SAUGUS Saugus’ Only Local Weekly News Source! Vol. 25, No. 31 -FREE- www.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday 781-233-4446 Friday, August 5, 2022 A GREAT SAUGUS SCOOP Slim Pickings Town election ballots for the Sept. 6 State Primary offer limited choices for Democratic and Republican voters By Mark E. Vogler F or Saugus residents in Precincts 3 and 10 who will be voting in the Massachusetts State Primary next month, just two of the 12 offi ces on the ballot are contested. And in half of the races, there’s not even a Republican candidate running: Nobody for Essex County Sheriff or District Attorney. Nobody for the Governor’s Council. No Republican is challenging incumbent state Rep. Jessica Ann Giannino (D-Revere) for her Sixteenth Suff olk District seat. State Sen. Brendan P. Crighton (D-Lynn) will be re-elected without opposition. And the state Republican Party also lacks a candidate to run against state Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg. Only two political races matter in the Republican primary, which is set for Tuesday, Sept. 6: MAKING HER DAY SPECIAL: Seven-year-old Jovie Theroux smiles at the volunteers behind the serving table after receiving her free dish of ice cream on Wednesday (Aug. 3) during an ice cream party held for participants of the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department summer camp. Soc’s Ice Cream in Saugus treated about 100 kids during the latest ice cream social hosted by WBZ-TV. See inside for more photos and story. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) ~ Home of the Week ~ SAUGUS Desirable six room, two bedroom, trilevel in established Iron Works neighborhood.                                                                                            of         rig f smartpho Vieww thhee interior y fthis home ght on yo our hone. ASNGELO’ FULL SERVICE Regular Unleaded $3.999 MidUnleaded $4.409 Super $4.899 Diesel Fuel $4.739 44 Years of Excellence!! 1978-2022 KERO $8.99 DEF $4.75 9 DYED ULS $4.249 9 HEATING OIL 24-Hour Burner Service Call for Current Price! DEF Available by Pump! Open an account and order online at: www.angelosoil.com (781) 231-3500 (781) 231-3003 367 LINCOLN A  A Hours: Mon. - Wed. 6AM - 6PM / Thurs. & Fri. 6AM - 7PM / Sat. 7AM - 5PM / Sun. 9AM-1PM Meanwhile, the ballots for those Saugus residents voting in the state Democratic Primary does off er considerably more choices. Seven of the twelve offi ces are being contested. But local Democrats failed to field a candidate to run against State Rep. Donald Wong, R-Saugus, who will have no competition for the second consecutive state election as he will win his seventh two-year term representing voters of the Ninth Essex House District. SLIM PICKINGS | SEE PAGE 8 • Who gets to represent the Republican Party for Governor: Geoff Diehl faces Chris Doughty in that race. • • Who wins the battle between Lieutenant Governor hopefuls Leah V. Allen and Kate Campanale. Prices subject to change Ask about our Heating Oil Conditioner! FLEET

Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 By Mark E. Vogler I nterested in working for the Town of Saugus? Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree said fi nding reliable and qualifi ed help continues to be an ongoing challenge for him. This week, the town website posted 16 full-time Help Wanted Saugus seeks good, qualifi ed candidates to fi ll 16 full-time professional positions in town government positions — including some critical ones like town engineer, town planner, Council on Aging Director and the recycling coordinator. “Saugus is experiencing similar challenges in filling positions as the private sector, like fast food chains and coffee shops,” Crabtree said in an interview this week. “It can be a problem — not only on the local — but on a state and national level,” he said. “Sometimes the candidates we are considering are looking for fl exible schedules and benefits that municipalities can’t accommodate as easily as the private sector,” he said. Human Resources Director Tony Wyman said this week that the jobs list posted on the website includes the most vacant positions the town has seen during his two years working for the town. “A lot of employees we hear from say they’d like to have the fl exibility of working from home,” Wyman said. “You can’t run town government from home. Employees feel that they want to work in a certain atmosphere, and they want to work from home. But for most town governments, that’s not an option,” he said. “Everyone has to work in the building. The landscape has changed dramatically since COVID-19,” he said. Filling core positions in town government has been a top priority in recent years for the town manager and the Board of Selectmen. Selectmen have encouraged Crabtree to increase pay for key positions in order to attract job candidates to Saugus. But just when salaries are increased, good workers are lured away to work in neighboring communities at a higher pay and enhanced benefi ts. “I’m concerned with all vacancies, as no town can function properly with this many job openings,” Cogliano said in an interview this week. “The Senior Center has a qualifi ed applicant that has been in an assistant role for years and can step right in without missing a beat,” Cogliano said, referring to Lauri Davis, Senior Center Director Joanne Olsen’s longtime assistant. “It’s sad that there are that many positions available...obviously, people are not happy with their work environment. Is it money, morale, leadership? …I’m not sure...but it’s not healthy and needs to be addressed and resolved sooner than later,” Cogliano said. “These are key positions that should always be full. Hopefully, the TM has some qualifi ed applicants to step right in. I’m also not a fan of keeping someone on as a consultant after they leave for greener pastures. Let them go and go fast. If they don’t want to be here, keep moving and hire someone that does,” he said. Selectman Corinne Riley said the challenges that Saugus faces are global. “It’s diffi cult everywhere, not just in municipalities,” Riley said. “There are lots of reasons JOB OPPORTUNITIES KNOCK: The Town website posted 16 vacant full-time positions in Saugus town government. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) including salary, professional growth opportunities and some employees are incentivized to stay where they are. Ideally, we’d retain more critical employees longer and when we do need to hire, we’d be a destination community for prospective employees, so they’d come to us,” Riley said. “Until that happens, potential options include advertising ourselves, off ering incentives to existing employees to refer new employees, off ering newhires sign-on bonuses or other compensation, and using third-party agencies.” Each of these options has a cost, according to Riley, but she said there is also a cost to leaving critical roles unfi lled. “It’s not the role of the Board of Selectmen to dictate how to overcome these challenges, so I’d defer to the Town Manager and his staff as to how to address this issue. What I will say is that the issue needs to be addressed,” Riley said. Riley stressed that it’s not HELP WANTED | SEE PAGE 7

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 Page 3 Rep. Wong supports state Soldiers’ Homes oversight and governance reforms T he state-run Soldiers’ Homes in Holyoke and Chelsea will be subject to enhanced oversight and a streamlined chain of command under the provisions of a comprehensive reform bill supported by State Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus). On July 28, An Act relative to the governance, structure and care of veterans at the Commonwealth’s veterans’ homes, was enacted by the House of Representatives (153-0) and by the Senate and laid before the Governor. The bill represents a compromise proposal negotiated by a six-member conference committee that had been meeting since March to reconcile the differences between earlier House and Senate versions of the bill. On July 30, Governor Baker returned the bill to the House with an amendment, which was approved by both the House and Senate, and on July 31, the legislature re-enacted the bill and it was laid before the governor. The series of reforms contained in House Bill 5106 were initiated in response to the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke that claimed the lives of 76 veterans. Representative Wong said the changes are designed to prevent future tragedies and to help ensure the delivery of quality services to residents of the Soldiers’ Homes in Holyoke and Chelsea. Representative Wong noted that the bill elevates the Department of Veterans’ Services to a Cabinet-level offi ce, with the Secretary of Veterans’ Services reporting directly to the Governor while also having the power to hire and Rep. Wong supports legislation to address local and regional public health disparities S tate Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus) recently supported legislation to establish minimum standards for the Commonwealth’s local and regional public health systems and promote more shared services between communities. House Bill 5104, An Act relative to accelerating improvements to the local and regional public health system to address disparities in the delivery of public health services, was passed by the House of Representatives (153-0) on July 28. On July 29, the Massachusetts Senate also unanimously passed the bill, and it was enacted by the Legislature and laid before the Governor for his signature or other actions. Also known as SAPHE 2.0 (Statewide Accelerated Public Health for Every Community), the bill seeks to eliminate many of the inequities in health care service delivery that were exposed by the COVID-19 global pandemic. According to Representative Wong, the bill updates REP WONG | SEE PAGE 6 fi re the superintendents who will be responsible for the dayto-day management of the two homes. The bill requires both superintendents to be licensed nursing home administrators, in addition to being a veteran or having prior experience managing veterans in a nursing home or long-term care facility. House Bill 5106 also establishes a new 19-member Veterans’ Homes Council to advise the Secretary on “the health, well-being and safety” of the Soldiers’ Homes’ residents and to make recommendations on policies and regulations governing the two facilities. According to Representative Wong, the boards of trustees at both homes will be retained, with trustees serving as ex-offi cio voting members of the council. All trustees will be appointed by the Secretary of Veterans’ Services, with the approval of the Governor. To ensure that residents and their families have a voice, House Bill 5106 calls for the appointment of an ombudsperson at both veterans’ homes who will review complaints and work to resolve them. In addition, an independent Offi ce of the Veteran Advocate will be created, which will act as a liaison to all state agencies providing services to veterans and will provide input on how the state can improve services for veterans and their families. The Veteran Advocate will be selected from a list of three candidates submitted by a nominating committee, and approved by a majority vote of the Governor, Attorney General and State Auditor. Under the bill, both veterans’ homes must apply for and maintain certifi cation by the Donald H. Wong State Representative federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), while also adhering to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for trauma-informed care. Both facilities will be required to undergo inspections by the Department of Public Health at least twice a year, but inspections will occur every 30 days during a declared state of emergency.

Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 State Representatives Giannino, Turco and Senator Edwards Oppose WIN Technologies Proposal R evere, MA — “This week at Saugus Town Hall the WIN/Wheelabrator subcommittee met to reGerry D’Ambrosio Attorney-at-Law Is Your Estate in Order? Do you have an update Will, Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney? IfNot, Please Call for a Free Consultation. 14 Proctor Avenue, Revere (781) 284-5657 ceive a presentation from WIN Representative Jim Connelly. Connelly led the presentation, which outlined WIN’s proposal to the Town of Saugus. WIN stated the deal is contingent on receiving both local and state permits. The proposal promises a cash incentive to the Town to allow the facility to continue dumping ash for an additional 25 years at the landfi ll. This would require an expansion of the landfi ll as well as bury more than 2.5 million tons of additional ash to the landfi ll within these 25 years. MassDEP has already determined that additional ash over the 50-foot maximum height or expanding the footprint will not be allowed, since the incinerator is located in an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). In a letter from MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg to State Representative Jeff rey Turco, dated Nov. Our 50th Anniversary R.Y.O. TOBACCO ---------TUBES CIGAR SMOKERS DELIGHT! 15 Handmade Cigars - Long Leaf - individually wrapped plus a $19. Surprise $43.95 We Sell Cigars & Accessories Buy Cigars by the Box & SAVE! Competitive prices on all Brands, Great Selection Take an Additional 10% OFF All Boxes and Humidors during the Month of August! * Travel Humidors * Desk Top Humidors * Many Types of Lighters * Ash Trays * Juuls * Vapes * Glass Pipes * Rewards Program * CBD Infused Products * GIFTS UNDER $30 - GIFT CERTIFICATES A.B.C. CIGAR 170 REVERE ST., REVERE (781) 289-4959 STORE HOURS: Monday - Saturday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sunday & Holidays: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Jessica Giannino State Representative 16, 2021, Suuberg states: “Any future proposals for expansion would require a modifi cation to the facility’s site assignment and approval from MassDEP and the Saugus Board of Health. As the landfi ll is located within an ACEC, an expansion of the landfi ll (including vertical expansion) would need to meet the site suitability criteria in the Regulations with respect to the site assignment. While an applicant is free to propose a site assignment modifi cation, and MassDEP will review information submitted, based upon the information presently before MassDEP, the facility fails to meet the necessary site suitability criteria to allow for expansion within the ACEC and therefore would not receive a positive site suitability determination. Without a positive site suitability determination from MassDEP, a proposal to amend the facility’s site assignment to allow for vertical expansion would not advance to the Saugus Board of Health for consideration.” “20 years after this site should have closed operations, Wheelabrator is still putting profits over people. The idea that our community could allow this or any corporation to pay for the ability to pollute is absurd. Under no circumstances do I support ANY expansion of the unlined ash landfi ll that sits in the center of the beautiful Rumney Marsh, an ACEC itself” said Representative Giannino (D-Revere). “Saugus and Revere voters cannot be silenced with money. The damage to the environment and the health of neighbors will surely surpass Jeff rey Rosario Turco State Representative any monetary benefi t posed by this expansion if it hasn’t already. I’m opposed to this or any scheme that risks the health of our neighbors or neighborhoods.” “’Environmental justice’ means nothing if a large corporation can simply buy off local offi cials in one town at the expense of their residents and neighboring communities,” said Representative Turco (D-Winthrop). “Decades of additional damage have been done to our environment and the health of our families, friends and neighbors by continued use of this landfi ll. I join with so many others in demanding that the Commonwealth give meaning to our laws and to prohibit any further landfi ll expansion in this Area of Critical Environmental Concern.” “No amount of money will ever mitigate the physiological damage done to the people of Revere & Saugus, and the ecological damage done to the Rumney Marsh Area. There should be no expansion of the ash landfi ll, especially in an area of critical environmental concern. The proposal by WIN to pay-off the affected municipalities is environmental bribery and is an aff ront to the intelligence of people from Revere & Saugus,” said Senator Lydia Edwards (D-Boston). The next WIN/Wheelabrator subcommittee public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17th at 7pm in Saugus Town Hall. During this meeting, interested attendees will be given the opportunity to provide remarks on WIN’s proposal to the Town of Saugus. 2022 1972

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 Page 5 WIN off er faces early opposition Subcommittee to hear public comment on WIN community host agreement at Aug. 17 meeting By Mark E. Vogler T he Board of Health’s Landfill Subcommittee seeks public comment on the proposed Community Host Agreement that WIN Waste Innovations presented at Saugus Town Hall last week. WIN would pay the Town of Saugus up to $15 million in exchange for adding 25 additional years to the life of the ash landfi ll adjacent to its trash-to-energy plant on Route 107. Several town offi cials and state legislators have already expressed their opposition to the proposal. The subcommittee’s next meeting has been set for 7 pm. Aug. 17 in the second-fl oor auditorium at Town Hall. Cogliano said the subcommittee decided to switch from the Aug. 10 meeting because three members wouldn’t be able to attend. Town residents and others who wish to submit questions or comments for the Aug. 17 meeting can email them to Selectman Corinne Riley at criley@Saugus-ma.gov. “The proposal from Wheelabrator/WIN to add 25 more years of ash disposal should be immediately rejected. WIN’s proposal, which includes a fi nancial gift for Saugus, can only be viewed as a Saugus ‘Trojan Horse’ that is both hollow and deceptive,” Saugus Precinct 10 Town Meeting Member Peter Manoogian said this week. “This proposal would burden Saugus with nearly 3 million more tons of incinerator ash that contains toxic heavy metals such as Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and the highly carcinogenic compound known as dioxin. WIN’s claim that such ash is non-toxic is based on 1995 EPA industry advocated ‘guidance’ (EPA530-R-95-036) that allowed for a laboratory sampling approach that would result in the very claim made by WIN that such ash is ‘non-toxic.’ This guidance was written because in 1989 the US Supreme Court had previously determined that under the more reliable testing process incinerator ash would, under law, be classified as ‘toxic,’” Manoogian said. “I urge the members of this sub committee to not drag this Trojan Horse agreement into the Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Debra Panetta raised questions about whether the WIN proposal would comply with state and local environmental regulations. “The landfill was originally supposed to close in 1996 with a grassy seed. It’s been 26 years since the original closure gates of Saugus. No amount of money is worth this hollow gift that will have a lasting impact on Saugus.” WIN Waste Innovation’s proposed Host Community Agreement, if approved by the town and the state, would also require WIN Waste Innovations to: • Reduce NOX and other emissions below current permit limits in place at time of agreement that are protective of public health and environment. • Conduct optimization testing to determine levels of additional NOx Reductions. • Fund the installation of one stand-alone ambient NOX monitoring station in Saugus. • Request the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to update its 2016 health study of Saugus residents as it relates to the plant’s operations and the landfi ll. • Provide $26,000 per year to fund an independent third-party consultant to inspect the waste-to-energy facility and monofi ll. date, and WIN Innovations is requesting an additional 25 years. That would translate to approximately 2.5 million tons of additional ash in their unlined landfi ll,” Panetta said. “According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), no new landfills or expansions of landfi lls are allowed in an Area of Critical Environmental Concern. In a letter written by Martin Suuberg, Commissioner of the DEP, to Representative Jeffrey Turco, dated 11/16/21, he states ‘While an applicant is free to propose a site assignment modification, and MassDEP will review information submitted, based upon the information presently before MassDEP, the facility fails to meet the necessary site suitability criteria to allow for expansion within the ACEC and therefore would not receive a positive site suitability determination,’” she said. “Without a positive site suitability determination from MassDEP, a proposal to amend the facility’s site assignment to allow for vertical expansion would not advance to the Saugus Board of Health for consideration.” State Rep. Jessica Giannino (D-Revere), whose legislative district includes Precincts 3 and 10 in Saugus, issued the following statement: “Twenty years after this site should have closed operations, Wheelabrator is still putting profi ts over people. The idea that our community could allow this or any corporation to pay for the ability to pollute is absurd. I under no circumstances support ANY expansion of the unlined ash landfi ll that sits in the center of an area of critical environmental concern, the beautiful Rumney Marsh. “Saugus and Revere voters can’t be silenced with money. The damage to the environment and the health of neighbors will quickly surpass any monetary benefit posed by this expansion if it hasn’t already. I’m opposed to this or any scheme that risks the health of our neighbors or neighborhoods.”

Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 Rep. Giannino endorses Rep. Tucker, Democratic candidate for Essex County District Attorney R EVERE — Representative Jessica Giannino endorses Paul Tucker for Essex County DA. “As a former Police Chief and State Representative, Paul has a strong record of showing up to deliver better outcomes for his constituents. He understands that to be the District Attorney for all of Essex County, you need to get out to communities like Saugus to talk to residents about the everyday issues we are facing,” said Rep. Giannino. “There is no better candidate in this race than Paul Tucker to advocate for us, and ensure high standards are upheld in prosecution and prevention of future crimes.” “I sincerely appreciate the support of Rep. Jessica Giannino who shares my comREP WONG | FROM PAGE 3 the Public Health Excellence Program, which was established in 2020 and is tasked with promoting adequate resources and support for local boards of health. The mitment to expanding community programs that have proven successful in our efforts to decrease crime and promote public safety in Saugus and every Essex County community.” — Paul Tucker To learn more about why so many community leaders across Essex County are strongly supporting Paul Tucker, Visit www.PaulTuckerDA.com program is also responsible for developing standards for foundational public health services, covering diverse areas such as inspections; communicable disease investigations and reporting; environmental permitting; food and water protection; chronic disease and injury protection; and workforce education, training and credentialing. Under SAPHE 2.0, the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) must provide comprehensive core public health educational and training opportunities to municipal and regional public health offi cials and staff , free of charge. DPH and MassDEP are also required to develop systems to standardize public health reporting and to measure the standard responsibilities of boards of health. DPH will provide estimates to the Secretary of Administration and Finance regarding the amount of funding necessary to meet these requirements for each fi scal year. Representative Wong said House Bill 5104 is a continuation of the work that began 10 Everett Ave., Everett 617-389-3839 Owned & operated by the Conti      Years!      “Same name, phone number & address for over half a century. We must be doing something right!”                 www.everettaluminum.com                Paul Tucker Candidate for Essex County DA with the Legislature’s passage of the original SAPHE Act in April of 2020. That legislation grew out of the recommendations issued by the Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health, which released the “Blueprint for Public Health Excellence” in June of 2019. House Bill 5104 revives this special commission, which will continue its work until December 31, 2023. In December of 2020, as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 state budget, the House and Senate created a new line item to provide grants to local and regional boards of health, which previously had not received direct state funding. Initially funded at $10 million, the line item was increased to $15 million in both the FY22 and FY23 budgets. Representative Wong noted that the Legislature provided additional funding support in December of 2021, when it approved the use of $200 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money to be invested over a fi ve-year period for local public health infrastructure. Summer is Here!

