 students who graduated last Saturday (May 11) during the university’s 33rd commencement ceremonies. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) campus for a fast-food run. It wasn’t the college experience they were expecting, but they made it work. “We leaned on each other and tried to make it as normal as possible,” says Hogan. When classes resumed in the fall of 2021 with COVID restrictions eased, the pair dug into college life. Now roommates, they made friends through intramural sports, in their classes and in campus clubs. “When we fi rst got back, I was at the Campus Rec Center every day,” says Israelson, a business administration major with concentrations in marketing and management. “I wanted to make up for lost time and meet new people. I was motivated.” Israelson got involved in the Marketing Society and International Business Association and landed a full-time summer internship with ALKU, a recruitment firm based in Andover, Massachusetts, where he continues to work part time. Likewise, Hogan threw himself into campus activities. In a psychology class with Assoc. Prof. Stephanie Block, he CHALLENGES | SEE PAGE 9 Pictured from left to right: UMass Lowell graduates Nick Israelson, of Saugus, Grace Foley, of Wilmington, and Jake Horgan, of Saugus took a break after receiving their diplomas. Foley is Horgan’s cousin. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 Page 9 Stolen van recovered from the Saugus River ASKS| FROM PAGE 6 doctoral ceremony as well. It’s impossible not to feel pride and excitement for all of the graduates. While the Chancellor’s group was lining up before our entrance, all of the Vice-Chancellors and the department and college Deans were just beaming and admiring all the work that the students had done. That’s how UMass Lowell is – all of the people on the executive cabinet are really genuine, approachable and want what’s best for students. Nobody takes themselves too seriously. And that’s why I got along so well with them. Q: What about the garT he Massachusetts State Police’s Underwater Recovery Unit joined local police, firefighters and other agencies in an overnight search of the Saugus River last Friday after receiving an emergency 911 call from a driver on Ballard Street who reported seeing taillights in the water. Police said a vehicle went into the Saugus River in the area of the lobster landing and the bait shop near the Foxhill Bridge. Police found a stolen van at about 7 a.m. Friday, but there was no body in the van. A search continued for several hours after the van was located. Members of the search party reported that visibility was poor in the murky waters. CHALLENGES | FROM PAGE 8 learned about the Navigators Club, which advocates for students who have followed a less traditional path to college and need additional support. He decided to get involved, and “it snowballed from there,” he says. He eventually became club president, coordinating activities like a donation drive for personal care items for students in need. Hogan, who says he is someone who thrives on a jampacked schedule, also started a book club on campus and did internships with U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan and with the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. And he took advantage of two study abroad opportunities through the Honors College, traveling to Madrid and London for the courses. Israelson is continuing in the Bachelor’s-to-Master’s program in the Manning School and expects to have his MBA by next spring. Hogan is looking for a ments you are wearing in your graduation day photo? A: Two gold cords for Magna Cum Laude. Two red cords for my distinction in Leadership. I chose to tailor part of my degree and extracurriculars and had to write reflections on each of these experiences. Two Silver and Navy for my induction to the First Generation Honor Society (Tri-Alpha); one black, light blue and white for my induction to the National Leadership Honor Society (Omicron Delta Kappa [or ODK]). I was given one stole to indicate my Chancellor’s Medal, one “Student Leader” stole for serving on a club E-Board, one stole for being an ODK member, and the last stole is for being a member of the River Hawk Scholars Academy; it’s a university department that promotes and supports First Generation students. (It’s university/faculty run; different from a student club). It’s fun putting it all on but you feel a bit ridiculous – like Cher or Elton John or something – very different from the jeans and quarter zip that I typically wear to Town Meeting. Q: Please tell me about the Chancellor’s Medal you received. A: The University gives out medals to graduating stuASKS | SEE PAGE 12 Lawrence A. Simeone Jr. Attorney-at-Law ~ Since 1989 ~ * Corporate Litigation * Criminal/Civil * MCAD Divers and members of the Mass. State Police’s Underwater Recovery Unit used inflatable devices to retrieve a van submerged in the Saugus River. 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Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 “He was one of our A-Team” Name of the late Deputy Sheriff Anthony J Pasquarello of Saugus is added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. By Mark E. Vogler A nthony J Pasquarello, the late deputy sheriff from Saugus who died in December 2021 after contracting COVID-19 from his work in the Essex County Jail, received a special tribute this week as his name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. “He was one of our A-team and we miss him,” Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger said of the 15-year veteran correctional officer who is believed to be the first member of the Sheriff’s Department to be so honored. “We want to remember Anthony in a positive way. He was a good correctional officer and was a friend to many. He was a very popular officer and very well respected,” the sheriff said. “Being a correctional officer is a tough job. You need someone with basic common sense. Somebody who can maintain order and safety in the jail. That’s huge. Somebody who can treat the inmates with respect and dignity. That was Anthony. He was a really great guy who the young officers looked up to.” Coppinger and other representatives in the Sheriff’s Department accompanied the Pasquarello family to the nation’s capital this week to participate in special ceremonies honoring Deputy Pasquarello and many other law enforcement officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. “We’re here to support Anthony. We will be here for several days in his honor,” the sheriff said. We’re here to try to help him any way we can forever. And we’re also here to try to help his family get through this,” he said. The Pasquarello family, Sheriff Coppinger, and members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department attended the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. Pasquarello’s young son Vincent joined by Pasquarello’s mother Norine and Sheriff Coppinger in laying a wreath at the monument. The Pasquarello family also attended the Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall on Monday. With the sheriff by her side, Norine received The Supreme Sacrifice Medal of Honor on behalf of her late son. Norine’s husband