SAUGUS Vol. 22, No. 24 -FREE~ The Advocate Asks ~ Former School Committee Member Grabowski says voters should replace committee members who support privatization of custodians Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Arthur Grabowski, who served four two-year terms on the Saugus School Committee before he lost his bid for a fifth term in the town election two years ago. Grabowski requested to be interviewed on the issue of privatizing custodial services in Saugus Public Schools. He says it will be a mistake if the School Department replaces its 21 school custodians with a private company. Highlights of interview follow. Q: Based on what you know at the present time, would you vote for privatization of custodial services for Saugus Public Schools? A: At this point in time, with the information I know, absolutely not. This issue is not about performance of the custodians. This issue is pure and simple: The town manager does not want to pay health insurance for these employees. Have a Happy Father’s Day! ADVOCATE www.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday 781-233-4446 Friday, June 14, 2019 Vote’s validity questioned Two School Committee members call decision to replace custodians “illegal” By Mark E. Vogler NO TRANSPARENCY: Former School Committee Member Arthur Grabowski criticizes the current committee for being secretive and not seeking public comment on the proposal to privatize custodial services. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler) Not only that, in my opinion, he’s doing everything he can to eliminate unions and having to deal with them, because ASKS | SEE PAGE 10 ANGELO’S FULL "Over 40 Years of Excellence!" 1978-2019 Regular Unleaded $2.579 Mid Unleaded $2.799 Super $2.859 Diesel Fuel $2.839 KERO $4.759 Diesel $2.699 SERVICE HEATING OIL 24-Hour Burner Service Call for Current Price! (125—gallon minimum) DEF Available by Pump! 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They said they believe an improper vote at a May 8 Executive Session violated Public Bidding, Open Meeting and Public Records laws. “I don’t think it was legal. I don’t think the decision was made on the up and up,” Morgante said in an interview Wednesday. Marchese, who is a lawyer, said she believes the commitT tee was taking a “conceptual vote” on a proposal offered by Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. after members went into Executive Session at their 7:15 a.m. meeting on May 8. “To be honest with you, this (vote) shouldn’t have been done in executive session,” Marchese said in an interview Wednesday. “And as far as I’m concerned, this wasn’t a legal executive session,” she said. Committee reportedly didn’t follow Executive Session’s agenda Although the agenda for the May 8 meeting states that the committee would “move into Executive Session for the purpose of Collective Bargaining with the Custodians and The Superintendent’s Contract,” there was never any discussion with the custodians, according to Morgante and Marchese. The Open Meeting Law Guide states that a public body may only discuss matters for which the Executive Session was called, as specified on the agenda. 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Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 State Inspector General’s Office: School Dept.’s custodial service bid documents should have become public once decision was made By Mark E. Vogler I t appears the School Committee ignored the state Public Records Law when it denied two of its members documents related to the awarding of a contract to companies that responded to requests for proposals on custodial services. It also appears that Saugus Public Schools and the Town of Saugus are ignoring a public records request submitted last week by The Saugus Advocate. “If Saugus followed Section 6 of Chapter 30B for a Request for Proposals, then the jurisdiction must maintain a register of all proposals received which is a public record,” Jack Meyers of the state Inspector General’s Office wrote in an email to The Saugus Advocate. “However, the price and nonprice proposals are not public record until the evaluation process is complete,” wrote Meyers, who is the agency’s senior investigator/press liaison in the agency’s Audit, Oversight and Investigations Division. [If Saugus followed Section 5 of Chapter 30B for an Invitation for Bids the bids are required to be opened in public. That means that they must be opened either in a meeting which fulfills the requirements of the state’s open meeting law or in the presence of one or more witnesses. When bids are opened they are public records.] “As I mentioned during our phone call, the Secretary of State’s office handles disputes over public records and has authority over public records. Our office does not,” Meyers said. Meyers was responding to several questions submitted to him by The Saugus Advocate: 1) Is the public entitled to review documents related to companies that submitted bids and what the bid amount was for bids, whethWe Carry... * Lifetime Waterproof Warranty * Ceramic, Porcelain & Stone Tile * Hardwood Prefinished and Unfinished, Do-it-Yourselfer Products! Drop by our Showroom and check out our 250 styles of area rugs and other products! 31 Osprey Rd., Saugus * 781-289-9676 Contact@Russoflooring.com Lawrence A. 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Page 3 Custodian’s wife says her newborn child and family are victims of privatization By Mark E. Vogler H aving another child couldn’t come at a more difficult time for Michelle Swanson, who was expecting a baby boy soon, a couple of weeks before her husband Chris loses his job as a custodian. “My son Brandon will be three in August and I have another boy on the way,” Swanson, a 2002 Saugus High School graduate, said Monday after signing a petition in support of the custodians to be retained. “I found out in September that he might lose his job. Then I found out I was pregnant. So, right after I have the baby, Chris is going to be out of work,” she said. “You know, I think the whole thing has been done pretty sneaky. And I think people in town need to know what’s happening. It’s just a shame that the town is just going to be hiring a private cleaning service to replace our custodians, who do so much more,” she said. Michelle Swanson was one of 65 people who showed up Monday at Dunkin’ Donuts on Hamilton Street at a signature-gathering rally organized by Corinne Riley. A supporter of the custodians, Riley has already gathered enough signatures of registered voters to get a Special Town Meeting scheduled for June 24 when members will consider a nonbinding resolution to support the custodians over privatization. But custodians interviewed by The Saugus Advocate say it may be too late because a company has already been hired to replace the custodians. But Riley said she is determined to get as many signatures as possible – and they don’t need to be certified – to demonstrate the widespread community support for the custodians. She and other supporters plan to hold another signature-signing rally on June 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts on Hamilton Street. Combined with those signatures that the town clerk certified to qualify for the Special Town Meeting MORE THAN JUST A PAYCHECK: Alicia Dragon says she’s “going to miss the kids” (Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler) “The custodians are so valuable because they know the ins and outs of the buildings better than anyone. They’re the painters, they’re the plumbers, they’re the people who show up when there’s no school to shovel snow and they’re the people who go in on weekends to check out the buildings,” she said. “How is a private company going to do what our custodians do?” Chris Swanson, a 2000 SauBAD TIMING: Michelle Swanson says the thrill of giving birth to a second young child this week has been accompanied by some bad news: Her husband will soon be out of a school custodian’s job. warrant, the petition total has reached 405 people, according to Riley. Meanwhile, Michelle Swanson, who expected to have her baby boy on June 17, gave birth to the child on Wednesday. His name is Grayson Michael Swanson. “Our custodians do so much work that people don’t even think about. They play basketball with the kids. And they go through dumpsters, looking for the retainer that somebody lost or the private spoon that a kid threw away,” Michelle said. gus High School graduate, has worked as a custodian for about 19 years – ever since high school, beginning as part-time summer help, according to Michelle. He has spent the last decade as the head custodian at Oaklandvale Elementary School, she said. Alicia Dragon, 61, of Lynn, said she has worked as a high school custodian in Saugus Public Schools for 20 years. “No official notice yet – no letter saying that my job has been terminated – but I know it’s coming,” Dragon said. “I need the job because I need to pay the rent. But, most of all, I am going to miss the kids. I love the kids and I’ll miss the hell out of them,” Dragon said. “We go above and beyond what’s required to do things to help these kids. They make our days bright. They are awesome,” she said. 221 Newbury Street, Danvers For Tickets call (978) 774-7270 or www.breakawaydanvers.com Congratulations to the Class of 2019 Congratulations to the Class of 2019 “As a parent, I’m very protective of my son and want to see him develop to the best of his abilities. Adult Foster Care of the North Shore has been a vital asset to our family over the past five years in helping find resources for Brett.” Ted, Caregiver to Son, Brett 978-281-2612 AdultFosterCareNS.com Celebrating 18 Years dine drink gather enjoy THE NORTH SHORE'S HOTTEST NIGHTCLUB! Friday, June 14 at 8:30 PM New England's #1 Dance Band WILDFIRE Saturday, June 15 at 8:30 PM Country Music Sensation THE ULTRA Friday, June 21 at 8:30 PM WHAMMER JAMMER Saturday, June 22 at 9 PM OZZMOSIS Friday, June 28 at 9 PM TANGERINE Saturday, June 29 at 9 PM TIGERLILY

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Page 7 Was vote to privatize flawed? Copies of School Committee members’ emails raise questions about the process of considering private companies for custodial services By Mark E. Vogler or several weeks, Saugus School Committee ViceChair Elizabeth Marchese and Committee Member Lisa Morgante have made repeated requests seeking an Executive Session to clarify an apparent vote taken in private last month on a plan to privatize custodial services in the schools. But the two members say their requests have been ignored by School Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith, as it appears that the School Department has decided to replace 21 school custodians with a private company, based on an Executive Session vote that was never made public. “I request an executive sesF sion to inform the entire committee of the content of said meeting,” Marchese wrote in a June 11 email to her colleagues. “As you are all aware … our May 8th executive session meeting minutes have not been drafted nor disbursed for review. We are now more than a month post meeting,” Marchese continued. “Before any action is taken by what may be perceived as permission in that meeting I strongly urge this board convene in executive session. In addition since our committee secretary was not present to take down notes … it is extremely crucial that these minutes be drafted in complete detail as well as complete accuracy with all members having access to review.” That email is among several that Marchese made available to The Saugus Advocate this week – after the paper made a formal request for copies of emails and texts made between School Committee members from the period of May 19, 2019, through June 11. The emails show Marchese and Morgante were confused about the specific wording of the vote and that they wanted it known that they didn’t consider it approval on their part to proceed with privatization of custodial services. Here are some of the emails obtained by The Saugus Advocate: On May 20, Morgante wrote: “I would ask for an executive session to discuss a few things I’d like cleared up about the custodians & what we was presented to us at the last executive meeting please. 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Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 VALIDITY | FROM PAGE 1 Town Meeting, refused to answer Town Meeting members’ questions about whether any of the $1 million in the 2020 fiscal year budget earmarked for custodians would be cut to balance a $188,000 shortfall between what he requested and what the School Department will receive on July 1. The superintendent also deGood Credit or Bad Credit 153 Ferry St., Everett 617-294-4064 clined to confirm if the custodian jobs will even exist. DeRuosi said he couldn’t talk because of ongoing contract negotiations. But several custodians interviewed by The Saugus Advocate say a private company has already been hired to replace them when their contract expires on June 30, at the end of the current fiscal year. Is documentation lacking on May 8 meeting? If minutes exist for the May 8 meeting, Marchese and Morgante said, they have been denied those minutes despite repeated requests. 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Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 ASKS | FROM PAGE 1 unions have benefits and he has stated that health insurance is an issue that’s costing the town too much money. So, he doesn’t see it as improving the quality of custodial work in the town’s schools – it’s only a matter of dollars and cents. The 90-10 [town/individual contributions] split for this town is unsustainable. Everybody knows it, but he refuses to discuss it and change it. Q: So, what’s the issue here? A: If you think about the word custodian – custodians are caretakers; they are caretakers of town buildings; they’re caretakers of our buildings. They’re caretakers of our children at the same time. Custodian doesn’t just mean a janitor sweeping the floor. These people are invested. When we have snowstorms, custodians are out there blowing the snow, putting down ice melt and making sure people and the kids can get into the schools safely. When the heat goes off in the middle of the winter at three in the morning, a custodian comes down and turns it on. Custodians even have the obligation in the really cold weather to come down and make sure the heat is on and to make sure the kids have a safe, warm and comfortable environment – the kids and staff. So, these people are not janitors. They’re custodians; they’re custodians of our buildings. When you down to the high school at the start of school after summer vacation, that school is spotless. You can eat off of those floors. Q: As someone who has observed their work as a former School Committee member, how would you grade the work of the custodial staff? A: I would say A-. Q: And that’s based on your eight years on the committee? A: Yes. In the elementary schools, you only have one custodian. Q: Have you gone into the schools since not being reelected to the committee? 