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 Page 7 Saugus man charged in Revere break-in A Saugus man has pleaded not guilty after being arrested for a recent Revere house break-in that involved the alleged theft of a safe containing up to $200,000. Patrick Wiswall, 50, was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony, larceny over $1,200, larceny under $1,200, property vandalization, witness intimidation and conspiracy. Chelsea District Court Judge William Farrell ordered Wiswall be held in jail on $50,000 cash bail during his arraignment last week. The judge also agreed to Suff olk County Assistant District Attorney Liana LaMattina’s request that the defendant have no contact with the victim or witness in the event he is released on bail. On July 7, Revere Police The COVID-19 Update Town reports 36 newly confi rmed cases; no new deaths By Mark E. Vogler T here were 36 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past seven days through Wednesday (Aug. 5), according to Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. That’s 29 fewer new cases in town than reported last week by the state Department of Public Health (DPH), increasing the overall total to 9,638 confirmed cases, according to Crabtree. There have been more than 835 confirmed cases over the past 15 weeks (which averages out to 56) as the virus continues to hang around, causing some people to keep wearing masks at Town Hall even though they are optional. Meanwhile, the state reported no new COVID-19-related deaths in Saugus over the past seven days, as the overall total remained at 94 deaths since the outbreak of the Coronavirus in March of 2020. “Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic,” Crabtree said.            responded to an Agawam Street home for a report of a break-in. The victim had returned home from an adjacent business that day to find the home’s door ajar and glass broken. A safe containing personal identification documents and up to $200,000 was reported stolen, according to a press release issued last Friday (July 29) by Suffolk County DisHELP WANTED | FROM PAGE 2 unusual to have a number of openings — “But in some cases, we have ongoing problems attracting and retaining talent, like the Planning Department. Having recently received MAPC guidance on our Town Wide Master Plan, it is critical that we have eff ective Planning and Engineering departments.” “The Town Wide Master Plan provides a framework for short, medium, and long term goals. We’ll need in-house experts to evaluate the needs and potential of existing facilities like our school buildings that have been turned back to trict Attorney Kevin Hayden’s Offi ce. “During the course of an investigation, detectives received information that a UHaul truck was believed to have been used in the robbery. Footage from private and public cameras captured the truck in the area of the home that was broken into,” the press release noted. “Footage depicts a man the Town,” she said. “We’ll also need expertise to evaluate options and provide direction on potential new facilities like a West-side Fire Stawheeling a city-issued trash can to the truck, which is believed to have contained the stolen safe. Records show that Wiswall rented the truck in the days prior to the robbery and returned it on July 8, the day after the break-in,” it noted. Wiswall is due back in court on Sept. 2 for a pretrial hearing. He is represented by Attorney José Vincenty. tion. These things take time and eff ort to plan, and as far as I know, no one is working on them. We need these roles fi lled.”                                                                                                            

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 SLIM PICKINGS | FROM PAGE 1 A “free ride” for Saugus delegation All three members of the Saugus legislative delegation face no opposition in the fall election. “The pickings are really slim,” said longtime Saugus Republican Town Committee Chair Jim Harrinton, who has chaired the town Republican Party all but three years since 1989. “It’s one of the few times we’ve had few choices. I can’t recall an election with fewer choices,” Harrington said. Why aren’t there a lot more choices of candidates running, particularly in the county and legislative races? “I think a lot of people in the Republican Par ty feel that even if they are well-qualified, they’re just not going to win. We have a   lot of good candidates with good values and they’re not going to win,” he said. “The main reason, I think, is that a lot of people have lost interest in going out and running. To put your head down, it takes a toll on your family, your wife and children. Running for office is a tremendous undertaking. It’s a sacrifice. You have to have a lot of fire in your belly to want to be a political candidate these days,” he said. Harrington noted “There a re a ton of reasons . COVID-19 may be part of it. A lot of people have soured on the Republican Party because of Donald Trump. He’s obviously a very polarizing figure. You either love him or loathe him,” he said. Harrington also blames biased media coverage about the Republican Party as a contributing factor.                         •       •                            •          OUR OFFICE HAS MOVED TO 519 BROADWAY, EVERETT SABATINO INSURANCE AGENCY 519 BROADWAY EVERETT, MA 02149 PHONE: (617) 387-7466 FAX: (617) 381-9186 Visit us online at: Rocco Longo, Owner WWW.SABATINO-INS.COM Domenic J. “Joe” Prisco Of Saugus, died on Monday, July 25th at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston at the age of 89,. He was the husband of the late Mary (Palumbo) Prisco. Born in Chelsea and raised in East Boston, Mr. Prisco was the son of the late Joseph A. and Quinta (Rappoli) Prisco. He was retired from the Department of Defense and was an U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. A resident of Saugus since 1964, Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Saugus and of the ITAM in Beverly. Mr. Prisco is survived by his four children, Joseph Prisco and his wife Merideth of FL, Maria Prisco and her wife Tina of Stoneham, Steven Prisco and his wife Cheryl of NH and Cora Swimm and her husband Daniel of Danvers; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchil   SAUGUS DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE CHAIR JOE MALONE: “Seems like the Republican Party is really dying in the state. (Saugus Advocate file photo) “The media slams Republicans every chance they get,” he said. While Republican participation is waning, Harrington cites one race where local Democrats seem to have given up. “The Democrats don’t even bother challenging Donald Wong anymore because he’s going to win,” he said. The Democrats’ take on the ballot Saugus Democratic Town Committee Chair Joseph Malone calls it “a quiet year” as far as political participation goes. “Even when we went to the state Democratic convention, people felt Maura Healey had it wrapped up.” SAUGUS REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE CHAIR JIM HARRINGTON: “It’s one of the few times we’ve had few choices. I can’t recall an election with fewer choices.” (Saugus Advocate fi le photo) Healey’s Democratic challenger — Sonia Rosa ChangDíaz — apparently agrees with that assessment ChangDíaz is on the Democratic primary ballot. But, she’s withdrawn because she doesn’t believe she can win. Malone said he agrees with Harrington about some of the reasons that political interest has waned. “A lot of people who are fairly successful and would make good candidates don’t want to take the pay cut. And put themselves out there every two years to go through the scrutiny they go through,” Malone said. “Seems like the Republican Party is really dying in the state. They’re down to fi ve state senators. There’s a OBITUARIES lot more scrutiny than in the old days. I think it’s a stigma in Massachusetts now to carry the Republican Party label,” he said. “I can’t see any of the Republicans winning anything in the statewide or congressional races in Massachusetts this fall.. They’ll be lucky to hold onto whatever they have in the state Senate and House. Is this a sign of things to come? “I would say so,” Malone said. He’s “very surprised” that the Republicans can’t at least fi eld respectable candidates to run for offi ce. “I’m surprised that they can’t fi eld a Republican candidate to run for sheriff because former Sheriff Frank Cousins, a Republic Sheriff , held the job for years. They’ve pretty much given up on it,” he said. “It’s kind of surprising. There are some very affl uent towns in Essex County where you would think they would be able to fi eld some candidates. That shows how far their interest has waned. The Democrats are going to walk-in during the elections this fall, from Healy right on down the line.” As of this week, there are 20,637 registered voters in Saugus, according to the Town Clerk’s Office. That includes 13,152 unenrolled voters, 5,133 Democrats and 2,077 Republicans. dren; and his brother Anthony D. Prisco of AL. Relatives and friends gathered at the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home in Saugus followed by a funeral mass in Blessed Sacrament Church on Friday 29. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of fl owers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital @stjude.org.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 Page 9 Representative Wong supports bill to promote equity in the state’s cannabis industry B OSTON — State Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus) recently voted to support legislation promoting equity in the state’s cannabis industry and clarifying the parameters of host community agreements. Senate Bill 3096, An Act relative to equity in the cannabis industry, was enacted in the House and Senate on August 1 and is now on Governor Charlie Baker’s desk for his review and signature. The bill contains compromise language negotiated by a six-member conference committee that worked to reconcile the diff erences between earlier versions of the bill previously approved by both legislative branches. Senate Bill 3096 establishes a Social Equity Trust Fund to help cover licensing and startup costs for minority applicants by providing them with grants and loans. According to Representative Wong, the fund is designed to help encourage more participation in the state’s regulated marijuana industry by residents of communities that have been disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement. The Social Equity Trust Fund will be administered by the Executive Offi ce of Housing and Economic Development, in consultation with a newly created Cannabis Social Equity Advisory Board. The fund will be supported by a dedicated stream of 15% of the tax revenues collected from the sale of marijuana and marijuana products. Representative Wong said the cannabis equity bill also authorizes the Cannabis Control Commission to review and approve all host community agreements negotiated between a municipality and a retail marijuana establishment or medical marijuana treatment facility as part of the initial license application and renewal process. The bill also stipulates that host community agreements “must be reasonably related to the actual costs required to operate a cannabis business in a community,” and cannot require the payment of a community impact fee beyond the business’s eighth year of operation. The bill also caps the community impact fee at 3% of the business’s gross sales. Under existing law, cities and towns can authorize the sale of marijuana and marijuana products for on-site consumption at so-called “cannabis cafes” through a local initiative petition. Representative Wong said Senate Bill 3096 allows communities to pursue alternative means of approving social consumption sites by passing a by-law or ordinance. Senate Bill 3096 also contains a provision that would provide cities and towns that host at least one social equity business with a share of the state excise tax paid by these businesses. The bill calls for 1% of tax revenues paid by social equity businesses to be distributed on a proportional basis to qualifying communities on a quarterly basis. Representative Wong noted that the cannabis equity bill also provides for an expedited expungement process for individuals seeking to remove prior marijuana-related off enses that are now decriminalized from their records. Senate Bill 3096 requires the courts to order the expungement within 30 days of receiving the request. Governor Baker has until August 11 to sign Senate Bill 3096 into law. ~ Letter to Editor ~ etter to Editor ~ Take the First Step Toward a Nicotine-Free Life T Dear Editor, he Massachusetts Department of Public Health is running Take the First Step, a campaign that educates adults about free resources designed to help them quit smoking, vaping, or using other tobacco or nicotine products. 