Mario, was also part of the family entourage from Saugus who traveled Anthony J. Pasquarello, 37, a 15-year veteran of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, contracted COVID-19 while working as a correctional officer at the Essex County Jail in Middleton. (Courtesy photo to the Saugus Advocate) to Washington, D.C. Anthony’s sister, Lisa Marie Pasquarello, with daughter Aubree’s and Lisa’s fiancé Steven Pizzano were there too. Also attending were Maria Pasquarello, Anthony’s other sister, with her daughter Ariana; Vincent Pasquarello, age 9, son of Deputy Pasquarello; and Rio Mendoza, fiancée of Deputy Pasquarello Norine, who is a nurse, said she was a strong advocate for people getting the COVID-19 vaccine “When COVID came out, I begged my family – ‘you got to get the vaccine. You gotta do it.’,” she told The Saugus Advocate in an interview this week. “I’m a nurse. In order for me to work, I had to get the shot,” she said. Despite her precautions, she contracted COVID-19 twice and nearly died. But she recalled that Anthony didn’t take her advice. “He hated the smell of beer. He hated the smell of cigarettes. He was a health nut,” Norine said. “He told me, ‘mom, I’m not going to get the COVID shot because it’s not going to touch me.’ I told him Covid doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, green or yellow. It doesn’t care about your nationality, whether you are a doctor or a lawyer,” she said. The sheriff noted that the deputy was a pillar of great health. “He ate very healthy. He went to the gym every day. He was in great shape and took very good care of himself He had direct contact with 24 inmates who had tested positive for covid-19,” the sheriff said. “Unfortunately, he contracted covid on the job and died. He did it because he was in there trying to help people and help maintain the safety and security of everybody,” he said. “We had a tough time with COVID. At one time, we had 80 inmates that had covid. A lot of our officers did contract Covid. I had it. A lot of people had covid twice. We had a total of 795 staff related Covid cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic. Several folks had it multiple times and that number includes that,” he said. “When it first came out, we had inmates who shared tooth brushes, because they wanted to get covid because they thought it would let them out of jail.” The Pasquarello’s visit to Washington included a special moment when the late deputy’s sister, Lisa Marie, received a diamond engagement ring from her fiance’ Steven Pizzano. He kneeled down right in front of Anthony’s name on the memorial and proposed. “He wanted Anthony to see it,” Norine said. Meanwhile, Sheriff Coppinger said the Sheriff’s Department is doing its best to keep Anthony’s memory alive. Earlier this year, the department got a yellow lab and named it “K-9 Pasky,” Anthony’s nickname. “This is a comfort dog that visNorine and Mario Pasquarello, parents of the late Anthony Pasquarello, attend a candlelight vigil on the National Mall. (Courtesy photo to the Saugus Advocate) its with staff and is also made available to cities and towns in the area. So, Anthony’s memory is kept alive by Pasky helping officers every day,” the sheriff said. “We also have a framed phoThe Supreme Sacrifice Medal of Honor presented by the Fraternal Order of Police to the family of Anthony J Pasquarello (Courtesy photo to the Saugus Advocate) to of Anthony in our lobby with an End of Watch date of Dec. 9, 2021. Anthony was a tremendous guy and we will make sure that his memory lives on,” he said. Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger with Anthony Pasquarello’s 9-yearold son. (Courtesy photo to the Saugus Advocate) Lisa Marie Pasquarello, one of the late correctional officer’s sisters, received a diamond engagement ring from her fiance’ Steven Pizzano. He kneeled down right in front of Anthony Pasquarello’s name on the memorial and proposed. (Courtesy photo to the Saugus Advocate)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 Page 11 ~ Saugus High School Sports round-Up ~ By Dom Nicastro SAUGUS GIRLS LACROSSE TEAM INCHES TOWARD POSTSEASON Saugus was looking for one more win to clinch a tourney spot heading into the middle part of this week. Saugus beat Whittier, 18-4. Violet Hawley (two), Nina Penachio (two), Juliana Scalisi, Jess Valley, Brooke Diaz, Mara Faiella (four), Aly Mabee (four), Casey Hanifan, Maria Garcia and Layla Rodriques had goals. Medford forfeited, so Saugus won, 2-0. Saugus lost to Swampscott, 17-3. Ashley Rezendes had a goal, and Mabee scored two. Saugus goes to Malden on Friday, May 17, and hosts Senior Night at home against Stoneham on Monday, May 20. SAUGUS BASEBALL TEAM SPLITS LAST TWO Saugus stood at 8-7 after 15 games. The team fell to Peabody, 4-3, this week on the road. Saugus was the first to get on the board in the first inning when Remy Guerrero induced Tyler Riley to hit into a fielder’s choice, but two runs scored. Saugus scored one run in the top of the third on a solo home run to right field by Danny Zeitz. Jordan Rodriguez stepped on the bump first for Saugus. He gave up nine hits and four runs (three earned) over five and one-third innings, striking out eight and walking three. Riley drove the middle of the lineup, leading Saugus with two runs batted in. Nathan Soroko and Zeitz each collected one hit for Saugus. Saugus turned one double play in the game. Saugus beat old Northeastern Conference foe Lynn Classical, 13-10, at Fraser Field in Lynn. The game was tied at eight in the bottom of the fifth when Jeff Murphy singled, scoring one run. It was part of a six-run fifth. Cam Soroko, Shane Bourque, Rodriguez and Riley each had two-hit games for Saugus. Saugus came back to win despite trailing 4-0 in the first. SAUGUS SOFTBALL TEAM NEEDS STRONG FINISH FOR TOURNEY SPOT Saugus beat Northeast Voke, 3-1, and improved to 6-8 on the season. “It was a bit closer than I would have liked as we continue to struggle with getting that key hit with runners in scoring position. We stranded five in scoring position, but at this point needing every win we can get we will take it,” Saugus coach Steve Almquist said. Taylor Deleidi was masterful on the mound in this one, keeping the Voke batters off balance the entire game. This was by far her best performance to date. She recorded a season-high seven strikeouts while allowing three hits and one walk. In addition, she continues to swing a hot bat, chipping in with two hits at the plate. Felicia Alexander DH went two-forthree with a triple RBI and a run scored. “Felicia has been on fire at the plate and continues to be one of our leading hitters,” Almquist said. Devany Millerick had a hit and run scored. Ava Rogers added a hit. Sabrina Tamburello had a double and RBI. “Sabrina is an eighth-grader who has been really impressive and is starting to come into her own,” Almquist said. “She delivered a key RBI double off the deep right-center field fence in the fourth inning breaking a 1-1 tie.” “We are now at the point where we pretty much need to win every game so these next three games will likely determine our fate the rest of the way out,” Almquist said. “The next three games, Swampscott on Wednesday [May 15], Salem on Friday and a