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So, first of all, you do your negotiations with the union. Second of all, as we privatized the school lunch program – which was a little bit different because it involved costs to the schools – there should have been some public discussion on the pros and cons of privatization, aside from the questions of contract negotiations. So, there should have been two different things. There should have been (on the School Committee agenda) several times public discussion of the pros and cons, and the School Committee should be obligated – they don’t have to state what their position is – to listen to the public. They are elected to serve the public, not to dictate to the public, and they should have heard from parents, and they should have heard from anybody concerned what their thoughts were – and take those thoughts, put them in a cogent manner in their brains and then come up with “Yeah, we should privatize” or “No, we shouldn’t privatize.” There has never been a study done to see if privatization is going to save any money, or what the pros are. If you look at other school districts that have privatized, I don’t think any one of them has ever said they were successful. I know there is a local school department that privatized – and then one or two years into the contract, the costs escalated so high that they put it out again for bids, and now they have two companies, each working in different schools, and they get the best price that way and they can see who is doing the best job. Q: So, does doing an indepth study and seeking public input get into a school committee doing its due diligence as far as finding out what the pros and cons are? A: Oh, absolutely. Q: And getting out there and talking to other school districts about their experience? A: Yeah. At the very least, if this was a thought, they could have extended the contract for another year when the new Saugus Middle-High School is going to start to be open and brought in a consultant to do a study. There was a study made when we had some problems with the sports department. We hired a consultant to come in and give us a 20- to 25-page report on the sports department. Why couldn’t that have been done on the custodial department? They could have hired somebody to come in who knows what they’re doing – interview people, do the pros and cons, and then have a document in front of you that says, “Yes, you’re going to save $5 million” or “No, you’re not going to save $5 million.” But it’s not strictly a dollars-and-cents issue; there are intangibles that happen there every day. Q: What do you think what’s happening says about the Saugus School Committee and Saugus Public Schools or open government – the fact there wasn’t any feedback sought from the public? A: It shows there was absolutely no transparency, and to this day, we won’t know for a couple of weeks what’s on the agenda for June 20 [the next School Committee meeting], but I’d be very surprised to see it on the agenda for the 20th, because the chair maintains that she is the only one who has the authority to put things on the agenda. Even when I was a School Committee member and I sat at meetings and I sent emails to request items put on the agenda, I was refused. And the answer I got is because policy said that the chair is the one who sets up the agenda. Well, what good is that? Being a dictatorial Town of Saugus? Are we different than the State of Massachusetts or the United States of America – where you lose your ability to have representative government? This is supposed to be representative government, not dictatorial government. Q: What do you think of the fact that for over a month we have been trying to solicit views from people who faASKS | SEE PAGE 11

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That’s contractual, and there should have been some vote taken in Executive Session that should have been ratified in Open Session, just as when you give the superintendent a contract, you discuss his contract parameters in Executive Session, and once the Executive Session passes it or fails it, then you come out in Open Session and you ratify the action you took so that the people you represent know what’s going on. If you hide behind Executive Session, that’s just hiding behind it – that’s just a gutless situation to hide behind – with nobody wanting to face the truth and accept the consequences. Q: If this was decided in a secret session without making the vote public, you have the potential for having the vote disqualified if the state Attorney General’s Division of Open Government later determined the vote was invalid. A: Absolutely. If there were found to be Open Meeting Law violations, the vote would be rescinded. You’d have to start all over again, and there could be some sanctions against the School Committee. As we’ve seen in the past, there have been several issues where a School Committee was chastised by the state for Open Meeting Law violations, and in my opinion, they [School Committee members] have learned not to abide by the Open Meeting Law. But they’ve learned how to hide their Open Meeting Law violations so they’re not obvious to somebody who doesn’t spend eight hours a day perusing the agendas, the minutes and everything else to make sure that they have abided by the obligations that they have to the state law. Q: How do you think the public of Saugus should respond to these circumstances? A: Well, a week ago there were two petitions circulated around town that in one day both petitions – one for a Bylaw change on presenting resolutions to the Special Town Meeting, which is a separate issue, and the other petition, which was to support custodians and be against privatization – they gained over 200 signatures in less than a day. And there are more people every day wanting to sign the two petitions. Q: And you signed the petition. A: I was the first one to sign. That’s the important thing: that the people spoke on this. And the ultimate answer will come in November when the people go to the polls. Please, people … I want to say that people should not have short memories, come to November, as to what this School Committee has done or is doing. Q: At this point, you would say the full School Committee, by refusing to respond publicly to these concerns, at this point, they deserve to wear the responsibility for privatizing, if that’s what happens and if, indeed, the custodians are replaced by privatization? A: I think that when and if it comes to a vote, the people of the Town of Saugus – the parents and the voters – should carefully weigh how these people voted. Anybody that votes to privatize these custodians should be wearing that badge of discredit to them and should be replaced. Q: Sort of like “The Scarlet Letter”? A: Yeah, “The Scarlet Letter.” Unequivocally, they should be replaced if they vote to privatize. Now, obviously, you have five people. If five people vote to privatize, then all five people should be thrown out, and let’s get some new people in there who want to do the right thing for the kids in the town. This School Committee, over the last several years, by proxy, has been taken over by the town manager, because of his influence over the chair. Isn’t coincidental that the chair of the School Committee gets a job over at Town Hall after she’s elected and she gets 20 hours a week – and 20 hours is the threshold for insurance benefits, as well as all other town benefits. Nineteen hours, you are not eligible, but 20 hours and you are eligible. Whether she takes it or not is her decision, but it does make her eligible. The other issue is the town manager just hired two people to give out parking tickets in town. One is a retired police officer, and the other is a person who was fired from a town position a while back and is now working for the town, and both of them were hired at 20 hours, again, making them eligible for full town benefits. Now, obviously a retired police officer doesn’t need those benefits because they are covered in his retirement, but the other employee now has the ability to collect full insurance. Q: Are both these people Town Meeting members? A: Yes they are; both of them are Town Meeting members, coincidentally. So while the town manager is crying the 21 custodians are costing the town money, he’s hiring people and making them eligible to be put on the insurance rolls. Whether they take it or not is a personal decision, but they are eligible. Q: So, do you think a vote has been taken on this in private? A: I think a decision has been made. Maybe we’ll see something on the 20th [of June, at the next School Committee meeting]. If not, maybe we’ll see something on the 30th [end of the 2019 fiscal year when it would be clear if custodians were replaced by privatization] when the custodians’ contract expires. It think this has been going on for such a long time; I think the people of Saugus deserve an explanation. If I were hanging on by a thread to my job, I would want plenty of notice. It’s only right. It’s only fair. If the decision has been made, tell these people. Their lives have to continue; they have to make other arrangements. It’s not fair to them because they never did anything to the town. Q: Based upon what you know about the RFP, has there been adequate transparency on the documents that have been available to the public at this point? A: Absolutely not. I have heard that people have asked for them; I heard that you, yourself, has asked for them – and they’re not forthcoming. Why doesn’t this town abide by the rules of freedom of information? Public information? Open Meeting Law? This town violates so many rules and regulations, and they feel they are immune to it. Well, if the people feel they are not immune to it, they need to take their actions, and those actions happen in November at the ballot box. Q: Anything else that you would like to say? A: Again, these custodians are individuals; they are people with feelings. They take care of our schools; they have a vested interest in our schools. Somebody getting paid $12 or $13 an hour has no invested interest. All they care to do is the least amount of work for the most amount of money. These custodians should have been allowed to negotiate, and I think these negotiations were done in bad faith. The School Committee could have said to them, “We need to save some money. Come back to us with a proposal of how we can save some money, and then you have some give and take. I don’t know if that happened, but that’s how you do good collective bargaining – not dictatorial, like “We’re going to outsource you.” So, these meetings that they have been having about contract negotiations are a sham – an absolute sham.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Page 13 Saugus Lions Club celebrates 90 years M embers and guests of the Saugus Lions Club gathered in the Saugus Knights of Columbus Hall last Saturday (June 8) to celebrate the 90th year since the organization’s founding in Saugus. NEWLY INSTALLED: The Saugus Lions Clubs’ officers and directors for 2019-20 gather with new members during last Saturday’s 90th birthday party. SAUGUS LION CLUB’S FIRST FAMILY: Newly installed Saugus Lions Club President George Meimaris and his wife, Rahel, hold their 14-month-old daughter Barbara after George’s installation as president for 2019-2020. George holds a ceremonial candle to light the way. THE HALF-CENTURY CLUB: The three longestserving members of the Saugus Lions Club each have more than 50 years of service to the club: left to right, Eugene Decareau, Arthur Gustafson and Ralph Carbone at last Saturday night’s 90th birthday celebration. At age 89, Decareau is the oldest. With 53 years of service, Gustafson is the club’s most veteran member. GLAD TO BE HERE: Left to right, Dwight R. Beatty, the new plant manager at Wheelabrator Saugus, and Jack Walsh, a community relations official at Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc., enjoy the Lions Club celebration. A GOOD FEED: Steve Decareau, a 1973 Saugus High School graduate and a son of Saugus Lions Club legend Eugene Decareau, carries a full plate of eats catered by Daniella’s of Danvers. RECOGNIZING A GREAT LION: Left to right, Tom Traverse is recognized by Immediate Past President Benjamin Penta as this year’s Melvin Jones Award winner. The award, which was created in 1973, takes the name of the founder of Lions Club International, Melvin Jones. This was the sixth time that Traverse received the honor, which recognizes a member’s dedication to humanitarian service during the year. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE: Immediate Past President Benjamin Penta receives a plaque from newly installed President George Meimaris at last Saturday’s (March 8) 90th birthday celebration for the Saugus Lions Club. WELCOME TO OUR CLUB: Two new members are installed in the Saugus Lions Club. Left to right, new club member Barbara Geary, and her sponsor, club member Katie Sirois; veteran Saugus Lions Club member Eugene Decareau, with the new member he sponsored, Valerie Haven. CONGRATULATIONS FROM BEACON HILL: Tony Spaziale, left, the newly installed second vice president of the Saugus Lions Club, receives a special proclamation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives – presented by State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) – recognizing the Lions Club for 90 years of service in Saugus. (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler) FULL HOUSE: A crowd of more than 100 Saugus Lions and their guests filled the Saugus Knights of Columbus Hall last Saturday night at the club celebrated its 90th birthday. A PERSONAL BIRTHDAY: Left to right, Saugus Lions Club Secretary Patty Fierro holds a birthday cake for the club’s incoming secretary, David Wilson, who was celebrating his birthday last Saturday when the Lions Club celebrated its 90th anniversary in Saugus.