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Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 Here’s the Real Scoop Soc’s Ice Cream made 100 kids happy Wednesday at an ice cream party for the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department summer camp By Mark E. Vogler I t’s pretty special when a kid gets to enjoy a free dish of ice cream with friends while a Boston television crew hangs around to fi lm the party. But a hundred Saugus children in the town’s Youth & Recreation Department’s summer camp — students who will be attending classes from second to the eighth grade when classes begin this fall — went home happy Wednesday (Aug. 3) afternoon. “This was so awesome! I think the kids had a great time,” said Crystal Cakounes, the interim director of the Youth & Recreation Department. “There was some very positive energy here today. And I’m very flattered that Sharon thought about us. I’m so grateful toward her, for bringing so much fun to the kids of Saugus,” she said. Cakounes was referring to Sharon Cacciola, the generous owner of Soc’s Ice Cream of Saugus, who provided the ICE CREAM SCOOPING LINE: Volunteers and staff of the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department dish out the ice cream for a party under the Pavilion at World Series Park. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) ice cream and toppings for the party. Soc’s is not only a popular ice cream shop in town. It’s also been one of the select few shops across the state that’s been featured over the past two years on WBZ-TV’s “Ice Cream Social.” On Wednesday, a WBZ camera crew was on the scene behind the Belmonte STEAM Academy to fi lm a segment for its news feature series. “It’s our second year of doing Ice Cream Socials,” said Theo Berenson, a WBZ director. “Last year, we worked with the ice cream shops — the best ones in Massachusetts. And this year, we’re celebrating the shops in the communities they’re in — with an organization that’s good for the community,” she said. Cacciola said she had no ENHANCING THE FLAVOR: Seven-year-old Jovie Theroux checked out the toppings to add to her dish of ice cream during an ice cream party at the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) THIS WEEK ON SAUGUS TV Sunday, Aug. 7 from 9—11 p.m. on Channel 8 — “Sunday Night Stooges” (The Three Stooges). Monday, Aug. 8 all dayon Channel 8 — “Movie Monday” (classic movies). Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 — Planning Board Meeting from Aug. 4. Wednesday, Aug. 10 all dayon Channel 22 — Educationy al Animal Documentaries. Thursday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. on Channel 8 — Saugus Catholics Collaborative Service from Aug. 7. Friday, Aug. 12 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 — Board of Selectmen Meeting from Aug. 3. Saturday, Aug. 13 all dayon Channel 22 — From the Vault y Sports Episodes. Saugus TV can be seen on Comcast Channels 8, 9 & 22. For complete schedules, please visit www.saugustv.org. ***programming may be subject to change without notice*** problem selecting the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department for all the good work it does in the community. “Crystal does a wonderful job running the program with minimal funding from the town,” Cacciola said. Soc’s Ice Cream provided all of the ice cream, while the WBZ camera crew fi lmed the ice cream social. In addition, Berenson and other crew members joined in scooping out the ice cream for the kids. WBZ has been hosting ice cream socials throughout the summer as part of its morning show. During Wednesday’s stop in Saugus, Cakounes said she was glad of the way the event was scheduled in Saugus. “Thank goodness this wasn’t set for tomorrow [Thursday, August 4] — a possible 100 degree weather day,” she said. With the hot weather expected yesterday (Thursday, August 4), Cakounes expected that the summer camp would head indoors because GATHERING FOR THE PARTY: Saugus kids enrolled in the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department summer camp assemble in the outdoor pavilion at World Series Park. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) MAKING IT HAPPEN: Left to right: Interim Saugus Youth & Recreation Department Director Crystal Cakounes, WBZ Boston Director Theo Berenson and Soc’s Ice Cream Shop owner Sharon Cacciola collaborated on Wednesday’s (Aug. 3) Ice Cream Party in Saugus. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) of the heat. The camp is fi nishing Week Four of a six-week program. Cacciola prides herself in being “a fourth generation Saugonian” who graduated from Saugus High School in 1981. Later, she set out to become a medical assistant. “I never dreamed that I would be in the ice cream business. That was the furthest thing from my mind when I graduated,” Cacciola said. Then about six years ago, the former Soc’s owner put the business up for sale. “My son Stephen came home and said we should buy Soc’s,” Cacciola recalled. “I’m not a practicing medical assistant anymore. I work at Soc’s full-time. It’s a nice little business. I’ve got three boys and a girl. My whole family works at Soc’s. We’re hoping to open up a Soc’s Ice Cream Cafe by the Stoneham Zoo. We hope to open up in August,” she said.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 Page 11 Saugus Gardens in the Summer Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener I s anyone missing the mosquitoes this summer? One good thing about drought is that there is very little standing water or puddles that last long enough for mosquito larvae to develop, so there are fewer mosquitoes in most areas this summer. While there are still some mosquitoes bugging us as we go about our garden chores, they seem to be less of a constant presence as they are in some summers. However, we are all dismayed to see so many drooping plants. Anything planted less than a year ago is at greater risk from drought because its roots are not yet established enough to fi nd water that has worked its way deep into the soil, but even established plants are showing stress from this lengthy drought. Many surrounding towns had severe water restrictions at this point, but we in Saugus are fortunate to still be able to water our gardens and keep our plants alive. Drought resistant plants like lavender still manage to look perky. Like many plants with grayish foliage, it has a “natural sunscreen” that protects the leaves from drying out in hot, windy conditions, and it thrives in sandy and rocky soils. Ornamentally, the gray foliage is also a good contrast with the green leaves of other plants in the garden. Lavender doesn’t get burned by hot surfaces like pavement PROTECTING FEATHERED FRIENDS: Birdbaths are needed for cooling off and for hydrating in this period of drought! (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) and stones nearby. Wet weather like last summer would not have been to this plant’s liking, since one of the biggest problems in growing this plant is root rot from poorly drained soils. Most people like the fragrance of the fl owers and leaves, but deer and rabbits fi nd it unappetizing. It also is among the fragrances least favored by mosquitoes, and yet bees and butterfl ies fi nd it quite appealing. Lavender appropriately grows in the gardens at the Saugus Iron Works, as they are among the most popular 17th century herbs to be brought from Europe to North America. Lavender was mentioned in herbals by the 13th century and had already attained a reputation for many medicinal and household benefi ts, so it would have been brought along with settlers very early. English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the hardiest and is the only species that reliably survives our winters. French lavender and Spanish lavender are not reliably winter hardy here, but are sometimes sold as annuals. Dried spikes of lavender were used in 27th vermin out, and clothes were often stored with dried lavender sachets or wands to keep moths away and make the fabrics smell more attractive. A fi ery fl owering perennial from South Africa that has become popular in recent years is red-hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria), which is also known as torch lily or tritoma. It produces a spike of bright orange, red and/or yellow tubular fl owers on a tall stem in late summer. It prefers a sunny location and is quite hardy here. The fl owers are very eye-catching, and they are popular with hummingbirds and other pollinators. -century homes to keep ESCAPING THE HEAT: This bunny hiding in the tall meadow is looking for a way to keep cool like everyone else. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) The fruit of the watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a popular attraction at summer parties indoors and out. The plant itself takes quite a bit of garden space, but it can be very rewarding to grow, as they have pretty yellow fl owers and deeply cut foliage. It is always fun to see the fi rst small fruits emerge and develop along the long trailing stems. This year there are several watermelons growing at the community garden, and some of them have small fruit about 2” across at this point. Watermelons need a long, warm growing season so they are more often grown farther south, but if the seeds are started early enough indoors it is possible to grow some mature fruits before frost here. Most people choose varieties with small fruit that may take fewer weeks to grow to harvestable size than larger varieties, and that also fi t better in the refrigerator than fruits exceeding a foot across! Due to the lengthy drought, it is a good idea to have birdbaths kept fi lled in your garden, and perhaps some lower water basins for other wildlife, since every living thing outside would prefer more water than seems available right now. Small animals, such as rabbits, can’t reach the birdbath, so small water basins on the ground may be helpful to them, and even bees and butterfl ies like shallow basins with water and some stones or marbles they can stand on so they are not in danger of drowning in deep water. Editor’s Note: Laura Eisener is a landscape design consultant who helps homeowners with landscape design, plant selection and placement of trees and shrubs, as well as perennials. She is a member of the Saugus Garden Club and off ered to FROM SOUTH AMERICA: A red-hot poker plant in bloom has fiery colors that seem appropriate to the weather. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) POPULAR SUMMER FRUIT: A watermelon vine in bloom at the community garden shows attractive yellow fl owers that may become watermelons by season’s end. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) A NATURAL REPELLENT: The spike of fl owers on lavender plants at the Saugus Iron Works gives a pleasant fragrance that may help keep mosquitoes away. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) write a series of articles about “what’s blooming in town” shortly after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was inspired after seeing so many people taking up walking.

