Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 19, 2023 The Sounds of Saugus By Mark E. Vogler Good morning, Saugus! Two big weekends are coming up in Saugus. On next Saturday, May 27 – just a week from tomorrow – the Saugus Veterans Council will again be leading the charge for the Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Stephen L. Castinetti, commander of the Saugus Veterans Council, said this year’s parade will feature a media truck that will display sites that honor Saugus veterans and photos of deceased military men and women. A video prepared by Saugus TV Studio Associate John Prudent will be running throughout the parade, and residents will be able to view it at the staging area at Anna Parker Field at 124 Essex St. at 9 a.m. The parade will begin at 10 a.m., traveling the same parade route as last year: down Essex Street toward Cliftondale Square, down Lincoln Avenue, onto Central Street, to Winter Street and into Riverside Cemetery for the Memorial Day Ceremonies. Frank Manning, the outgoing commander of Cpl Scott J. Procopio Saugus American Legion Post 210, has been chosen as this year’s parade grand marshal. A former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to New Zealand will be this year’s keynote speaker. Castinetti said this year’s parade will include Junior ROTC color guard units from Beverly, Peabody, Revere and Salem. Guy Moley, the man behind local charity car shows, will arrange to have some classic cars in the parade. Martin Cox has offered to bring three military vehicles with him. The ceremony at Riverside Cemetery is expected to take place at about 11 a.m. or 11:15 a.m., according to Castinetti. Stay tuned for more details in next week’s Saugus Advocate. A second major upcoming event – the 152 Commencement Exercises of Saugus High School – is set for Friday, June 2 in Christie Serino Jr. Memorial Stadium adjacent to the new Saugus Middle/High School Complex. Stay tuned for more details on the Saugus High Class of 2023. Help Randy flag the veterans’ graves At about 3 p.m. on next Friday, May 26, Veterans Graves Registration Officer Randy Briand will converge on Riverside Cemetery to place miniature American flags on each of the veterans’ graves. The local Boys and Girls Scouts are usually the nucleus of the volunteers. But Randy welcomes any help. “Saugus Over Coffee” The next “Saugus Over Coffee” forum has been set for Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m., when we will be featuring Precinct 6. We will be sending out invitations soon – via email and letters – to the homes of each of the five Precinct 6 Town Meeting members. For those unfamiliar with the “Saugus Over Coffee” forums, they are cosponsored by The Saugus Advocate and the Saugus Public Library. The primary purpose is to give citizens in each of the town’s 10 precincts an opportunity to voice their concerns about top issues in their respective precincts. It also gives them an opportunity to meet their Town Meeting representatives and chat over a cup of coffee or tea. Town Meeting members will benefit by getting to know more about concerns in their precincts. Viewers of the forums videotaped by Saugus TV will also get to learn a little about the history or interesting things about the precinct being featured each month. One of my major hopes for the forums is that it spurs an interest for citizens to become candidates for Town Meeting in this fall’s town election. The public should keep in mind that there was a paucity of candidates for Town Meeting seats in the town elections back in 2021. In five of the 10 precincts, only five candidates ran for the five seats. That means half of the 50-member body was elected without competition. Stay tuned for more information as “Saugus Over Coffee” continues. Here is the remaining schedule: Precinct 6 – June 20 Precinct 7 – July 10 Precinct 8 – August 14 Precinct 9 – September 11 Precinct 10 – October 23 Please check with The Saugus Advocate or library for any changes in dates. Residents can check the programming guide on the station’s website (www.saugustv.org) for dates and times. A video of the forum will also be available for viewing on the station’s vimeo page within a day or two after the event – www.vimeo.com/ saugustelevision. How Scottish POWs shaped New England The Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site has an interesting forum set for 1 p.m. at the park on May 21. The press release issued recently by the Iron Works invited historic-minded residents and others to attend and “share your ideas to help shape the future of an exciting research project.” “New research conducted by an international team of archaeologists and historians is unearthing the fascinating story of some of the workers at the Saugus Ironworks,” it continued. “Landscapes of Indenture is an international investigation of the lives of the Scots, and the environmental impact they and other laborers had on the New England frontier. National Park Service is a partner in the project along with Salem State University, the University of New Hampshire, Old Berwick Historical Society, Durham University in England, and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The team of archaeologists, historians and paleoecologists are currently conducting fieldwork on sites associated