makeup game against Winthrop on Sunday will require our very best effort if we have any hopes of coming away with the wins. I am excited to see how the kids rise up to the challenge.” Saugus earlier beat Hamilton-Wenham, 16-8. “The bats came alive in this one and we were finally able to get ourselves a win,” Almquist said. “We were trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the third when the offensive exploded as we batted around sending 15 batters to the plate and scoring 11 runs. Right fielder Felicia Alexander was a one-person wrecking crew in this game going four-for-five with Meet the 2024 Mystic Valley Regional Charter School Eagles Girls’ Varsity Softball Team three doubles – two came in this inning – and racking up six RBI. Deleidi allowed seven earned runs and 13 hits while striking out two and walking none. She added two hits and three RBI and three runs scored. Sydney Deleidi added a double and two RBI. Lily Ventre went three-for-four with a double, RBI and three runs scored. Rogers added a hit, RBI and three runs. Millerick had two hits and an RBI and a run scored. “We were also able to use four of our eighth-graders in this game,” Almquist said, “and I was very impressed with how they continue to perform. Angela Dow and Sabrina Tamburello both pinch hit, drawing key walks and each scored a run. Pinch runners Alannah Duong and Julia Strout, seeing her first varsity action, demonstrated outstanding baserunning skills scoring runs as well.” Peabody blanked and no-hit Saugus, 12-0. “This game found us a bit undermanned as we were without our starting and backup catcher so we had some kids playing out of position,” Almquist said. “I can’t stress enough though how proud I was of the kids as multiple players stepped up to help fill the void, some who have never caught before, including sure handed centerfielder Danica Schena who ended up getting the nod. Danica was our emergency catcher a few years back but it had been quite some time since she had been behind the dish but was phenomenal back there, even throwing out a runner trying to steal second.” Taylor Deleidi and freshman Ari Chianca shared the pitching duties. “We didn’t have any offensive highlights in this one as we only had one baserunner and that was Schena who reached on an error in the fifth,” Almquist said. “However, we did have several standout defensive performances which included Schena behind the plate, Devany Millerick at shortstop and Ava Rogers at third base. All played exceptionally well handling everything that came their way.” SAUGUS PLAYERS SHOW IMPROVEMENT FOR NORTHEAST TENNIS Some Saugus student-athletes playLADY EAGLES: Kneeling, shown from left to right: Kyra Conti, Ashley Griffone, Rachael Navaste and Leila Marcus. Top row, shown from left to right: Assistant Coach Susannah Anderson, Emily DeLeire, Ella Mangone, Bailey DeLeire, Stercika Joseph, Sofia Marcus and Head Coach Richard McManus. (Advocate photo by Tara Vocino) ing for Northeast Metro Tech boys tennis (through a cooperative program) and another Saugus resident who attends Northeast and plays for the team have been showing improvement. Saugus student Victor Phan won, 10-5, against Greater Lawrence. Saugus student Jeff Trinh fought to 10-10 before losing, 8-6, in a tiebreaker. Northeast student Ayden Kloppenburg of Saugus fell, 10-8, in singles against Fellowship. He normally plays doubles. Trinh in the next match against Greater Lawrence won, 10-10 (7-5 tiebreaker). In that same match, Saugus student Anowar Mahabub won, 10-9.

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 Saugus boys lacrosse: young team shows resilience in challenging season By Dom Nicastro S augus High School’s boys lacrosse team, led by Coach Rob Scuzzarella, is navigating a challenging yet promising season. Despite facing formidable opponents and sporting a 4-9 record heading into their final three games, the team has shown resilience and growth. Coach Scuzzarella shared insights into the season’s ups and downs, the progress of his players, and his hopes for the future. The Sachems have shown resilience in the face of adversity. They are a super-young team loaded with eighth-graders and freshmen, but those youngsters have navigated the rough varsity terrain. It helps that the Sachems have gotten plenty of standout leadership from senior captains Ryan Jones and Cam Preston. Coach Scuzzarella acknowledges the team’s difficult start but emphasizes their ability to bounce back and show resilience. Despite setbacks, the team had a significant improvement streak, winning three out of four games, including a victory against an opponent that beat them last time (Salem). “We had a really good week last week,” Scuzzarella said. “Saturday morning, we beat Salem, who had beaten us earlier in the year which was nice.” The coach highlights the importance of mental readiness and the challenges of coaching a young team through tough games. What has been the reason for the turnaround as of late? ASKS| FROM PAGE 9 dents for Student Service, Community Service and Diversity and Inclusion. There is a faculty committee that reviews applications; they award up to eight for each category. My student service medal was mainly for my work as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher EduCam Marchand with the ball for Saugus during last week’s 14-1 win over Revere. “The kids were just ready to go,” Scuzzarella said. “In these games that we’ve been getting crushed in, effort’s really been an issue... it’s hard to coach through that, especially with a really young group.” However, Coach Scuzzarella is pleased with the progress of his young players lately, particularly eighth and ninth graders who have stepped up significantly. He cited eighthgrade goalie Conor Lacey and eighth-grade midfielders Cam Marchand, Jake Kelley and Domenic Migliozzi. The former two eighth-graders are among the scoring leaders, and Migliozzi has shown marked improvement. “Conor has been great in the cage,” Scuzzarella said. “Cam Marchand and Jake Kelley have been really good. They’re both workhorses for us.” The senior players and team captains, Jones and Preston, have shown exceptional leadership and dedication, setting a strong example for the younger team members. “Our captains have given me everything,” Scuzzarella cation; for the last two years I have served as the representative for all of the UMass Schools. The board sets policy for all public colleges in Mass. We also wrote the fair share amendment proposals and Mass Grant+ expansion that was approved by Governor Healy. In addition, I was a member of multiple University club boards that support stuEthan Malcolm and Connor Lacey protect the Saugus goal. Saugus’s Ryan Jones with a shot attempt on goal. said. “They’ve done a lot for this team. It’s hard on those guys because we’re so young, but they’ve really stepped up.” Scuzzarella sees great potential in his young team and believes that with continued effort and cohesion, they can become a formidable force in the future. “If these kids all stuck together... we’d have a good chance of being a pretty good team in a couple of years,” the coach said. Despite the ups and downs, dents, like the Student Government Association. Q: You mentioned to me that