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 By Tara Vocino A A pproximately 50 children participated in the first annual bicycle rodeo, jointly hosted by the Saugus Police and Fire departments as well as the Youth and Recreation department at Belmonte STEAM Academy on Wednesday. The event taught children about bicycle safety through drills and obstacle courses. Children tried on fi re equipment. First Annual Bicycle Rodeo taught children bicycle safety Saugus Police Sgt. Fred Forni did a bike and helmet safety check for Brackett Marshall, 3. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School fi rst grader Julian DiPaolo, 7, tried on an air tank with Firefi ghter Bobby Roberto. Shown from left to right: Fire Captain Bill Cross, Firefi ghter Bobby Roberto, Firefi ghter Patrick Cross, Firefi ghter Anthony Arone with Police Lt. Anthony Lopresti with Belmonte STEAM Academy second grader Jovie Theroux, 7, and Brackett Marshall, 3.5. Veterans Memorial Elementary School kindergartner Cooper Salamone, 5, took a left turn with Police Offi cer Ryan Bancroft. Scott Moses, 8, rode his bicycle in the start and stop turtle race. The Saugus Police and Youth and Recreation as well as the Fire Department sponsored the fi rst annual bike rodeo.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 Page 13 Shown from left to right: Youth and Recreation staff David Jarosz, Belmonte special education teacher Shelagh O’Connell, Sgt. Fred Forni, Detective Stacey Forni, dispatcher Gina Vozzella, Youth and Recreation interim director Crystal Cakounes and interim program coordinator Emily Grant. Saugus resident Naomi Tarentino, 10, with Police Offi cer Bryan Misci, in the stop and go turtle race with a score of 34:01. Veterans Elementary School first grader Jack Brown learned turn signals from Police Officer Ryan Bancroft. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) ate photos by Ta Veterans Memorial Elementary school kindergartner Mila Murphy, 5, is taught hand signals and signs by Police Offi cer David Harris, at right. Belmonte STEAM Academy third-grader Zaki Belkheira, 8, gave the stop hand signal during Wednesday’s fi rst annual bicycle rodeo at Belmonte STEAM Academy. Belmonte STEAM Academy fi fth grader Anthony Spinney, 9, time was 15:99 for the turtle race.

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 The Sounds of Saugus By Mark E. Vogler Back-to-School countdown Hey, Saugus kids! Hope you’ve made the most of your summer vacation, as you will be headed back to school three weeks from this coming Monday (Aug. 8). Classes begin on Aug. 30 for students in grades 1 to 12. Kindergarten and Pre-K classes start on Aug. 31. Enjoy the remaining days of your summer. Read a little. Have fun. Relax. If you are interested in local places to visit to spice up your summer, go to the Saugus Public Library, the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, Breakheart Reservation, the Youth & Recreation Department or the Saugus Senior Center. Collectively, these places off er a lot of summertime options for Saugus residents. How to make a hundred kids happy Crystal Cakounes, the interim director of the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department, told me it would be a fun event to cover. And it was. It’s always nice to see a bunch of smiling faces, especially of kids enjoying their summer. So, the Wednesday (Aug. 3) afternoon ice cream party — compliments of Sharon Cacciola, owner of SOC’s ice cream of Saugus — had to be a blast for the 100 kids who attended. Not only did they get a dish of ice cream, but they got to hang out for a couple of hours with a WBZ camera crew that was fi lming in Saugus for a special news feature, Ice Cream Social, which featured a stop in Saugus. The TV production —Contest— CONTEST SKETCH OF THE WEEK team also sent the kids home with some brightly colored CBS News Boston sunglasses. Sharon says she picked the Saugus Youth & Rec. Department summer camp behind the Belmonte STEAM Academy to be the recipients of the ice cream party because “Crystal does a wonderful job running the program with minimal funding from the town.” From what I got to observe, every kid went home that afternoon a happy camper. “Foul play is not suspected” Over the past two weeks, I have received several calls about a heinous crime that allegedly took place at Laurel Gardens last month. All I can tell you is that the details of the alleged incident were gruesome as they were described to me. But so far, the accounts have not been substantiated by either the Essex County District Attorney’s Office or the Saugus Police Department. I talked with both Saugus Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli and Carrie Kimball, who is the director of communications for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s Offi ce. The DA spokesperson confirmed that detectives assigned to her office, along with police, responded to a report of a death on July 25 in an apartment managed by the Saugus Housing Authority. “We responded to a report of an unexpected death in which a 58-year-old male was found deceased. Foul play is not suspected,” Kimbell said in a brief statement this week. “However, the Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The District Attorney investigates all unattended deaths regardless of whether foul play is suspected,” she said. Unless the autopsy report GUESS WHO GOT SKETCHED? If you know the right answer, you might win the contest. In this week’s edition, we continue our weekly feature where a local artist sketches people, places and things in Saugus. Got an idea who’s being sketched this week? If you do, please email me at mvoge@ comcast.net or leave a phone message at 978 683-7773. Anyone who identifi es the Saugonian sketched in this week’s paper between now and Tuesday at Noon qualifi es to have their name put in a green Boston Red Sox hat with a chance to be selected as the winner of a $10 gift certifi cate, compliments of Dunkin’ Donuts in the Food Court at the Saugus Square One Mall. But you have to enter to win! Look for the winner and identifi cation in next week’s “The Sounds of Saugus.” Please leave your mailing address in case you are a winner. (Courtesy illustration to The Saugus Advocate by a Saugonian who goes by the name of “The Sketch Artist”) determines the death was suspicious, the public needs to accept the preliminary findings of police and the DA: that there isn’t a crime, based on the available evidence. We have a winner! Congratulations to Debbie Cox for making the right identifi cation in last week’s “Guess Who Got Sketched” contest. Debbie was one of several readers answering correctly, but she was the only one to have her name picked in a drawing from the green Boston Red Sox cap. Here’s the correct answer, offered by the person who goes by the name of The Sketch Artist: “The answer to last week’s sketch is This Year’s Salutatorian Lindsey Rose McGovern and Class Valedictorian Jason Patrick Ciampa! Lindsey is the Second top ranked student in the Class of 2022 and Jason is the student with the best scholastic score! “Lindsey and Jason are on the front cover of the June 10th issue of The Saugus Advocate and continued on page 14 in article and photos of “151st. Commencement Exercises Saugus High School Class of 2022,”. by Mark E. Vogler. Lindsey’s speech appears on page 7 & 8 “Saugus High School graduation The Salutatorian Address “ “She addresses the student body with her message. Lindsey along with the Honor bestowed upon her to address the class of 2022 (as a second top ranking student); she served as President of the Student Council. Lindsey has plans of attending the University of New Hampshire to study Neuroscience. “James Patrick Ciampa, who achieved the highest grade point average in the Class of 2022, earned the privilege to deliver the Valedictory Address at the Commencement exercises. *See June 10th issue page 8. Jason plans to attend Endicott College to study Computer Science. “Jason and Lindsey both express deep gratitude and thankfulness in these articles about their Addresses to the Class of 2022. “We all could learn a thing or two more by re-reading Lindsey Rose McGovern’s Address and Jason Patrick Ciampa’s address; they are well versed and heartfelt words of regret, fortitude, strength discipline, life experiences, and advice fi lled with two thankful hearts & gratitude! I walked away gaining wisdom from Lindsey & Jason’s words. “Thank you both. Hope you continue to excel and to requote Jason who quoted Norman Vincent Peale ‘s “ Shoot for the moon even if you miss, you will land among the stars.” “Jason and Lindsey, you two are shining stars! Yours Truly, “The Sketch Artist “ A big “Shout out” to Father Jay Jeannie Meredith nominated a member of the Saugus Faith Community for special public recognition in this week’s column. It’s a person who has made quite an impression after his fi rst year of living and working in Saugus: “I would like to give a ‘shout out’ to Father Jay from St Margaret’s and Blessed Sacrament Collaborative. He is doing an amazing job at both parishes. I was astonished to see a recent post of Father Jay giving a fi - nal blessing to a beloved pet. This is one of the most moving videos I have watched in some time. We are very fortunate to have such a caring, kind and compassionate priest in our Town. My condolences to the family that lost their loved one.” Father Jason Makos has a special place in his heart for peoples’ pets, according to Jeannie, who points out that his 6-year-old Boston Terrier, Thea “is adorable!” Want to “Shout Out” a fellow Saugonian? This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out — in a brief mention — remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents. Or, an act of kindness or a nice gesture. Just send an email (mvoge@ comcast.net) with the mention in the subject line, “An Extra Shout Out.” No more than a paragraph. Anything longer might lend itself to a story and/ or a photo. Summer Concert Series continues Wednesday The National Parks Service and Saugus Public Library are co-sponsoring a free Summer Concert Series that continues next Wednesday (Aug. 10) at 6 p.m. at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, located at 244 Central St. in Saugus. Here is the rest of the Summer Concert Series at a glance: August 10th ers: 50’s, 60’s & 70’s music August 17th — Memorylan— Decades of Rock Band: Classic Rock 70’, 80’s & 90’s August 24th — Marina & Bernardo: Acoustic Folk Each concert will be held outdoors, weather permitting (see SaugusPublicLibrary.org for updates/cancellations). Bring your own chair or blanket. Picnics welcome! “Zoom” Book Study The Rev. John Beach of St. John’s Episcopal Church wants to get the word out to Saugonians who might be interested in participating in a new book study, via “Zoom” video conferencing. The book is called “The Violence Project: How to Stop A Mass Shooting Epidemic By Jillian Peterson, PhD and James Densley, PhD” THE SOUNDS 16

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 Page 15 Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen If you have any questions about this week’s report, e-mail us at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com or call us at (617) 720-1562. Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 47 — Report No. 30 July 25-31, 2022 Copyright © 2022 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved. GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO MASSTERLIST — Join more than 22,000 people, from movers and shakers to political junkies and interested citizens, who start their weekday morning with MASSterList—the popular newsletter that chronicles news and informed analysis about what’s going on up on Beacon Hill, in Massachusetts politics, policy, media and influence. The stories are drawn from major news organizations as well as specialized publications selected by widely acclaimed and highly experienced writers Keith Regan and Matt Murphy who introduce each article in their own clever and inimitable way. MASSterlist will be e-mailed to you FREE every Monday through Friday morning and will give you a leg up on what’s happening in the blood sport of Bay State politics. For more information and to get your free subscription, go to: https://lp. constantcontactpages.com/su/ aPTLucK THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the 7-day period of Monday, July 25 to Sunday, July 31. The House and Senate held lengthy sessions. Beacon Hill Roll Call will continue to report on the dozens of roll calls over the next few reports. While the House and Senate approved many bills, one measure that stood out was a bill that didn’t get approved. The House and Senate had previously approved diff erent versions of a $4.57 billion economic development package which included some $1 billion in tax relief — $500 million in one-time tax rebates and $500 million for several permanent tax cuts. A conference committee was working on hammering out a compromise version but talks stalled because of the recent “discovery” of 62F, a 1986 law approved by the voters. That law requires that tax revenue above a certain amount collected by the state go back to the taxpayers. It is estimated that the 1986 law would return $2.5 billion in fi scal year 2022 revenue to Massachusetts taxpayers. The conference committee did not act on the economic development bill so the $1 billion in tax relief is still bottled up in the conference committee. In the meantime, legislators are discussing the $3 billion windfall. Some legislators favor repealing the law which has only been used once since 1986. Others say the law should not be repealed and the $2.5 billion should go back to taxpayers. House Speaker Ron Mariano (D-Quincy) said last Friday that he would consider all courses of action, up to and including altogether scrapping the $2.5 billion in tax relief. “Sure, it’s an option,” Mariano told reporters when asked if lawmakers would consider undoing the trigger enshrined 62F. “Everything’s on the table. We could undo the law, we could change it, we could postpone.” But three days later on Monday, Mariano said that 62F is the law of the land and it’s going to happen. “The governor has said it’s the law of the land and that’s worth, he thinks, $2.5 billion but he’s not even sure, and he thinks he can get it out this year. So I think that’s an important return to the taxpayers.” Gov. Baker said that he thinks that both the $1 billion and the $2.5 billion are affordable in tandem. “CLT’s tax cap law (Chapter 62F) is still working exactly as designed and intended,” said Chip Ford, executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation, which put the tax cap proposal on the 1986 ballot. “That it was triggered only once in 1987 before now isn’t a bug but a feature. Nobody can say with a straight face that multi-billions of dollars of excess revenue raked in over the past two years should remain with the state and not be returned to those from whom it was unnecessarily extracted.” “Let’s face it, the Speaker and Senate President have never had any record on giving back money to the taxpayers, so early morning news that they failed to act once again should surprise no one,” said Paul Craney, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. “Instead of spending the last few days passing tax relief, they spent them trying to hold onto as much taxpayer money as humanly possible. Despite record tax collections, Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka have proven once again they are so greedy, they rather scrap an entire economic development bill than having to give even a penny more back to taxpayers.” REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE (H 5090) House 137-16, Senate 40-0, approved and Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill designed to further protect reproductive health care and those who perform abortions in the Bay State. The measure specifically declares that both reproductive health care and gender-affirming care are rights secured by the constitution or laws of Massachusetts and would shield providers of reproductive and gender-affi rming care and their patients from out-of-state legal action. The measure would ensure that patients over 24 weeks of pregnancy are able to receive an abortion in Massachusetts because of a grave fetal diagnosis that indicates the fetus is incompatible with sustained life outside of the uterus without extraordinary medical interventions and requires that those decisions are made between the patient and their treating physician. Other provisions include preventing the state’s cooperation with anti-abortion and anti-gender-affi rming care laws in other states; mandating health insurance coverage for abortion and abortion-related care with no cost-sharing; ensuring access to emergency contraception; and providing confi dentiality to providers of reproductive and gender-affi rming care; clarifying that vending machines may dispense over-the-counter drugs, such as Plan B — the “morning after” pill; and ensuring access to medication abortion on all public college and university campuses. “Massachusetts remains steadfast in its commitment to protect access to reproductive health care services, especially in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “The court’s decision has major consequences for women across the country who live in states with limited access to these services, and our administration took quick action in the hours following that decision by issuing an Executive Order to protect access here in the commonwealth. This new legislation signed today builds on that action by protecting patients and providers from legal interference from more restrictive laws in other states.” “Everyone deserves the right to decide whether and when to start a family, no matter where they live, how much money they make, or who they are,” said Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. “But across half the states, millions of people are in danger of losing that right after the Supreme Court’s shameful decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. As extremist politicians in other states move to ban or severely restrict abortion, Massachusetts lawmakers have stepped up to meet the moment and lead in the other direction, passing a historic law that makes care more aff ordable and available.” “With this bill, the Legislature gave Planned Parenthood a blank check to rewrite our commonwealth’s abortion laws, and Gov. Baker signed it for them,” said Andrew Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Family Institute. “Beacon Hill is working to make Massachusetts a regional hub for late term abortion and to undermine every pro-life law in the nation.” “In the face of an increasing amount of anti-abortion and anti-gender-affi rming care laws enacted across the country, Massachusetts continues to serve as a national leader in protecting these essential rights with the passage of this legislation,” said Sen. Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington), the lead sponsor of the measure and Senate chair of the Committee on Health Care Financing. “We must do everything we can to protect the rights of our providers, patients and visitors to the commonwealth. “As a candidate for governor in 2014, Charlie Baker was sold as a Bill Weld style Republican---socially liberal but fi scally conservative,” said Catholic Action League Executive Director C.J. Doyle. “The abortion expansion bill which he signed … imposes new burdens on taxpayers and business owners, increases the scope of government---with state colleges now dispensing Plan B abortion pills--and denies personal freedom of choice for those opposed to abortion. There is no conscience clause for pharmacists, business owners or non-profi t organizations, and the religious exemption is so narrowly drawn that most Catholic educational institutions will not qualify under it. Baker’s legacy on this legislation is one of higher spending, bigger government, and less personal freedom.” “In the face of fi ve individuals on our Supreme Court deciding to allow states to treat women as second-class citizens by denying them the federal right to control their own bodies, I am proud that we in Massachusetts instead have reaffirmed that women do indeed have equal rights and privacy interests that we will always defend,” said Rep. Mike Day (D-Stoneham), House Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary. “This bill tells other states who would roll back women’s rights that their laws will have no eff ect on our residents, that we will protect our health professionals who off er legal health care services and that the decision to have a child will not be dictated by a state law or access to healthcare.” “Gov. Baker wasted no time in signing the expanded abortion bill … into law on Friday,” said Patricia Stewart, executive director of Massachusetts Citizens for Life. “Disappointing as this news is, it only strengthens our resolve to work to pass protective pro-life measures that will safeguard women facing unplanned pregnancies and their unborn children from the insatiable, abortion-hungry apostles of death in this commonwealth. We must elect pro-life legislators with the courage to stand up for their convictions and the confidence to affirm publicly that every life is sacred. This goal may seem beyond reach in Massachusetts, but we fi ght on the side of the angels. So take heart, we have just begun.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against the bill). Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes SPORTS WAGERING (H 5164) House 151-2, Senate 36-4, approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill that would legalize sports betting on professional and college sports for Massachusetts residents over 21 years old. Betting on Massachusetts colleges and universities would not be allowed unless the school is playing in a tournament like March Madness. The betting would be regulated by the Gaming Commission, the same commission that regulates the state’s casino gambling. “Once signed by the governor, this new law will open a new industry for our commonwealth, creating jobs and economic growth,” said sponsor Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow). “It will also safeguard consumers and athletes with some of the strongest protections in the country while maintaining the integrity of sports.” “The Massachusetts Legislature just pulled out all the stops, suspended several rules, and pulled an epic all-nighter to legalize sports betting,” said Rep. Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge). And yet, important housing justice provisions such as local rent stabilization, right to counsel in eviction and foreclosure matters, local option real estate transfer fees to support the production of aff ordable housing, tenant opportunity to purchase legislation, and eviction records sealing provisions) were all left BHRC | SEE PAGE 18

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 14 It’s the Winner of the 2022 Minnesota Book Award “Using data from the writers’ groundbreaking research on mass shooters, including fi rst-person accounts from the perpetrators themselves, The Violence Project charts new pathways to prevention and innovative ways to stop the social contagion of violence. “Frustrated by reactionary policy conversations that never seemed to convert into meaningful action, special investigator and psychologist Jill Peterson and sociologist James Densley built The Violence Project, the fi rst comprehensive database of mass shooters. Their goal was to establish the root causes of mass shootings and fi gure out how to stop them. ”If you ever wondered how can we stop mass shootings, this is the book for you. By mixing compelling first-person interviews with mass shooters and signifi cant data analysis, The Violence Project illustrates the tangible ways we can intervene and prevent a tragedy from occurring. No one is helpless-read this book and help stop violence before it starts.” Rev. Beach says the book study meets on Wednesday evenings, from 7:30 — 8:30 East Coast Time, from Sept.7th through Oct. 5th For more information, contact The Rev. John Beach at revjbeach@gmail.com What’s happening at the Saugus Public Library For school children looking for interesting projects and programs to participate in this summer, there’s plenty to do at the Saugus Public Library. “Be Cool! Learn to Sew! Here’s a great idea off ered by Joyce Rodenhiser: “Would you like to save and have fun? JUST SEW! Come to the Saugus Public Library and learn to sew on the second Monday of the month at 6 P.M. The class is tailored to the needs of the students! We teach basic sewing skills that you can use now! It’s air conditioned and we can do a lot in an hour. Join the JUST SEW class, it’s Free.” Library offers free “Zoom” program on college search Parents and High School students can feel like they are overwhelmed when it’s time to explore their options for college. But the Saugus Public Library will be offering a special hour-long program titled “Navigating the College Search” via “Zoom” video conferencing from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22. It’s free, but registration is required. “Navigating the college search is stressful especially if it is your fi rst time doing it,” says a press release issued this week by the library “With college counselor and tutor Dr. Karen Droisen’s expert help, parents and high school students can master the art of applying for college. By the end of Dr. Droisen’s presentation, the steps from making a list of college choices, writing the personal essay to at last hitting the submit button will feel manageable and even exciting.” Dr. Droisen graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English and earned her PhD from the University of Virginia. After teaching English at the college level, Dr. Droisen opened KAD Tutoring and College Counseling and is a member of the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling (NEACAC). Parents and students are both welcome to join this free event! Navigating the College Search is being