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Sachems edge past Hawks in first round By Greg Phipps H aving been awarded the fifth seed and receiving a bye entering the Division 3 North baseball tournament, the Saugus Sachems hosted a state playoff game for the first time in three decades on Sunday at World Series Park. The result was a pleasant one for the home team, although it didn’t come easy. The 12th-seeded Essex Tech Hawks, who had advanced past the preliminary round by beating Watertown the day before, gave Saugus all it could handle. The Hawks carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning before the hosts awoke to tie it with two in its half of the fourth. Several frames later, an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth catapulted the Sachems to a 3-2 first-round triumph. Ace pitcher Todd Tringale, who played mostly in the outfield on Sunday (He also played a crucial role in relief), reached to lead off the eighth after being hit by a pitch. He proceeded to steal second base. Ryan Beliveau then laid down a bunt in order to advance Tringale to third. An errant throw to first by the Hawks’ catcher rolled into right field, and Tringale was able to dash home for the gamewinner. “This was a great game. We hadn’t played in 13 days and our offense struggled to get going. But we were able to pull it out,” Saugus head coach Joe Luis said after it was over. “Their pitcher [Daniel Masta] did a great job. He was outstanding and he really kept us in check. I give Essex Tech a lot of credit. They really competed today.” As further proof of the intensity of Sunday’s battle, a brief scuffle broke out between the two squads during the postAward-Winning Landscaping Servicing the North Shore for over 38 Years Saugus baserunner Anthony Cogliano slid headfirst into third base as third-base coach (and head coach) Joe Luis looked on during Sunday’s first-round win over Essex Tech. Cogliano was called out on the play. (Advocate Photos by Greg Phipps) game handshake. The players were quickly separated and peace was restored. Saugus starter Jason Casaletto stepped up with a solid performance, giving up single runs in the first and fourth inning and working into the seventh. He was relieved by Tringale on two occasions. The most critical juncture was in the top of the fourth, when Tech was looking to add more runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Luis brought in Tringale, who induced a strikeout to end the inning. But catcher Jackson Stanton made perhaps the biggest play when he picked off the runner at third for the second out. Casaletto would retake the mound to start the fifth before turning it over to Tringale again after a double put a Hawks runner at second base to open the seventh. “When it’s a single elimination tournament, you’ve got to do everything you can to win,” Luis said. “Jason pitched great and I was able to use Todd to put out two fires.” Saugus tacked on its two fourth-inning tallies when Stanton and Jack Devereux both singled and eventually scored on an error. Offensively, Jack Devereaux and Anthony Cogliano both finished with three hits. All told, the Sachems stole 11 bases and smacked 10 hits. Asked about hosting a home tournament game for the first time in many years, Luis said it gave the Sachems a real boost. “It was great to give the fans and the community a home game and not have to travel,” he responded. “The support today was fantastic. They really helped will us to the win.” NOW BOOKING NEW CUSTOMERS! DON’T WAIT! Call 781-321-2074 Pavers * Walkways * Patios * Driveways * Pool Decks Planting * Perennials * Shrubs * Trees New Lawns * Sod * Hydroseed Flowers/Annuals/Mums * Conventional Seeding * Synthetic Complete Maintenance * Cleanups (Spring & Fall) * Lawn Cutting, Edging & Weeding * Lawn Fertilizer Programs * Trim & Prune Shrubs * Mulching, Thatching Interlock Block * Fire Pits * Sitting Walls * Pillers Landscape Lighting * Design * Install * Repair * Night Illumination

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Page 15 Baseball: Early lead evaporates in quarterfinal loss at Bishop Fenwick By Greg Phipps quick four-run lead with ace starter Todd Tringale on the mound seemed like the perfect victory recipe for Saugus in Monday’s quarterfinal round of the Division 3 North playoffs at Bishop Fenwick High School (BF). But that was before the scenario took a turn for the worse for the Sachems. Having exploded for all of its A scoring in the top of the first inning, fifth-seeded Saugus was unable to produce anything further against the Fenwick relief corps. Despite that, the four-run cushion appeared to be safe enough with Tringale shutting out the host Crusaders through the first four frames. Number four seed BF suddenly reached the senior righty for two runs in the fifth and rallied Saugus second baseman Ryan Beliveau gathers in the throw that nails a BF baserunner attempting to steal in Monday’s quarterfinal loss to the Crusaders. (Advocate Photos by Greg Phipps) for three more in the bottom of the seventh to steal a 5-4 win. It was a tough pill to swallow for the Sachems (15-7), who felt they were legitimate challengers for the divisional title. The Crusaders improved to 16-6. “We got off to a great start but then we couldn’t execute in certain situations the rest of the game,” Saugus head coach Joe Luis told the press after the loss. “We were trying to get that fifth run throughout the game. We missed on two bunt [plays] and couldn’t capitalize, but that’s high school baseball.” An error, an infield hit, and a groundout led to Fenwick’s first run, and a run-scoring double made it a 4-2 contest after five. Tringale made it into the seventh with the 4-2 lead and was within one out of getting Saugus to the semifinals. One run then came across on an error to make it 4-3. With runners on second and third, Trey Deloury, who was stellar in his five innings of relief work, smashed a double to left field to drive in the winning runs and effectively end Saugus’s season. It was just the second defeat of the season for Tringale, who went 7-2 on the season with well over 100 strikeouts. He was touched up for eight hits and five runs on Monday while whiffing six batters. The result also marked the second year in a row the Sachems have experienced lateinning heartbreak in the postseason. Last spring, the Sachems couldn’t hold a seventh-inning lead against Lynnfield and were eliminated in the opening round. Hits by C.J. Graffeo and Ryan Beliveau set up Joey Dusabalo, who launched a bases-loaded double that brought in the first three Saugus runs in the team’s opening at bat. Dusabalo eventually scored on an error. The early Saugus eruption chased BF starter Jake Miano, who didn’t make it out of the first inning. Fenwick relievers Cory Bright (1 1/3 innings) and DeLoury then came in and kept Saugus off the board the remainder of the way. Softball: Despite Wood’s effort, Sachems lose playoff opener By Greg Phipps O ver its last nine games of the 2019 season, the Saugus High School softball team won six times but could have emerged victorious in all of the contests. Last Thursday’s Div. 2 North playoff opener at sixthseeded Dracut was winnable, but the Sachems ended up falling short in extra innings on an unearned run. An error in the outfield led to Pitcher Caitlyn Wood put on another stellar performance in Div. 2 North round one, but an unearned run in extra innings proved to be the difference in a 1-0 loss. (Advocate Photos by Greg Phipps) Dracut scoring the game-winning tally in the bottom of the eighth for a 1-0 victory. Eleventh-seeded Saugus finished 12-9, having gone 6-3 over that final nine-game span, with each loss coming by one run. “I’m very proud of the kids for the season. 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She was a force both on the mound and offensively over the second half of the campaign, and was Saugus’s lone baserunner against Dracut after she reached on an error. The Sachems didn’t muster a hit. Almquist said the hitless result on offense was a little deceiving as his team did make contact but nothing dropped in. “We put the ball in play. We had a couple of nice [hits] but they made the plays [in the field],” he pointed out. “We couldn’t make anything happen. We just couldn’t find the holes. Other than that one error that Caitlyn reached on, Dracut made all the plays.” Seeing his squad rise up and earn a postseason bid after sitting at 6-6 with eight games to go in the regular season, Almquist said a number of experienced players, including Wood, Alexa Ferraro and Cat Schena, will be back next spring. Meanwhile, the team will lose seniors D.J. Munafo (Wood’s battery mate at catcher), Sadie DiCenso, Emma Howard, Nystasia Rowe, Alessia Salzillo and Ashley Shaw to graduation. In Saugus’s playoff loss to Dracut last Thursday, senior catcher D.J. Munafo served as battery mate for Caitlyn Wood for the final time. “Hopefully, we’ll give it another crack next season,” he observed. “We have a good group of kids coming back next year.” Spring!