your mom has done a great job raising quadruplets as a single mom. A: All of my mother’s investment is in us; for as long as I can remember she’s been captaining the ship. When we started school, she made sure we had everything we needed; her phone was conLarry Barrows comes from behind the net for Saugus. (Advocate file photos by Emily Harney) Coach Scuzzarella remains hopeful for a strong finish to the season, with three games left against teams they have previously beaten (Malden, Lynn, and Revere). “If we win the last three games, we finish 7-9,” Scuzzarella said. “That would be pretty special, to be honest, considering we didn’t have a team last year.” Under Coach Rob Scuzzarella’s leadership, the Saugus High School boys lacrosse team is navigating a season filled with challenges stantly ringing from one of us. A lot of the time I wouldn’t have a chance to call her until late at night but she always picked up – weathering the storm before you get to see the sun. Q: Did you lose your dad at a young age? You don’t need to go into details unless you want to. A: My father is still alive, just not in the picture and and growth. With a strong focus on fundamentals, mental toughness and the development of young talent, Scuzzarella is building a foundation for future success. As the team approaches the end of the season, there is a renewed sense of optimism and determination to finish strong and build on their progress for the coming years. A strong finish can only help. “Hopefully they get a nice mental boost,” the coach said, “from having already beaten these teams.” hasn’t been for a long time. Even when he lived with us, my mother was doing all the heavy lifting. We have always needed food stamps; for the last 10 years we have lived in subsidized housing. That’s part of the reason why my mother decided to run for the Saugus Housing Authority. ASKS | SEE PAGE 15

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 Page 13 Saugus Gardens in the Spring Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener T he weather is becoming much nicer for walks any time of day or evening. Flowers are blooming everywhere, so it is easy to see why May’s full moon, which we will see next Thursday, May 23, is known as the flower moon. As you are enjoying the beautiful weather on your walks around town, remember to inhale! The fragrance of lilacs is in every neighborhood, and frequently the scent of new mown lawns. Both scents mean spring is in full swing. We are still seeing many tulips and some daffodil varieties, but there are quite a few perennials that are not grown from bulbs that are now blooming as well as trees and shrubs. Annuals, mostly tropical and tender plants that bloom all summer long, are out in the nurseries, but we are still not beyond the danger of frost. We may be lucky and not have another chilly night, but it is still a good idea to keep any annuals in pots that you can easily bring in for a night or two if necessary. Mine are grouped together on the porch or at least near a door where they can be gathered up at short notice or covered with a sheet or blanket. Little relatives of petunias often known as million bells (Calibrachoa hybrids) are popular annuals that can be found in a wide range of colors and double-blooming forms. One very intriguing variety is ‘Superbells Double Vintage Coral,’ which has multi-toned blossoms, including raspberry and corA glorious American elm at the intersection of Route 1 and Main Street is becoming greener every day. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) al shades. But everyone plant shopping at this time of year is bound to come up with their own favorites. Lilacs were traditionally planted at the corners of homes in the 18th and 19th century and are still among the most popular shrubs despite the fact that there are many others that bloom more weeks in the year or have interest in other seasons, such as fall foliage color, evergreen leaves or attractive fruit or bark color. The traditional common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) is still the most popular, but other species have distinctive merits, including the variety ‘Lilac Sunday,’ which is loaded with flowers despite being planted in my garden just for years ago. This variety of Chinese lilac (Syringa chinensis) was named after the Arnold Arboretum’s Among the less common annuals available this spring are several double flowering superbells. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) longtime spring event held each year when the lilac collection there is expected to be at its peak bloom. Frequently the date coincides with Mother’s Day, as it did this year. Because of the lilac’s fragrance, I usually cut a few branches to enjoy indoors. Our stairway has two landings, so I have put bouquets on each one to greet family members as we come downstairs in the mornings. One little arrangement includes the lilac branch, a coral-colored Iceland poppy (Papaver nudicaule), a few stems of evergreen candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) with its lacey white blossoms, a single violet from the lawn and a few sprigs of feathery fennel (Foeniculum vulgaris) foliage to add some green. All of these things are currently in bloom in my garden. The other landing has a clusOur “stairway flower show” currently has a trio of blooming waxed amaryllis bulbs. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) ter of three waxed amaryllis bulbs, bought for Easter, which flowered a little later than expected, and are showing off their second stems now. They have been moved around the house for the past few weeks, as first one stem bloomed then a second one on each bulb. These waxed bulbs are a very low maintenance way to enjoy the flowers, though they are more difficult to keep from year to year than those that are planted in soil. They are a great plant for a spot where you don’t want any spilled water (since they don’t need watering) or a gift for someone who wants to do no maintenance at all. Trees and shrubs are leafing out all around. Maples and oaks have recognizable leaves at this point, while other woody plants like rose of Sharon (HiThe fragrance of lilacs is in the air. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) Another display on the stairway landing is a small bouquet of flowers picked from the garden. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) biscus syriacus) and buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) are barely showing any green at this point, let alone a recognizable leaf shape. The big American elm on Main Street near the high school, a vestige of the elms that once lined many streets in Saugus, is rapidly getting its full canopy of foliage. This one has survived for many years although Dutch elm disease destroyed many of its companions. Editor’s Note: Laura Eisener is a landscape design consultant who helps homeowners with landscape design, plant selection and placement of trees and shrubs, as well as perennials. She is a member of the Saugus Garden Club and offered to write a series of articles about “what’s blooming in town” shortly after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was inspired after seeing so many people taking up walking.