with the Scots,” the press release noted. “The story of 400 Scottish soldiers taken prisoner at the Battles of Dunbar (1650) and Worcester (1651) and shipped to New England as forced labor is one of the most compelling immigrant stories in early American history. Many Scots served their fiveto-seven-year indentures at the Saugus Ironworks, and the rest worked in other hard and dangerous jobs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.” A June run for Mission Ready Marine veteran Brandon Montella, the U.S. Marine veteran who completed a 100-mile run last Veterans Day to honor local veterans and to raise money for his nonprofit cause, announced he has scheduled a 5K fund-raising run/walk through Breakheart Reservation this summer. The event – set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10 – is to benefit his 501C3 Mission Ready, which provides fitness programs and events to under-resourced youth and veterans. Here’s a link to the event with all the information and sponsors on the site: https://runsignup.com/Race/ MA/Saugus/MissionReady5K Multiple “Shout Outs” this week It’s always great to receive more than one “shout out” from our readers. The more, the merrier. This week, we received nominations from three readers: Precinct 6 Town Meeting Member Jeanie Bartolo: “This special ‘Shout Out’ goes to all of us who live in Cliftondale Square for standing firm for our neighborhood. At last Monday night’s Annual Town Meeting regarding Article 21, the Rezoning of Cliftondale Square, the Article was shot down by a two thirds vote 18 - 23. The grassroots effort by the residents of Cliftondale resulted in 100 phone calls and a Change. Org petition that garnered another 100 people against the Rezoning. A very special thank you to those who wrote letters; Mary Dunlop, Chery Roberto, Mark Sacco and Kimberly Preston and to the residents who attended and spoke out against the rezoning at Town Meeting. The residents aren’t against bettering the Square but we certainly don’t want or need an ‘urban development’ with 143 apartments smack in the middle of the Square either.” Sue Fleming: “First, Shout Out to Joanie Albee for all of her efforts of being the ‘Sketch Artist’ for ‘The Advocate.’ It was one of my favorite things to check out each week. Hopefully we will see it again in the future! Much appreciated, Joanie! “Second, Shout Out to Saugus Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli for being honored by the Anti-Defamation League of New England for his response to the antisemitic incident last September and for being a part of organizing a vigil. Also, for contributing to the Menorah and the candle lighting in front of Town Hall in December. We need to come together as a community and respect each other! Thank you Chief Ricciardelli!” Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Christopher P. Riley: I’d like to give a special shout out to Joe Vecchione. Joe has spent a great deal of time and effort to improve Cliftondale Square. As a lifelong resident of the area, I appreciate his work.” 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. An Earth Day fundraiser Earth Day is actually over. But the Saugus River Watershed Council will be holding an “Earth Day” fundraiser at Prince Pizzeria on May 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. – either in person or takeout. People who want to contribute to causes organized by the environmental group can purchase Prince Pizzeria vouchers, including one for a slice of the Saugus River Watershed at $25. This includes the popular Take ‘n Bake pizza in three-pack boxes. Seeking Sachem Sports Historical Data If you are knowledgeable about the Saugus High Sachem Boys and Girls sports teams prior to 1969, Saugus Public Schools could use your help. The School District is looking for data on Saugus High Sachem Boys and Girls sports teams prior to 1969 that won a conference, regional and/or State Championship. “For example, we need data on the 1966, ’67 or ’68 Saugus varsity cross country team that won the State Championship,” Saugus School Committee Member Dennis Gould wrote in a press release this week. “We need the team, the year and what championship they won. Pictures of the teams, trophies or old banners would be great also,” Gould said. “The data will be used by the School District to generate historical banners to hang in the new complex and to give to the Saugus Sports Hall of Fame for permanent record.” If you happen to have access or knowledge of such data, please email it to Dennis Gould, School Committee, jdgould1969@aol.com. Dennis can also be reached at 1-617257-4847. Kowloon launches outdoor dining next week The Kowloon Restaurant, which is located at 948 Broadway (Route 1 North) in Saugus, was set to open its outdoor dining venue on May 17 – serving a full food and bar menu. Their outdoor concert series kicks off on May 19 with Beatlejuice. The Kowloon Restaurant is open every day from noon till closing, and the outdoor venue is open Wednesday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to closing. This month’s Outdoor Concert Lineup: May 19: Beatlejuice, presented by the Saugus Lions Club. Tickets are $35 per person. THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 13

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