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 ~ Letters to the Editor ~ Town Meeting Member Stewart calls proposal to privatize custodial services “a disgrace that would be proven over time” he School Committee is way off base with their proposal of replacing the Saugus school custodians. They propose to replace the custodians with a private company T augus School Committee: It is a disgrace the way you that will consist of employees with no devotion to the schools, teachers, and most importantly the students. The employees of an outside company have no dedication to Saugus. Our present employees are mostly Saugus residents and have been committed to exceptional service to the community. To change the system to save a small amount of money is a disgrace that would be proven over time as we go forward with a contractor. Please contact school committee members and tell them that you want the current employees to continue their great service to the community. Bill Stewart, Town Meeting Member, Precinct 3 School Committee: Do what’s right and do your job S have treated the 21 Saugus Custodians and their families. Not only is privatizing this position not what’s best for our students and teachers, but to consciously work to silence them and their supporters is contrary to everything we should stand for as Americans. We demand that they have a chance to be heard along with the concerned Saugus residents who DO NOT support this change. These are 21 valuable employees, and in many cases Saugus residents, that you have misled and treated as completely expendable with no regard for how this will impact them and their families. First it was not allowing a resolution to be brought forward at a town meeting, a refusal that has never before been seen in this town, and now it’s your refusal to add them to the agenda for the 6/20 School Committee meeting. You cannot continue to leave these families in the dark as their contracts expire in just a few weeks. They deserve to be heard and so do the people of Saugus who overwhelmingly oppose this proposal. There is a reason that students, their parents, and our teachers do not support the privatization of our school custodians and they should be allowed to voice their concerns and support for the 21 custodians that will be impacted. Do what’s right and do your job which means working with the community that you were hired to serve! The people of Saugus will remember this at our next election and we will be protesting at your 6/20/19 School Committee meeting. Our voices will be heard even if you don’t want them to be. Christian Moore P.S. – For the news outlets that I have copied to this email, if you would like the whole story on how the Town of Saugus negotiated in bad faith, and is now trying to push this privatization through without the impacted employees and residents of Saugus being allowed the opportunity to speak on the matter, I would be happy to share all the unfortunate details. It would appear that the only chance these families have at being heard is if local news outlets give them a voice, since the Town of Saugus continues to shut them down at every turn. To our readers If you would like to comment on the proposal to privatize custodial services in Saugus Public Schools, please send your responses to Mark E. Vogler, Editor, The Saugus Advocate, at mvoge@comcast.net. Make the call or email For our readers who prefer to let the individual School Committee members know how they feel on this issue, here is how you can contact them: Jeannie Meredith, School Committee chair Phone: 781-307-3402 Email: jmeredith@Saugus.k12. ma.us Linda Gaieski Phone: 781-233-8827 Email: lgaieski@saugus.k12. ma.us Marc Magliozzi Phone: 781-307-1816 Email: mmagliozzi@saugus. k12.ma.us Elizabeth Marchese, School Committee vice chair Phone: 781-632-7136 Email: emarchese@saugus. k12.ma.us Lisa Morgante Phone: 781-249-4559 Email: lmorgante@saugus.k12. ma.us

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Page 17 Young Thespians ~ Letter to the Editor ~ On privatization of school custodians Saugus School Committee & Town Officials, It’s truly disappointing to hear that last night at an impact meeting between Saugus town officials and the Union representatives for the custodians, that you informed the custodians that you were moving forward with the privatization of their positions and that they would be terminated. That you would be replacing them with a company that pays their employees minimum wage, and that has no connection to the town of Saugus, and more importantly the teachers and students of the town. Not surprising unfortunately, but disappointing. Disappointing that you YOUNG ACTORS: Left to right, Annalee Messina, an 8th grader from Wakefield, and Sebastiano DiModica, a 7th grader from Saugus, performed in North Shore Christian School’s production of “Ella Enchanted” on May 17 and 18 at the East Baptist Church in Lynn. Both students attend North Shore Christian School on the Lynn Campus. “Sebastiano’s love for acting starting when he was in 4th grade at North Shore Christian School when he performed in his first school play, ‘Oliver Twist,’ as Bill Sykes,” according to Christine Saia, the school’s Director of Admissions. “He is currently pursing an acting career and is working with an agency out of Boston, Model Club Inc, and an agency out of N.Y., MMG,” she said. Sebastiano performed the leading role as Prince Charmont. “Ella Enchanted” is based on the novel by Gail Carson Levine and adapted and directed by Amelia Smith with special arrangement with Miramax. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate) SERVICE | from page 2 of the exemption provides the public with an opportunity to review the rejected proposals to ensure that taxpayer dollars are wisely spent.” Under the second clause of the exemption, government officials are allowed to withhold any inter-agency or intra-agency communications regarding the evaluations of the bids or proposals until the records custodian renders a decision to enter into negotiations with the successful bidder or awards the contract. The guide poses questions and answers, similar to concerns raised by School Committee Members Elizabeth Marchese and Lisa Morgante – both who claim they were denied information about the bids that should have been provided (See similar story): –Question: May the records custodian withhold proposal and bid documents until the records custodian has finalized a contract with the construction company or developer? –Answer: The first clause of Exemption (h) allows the records custodian to withhold proposals and bids from disclosure until the time for the opening bids or until the time for receipt of proposals has expired. Once that occurs, the proposals and bids no longer fall under the protection of Exemption (h) and can no longer be withheld. –Question: May the records cuswould choose to lie to the faces of long term town employees with families to support, and residents that overwhelmingly oppose this move. Disappointing that you would choose to negotiate in bad faith. Disappointing that you would block these employees, their families, and their supporters from being heard at a town meeting, and disappointing that you would decide to break protocol, not put this to a vote by the School Committee, and push this through under the cover of darkness. I know a lot of people on this email are probably confused. todian withhold any records concerning the evaluations of the bidders and the awarding process, and at what point do the records become public? –Answer: The second clause of Exemption (h) allows the records custodian to withhold any interagency or intra-agency communications that are made in the process of reviewing the bids and proposals, prior to entering into negotiations with or to award the contract to a particular person. The records custodian may withhold the records pursuant to Exemption (h) only until the contract has been awarded. Once a decision has been made to enter into negotiations the records custodian can no longer withhold the records. Wondering how the custodians and their families were notified they were being terminated when we were assured by Superintendent DeRuosi that this matter would be brought to a vote. Well, unfortunately, as is all too common in politics, especially politics in Saugus, they LIED. They lied throughout this entire process and they continue to lie. This has never been about privatization of the custodians and whether or not it was the best option for Saugus. Many believe it is not, but that was never at the heart of this issue. What this was about is just how poorly you have treated your own employees and their families. All that was being asked for was open and honest dialogue around this issue and you shut that down at every opportunity. You engaged in “contract negotiations” in bad faith, knowing that you were going to bring in an outside vendor the entire time. When your intentions got out and the custodians and their families attended a town meeting wanting to know what was going on and if their jobs were in jeopardy, they were not allowed to speak. They were told that this issue, the issue of how they were going to support their families, was not on the agenda and was a School Committee matter. When they took it to the School Committee they were told that if there were going to be any changes there would be a vote and everyone would have an opportunity to speak on it. In fact, two of your School Committee Members, Lisa Morgante and Liz Marchese, signed a petition to get this matter on the agenda for the June 20 School Committee meeting. They assured me that they wanted this matter to be discussed openly and for everyone to be heard, but at the end of the day the agenda was set by Chairperson Meredith and there wasn’t much they could do about it. And now here we are. Not only did this matter never make it to the agenda for open discussion, the town pushed through this approval without ever bringing it to a vote. I’m sure many are wondering why the town would choose to operate in this manner, why they would treat long time employees like they didn’t matter, and the truth is because they don’t care about their employees and they don’t care about the residents of Saugus. If they did they would have encouraged open dialogue, listened to the concerns of their employees and residents, and pushed for a transparent process. Instead they lied, lied some more, and then decided to push this privatization through after holding backroom meetings that the public was not privy to. This entire process was a complete and utter disgrace, but there is plenty of blame to share outside of just School Committee members DeRuosi, Meredith, Marchese, Gaieski, Morgante, and Magliozzi. Where was the Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen when people were asking for transparency and open dialogue? The problem with the Saugus town government has always been that they lack vision, and the reason for this is that they lack true leadership. I hope that come November the people of Saugus will vote for change. That they will vote for true leaders that value town employees, encourage open dialogue, and that put the best interests of its residents above their own personal interests. What’s apparent right now is that a leader like that doesn’t currently exist in Saugus. Christian Moore

Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS By Mark Vogler H ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus. “A DOUBLE Shout Out” Precinct 6 Town Meeting Member Jeanie Bartolo – who inspired our decision to run a weekly component of “Sounds of Saugus” giving praise to remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents – asked if she could be allowed to make “A Double Shout Out” this week. “There are so many great things that people do in this town!!!” Jeanie wrote us. “Shout Out to Ron Wallace for not giving up his effort to get his Resolution on privatizing the school custodians on Town Meeting floor,” Jeanie wrote in an email to us. “Shout Out to Corrine Riley, who spearheaded the effort for a June 24th Special Town Meeting where members will vote on two Resolution Articles. If passed, Ron will finally have his chance to read his Resolution on Town Meeting Floor [supporting the custodians].” This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out – in a brief mention – remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents. Just send an email with the mention in the subject line of “An Extra Shout Out.” No more than a paragraph. Anything longer might lend itself to a story and/or photo. Loose ends Hopefully, sometime this summer, the town will finally get around to holding a public meeting on traffic safety concerns and targeting specific streets as candidates for speed limit reductions and various safety improvements. SAVE sets Annual Dinner for June 19 Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) will hold its Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday, June 19 at the Continental Restaurant (Route 1 North, Saugus; social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner buffet to begin at approximately 7:15 p.m.). The public is cordially invited and we hope you can join us for the Mixed Buffet consisting of Garden Salad, Pasta, Entrees, Potato and Vegetable, Ice Cream Dessert, Coffee and Tea. The cost is $21.00 per person. As part of our annual event, our guest presenter for the evening, John Hite, Zero Waste Policy Analyst from Conservation Law Foundation, will discuss Zero Waste initiatives. For further information or to download the Annual Dinner response coupon, please visit our website at http://www.saugussave. com or http://www.saugussave.org. You may also contact Ann at adevlin@aisle10.net or Carol at 1-978-208-8321. Please let us know if you are able to join us for a fun and informative evening as well as a wonderful buffet dinner as soon as possible, but no later than June 14. Free parking is available on-site, and the facility is accessible for the disabled. Will they duck the roll call? Speaking of Ron Wallace’s (Precinct 5) efforts to speak publicly in support of the Saugus Public Schools custodians, there are reports that a few of his colleagues resent the idea of a roll call vote on the issue of supporting school custodians. And there are rumblings that they will discourage others from attending in hopes of not getting a quorum for the meeting. Hopefully, these reports are exaggerated. It’s sort of goes against the Democratic way. Another report has Town Meeting members who are employed in government being told to vote against the proposal because they might wind up paying a bigger share of their health insurance. Dog licensing deadline Here’s a reminder from Town Clerk Ellen J. Schena to license your dog by June 30. The late fee of $20 begins on July 1. The $20.00 is added on to the regular fee of $12.00 or $15.00 – totaling $32.00 or $35.00. For questions, please call the clerk at 781-231-4104. Honoring the memory of Officer Vitale If your schedule is open late tomorrow morning (Saturday, June 15) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., head down to Harold L. Vitale Memorial Park on Ballard Street, where there will be a reception for six local high school students – including Madison Slane of Saugus – who will be awarded scholarships. “Our family has the honor of coming to this beautiful park named after Harold for over 25 years now, where we get to remember him for how he lived, not how he died,” said Les Vitale, President of the Memorial Fund. “This is very satisfying for us. Not many small organizations like ours are fortunate enough to host an event like this for more than 25 years, so we’re extremely grateful to have this opportunity,” he said. “To enjoy this day with these students and their families on the birthday. Eve of Father’s Day every year is really special. June 18th is the 34th Anniversary of Harold’s death and June 14 was his 77th To give his life in the line of duty at such a young age meant he missed a lot of things, like graduations, marriages and grandchildren, but we get to carry on that spirit for him.” This year marks the 27th consecutive year the Fund has granted scholarships. Bob Vitale, a retired Transit Police Officer and brother of the late Officer, said, “It’s always great to see a few of the veteran active members of the Department who remain on the job and some of the retirees come to the Park to enjoy this with us, but it’s really great to see so many of the younger guys show up to pay their respects. These guys don’t forget. A lot of the children of the officers have received scholarships, and this year will be more of the same.” “It’s not an exaggeration to say there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him” said his brother Dick Vitale. “He had that kind of impact on me – you could depend on him for anything, anytime, anywhere, no questions asked.” Eileen Vitale, wife of the late officer, remarked, “June 18 is always a tough day for me, always has been, always will be. I love that we still host the park reception and the annual golf tournament. It’s a great, proud way to keep Harold’s memory alive. Our charity work allows us to continue supporting victim advocacy organizations (National Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), N.E. C.O.P.S. and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), amazing organizations who reached out to help us back in 1985. When you’re down and not sure where to turn for help, they suddenly appear out of nowhere and help you learn how to cope. Doing all of this is really important to us and we continue to make an impact.” The Officer Vitale Memorial Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and was created in 1992 some seven years after Officer Vitale’s death. Officer Vitale was killed in the line of duty in the early morning hours of June 18, 1985, while attempting to make an arrest when he was dragged over 1,000 feet to his death. Officer Vitale was 42 at the time and married to his wife, Eileen, where he lived in Ipswich with three children: Paul, Michelle and JacLyn. Officer Vitale’s badge #17 was retired upon his death. The Officer Vitale Memorial Park was constructed by the Town of Saugus in 1992 in his honor. The Memorial Fund will be hosting its annual Golf Tournament on Monday, August 5, at Ipswich Country Club at noon. (Information submitted by Les Vitale, President, Officer Harold L. Vitale Memorial Fund, Inc. c/o Caputo & Co, CPA’s, 99 Conifer Hill Dr., Suite 202, Danvers, MA 01923, or visit on the web at www.vitalememorialfund.org. All views in good taste welcomed Back earlier in the year, a reader who doesn’t like to hear differing viewpoints on local issues called and left long, rambling messages criticizing us for having certain people as the subjects of our weekly feature, “The Advocate Asks.” As I told somebody this week, “I’ll interview whoever wants to talk to us.” We wholeheartedly support the right of any citizen to speak out on issues no matter what their position is. Differing views. That’s what makes the world go round. Same thing with letters, as long they are not profane. Saugus over coffee, anyone? Back during several stints covering local political campaigns in Lawrence, I would organize neighborhood groups into several coffee klatches, where the residents would talk about major issues in their respective parts of the city. These were very popular sessions, as they would empower city voters to discuss issues on their mind and their wish lists of projects they liked to see discussed on the campaign trail. These were so successful, the citizens essentially set voter agendas for City Council, School Committee and sometimes mayoral races. Do you as a Saugus resident have issues that you would like to see public officials tackle in your neighborhood in town? Would you feel comfortable sitting down with a reporter over coffee focusing on what you would like to see done town-wide or in a specific neighborhood? Get some of your friends together and let’s have some coffee as you articulate what you think should be an issue tackled by town or school officials. A call for Rumney art If you want to learn a little more about the Rumney Marsh and be creative, check this one out. Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) is pleased to announce a call for art for its second annual Rumney Marsh art exhibition, to be held at the Marleah Elizabeth Graves (MEG) Center at 54-58 Essex Street, Saugus, Mass., on September 20 and September 21. Titled Rumney Marsh Through the Seasons, the exhibit will feature art in any medium inspired by the beauty and fragility of the Rumney Marsh Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). DATES: ACEC: Rumney Marsh will run from September 20 through September 21, with gallery hours from 6:30–8:30 each evening. The opening reception on September 20 will include a presentation on the plants of Rumney Marsh by Laura D. Eisener and voting for award winners by attendees. The closing reception on September 21 will include the announcement of winners and presentation of prizes and, at 8:30, the pickup of all artwork. Prizes will include gift cards awarded by SAVE to first- and second-place winners in both the adult and high school divisions, as well as art materials awards provided by our local Artist & Craftsman Supply awarded to third-place winners in both divisions. SPECIFICATIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS: Rumney Marsh MUST be the focus of the art. Each artist must be at least of high school age and may show only one piece of art. Any threedimensional works must be self-supporting and no larger than 1.5”x1.5”x1.5”. Works on stretched canvas will be accepted with eye hooks and wire and need not be framed but must be no larger than 30” x 30”. All other works must be framed and ready to hang (with eye hooks and wire) and no larger than 30” x 30” framed. There are no entry fees AND you do not need to be a resident of Saugus. Art drop off will be on Thursday, September 19 from 5:30– 8:30. Pickup will be on Saturday, September 21 at 8:30 p.m., at the end of the reception. At the time of drop off, each participating artist must fill out an information form (with artist name, price, title of the piece, medium and contact information). In addition, artists must sign a release form acknowledging that while every effort will be made to protect artworks there will be no insurance coverage in event of damage or theft and that neither SAVE nor MEG will be held liable for any damages or theft. Saugus SAVE board members SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 19