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 The Sounds of Saugus By Mark E. Vogler Good morning, Saugus There is so much going on in Saugus right now – with Town Meeting, graduation events, weekend barbeques and various outdoor community activities – that it’s easy to lose track of all of those upcoming and important dates – like the annual Memorial Day parade, which is set for Saturday, May 25. One of the major functions of this column is to prominently advance important social gatherings, as soon as we hear about them. Unfortunately, some organizations and groups take it for granted that “everyone knows” about their upcoming events and they don’t take advantage of publicizing them as they should. So, it’s worth repeating that Memorial Day weekend activities are just a week away. Saugus Veterans Council Commander Steve Castinetti is still looking for help to beef up the Saugus Memorial Day Parade. “We’re looking for some bands to march in the parade and play some patriotic numbers,” Castinetti told me recently. The Veterans Council commander said he could also use some help in flagging the graves of veterans on Friday, May 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Riverside Cemetery. Actually, it’s grave officer Randy Briand – who oversees the planting of mini American flags – who needs the help. If you would like to volunteer to help flag the graves on May 24 or play some patriotic music on May 25, feel free to call Commander Steve Castinetti at 781389-3678. He would appreciate hearing from any volunteers in these needed areas. Speaking of patriotic events, there is a major one scheduled for this weekend – Sunday (May 19) – Boston’s Wounded Vet Run, which will gather thousands of bikers from New England and beyond to raise money for two severely wounded Afghanistan Marine veterans. The route will go through Saugus, Medford/Malden line, Everett and Revere. The motorcycle ride will leave Boston Harley-Davidson at 650 Squire Rd. in Revere at 12:30 p.m. and end at Suffolk Downs in East Boston at 2 p.m. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. at Boston Harley-Davidson. Spring Fun Run/Walk on May 19 Joyce Vecchiarelli of the Friends of Breakheart Reservation has a special message for people who like running or a little exercise at a pace at which they won’t overexert themselves. “We are hosting our second annual ‘Spring Fun Run/Walk’ on Sunday May 19th. We got a very good turnout our first year and am trying to keep it going. If you can post something that would be great. Friends of Breakheart and the DCR are hosting the event. We are asking people to bring their own water ‘containers’ as the DCR has banned giving out any plastic in all the parks.” The 5K race or 3K walk, which will be cosponsored by the Friends of Breakheart and the state Department of Conservation & Recreation, will begin at 10 a.m. on May 19. Registration is at 9:30. The event will go on, rain or shine. A $10 donation is requested to enter. Cash or check only. The proceeds will be used by the Friends of Breakheart for park activities and future events. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female runners. Raffle prizes will be open to all who donate. Garden Club Fundraiser May 22 The second floor auditorium at Town Hall will host the Saugus Garden Club’s Annual Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Guest Speaker Neal Sanders will present “Gardening is Murder.” Why is so much gardening information on the internet so awful? Why is it impossible to do just one thing in the garden? Why should you never compute the value of your labor when you garden? And, why do we have garden benches if we never sit in them? These are the questions that keep Neal Sanders awake at night. As the spouse of an avid gardener with no ‘real’ responsibilities other than to dig holes and move rocks, Neal has lots of time to observe gardeners and their foibles. “Gardening Is Murder” weaves those observations into an illustrated talk that is humorous, informative and poignant. Is it a gardening lecture? Is it a comedy routine? Whatever it is, it is laugh-out-loud funny while managing to impart a modicum of useful and genuine horticultural information and knocking down some gardening myths. And it all comes to Saugus on Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. when the Saugus Garden Club opens its doors to guests. IN SESSION: Members of the 2023-25 Annual Town Meeting being sworn in by Town Clerk Ellen Schena at last week’s opening. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate by Scott C. Crabtree) After a 35-year “corporate” career, Neal Sanders turned his attention to writing and has since authored 15 mysteries, many of which revolve around horticulture or use garden club settings. He writes the popular “The Principal Undergardener” blog, which addresses gardening as a non-gardener who loves gardens. He lives near Boston and speaks across the country. Upcoming Garden Club events The Saugus Garden Club has a busy schedule through the spring. Here are some upcoming events: ● Saturday, May 18, the Saugus VFW will host a workshop at noon to make 20 small floral centerpieces for a fundraiser to benefit Wounded Warriors. ● Saturday, May 25, St. John’s Episcopal Church will host a workshop to make container gardens for the Garden Club Plant Sale at next month’s Strawberry Festival. ● Saturday, June 15, the Saugus Historical Society will host its annual Strawberry Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the American Legion Hall while the Saugus Garden Club holds its annual plant sale on the front lawn of the Roby School on Main Street. Friends of Bill James fundraiser May 30 Bill James, a Saugus Hall of Fame wrestler and a dedicated wrestling coach at Methuen High School, experienced a life-altering accident last fall. The Kowloon Restaurant, at 948 Broadway, Saugus, will be hosting a Friends of Bill James Fundraising event on Thursday, May 30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The night will include music, a buffet dinner, raffles, silent auctions and split the pot. Tickets cost $50. Contact Matt Wall at 781-589-1321 or Darren McCullough at 781-258-5817 to help Bill James out. Bill James grew up on Clifton Avenue in Saugus. His parents are Jesse and Margarette James. His siblings are Kevin, Chris, Dave and Jenn. He has been married to Laurie Berryman for 23 years. Bill graduated from Merrimack College and eventually went on to get his Master’s degree. He has been a physical education teacher at Methuen High School. His wife Lauri teaches K-8. Bill has a son, Brock, who is a junior at Salem (N.H.) High School and a daughter, Erica, who is a sophomore at UNH. Bill was inducted into the Saugus Hall of Fame for wrestling, track and cross-country. He has been coaching wrestling and track for the last 36 years, the last 23 at Methuen High School. He has had one the most dominant programs in New England for wrestling. He has had countless kids that have gone on to become State and New England champions. Recently, he was inducted into the USA Wrestling Hall of Fame. Blood Drive at Legion Hall on June 1 Saugus American Legion Post 210 plans to sponsor a Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Legion Hall (44 Taylor St., Saugus). Post 210 Commander John Macauda said the upcoming Blood Drive will be organized in Memory of Cpl. Scott J. Procopio & Capt. William G. Shoemaker. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sauguscommunity to schedule an appointment. Let’s hear it for “Shout Outs” We received a nomination this week from Precinct 6 Town Meeting Member Jeanie Bartolo, who wanted to send out a bunch of “Shout Outs” to everyone who has contributed to the “Shout Out” section of this column. “This ‘Shout Out’ marks 5 years since Shout Outs started, all thanks to you!!” Jeanie wrote in an email this week to The Saugus Advocate. “Memorial Day marks the 5th anniversary of the Advocate’s Sounds of Saugus ‘Shout Out’ column with a total of 441 ‘Shout Outs,’ so I thought a ‘Shout Out’ for ‘Shout Outs’ to EVERYONE who nominated someone special and a great big thank you to Editor Mark Vogler for printing them every week. Let’s keep it going! Many thanks to all and have a great Memorial Day weekend!” Want to “Shout Out” a fellow Saugonian? This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out – in a brief mention – remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents or an act of kindness or a nice gesture. Just send an email (mvoge@comcast.net) with a mention in the subject line of “An Extra Shout Out.” No more than a paragraph; anything longer might lend itself to a story and/or a photo. Food Pantry notes THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 15

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 Page 15 SOUNDS| FROM PAGE 14 The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry is open today (Friday, May 17) from 9:30-11 a.m. Legion Breakfast today There’s a good breakfast deal for Saugus veterans and other folks who enjoy a hearty breakfast on Friday mornings. The ASKS| FROM PAGE 12 She was a single mother, but never alone. We lived with my grandmother until I was 14; she meant the world to me. She passed away a couple of years ago. My Aunt Linda was a big champion for me as well and she passed just after we graduated high school in 2019. My mother still has family in Saugus though it’s just smaller now. We never really had a lot of money; there were a lot of mouths to feed. Because of that we couldn’t take big vacations or something for school break like the other students. The UMass system gives the most fi nancial aid and that made public college the best option for us. Looking back on it now, I wouldn’t have gotten many of the opportunities I have if I hadn’t gone to UML. My mother is a workhorse. She always has been but there has been a lot on her shoulders since we were born. Now that my sisters have begun their professional careers and moved into their own apartments in town, it’s a little less stressful for her and a little less to carry around. Neither of us are good at relaxing and my hair is already graying – hahaha. She’s always tried to make the best of what we have. Eventually I hope to have enough where she won’t have to worry about fi nances. Even when I started to think about law school, she was adamant that I do what would make me happy and that we would fi nd the money through loans, scholarships or otherwise. While the family has gotten smaller, I have had a lot of support from others in my life. By chance there are a lot of public offi cials in town that I have known well before any of us got involved, and their friendship is very important to me. I refer to Selectman Deb Panetta, Jeannie Meredith and former Selectman Jenn D’Eon as my Aunts because they have supported me through a lot over the years and I don’t really have American Legion Post 210 at 44 Taylor St. in Saugus off ers Friday morning breakfasts in 2024. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast served from 8-9:00 a.m. for an $8 donation. Veterans who cannot aff ord the donation may be served free. Summer track is coming Coach Christopher Tarantino’s popular Summer Track for youths ages fi ve through 18 begins on July 1. The program is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the track outside Belmonte STEAM Academy. Registration will run from June 24-28. Here is the schedule: July 1-5: fi rst formal week. July 8-11: second formal week. July 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: makeup practice (if necessary). July 12, 6 p.m.: pasta dinner at Prince. July 13, 9 a.m.: in-house meet at Serino Stadium. July 15-18: retrain week. July 20: Summer Showdown, Cranston, R.I. July 24: wrap up. Sa Cost: $250 fi rst year, $200 returning with uniform, $150 if three years or more in summer program; includes pasta dinner, t-shirt, uniform and entry into Summer Showdown. Please note that these programs are not being offered through the town’s Youth & THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 17 Say nr y nior y Senior Senio by Jim Miller Ways to Make Gardening Easier as You Age Dear Savvy Senior, What gardening tips can you off er to older seniors? I love to putter around and work in the garden, but my back and knees have caused me to curtail my gardening activities, which I miss greatly. Older Gardner RECEIVING THE CHANCELLOR’S MEDAL: Last Friday, Chancellor Julie Chen (right) presented Andrew Whitcomb with a Chancellor’s Medal for Service to UMass. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) Dear Older, There’s no doubt that gardening can be hard on an aging body. Joints stiffen up, kneeling for prolonged periods hurts, and bending and reaching can strain muscles. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your hobby. You just need to garden diff erently, add some special tools and know your limits. Here are some tips that may help you. Limber Up With gardening, good form is very important as well as not overdoing any one activity. A common problem is that gardeners often kneel or squat, putting extra pressure on their knees. Then, to spare their knees, they might stand and bend over for long stretches to weed, dig and plant, straining their back and spine. To help protect your body, you A SPECIAL AWARD FOR A SUPER SAUGUS SCHOLAR (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) that kind of extended family left. So whenever I have big news to share, I call them. I called them all on Mother’s Day, too, and it’s always a comfort to me knowing that they are rooting for my success. College and studying and sometimes just being 23 and trying to fi gure out what you are supposed to do with your life can be isolating a lot of the time, but when you have people like my mother and those three cheering for you, it makes it a lot easier. Q: Please tell me about your sisters and your brother, and how they are doing. A: Collette works in the Endoscopy department at Beverly Hospital and she recently got accepted into a radiology program at North Shore Community College. Diana is an Operating Room nurse at Winchester Hospital. Neither are planning on graduate degrees at the moment, ASKS | SEE PAGE 18 need to warm up before beginning. Start by stretching, focusing on the legs and lower back. And keep changing positions and activities. Don’t spend hours weeding a fl owerbed. After 15 minutes of weeding, you should stand up, stretch, and switch to another activity like pruning the bushes or just take a break. It’s also important that you recognize your physical limitations and don’t try to do too much all at once. And, when lifting heavier objects, remember to use your legs to preserve your back. You can do this by keeping the item close to your body and squatting to keep your back as vertical as possible. Get Better Tools The right gardening equipment can help