SAUGUS Vol. 22, No. 26 -FREEHave a Safe & Happy July 4th ADVOCATE www.advocatenews.net A crying shame School committee ignores public support for custodians, confirms secret vote to privatize with little public discussion Published Every Friday 781-233-4446 THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Citizens for a Safer Saugus leader sounds off on pending traffic safety concerns that group wants addressed Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat THE RAT IS BACK AT THE ROBY: Jim Durkin, the legislative director for AFSCME Council 93, stood by an inflatable rat that stood guard at the Main Street entrance of the Roby School Administration Building on Wednesday morning to show union support for 21 school custodians who were replaced by a private company. After meeting in Executive Session for three hours, the School Committee emerged to validate a vote members made last month to privatize custodial services. (See more coverage and photos on custodians inside.) (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler) By Mark E. Vogler S ixteen-year-old Olivia Tamagna made an emotional last-minute plea to the School Committee to keep SHAME | SEE PAGE 4 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! Open an account and order online at: www.angelosoil.com (781) 231-3500 (781) 231-3003 367 LINCOLN AVE • SAUGUS • OPEN 7 DAYS down with Precinct 6 Town Meeting member William S. Brown, who is the leader of the grassroots citizens group Citizens for a Safer Saugus. Brown, 70, was born in Saugus, where he has lived most of his life. He is a 1967 graduate of Saugus High School. Brown is in the final year of his third-consecutive twoyear term on Town Meeting. He also served three years on the 50-member body more than two decades ago. He is a retired machinist who worked at General Electric for 34 years. His wife, Cheryl, is also a Saugus native and Saugus High School graduate (Class of 1969). Their son, Alex, graduated from Salem State University after receiving his high school diploma from Essex Agricultural and Technical High School in Danvers. Highlights of the interview follow. Q: So, you are the leader of the group called Citizens for a Safer Saugus. Please tell me about the group as it exists now and also, how many members you have. A: Well, it’s hard to say how many members. We are kind of a loose-knit group. We met once and I somehow got elected chairman of the group. We’re still in touch. And I want people to know that I filed an article for the warrant for the last Annual Town Meeting to ask the selectmen to pursue a STILL WAITING: Town Meeting Member William S. Brown, the head of the grassroots group “Citizens for a Safer Saugus,” looks forward to the release and public discussion this summer of a town report on traffic safety. He asks “How many more serious accidents do we have to have here?” (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) 25 miles per hour speed limit within the town of Saugus. According to the state Department of Transportation, the Town Attorney, Mr. John Vasapolli, took a look at it and told me it was invalid and couldn’t be presented to the selectmen. Q: And you got the signatures for that? ASKS | SEE PAGE 16 ~ Home of the Week ~ SAUGUS...Nicely maintained 8 Friday, June 28, 2019 ! room Colonial boasting beautiful, updated cherry cabinets with granite counters and oversized peninsula with seating open to great, 1st floor family room with stone fireplace with wood stove insert, skylights and slider to deck, 1st floor bedroom, 2 updated, full baths with granite vanities, hardwood flooring, finished lower level with playroom with wet bar area, huge, manicured, level lot with separately, fenced in Inground pool with 3 year old liner, one car detached garage, located just outside Saugus Center. Great location - Great home! Offered at 549,900 335 Central Street, Saugus, MA 01906 (781) 233-7300 View the interior of this home right on your smartphone. View all our listings at: CarpenitoRealEstate.com Prices subject to change FLEET

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