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Page 19 SOUNDS | from page 18 and their family members may exhibit but will be ineligible for any prizes. Finally, any sales must be handled by individual artists after the close of the exhibit. Please join us in celebrating our precious estuarine and salt marsh ecosystem Rumney Marsh! We look forward to seeing your art and to meeting all nature and art lovers at the exhibit and reception. For questions, please contact Kelly Slater at 781-2316864. Thank you to our community partners, the Marleah Elizabeth Graves (MEG) Center and our local Artist & Craftsman Supply. Saugus Iron Works open for 2019 season Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site has opened for the season. The Visitor Center, Museum and restrooms will have open hours Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours, programs, special events and Junior Ranger Programs will be available throughout the season until Oct. 31. “Due to impacts from the federal government shutdown resulting in hiring delays, we will be open Wednesday-Sunday instead of the usual seven-day operation … [but] the grounds … are typically open to visitors seven days a week to birdwatch, picnic, and enjoy the great outdoors! Remember to Carry In, Carry Out,” Chief of Visitor Experience and Community Engagement Susan Russo said. Visit Saugus Iron Works and “Broadhearth,” the Eastern National Park Store at 244 Central Street in Saugus, Mass., or call us at 781233-0050. For the most up-to-date information, visit our website at https://www.nps.gov/sair or “like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaugusIronNPS. Of veterans’ concerns The Saugus Veterans Council says you should mark your calendar for MIA/POW Day, which will be observed on Friday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. in Veterans Park at the intersection of Winter and Central Streets. In case of inclement weather it will be held at the library. All are welcome to attend this annual ceremony honoring our POW/MIA. CHaRM Recycling Drop-Off site open tomorrow The Town of Saugus announces that the community’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) is open to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main St. There is no preregistration or fee required to enter the site; however, proof of residency is required. At the CHaRM center, the Town will accept the same recycling items that can be placed outside for curbside collection each week, such as paper, cardboard, bottles, cans and glass containers. Additional acceptable items include TVs and computers (up to three per year per address); bulky rigid plastic items, such as toys, laundry baskets, trash barrels, 5-gallon pails, etc.; car tires up to 22” (for a fee of $3); books; and textiles, such as clothing, bedding, pocketbooks, belts and shoes. Plastic bags are not permitted. Residents are kindly asked to empty recyclables out of any plastic bags, and remove the bags from the site. Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781-231-4036 with questions or for more information. Town compost site open tomorrow The Town of Saugus announces that the community’s compost site will be open to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main St. Stickers are required to gain seasonal access to the site. Stickers may be purchased for $25 at the Department of Public Works and the Inspectional Services Department located on the lower level of Town Hall (298 Central St.) Stickers may also be purchased at the compost site, by check only. Compost site stickers must be permanently placed on the lower left corner of residents’ automobile windshields. Vehicles registered out of state are not permitted. Yard waste must be disposed of in brown compost bags or open containers. The Town will accept grass clippings, leaves and brush. As in years past, no branches or limbs larger than three inches in diameter are permitted. Entry to the compost site without a sticker will not be allowed. Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781-231-4036 with questions or for more information. Pedestrian crash update Saugus police and fire officials have released some additional information on last week’s (June 7) accident involving a pedestrian. Interim Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti tells us that the driver and pedestrian were both from out-of-town in the crash that occurred on Main Street between the rear entrance to Bank of America and the J. Pace parking lot in close proximity to the curve. The injured pedestrian who suffered life-threatening injuries is a 73-year-old Melrose woman. The driver is an 86-year-old Stoneham man. “The crash remains under investigation to determine the cause and whether any civil or criminal charges will be sought,” Chief Giorgetti wrote in an email. “The crash is an open and active investigation, the Department has no additional comments and won’t be releasing any additional information until the conclusion of the investigation,” the chief added. Meanwhile, Saugus fire officials credit Cambridge Fire Department Lt. Mike Francis in responding quickly to helping the pedestrian. “He was heading down Main Street and saw what had happened and lent a hand, which was greatly appreciated,” Saugus Fire Department Deputy Chief Tom D’Eon said. He also noted the quick response time by Saugus Engine 3 with Lt. Bill Cross and Armstrong Ambulance, who arrived on the scene within four minutes. “They did a stellar job,” said D’Eon, who credited the Cambridge firefighter, Lt. Cross and the local ambulance with helping the woman’s chances of survival. Upcoming selectmen’s meetings Here’s some dates passed on by Wendy Reed, Clerk of the Saugus Board of Selectmen, for meetings through the fall. The Selectmen have extended their meeting schedule through September: July 1, Aug. 14, Sept. 4 and Sept. 18. For those who have business before the board or who are interested in attending any of these sessions, the board meets at 7 p.m. in the second floor auditorium at Town Hall (298 Central St.). Main attractions at the Saugus Public Library There’s always something interesting or entertaining going on at the Saugus Public Library – for people of all ages – from young children to senior citizens. Here are a few events to check out: A conversation about adSOUNDS | SEE PAGE 20 1. On June 14, 1972, what insecticide did the EPA ban? 2. What Benedictine monk invented champagne? 3. What is the largest U.S. art museum? (Hint: in Manhattan.) 4. What is the world’s largest (by surface area) freshwater lake? 5. On June 14, 1777, what flag was formally adopted by the Continental Congress? 6. In June 2003 what was instituted to protect against telemarketers? 7. Hula Hoops became popular in what decade? 8. On June 15, 1752, who performed a kite-flying experiment showing the relationship of electricity and lightning? 9. In swimming, what are the four standard strokes? 10. On June 16, 1884, what “first” in American amusement debuted at Coney Island? 11. In which movies would you find Captain Jack Sparrow? 12. On June 17, 1775, what battle occurred mostly on Breed’s Hill? (Hint: in Massachusetts.) 13. What toy did Wham-O first market as a Pluto Platter™ Putt Putt? 14. Where is the Sea of Tranquility? 15. On June 17, 1898 what Dutch artist famous for optical illusions was born? 16. What dessert is unofficially celebrated on June 14? (Hint: a fruit.) 17. In what year did U.S. women receive voting rights: 1899, 1910 or 1920? 18. On June 18, 1983, Space Shuttle Challenger launched carrying what first female spaceship crew member? 19. In 1904 at the St. Louis World Fair, what beverage first became popular due to free samples? 20. What dog said, “You can’t hurry love or pizza, especially pizza”? (Hint: starts with S.) Answers below, please no cheating! FROM PAGE 19 J& S LANDSCAPE & MASONRY CO. MULCH SALE! Discount Spring Special PICK-UP or DELIVERY AVAILABLE 617-389-1490 Premium Hemlock or Pitch Black BELOW WHOLESALE COSTS LANDSCAPERS WELCOME $43 yd. $38 yd. 1. DDT 2. Dom Pérignon 3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 4. Lake Superior 5. The American flag 6. The National Do Not Call Registry 7. The 1950s 8. Ben Franklin 9. Backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and crawl 10. A gravity-powered rollercoaster 11. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies 12. The Battle of Bunker Hill 13. The Frisbee 14. The moon 15. M.C. Escher 16. Strawberry shortcake 17. 1920 18. Sally K. Ride 19. Iced tea 20. Snoopy

Page 20 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 SOUNDS | from page 19 diction: Walter E. Johnson, a Saugonian with credentials and experience in addiction counseling in clinical and in corporate settings, will meet the public in the Community Room between 6 and 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. Some of the questions: What is addiction? How does my addiction affect those around me? What are its causes and effects? Am I an addict? Where can I get help? How can I help someone in the throes of addiction? The program is free of charge and open to the public. Friendship Storytime on Fridays continues. This special program for children, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is sponsored by the Coordinated Family Community Engagement Grant. It can help parents nurture their child’s social and early literacy skills with structured storytime. Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten Playgroup! This program is sponsored by the Coordinated Community Engagement Grant, and the summer hours are Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. It’s recommended for children ages three through five. The Yoga Experience. Here’s a free, basic yoga class that is ideal for beginners. This 60-minute slow flow class opens with a brief meditation, followed by a gentle warm up, some core strengthening, standing postures, and flexibility poses. Each session winds down with deep relaxation. Lisa Poto is a registered yoga teacher and a member of the Yoga Alliance. She graduated from Barre & Soul’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program. “Yoga is my passion, and has been transforming in my life. I believe that yoga is for everybody. It is your own personal exploration and journey,” Poto said. If this is something that sounds appealing to you or worth a try, show up in the Community Room at the Saugus Public Library on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. The library’s summer reading program just began on Monday. The Children’s Library Director, Amy Melton, has some fresh titles that kids are enjoying. Buy A Brick “The Saugus War Monument Committee once again, is sponsoring the ‘BUY A BRICK’ Program to honor all those who have served their country.If you would like to purchase one in the name of someone who is presently serving or has served, in the memory of a loved one, or just from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4” X 8” brick (3 lines), $200 for 8” X 8” brick (5 lines), and $500 (5 lines) for a corporate brick.Each line is a maximum of 15 characters. “The improvement and upkeep of the monument on the corner of Winter and Central Streets rely on the generosity of donors through fundraising. “The brick application must be in by September 30th to ensure the bricks will be ready for Veteran’s Day. Please contact Corinne Riley at 781-231-7995, for more information and applications.” Let’s hear it! Got an idea, passing thought or gripe you would like to share with The Saugus Advocate? I’m always interested in your feedback. 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Page 22 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Obituaries ~ Legal Notice ~ City of Malden seeks applicants for Department of Public Works Operator Heavy Motor Equipment The City of Malden seeks candidates for the position of Heavy Motor Equipment Operator in the Highway and Water Division of the Department of Public Works. The HMEO under the direct supervision of the DPW Director, Operations Manager, Supervisors and/or Working Foreman, to operate trucks with a rated capacity of more than 3 tons and up through 9 tons, including large tractors, dump trucks, tree bucket trucks, etc. Current Commercial Driver’s License - Class B with air brake endorsement required. For a full job description and details on how to apply, visit www.cityofmalden.org and click on Employment Opportunities. June 14, 21 & 28 2019 Call for Classified Advertising Rates 781-233-4446 BUYER1 Herrera, Ashley N Connor, Nicole Lozada, Martha Y Cadogan, Timothy C BUYER2 Herrera, Chad B Mercurio, William R Lozada, Sady SELLER1 Faria, Lacey-Rose Maser, Craig A Repici, James W Batchelor, David E Dante W. Ferrara O f Saugus , former - ly of East Boston & R e ve re , une x - pectedly June 7. Son of the late Dante & Margaret (Cestone) Ferrara. Dear brother of Debra Restiano & her husband Lawrence of Middleton, Donna Restiano & her husband Andrew of Saugus, Danielle Leonard & her wife Katelyn of Swampscott, & the late Denise Lee. Loving uncle of Alycia, Michael, Andrew, Gena, Shea, & great-nephew, Joshua. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org. Angela (Firicano) Montano of New Jersey and Grace Buckley and her husband John of Lynnfield. Sister of Joseph Firicano and his wife Girolama of Somerville, Leonardo Firicano and his wife Caterina of Palermo, Sicily, Maria Paglia and the late Domenic and Francesco Firicano. Also survived by 18 grandchildren and many greatgrandchildren, nephews and nieces. Brett P. Budowicz O f Malden, age 84. Beloved wife of the late Giuseppe. Loving mother of Ferdinando Montano & his wife Domenica of Saugus, Maria Sordillo & her longtime companion, Peter Buonaugurio of Wilmington, Anna Palumbo & her husband Michael of Malden, Rosa Sellitto and her husband Nicola REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com. SELLER2 ADDRESS 15 Endicott St Maser, Maria Repici, Linda CITY Saugus 406 Sherwood Forest Ln #406 Saugus 72 School St 27 Sterling Ave Saugus Saugus DATE 24.05.2019 24.05.2019 22.05.2019 22.05.2019 PRICE $429 900,00 $445 000,00 $388 000,00 $335 000,00 f Saugus, age 60, June 5. Loving brother of Donna M. Chesley & her husband Everett E. of North Reading & the late Charlene A. Cully. Son of the late Peter & Geraldine (Raddin) Budowicz. Beloved uncle of Renee Conway, Eric, Andrea & Everett A. Chesley. Great-uncle of Jessica & Ryan Conway. O Happy Father’s Day! SAUGUS - Gorgeous Single Desirable Ranch Style home offers 6 rooms, 3 bedrooms, full bath, bright and sunny living rm with wood burning fireplace, spacious eat- in kitchen with plenty of cabinets and hutch area, three bdrms with lots of closet space.................$370,000 OPEN HOUSE - 4 Briggs Court, Saugus, Sat. & Sun. June 15-16. 10:00 am-12:00 pm - Esquisite Grand Foyer makes 4-5 Bdrm Colonial a home with loads of sunlight beaming throughout. Kitchen opens up to lge. family rm. along with pellet stove overlooking backyard..........................................................$499,000 Darlene Minincleri & Sue Palomba REVERE - 2 FAMILY, 4&7 w/2nd floor unit excellent space for a large family with 4 bdrms, liv/dining combo & Eat in Kit located on two levels. All bedrooms are decent size. w/ample closet space. both units have living/dining room combination............$580,000 53 Jackson St. Saugus (781) 813-3325 Call for a FREE Market Analysis WINTHROP - Beautiful Single fam. antique home w/ amazing water views & many period details still remaining. Three bdrms, each with wd. flrs.; 2nd and 3rd flrs could be used as 4th bdrm and den/study............................................$475,000 NEW LEASE - Prime Commercial space on Route 1, South, Saugus. Incredible Exposure 1000 Square Feet Including all utilities. Call Darlene for Details! OPEN HOUSE - 9 Broadway, Saugus, Sat., June 15 & Sun., June 16, 12 - 2:00 pm - A hidden gem just miles away from Boston. Sunlight streams into impressive condo in a well-established Suntaug Estates. Featuring Lvng. Rm. & 1 generous bdrm. Brand new open concept kitchen, features granite countertops, s/s steel appls. and new flooring. Washer/Dryer hookups, storage, parking, Pool and more..................$249,900 PEABODY - 4 finished levels along with each bath welcomes new owner. The lvng rm with granite floors incl. inviting fireplace, cath. ceiling, and dbl. doors leading to an ext. deck. 3rd level has 2 lge. bdrms with full bath incl. jacuzzi. Roof 10 yrs. old, new windows, 2 sep. driveways, fenced level yard, & more. Mins. to Malls, Major Rtes. & Trans. Just move in........$599,0000 SOLD SOLD SOLD

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Page 23 Follow Us On: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY SALES & RENTALS Happy Sandy Juliano Broker/President Father’s Day! WE KNOW EVERETT!! Call TODAY to sell or buy with the best! CALL TODAY TO SET UP A PRIVATE SHOWING AT ANY OF OUR LISTINGS! DON’T FORGET TO ASK ABOUT BUYER AGENCY. IT IS THE BEST WAY TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL PURCHASE AND IT’S 100% FREE! New! Commercial Property Call Norma for details! (617) 590-9143 COMING SOON LISTED BY NORMA! 63 HARVARD ST., CHELSEA NEW PRICE! - $549,900 ALL NEW 4 BEDROOM SINGLE 56 WALNUT ST., EVERETT $649,900 A 24 SWAINS POND AVE., MELROSE $699,900 OFFER ACCEPTED! 135-137 CHELSEA ST., EVERETT 5 UNITS - $1,200,000 Call Joe @ 617-680-7610 Call Norma @ 617-590-9143 SOLD BY MARIA AS BUYER’S AGENT, SAUGUS COMING SOON LISTED BY SANDY! NEW LISTING BY SANDY! 20 PLYMOUTH ST., EVERETT TWO FAMILY - $699,900 UNDER AGREEMENT! 30 CHELSEA ST, UNIT 204, EVERETT 2 BED, 2 BATH CONDO - $369,900 2 CARUSO COURT, WEST PEABODY $759,900 EVERETT 2-BEDROOM APARTMENT $1,600/MONTH Call Joe for Details! Joe DiNuzzo - Broker Associate Norma Capuano Parziale - Agent Open Daily From 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 433 Broadway, Suite B, Everett, MA 02149 www.jrs-properties.com Denise Matarazz - Agent Maria Scrima - Agent Follow Us On: Rosemarie Ciampi - Agent Kathy Hang Ha -Agent Mark Sachetta - Agent 617.544.6274

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Page 25 ~ Letter to the Editor ~ On privatization of school custodians Saugus School Committee & Town Officials, It’s truly disappointing to hear that last night at an impact meeting between Saugus town officials and the Union representatives for the custodians, that you informed the custodians that you were moving forward with the privatization of their positions and that they would be terminated. That you would be replacing them with a company that pays their employees minimum wage, and that has no connection to the town of Saugus, and more importantly the teachers and students of the town. Not surprising unfortunately, but disappointing. Disappointing that you would choose to lie to the faces of long term town employees with families to support, and residents that overwhelmingly oppose this move. Disappointing that you would choose to negotiate in bad faith. Disappointing that you would block these employees, their families, and their supporters from being heard at a town meeting, and disappointing that you would decide to break protocol, not put this to a vote by the School Committee, and push this through under the cover of darkness. I know a lot of people on this email are probably confused. Wondering how the custodians and their families were notified they were being terminated when we were assured by Superintendent DeRuosi that this matter would be brought to a vote. Well, unfortunately, as is all too common in politics, especially politics in Saugus, they LIED. They lied throughout this entire process and they continue to lie. This has never been about privatization of the custodians and whether or not it was the best option for Saugus. Many believe it is not, but that was never at the heart of this issue. What this was about is just how poorly you have treated your own employees and their families. All that was being asked for was open and honest dialogue around this issue and you shut that down at every opportunity. You engaged in “contract negotiations” in bad faith, knowing that you were going to bring in an outside vendor the entire time. When your intentions got out and the custodians and their families attended a town meeting wanting to know what was going on and if their jobs were in jeopardy, they were not allowed to speak. They were told that this issue, the issue of how they were going to support their families, was not on the agenda and was a School Committee matter. When they took it to the School Committee they were told that if there were going to be any changes there would be a vote and everyone would have an opportunity to speak on it. In fact, two of your School Committee Members, Lisa Morgante and Liz Marchese, signed a petition to get this matter on the agenda for the June 20 School Committee meeting. They assured me that they wanted this matter to be discussed openly and for everyone to be heard, but at the end of the day the agenda was set by Chairperson Meredith and there wasn’t much they could do about it. And now here we are. Not only did this matter never make it to the agenda for open discussion, the town pushed through this approval without ever bringing it to a vote. I’m sure many are wondering why the town would choose to operate in this manner, why they would treat long time employees like they didn’t matter, and the truth is because they don’t care about their employees and they don’t care about the residents of Saugus. If they did they would have encouraged open dialogue, listened to the concerns of their employees and residents, and pushed for a transparent process. Instead they lied, lied some more, and then decided to push this privatization through after holding backroom meetings that the public was not privy to. This entire process was a complete and utter disgrace, but there is plenty of blame to share outside of just School Committee members DeRuosi, Meredith, Marchese, Gaieski, Morgante, and Magliozzi. Where was the Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen when people were asking for transparency and open dialogue? The problem with the Saugus town government has always been that they lack vision, and the reason for this is that they lack true leadership. I hope that come November the people of Saugus will vote for change. That they will vote for true leaders that value town employees, encourage open dialogue, and that put the best interests of its residents above their own personal interests. What’s apparent right now is that a leader like that doesn’t currently exist in Saugus. Christian Moore A 10-day strike notice N ursing home workers with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East at Saugus Care and Rehabilitation Center announced this week they will strike for two days – on June 20 and 21 – over wages, ownership policies and mismanagement allegedly harming patients and employees. They have submitted their 10-day notification to strike. “Massachusetts’ nursing home industry is facing a crisis in large part because of out-ofstate owners, like Eli Mirlis from Saugus, who care very little for residents, employees and the communities they are supposed to serve,” said 1199SEIU Executive Vice President Tim Foley. “While a strike is a last resort, management has left us little choice by ignoring our proposals that will ensure quality care.” Saugus Care and Rehabilitation Center is an 80-bed nursing home that employs about 70 1199SEIU workers, including a large majority of employees who are of Haitian and African descent. In January, the ownership proposed making workers’ 30-minute meal break unpaid, which would equal a 6.25 percent wage cut, and canceled the last bargaining session without rescheduling. The previous contract with 1199SEIU members expired on October 31, 2018, and employees are currently working without a contract. “Pushing for wage cuts of caregivers is an unacceptable way to run a nursing home facility because it harms patient care,” said Certified Nursing Assistant Eddy Pierre of Saugus Care and Rehabilitation Center. “We are proud of the work we do, and have made every effort to come to an agreement. Unfortunately, management is unwilling to invest in this facility to provide the type of jobs that are so important to local families and this community.” Saugus Care and Rehabilitation Center was purchased from Genesis in April 2018 by Eli Mirlis, who is the CEO of Regal Care Management Group, which is headquartered in Waterbury, Conn. Mirlis owns two other nursing homes in Massachusetts: in Amesbury and Danvers. Late last month healthcare workers at Saugus Care and Rehabilitation Center and Blue Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Stoughton voted to authorize a strike. While Saugus workers have issued their 10-day notice, caregivers at Blue Hills have reached a contract extension through July 31. “Unfortunately, Massachusetts has experienced a rash of recent nursing home closures and mismanagement,” said Foley. “The healthcare workers of 1199SEIU are committed to continuing our work to support all nursing home workers by fighting for quality jobs and nursing home care and to work with state leaders to create the additional oversight and funding needed to ensure quality and reliable care.”