too. Kneeling pads can protect knees, and garden seats or stools are both back and knee savers. Lightweight garden carts can make hauling bags of mulch, dirt, plants or other heavy objects much easier. And long-handled gardening and weeding tools can help ease the strain on the back by keeping you in a standing upright position versus bent over. There are also ergonomic gardening and pruning tools with fatter handles and other design features that can make lawn and garden activities a little easier. Fiskars and Felco make a number of specialty tools that you can buy online or at local retail stores that sell lawn and garden supplies. Also check out Gardeners.com and RadiusGarden. com, two online stores that sell specialized gardening tools and equipment that are very helpful to older gardeners. Make Watering Easier The chore of carrying water or handling a heavy, awkward hose can also be diffi cult for older gardeners. Some helpful options include lightweight fabric or expandable hoses instead of heavy rubber hoses; soaker or drip hoses that can be snaked throughout the garden; thin coil hoses that can be used on the patio or small areas; a hose caddy and reel for easier hose transport around the yard; and a self-winding hose chest that puts the hose up automatically. There are also a variety of ergonomic watering wands that are lightweight, easy to grip, and reach those hard to-get-to plants. To find these types of watering aids check with your local lawn and garden supplies stores or visit Gardeners.com. Bring the Garden to You If your backyard garden has become too much to handle, you should consider elevated garden beds or container gardening – using big pots, window boxes, hanging baskets, barrels or tub planters. This is a much easier way to garden because it eliminates much of the bend and strain of gardening but still provides the pleasure of making things grow. 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. ior

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 OBITUARIES John Charles Woods A longtime resident of Gilford, NH, passed away on May 6, 2024 at JML Nursing Center in Falmouth following a long illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Kathryn Marie (Kinsley) Woods with whom he shared 50 wonderful years of marriage. John was born April 1, 1944 to the late Leon and Lennis (Pinkman) Woods in Winthrop, EDWARD PRANKER | FROM PAGE 4 Paul Kenworthy, seasonal park ranger at the Saugus to earn his bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisville, and later earned his Master of Business Administration at Plymouth State University. John had many careers over his lifetime, he owned a cleaning company for a time while living in Kentucky but worked as a Computer Software Project Manager and Consultant for several different companies for most of his career. John was a man of faith and MA. He was raised in Saugus, MA and spent summers at Lake Shore Park, NH. Following high school, he went on Iron Works National Historic Site, described the Pond now known as Prankers Pond, which once was much larger and stretched across to Your Hometown News Delivered! EVERETT ADVOCATE MALDEN ADVOCATE REVERE ADVOCATE SAUGUS ADVOCATE One year subscription to The Advocate of your choice: $175 per paper in-town per year or $225 per paper out-of-town per year. Name_________________________________________ Address_______________________________________ City_______________ State_______ Zip ____________ CC# _______________________________ Exp. _____ Sec. code____ Advocate (City):___________________ Clip & Mail Coupon with Credit Card, Check or Money Order to: Advocate Newspapers Inc. PO Box 490407, Everett, MA 02149 was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1973. When he wasn’t working, John took full advantage of living on the lake, spending many days boatwhat is now known as Route 1. The original pond on the site was built in the 1640’s for the Saugus Ironworks, torn down in the 1660’s, rebuilt in the 1770’s, and repaired and changed several times over the years. For a time in the early 20th century, it was the focal point of social life in Saugus, known as Lily Pond, where people canoed and fished in summer and skated in winter. There was a beach and a ballroom on its banks, and several businesses, including some ice houses and a mushroom growing facility. The dam was breached in 1956, and the much lower pond and surrounding area was preserved as a passive recreation area with the name Prankers Pond in 1976. ing and fishing. He loved taking his grandchildren out on the Lake in the family boat“R-boat III”. When not on the water, he was an avid gardener, planting both flowers and vegetables, and was a fantastic cook, often testing new recipes on his family. John loved music, he taught himself to play guitar and was a fantastic dancer. He was also a craftsman, enjoying restoring and refinishing antique furniture. More than anything, John is remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. John is survived by his daughters, Kristen Couture and her husband Paul, of East Falmouth, MA, and Deborah Brown and her husband Matt, of Haverhill, MA; his sons Robert Woods and his wife Trish, of Ball Ground, GA, and David Woods and his wife Rebekah, of Concord, NH; his sister Karen Vautour, of Lynn, MA; his 15 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 5 grand-dogs; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. For online guestbook and directions please visit www. chapmanfuneral.com. Today the remnants of the pond that helped provide power for the mills is a peaceful place despite construction going on adjacent to it. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) two pictures of jail? 10. What colors does asparagus come in? 1. May 17 is National Bike to Work Day; in the 1923 silent film “Our Hospitality,” what comic star briefly rode a bicycle predecessor called a hobbyhorse? 2. How many teams did Babe Ruth play for (1914– 1935)? 3. In what country is the temple complex of Angkor Wat? 4. What does the Latin “et al” mean? 5. On May 18, 1910, what celestial body passed close to earth and caused public panic? 6. What is the world’s largest continent? 7. What is an ampersand? 8. On May 19, 1884, what “Greatest Show on Earth” – started by brothers – opened in Baraboo, Wisc.? 9. What game board has 11. On May 20, 1926, what inventor said Americans prefer silent films over talkies? 12. Through what three countries does the Mekong River flow? 13. Who started the first female beauty contest: Bert Parks, ancient Greeks or Phineas T. Barnum? 14. On May 21, 1775, the Battle of Grape Island took place where in New England? 15. When is National Bike Month? 16. What was nicknamed “Boneshaker”? 17. On May 22, 1972, what country changed its name to Sri Lanka? 18. What fish (with the name of a bird in its name) changes color and sex? 19. What two months have names that can also be verbs? 20. May 23 is World Turtle Day; what royal fictional character said, “Have you seen the Mock Turtle yet?”? ANSWERS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Buster Keaton Three: Boston Braves, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Cambodia “and others” Halley’s Comet Asia A plus sign Ringling Brothers Circus Monopoly 11. Thomas Edison 12. 13. 14. 17. Green, purple/pink and white China, Laos and Vietnam Phineas T. Barnum (in 1855; paying visitors to his museum voting on photos of contestants) Boston Harbor 15. May 16. The first bicycles (wrought-iron and wood) with pedals Ceylon 18. Parrotfish 19. March and May (marching and maying (celebrating May Day – poem title: “Corinna’s Going a-Maying”) 20. The Queen in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 17, 2024 Page 17 SOUNDS| FROM PAGE 15 Recreation Department. Please contact Coach Christopher Tarantino directly with questions at 781-854-6778 or christophertarantino24@gmail. com. CHaRM Center is open The Town of Saugus recently announced that the CHaRM Center is open Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents will be required to buy a $25 Sticker to use the Compost Facilities as well as to recycle hard plastics. The rest of the Facility’s features are free to use for any Saugus resident. Residents are also allowed three TVs or computers/CRT monitors for free per household each year. The Town of Saugus reserves the right to refuse any material if quantity or quality is questionable. The final date the CHaRM Center will be open for the season is December 14. However, the Facility will be open the following winter dates, weather permitting: January 18, 2025, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; February 15, 2025, from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; March 15, 2025, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please contact Solid Waste/ Recycling Coordinator Scott A. Brazis at 781-231-4036 with any questions. What’s going on at the library? There’s always something interesting going on at the library. Here’s an activity worth checking out: Peter Jackson’s Magic To Go on Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. Reservations are required – ages six and up – reservations open April 15. Seating is limited. Brick program for Saugus War Monument 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 someone from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4” X 8” brick (three lines) or $200 for an 8” X 8” brick (five lines). Each line is a maximum of 15 characters. The improvement and upkeep of the monument on the corner of Winter and Central Streets rely on the generosity of donors through fundraising. The brick application must be in by Sept. 10 to ensure the bricks will be ready for Veterans Day. Please contact Corinne Riley at 781-231-7995 for more information and applications. About The Saugus Advocate We welcome press releases, news announcements, freelance articles and courtesy photos from the community. Our deadline is noon Wednesday. If you have a story idea, an article or photo to submit, please email me at mvoge@comcast.net or leave a message at 978-683-7773. Let us become your hometown newspaper. The Saugus Advocate is available in the Saugus Public Library, the Saugus Senior Center, Saugus Town Hall, local convenience stores and restaurants throughout town. - LEGAL NOTICE - COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS THE TRIAL COURT PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT Essex Division Docket No. ES24P1369EA Estate of: GLORIA A. MYLYK Also Known As: GLORIA MYLYK Date of Death: April 17, 2024 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Stephen Spano of Saugus, MA a Will has been admitted to informal probate. Stephen Spano of Saugus, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. May 17, 2024 - LEGAL NOTICE - COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS THE TRIAL COURT PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT Essex Probate and Family Court 36 Federal Street Salem, MA 01970 (978) 744-1020 Docket No. ES24C0006CA In the matter of: Ashley Sarai Munguia CITATION ON PETITION TO CHANGE NAME A Petition to Change Name of Adult has been filed by Ashley Sarai Munguia of Saugus, MA requesting that the court enter a Decree changing their name to: Ashley Sarai Ochoa. IMPORTANT NOTICE Any person may appear for the purposes of objecting to the petition by filing an appearance at: Essex Probate and Family Court before 10:00 a.m. on the return day of 06/11/2024. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance if you object to this proceeding. WITNESS, Hon. Frances M. Giordano, First Justice of this Court. Date: May 07, 2024 PAMELA CASEY O’BRIEN REGISTER OF PROBATE May 17, 2024 COLLECTING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS Y ou can claim your social security benefits once you reach age 62. However, if you begin collecting at age 62, your benefits will be permanently reduced by 25% to 30%, depending on your birth year. Furthermore, if you begin collecting at age 62 and you are still working, you will have your benefits further reduced once your income exceeds a certain level. Once you reach your full retirement age, you can earn as much as you want without suffering a reduction of benefits. For those born in 1960 or later, the full retirement age is 67. If, for example, you were born in 1958, your full retirement age would be 66 and 8 months. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a table that you can go by to determine what your full retirement age is and how much your benefits will be reduced by claiming early and how much they will be increased by waiting to age 70 to collect. If you wait beyond age 70 to collect, you will not receive any higher benefit. If you delay collecting your social security benefits until after your full retirement age, your benefits will increase 8% each year until age 70. One benefit of this strategy is if you were to die at age 71, your surviving spouse who was married to you for at least 10 years would receive 100% of your monthly benefit. If that surviving spouse did not have a higher monthly benefit under his or her own work history and did not have a sufficient state pension to live on, as well as significant liquid assets, that could be very important for the surviving spouse in order to continue with his or her standard of living. If a spouse collects benefits under his or her spouse’s work history, those benefits will be permanently reduced if that spouse begins collecting prior to his or her full retirement age. If you were to die after reaching your full retirement age, your surviving spouse would then be able to collect 100% of your monthly benefit, including the increased benefit you might be receiving as a result of waiting until age 70 to collect benefits. You can claim a surviving spouse social security benefit under your deceased spouse’s work history at age 60 and then transition to your own work history at your full retirement age assuming this would result in a higher monthly benefit. Furthermore, you could even wait until age 70 to collect under your work history resulting in even a higher monthly benefit. I would suggest establishing an account on the www. ssa.gov website to review your work history and to make sure all of your earnings have been posted properly. Go onto the retirement calculator tab to project your estimated benefits based upon retiring at full retirement age or at age 70. You would input your expecting earnings as well. If a divorced spouse remarries, he or she would lose the opportunity to collect benefits based upon the previous spouse’s work history. That is a real important consideration for divorced couples. Joseph D. Cataldo is an estate planning/elder law attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, AICPA Personal Financial Specialist and holds a masters degree in taxation.

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