Page 26 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Saugus Faith Notes The latest listing of upcoming events and programs at Saugus places of worship Coffee with Rev. Sarah of St. John’s The Rev. Sarah van Gulden, Priest-in-Charge at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 8 Prospect St., has a series of weekly coffee hours for the convenience of her parish members and others interested in the church. Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, Rev. Sarah will hold community office hours at Dunkin’ Donuts across the street from the Public Safety Building on Hamilton Street. “I’ll be here representing St. John’s. It’s not just about me,” she says. “It’s part of St. John’s efforts to increase its presence in the community and offer a chance for anyone to sit down for a chat.” For more details, call the church at 508-367-4750 or just show up and join Rev. Sarah for a conversation over coffee. Keeping town’s ministries in the public eye The Saugus Faith Community has created a Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/ SaugusFaith/. Follow this column and the Facebook Page for details of important upcoming events. Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry – in collaboration with the Saugus Faith Community, the Saugus School Superintendent and area businesses and organizations –is running an initiative called “Healthy Students–Healthy Saugus” that aims to address food insecurity in the Saugus public school system. Healthy Students–Healthy Saugus launched in October and currently is serving approximately 50 Saugus children with food bags each Friday. Donations of food or checks can be given to any of the Saugus churches listed below, and checks should be made out to “Saugus Clergy Association” with “HS2” in the memo line. A list of foods needed and sizes is below. If you want to buy and donate food, it is suggested you go to BJ’s or Costco, where you can buy most of the menu items in bulk at reasonable prices. (Examples: You can get 18-packs of 7.5 oz. macaroni and cheese and 8-packs of 5 oz. tuna.) Anyone wanting to donate money and/or food or who has questions about the program can call Dennis Gould at cell 617-247-4847 or email him at jdgould1969@aol.com. Here is the 4 Week Menu Cycle – Saturday & Sunday Week 1 Breakfast: 2 granola bars. Snack: 2 bags of graham crackers. Lunch: 1 jar of peanut butter (15 oz.) & 1 jar of jelly or jam (15 oz.), 1 loaf of bread, 2 applesauce cups (4 oz.), 1 can of green beans (15 oz.). Week 2 Breakfast: 2 containers of cereal (small packages, can get 30-packs at BJ’s). Snack: 2 bags of goldfish crackers. Lunch: 2 cans of tuna (5 oz.), 4 mayo packets, 1 loaf of bread, 1 can of peaches (4 oz.), 1 can of corn (15 oz.). Week 3 Breakfast: 2 packets of oatmeal (1.5 oz., can get 36-packs at BJ’s). Snack: 2 bags of animal crackers. Lunch: 2 cans of chicken (5 or 10 oz.), 4 mayo packets, 1 loaf of bread, 1 can of mixed fruit (4 oz.), 1 can of carrots (15 oz.). Week 4 Breakfast: 2 containers of cereal (small packages, 30-packs at BJ’s). Snack: 2 bags of pretzels. Lunch: 2 boxes of macaroni and cheese (7.5 oz., can get 18-box at BJ’s), 2 boxes of apple juice, 1 can of peas (15 oz.). To make grocery donations, please drop off at any of the following local sites. If you can volunteer to help bag groceries, see the days and times listed. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Prospect St., Saugus; 781-2331242. Bagging groceries: first Thursdays at 7 p.m. Cliftondale Church of the Nazarene, 60 Essex St., Saugus; 781-233-2886. Bagging groceries: second Thursdays at 4 p.m. First Baptist Church of Saugus, 105 Main St., Saugus; 781231-1690. Bagging groceries: second Thursdays at 7 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus; 781233-2497. Bagging groceries: third Thursdays at 7 p.m. First Congregational Church UCC, 300 Central St., Saugus; 781-233-3028. Bagging groceries: fourth Thursdays at 4 p.m. New Hope Assembly of God, 9 Assembly Dr., Saugus; 781233-6384. Bagging groceries: fifth Thursdays at 7 p.m. The church will also be a backup site in case another church cannot host on its day. Calling all faiths Got a special event at your parish that you would like to tell the community about? Email the information under the subject line Saugus Advocate Faith Notes to mvoge@comcast.net. There is no charge for letting the public know about your event. Pioneer Charter School of Science graduates 45 from Saugus campus The Pioneer Charter School of Science (PCSS) celebrated the school’s graduating classes on June 6 in a ceremony at Faneuil Hall. Of the 45 seniors graduating, 100 percent of the students who applied received acceptance letters to college. Students were accepted into prestigious colleges and universities across the country, including MIT, Cornell, Columbia and Johns Hopkins. The class of 2019 earned $9,580,000 in scholarships and grants. Manan Bajaj of Malden was this year’s valedictorian, and Aiman Najah of Danvers was the salutatorian. “We are proud of all of our graduates, who worked hard to make it to this stage,” said PCSS Executive Director Barish Icin. “We are excited to see what future they carve out for themselves as they take their next steps to college and beyond.” Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernández, President of Greenfield Community College, delivered an inspirational commencement address. During her career, Salomon-Fernandez has served as President of Cumberland County College and Interim President of MassBay Community College. She has also held research, management and executive positions at private, selective and public research institutions as well as open access community colleges. She spent a decade teaching as an adjunct professor at various colleges, including Boston College, Salem State University and Cambridge College. The PCSS curriculum focuses on developing strong math and science skills, and many of the graduates plan to pursue careers in those fields. The students must pass five math and five science classes in order to graduate. Students must also complete 40 hours of community service. PHOTO CAPTION The 45 graduates from the Saugus campus of the Pioneer Charter School of Science (Courtesy Photos)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Page 27 Saugus High School Class of 2019 The Salutatory Address by Vi Pham (Editor’s Note: the unedited graduation speech of this year’s Salutatorian of Saugus High School Vi Pham follows. Ms. Nicole Wright presented Vi Pham. She plans to attend the University of Massachusetts-Amherst this fall where she will major in Microbiology. She was among 161 seniors who graduated May 31 during the school’s 148th commencement exercises. Vi has a 4.72 grade point average. She plans to attend University of Massachusetts-Amherst this fall) would like to give a special thank you to Mrs. Wright for the amazing introduction and never failing to make me laugh. I feel honored not only to have had you as a teacher, but also as a mentor and a friend. You know, walking out after I taking my last final exam, I really thought that that would be my last week of cramming in projects and essays late at night before they were due the next day and boy was I wrong. As the Class of 2019’s salutatorian, a word that I can barely spell or pronounce myself, my final homework assignment was writing this speech and of course I waited until the week of graduation to actually start it so please bear with me. But here it goes: Coincidentally, my first class at Saugus High School was taught by Mrs. Wright: Block 1 Spanish 2 Honors. Walking into our first class as wide-eyed freshmen, I’m sure I can speak on everyone’s behalf that we weren’t really sure what to expect. I heard so many negative things about the school that the only positives I could find were on the batteries that we’d use in our science class. But as we spent the next few years in good old Saugus High School, walking by trash barrels used to catch water leaking from the ceiling, sitting through a power outage during a thunderstorm, trying to avoid making eye contact with Font as he walks by you in the hallway, crashing in the gym to play basketball, or devouring a Turgeon cookie without realizing that it’ll be the last one you’ll ever have, the special moments that we’ve shared at Saugus High, whether positive or negative, will always stay with us as we part our ways and embark on this new journey. Tonight’s graduation marks an evening of celebration. Not of the end, but of new beginnings. To the Class of 2019, I’m not really sure what’s more unclear: my eyesight when I take out my contact lenses or the future that lies ahead of us. But what I can assure is that the future is bright for each and every one of you. Every individual here today has the potential to be the best version of themselves. Whatever path you may choose to follow, I urge you to recognize that you should live your life to your own vision, not anyone else’s. Don’t expend your energy trying to live up to what somebody else wants you to be. I would also like to take this opportunity to share a few lessons that I’ve learned throughout my high school career, one of which is to set your standards high and expectations low. This is best summarized in a quote by Jenna Marbles in which she states, “There’s a difference between goals, standards, and expectations. You can set any amount of goals you want, as high as you want, and you can work hard to achieve those goals. Your expectation of that outcome of that work and whatever you’re working towards needs to be low or none whatsoever. Working hard toward your goals while having no expectations of what the outcome of that might be allows you to live your life completely without fear of failure. It allows you to really enjoy any successes that you do have.” Another lesson is that it’s okay to fail. Like I thought I was pretty decent at AP Calculus, but then I got a 25% on a quiz (I’m just glad I didn’t get a zero). But anyways, failure is part of the path to success; don’t look at it as a dead end, but rather a detour to where you are headed. Finally to end this speech, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in my journey to where I am now: Thank you to my closest friends for sticking by my side and always being there for me, especially to remind me whatever homework assignment was due, my teachers who went above and beyond their roles as educators, providing me with guidance and support when I needed it most, the sidewalk for keeping me off the streets, and most importantly my family for shaping me into the slightly above average person that I am today (Hopefully, this honor makes up for all the parties and dinners that I’ve missed while pretending to study in my room.). Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Keep on pushing it to the limit because I know we’re all in it to win it. I sincerely wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors. This is your salutatorian, Vi Pham, signing off. Thank you! PHOTO CAPTION SAVORING THE MOMENT: Saugus High School Salutatorian Vi Pham, the student with the second top grade point average in this year’s graduating class leaves the stage May 31 after receiving her diploma. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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