off ered in person and by Zoom.To register to attend in person at the Saugus Public Library, please either email sau@noblenet.org, call 781-231-4168 ext. 3107 or visit the Reference Desk. To register for the Zoom meeting: https://us06web. zoom.us/meeting/register/ tZwudO6hpzsrGtGVGvEZqs7gg7q5k_NKs8rz “I’m an engaged, dedicated, supportive tutor and college counselor working in-person in the Boston area and remotely,” Droisen said. “In 1988, I earned my BA in English from Barnard College, Columbia University. I went on to earn an MA and PhD in English literature at the University of Virginia. After completing my doctorate, I joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a tenure-track assistant professor of English,”she said. “In subsequent years, I worked as a fundraiser for local and international non-profit organizations. In 2015, I returned to my fi rst love — education — and became a fulltime tutor and college counselor.” Grand Knights Banquet in September The Saugus Knights of Columbus Council #1829 is hosting a Grand Knights’ Banquet on Friday, Sept. 9th. The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Appleton Street, Saugus, starting at 6 p.m.This event is to recognize all past Grand Knights, but it’s in special recognition of Former Grand Knight, Chris Luongo, for his devotion to charity and the Saugus Community. The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 and has 1.9 million members around the world. Core values include integrity, professionalism, excellence, and respect. Charity is at the heart of everything we do. Everyone is welcome to attend this event! Tickets are $30 each. For more information, please call Richard at 781-858-1117. Saugus seeks student poll workers Town Clerk Ellen Schena’s Offi ce is looking for student election workers. It is a great way for them to learn how their government functions and how important it is to vote. Sixteen-year-old students are eligible to work ? day (6-8 hours); 17-18 year old students may work a full day (8-12hours). All students can receive community service which is imperative to them in order to satisfy their High School requirement mandated for graduation. Or, they can be paid for their hours worked. In addition, the Town Clerk’s Office will gladly write letters of recommendation for National Honors Society, Colleges, ect. Interested students can stop by Town Hall or contact the Town Clerk’s Offi ce to apply for work. Ask for Andrew DePatto, the Saugus Election Coordinator. He can be reached at 781-231-4102. In Person Early Voting Town Election Coordinator Andrew DePatto also wants Saugus residents to know about some important dates coming up, as it relates to In Person Early Voting for the Sept. 6 State Primary Election. There are several dates that folks can participate in Early Voting at the Saugus Public Library: 295 Central Street (Taylor Street Entrance): Saturday, August 27th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.(***ALSO, Last day to register to vote for September’s Election.) Monday, August 29th 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 30th a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1st to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2nd 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 31st 8:15 8:15 a.m. 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. This pertinent information regarding early voting is also on the Town of Saugus website under the Town Clerk, https:// www.saugus-ma.gov/townclerk/bulletins/person-early-voting Food pantry seeks volunteers Here’s a message from Pastor Joe Hoyle of the Cliftondale Congregational Church about a collaborative community commitment to help needy Saugus residents: “The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry is a partnership between the churches in Saugus to ensure that no one in our community faces food insecurity. “With faithful donations and volunteers, we have been able to give out thousands of meals to our neighbors in need throughout the years. The Food Pantry is open every Friday from 9:30am-11am, distributing pre-packaged groceries (including meat and produce) at 50 Essex St. “We are always in need of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer or donate, please contact Pastor Joe Hoyle, Executive Director at offi ce@clindalecc. org or 781-233-2663.” Concerts for vets Rockin 4 Vets presents ‘Homegrown Rock Concerts’ and ‘Throw Back Thursdays’ for New England Vets this summer at the Kowloon Restaurant’s outdoor venue, Route 1 North in Saugus. For tickets and prices go to Tickets@GIMMELIVE.COM. Home Grown Rock Lineup — Doors open at 3 p.m. — Concert at 4 p.m. AUGUST: August 7 — Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters; August 14 — Rockin the House! Deric Dyer; August 21 — James Montgomery — Christine Ohlman; August 28 — Veronica Lewis. Tribute Bands — Doors open at 6pm — Concert at 7 p.m. AUGUST: August 11 — What A Fool Believes — Doobie Brothers; August 18 — Another Tequila Sunrise — Eagles; August 25 — Panorama — The Cars. SEPTEMBER: September 1 — Being Petty — Tom Petty; September 8 — Studio Two — The Beatles; September 15 — Completely Unleashed — Van Halen If you would like to attend a show, please call Lauren at 617.247.4112. Band photos available upon request. More outdoor music at Kowloon The Kowloon Restaurant announces their outdoor concert series for August with a variety of live bands at their Route 1 North in Saugus outdoor venue. For tickets call the Kowloon Restaurant at 781-233-0077. Live Musica — Beach Night, Friday, August 5, 7 p.m. Dave Macklin Band, Saturday, August 6, 7 p.m. Live Music Legends of Summer, August 12, 7 p.m. Kowloon Country Night Live with Carly Teff t, The Darren Bessette Band & Samantha Rae $10 RESERVED SEATING, $25 VIP (BEST STAGE VIEW), Saturday, August 13, 7 p.m. Live Music Legends of Summer Country Music Band, Friday, August 19, 7 p.m. Live Music Closing Time, Saturday, August 20, 7 p.m. Live Music Wildfire, Friday, August 26, 7 p.m. ($10 per person for reserved seating) Live Music The Adam Hanna Band, Saturday, August 27, 7 p.m. A benefit event for Saugus Youth and sports While we are on the subject of music, here’s an event where you can enjoy a night out — and help the youth of Saugus. Dennis Moschella, a longtime Saugus resident and Vietnam War veteran who has helped many veterans causes through his group Veterans Assisting Veterans (VAV), has a date that the parents of Saugus school-aged kids might want to put on their calendars: Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. Moschella has been working hard behind the scenes to organize A Benefi t Event for Saugus Youth and sports activities — featuring Panorama, starring The Cars Tribute Band. Doors open at 6. Moschella said this event is planned as a special favor to thank Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano. This fundraiser is designed to help one of Cogliano’s favorite causes: Saugus youth and sports activities. Anyone interested in tickets for the Aug. 25 concert can contact Dennis Moschella at 781 316-4486. You may also order tickets by calling the Kowloon Restaurant at 781233-0077. If you can’t make the concert, Moschella suggests that you still buy the ticket and give it to somebody who can’t aff ord to go. Buy a brick to honor a Saugus veteran The Saugus War Monument Committee once again is sponsoring the Buy A Brick Program to honor all those who have served their country. If you would like to purchase one in the name of someone who is presently serving or has served, in the memory of a loved one, or just from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4” X 8” brick (three lines), $200 for 8”

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 Page 17 X 8” brick (fi ve lines). Each line is a maximum of 15 characters. The improvement and upkeep of the monument on the corner of Winter and Central streets rely on the generosity of donors through fundraising. The brick application must be in by Sept. 15th to ensure the bricks will be ready for Veterans Day. Please contact Corinne Riley 781-231-7995, for more information and applications. SHS Class of ‘62 plans 60th reunion Leaders of The Saugus High School Class of 1962 would like you to “SAVE THE DATE.” “Their 60th Class Reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Prince Pizzeria in Saugus. They are reaching out to contact fellow classmates as well as other years who would like to join them. The well-known 50’s and 60’s music group of Howie Conley will be there for their musical enjoyment. Those of you who have heard them know what a performance they put on. There will be pizza and salad combinations plus soft drinks. The price includes all you can eat, tax, gratuities, plus Howie Conley’s group and is $29 per person. There is a bar available for wine, beer and mixed drinks. There is no need to purchase tickets at this time. Please let one of the following people know of your interest either by a phone call or a text message so that you can be easily reached when the time draws near.     No commitment is necessary. They are just exploring the number of interested classmates. Donna “Cann” Olivera 781987-4308 Jonni “Giantonio” Matrona 781-439-4200 Janice “Cristiano” Pomeroy 617-512-2097 Larry Seavers 704-906-2606 Looking for book donations The New Friends of the Saugus Public Library are asking for donations of gently-used adult hardcover and softcover Fiction for the ongoing book sale in the Community Room. They would also appreciate donations of gently-used Children’s Books. Please limit donations at this time to ONLY Fiction and Children’s books; we do not have storage space for other genres or media. Please....clean and newer books only. No tattered pages, bad odors, stains, or dirty covers! Books may be dropped off at the Main Circulation Desk during business hours. Please DO NOT place donations in the outdoor book drops. Want to be a Knight? The Knights of Columbus is looking for new members to join. If interested in becoming a member of this local organization, please call 781-233-9858. Compost site now open 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 Street. Stickers are required to gain seasonal access to the site. Stickers may be purchased for $25.00 at the Department of Public Works (DPW) located at the Compost Site when making your visit to the Compost Site. The Town accepts checks only for payment of the $25.00. No cash will be accepted. Kindly bring a check when visiting. Thank you! Compost site stickers must be permanently placed on the lower left corner of the 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. We ask all residents to please wear a mask, maintain and respect social distancing from others while visiting the site. Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781231-4036 with questions or for more information. 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. It’s been nearly six and a half years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. 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Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 BHRC | FROM PAGE 15 for dead. As a product of public housing and a longtime renter, this makes me question our priorities. While I recognize there’s a compelling case in support of legalized sports betting and didn’t want to kill the bill, I can’t help but feel uncomfortable at how gambling was a “must do” this session but so many other urgent issues were either lesser priorities or ignored entirely.” “Massachusetts residents are passionate about their sports. This legislation will allow fans to bet on their favorite teams but do so in a regulated manner that promotes responsible gaming, while bringing in millions of dollars of revenue that has been going to our neighboring states or to illegal online operators and bookies,” said Rep. Jerry Parisella (D-Beverly), House Chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. “For those who are vulnerable to gambling addiction and their families, the legalization of sports betting and the coming onslaught of gambling-related advertising will have devastating consequences,” said Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Creem (D-Newton). “And for everyone else, sports betting still amounts to a regressive tax— one that will redistribute wealth from working people to the biggest players in the gambling industry. I’m also concerned about the eff ect that this law will have on amateur college athletes, who will face additional scrutiny, pressure, and temptation. Higher education leaders in the commonwealth have been clear that allowing wagering on collegiate contests will harm student athletes.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against the bill). Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEMS (H 5104) House 153-0, Senate 39-0, approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill that would accelerate improvements to local and regional public health systems across the state to address disparities in public health services by requiring the Department of Public Health to enshrine a set of standards for foundational public health services. The measure creates minimum public health standards for every city and town; incentivizes municipalities to share services; creates a uniform data collection and dedicates state funding to support local boards of health and health departments. “With the passage of this legislation, a person’s zip code will no longer determine the public health protections that they are aff orded and local public health offi cials will have the resources they need to do their jobs,” said Senate sponsor Sen. Jo Comerford (D-Northampton). “All residents should be able to expect high-quality public health services regardless of where they live,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “This legislation puts into practice the lessons learned during the pandemic by increasing support for local boards of public health and ensuring that all communities in the commonwealth are well prepared to respond to public health challenges.” “The Legislature has focused on public health in a comprehensive, deliberative process since 2015 with the establishment of a special commission,” said House sponsor Rep. Denise Garlick (D-Needham). “The Special Commission’s 2019 report exposed the fractures in local public health, and the covid public health crisis only magnifi ed those inequities. The bill provides the tools and direction to move local and regional public health forward.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill). Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes SOLDIERS’ HOMES OVERSIGHT BILL (H 5106) House 153-0, Senate 40-0, approved and sent to the governor a bill that would make major changes to the oversight and governance structure of the state’s veterans’ homes in Holyoke and Chelsea. The proposal follows the deaths of 77 veteran residents in 2020 as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke facility. A key provision would elevate the Department of Veterans Services to a cabinet-level executive offi ce with direct reporting to the governor and the ability to hire and fi re superintendents. Other provisions include requiring superintendents of the two soldiers’ homes to be licensed as nursing home administrators and that they oversee day-to-day management and operation of the homes; requiring two annual home inspections by the Department of Health; creating an independent Offi ce of the Veteran Advocate; maintaining local Board of Trustees and creating a statewide advisory Veterans’ Home Council. “This legislation contains important improvements that will benefi t the men and women who have served our nation and will reside at our commonwealth’s Veterans’ Homes for the years to come,” said Sen. John Velis (D-Westfi eld). “At the same time, we know that this work must continue. The working group established will allow us to have oversight over this implementation, to identify what we need to improve on further, and to continue to work to ensure that the tragedy that took place at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home never happens again.” “The Senate has been clear that we must rethink how we deliver care to veterans of every generation across Massachusetts and ensure that our veterans are connected to their communities,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “We are mindful that issues and circumstances may arise that compel additional thought, reassessment and legislative action and that work will continue. To that end, I am creating a Senate working group, chaired by Sen. John Velis, to review implementation of this important bill, identify and act on issues that may arise requiring additional legislation, and work with the administration to ensure the reforms contained within are implemented as the Legislature intended.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill). Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes BENEFITS FOR MILITARY FAMILIES (S 3075) House 153-0, Senate 39-0, approved and sent to Gov. Baker legislation that would support military families who relocate to the Bay State by providing career stability for the spouses of service members and education for their children. Provisions include making it easier for military personnel and their spouses who move to the Bay State to get a Massachusetts professional license, if their job requires one, so that they can continue their civilian careers and provide for their families without interruption; requiring the Commissioner of Education to issue a military spouse a valid certifi cate for teaching if he or she holds a valid teaching license from another state; allowing children of military members to register and enroll in a school district at the same time it is open to the general population by waiving the proof of residency requirement until the student actually begins school; creating a purple-star campus designation for certain schools that are military-kid friendly and show a major commitment to students and families connected to the nation’s military; and requiring that a child or spouse of an active-duty service member in Massachusetts continue to pay the in-state, less expensive tuition rate at state universities even if the service member is assigned to move out of the state. “Our veterans are the best and bravest among us, and while we can never truly repay them for their service to this country, veterans are more than deserving of continued support from those in public offi ce,” said House Speaker Ron Mariano (D-Quincy). “I’m proud that today, with the best interest of our veterans in mind, the Legislature passed legislation that responds to immediate needs in the veteran community such as access to school enrollment for military families that have recently relocated to Massachusetts, and that establishes health education awareness programs and additional acknowledgements of military service, among other provisions.” “The [bill] is a momentous piece of legislation that that will improve the lives of every single service-member, veteran and military family member who resides in our state, now and in the future,” said Sen. John Velis (D-Westfi eld), the Senate Chair of the Committee on Veterans and Federal Aff airs. “The legislation supports our military families in their transition to Massachusetts, introduces new benefi ts and services for veterans and National Guard members, and expands the ways our commonwealth recognizes the sacrifi ces of those who have served.” “The Legislature has made veterans issues a priority from the start of the session,” said Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham), House Chair of the Committee on Veterans and Federal Aff airs. “ It’s a great honor to chair the Veterans Committee and bring a great deal of pride to the House as we continue the commonwealth’s long history of recognizing veterans and their families.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill). Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes $11.3 BILLION TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE (H 5151) House 153-0, Senate 39-0, approved and sent to the governor an $11.3 billion transportation and infrastructure package that includes $1.375 billion for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) modernization and $1.27 billion for non-federally aided roads and bridges. Other provisions include $114 million for airport improvements; $25 million for municipal road pavement improvements; $20 million for municipalities under the Complete Streets Funding Program; $25.5 million for the Mobility Assistance Program; mandating the MBTA to establish a 3-year safety improvement plan with measurable safety objectives; and directing the MBTA to contract with an independent third-party auditor to conduct annual safety audits. “This transportation bond bill provides Massachusetts with the key to unlock once-in-a-generation federal funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” said Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), the Senate chair of the Committee on Transportation. “With these combined state and federal investments, we will be able to complete vital work on our highways, roads, bridges and public transportation systems, improving mobility for all residents of the commonwealth.” “Not only does this bill fund much-needed transportation repairs for all modes and communities, but it also goes much further to invest in infrastructure that is more modern, environmentally sustainable, and regionally equitable,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “The support for electric vehicles, regional transportation authorities, MBTA safety investments, low-income fares on public transit, expanded EastWest connectivity and many other initiatives in this bill will benefi t residents, visitors and businesses throughout Massachusetts.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill). Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST A PERSON WITH A NATURAL HAIRSTYLE (S 2796) — Gov. Baker signed into law a bill that would make Massachusetts the 18th state in the nation to prohibit any person or entity including educational institutions, workplaces and public spaces from implementing any policy that would explicitly target someone who wears their natural hairstyle. The measure defi nes natural hairstyle as hair texture, hair type and protective hairstyles including braids, locks, twists and other formations. “On the long march toward justice, and especially racial justice, the Senate’s unanimous passage of this legislation marks another step forward,” said Sen. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) when the Senate approved the bill before sending it to the governor. “We would not be at this point without the great courage and strength of Mya and Deanna Cook, who

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 Page 19 as 15-year-old students faced discrimination and abuse from their high school for their hairstyles, and bravely stood up for their rights and those of so many other Black women.” “This is a classic example, in many respects, of a citizen movement started by a very small number of people in which the right thing to do became clearer and clearer the longer the discussion went on,” Baker said upon signing the bill. “I am very glad that this made its way to our desk by the end of the session. I normally, as everybody knows, don’t comment on legislation that’s pending because it has the nasty tendency to change as it works its way through the process, but I said months ago that I hoped this would make it to my desk and I would be able to sign it and I’m very glad this is our fi rst post-pandemic signing ceremony.” ADOPT ANIMALS USED IN RESEARCH — “THE BEAGLE BILL” (S 2992) — The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill that would require research labs to make every effort to offer healthy animals up for adoption by registered non-profi t animal rescue organizations rather than euthanizing them when the research is done. According to supporters, more than 60,000 dogs—almost all beagles—and nearly 20,000 cats, are used each year for animal experimentation in the United States to advance scientifi c research and to test cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other household products. Currently, many research labs choose to automatically euthanize these cats and dogs once their experiments are over. “The Senate has repeatedly and steadfastly supported this legislation which is intended to give research animals an opportunity to be adopted after they have ended their service in research facilities,” said Senate sponsor Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). “Dogs and other animals involved in research are making tremendous sacrifi ces to save our lives and make us healthier. It is important to recognize our humane obligation to them because we have a moral imperative to give them the opportunity for better lives when their research involvement is done.” “We are so thrilled to have this bill enacted after fi ve years of consideration,” said Cara Zipoli of the Beagle Freedom Project. “We look forward to developing partnerships between our research and animal welfare communities to ensure as many dogs and cats fi nd loving homes as possible.” NEGRO ELECTION DAY (S 2703) — On July 22, Gov. Baker signed into law legislation establishing the third Saturday in July as Negro Election Day. The third Saturday in July this year was July 16 which had already passed by the time Baker signed the bill. So the day passed without it officially being Negro Election Day. The Legislature approved and sent the bill to the governor on July 14, just two days ahead of the 16th. The holiday commemorates a historically important event that has taken place in the Bay State since the 18th century. It began when enslaved African-Americans would hold an election of a king or governor as an act of civic engagement and self-governance. The annual celebration began to take place on the 3rd Saturday of July during World War II when many African Americans were engaged in our nation’s critical war eff ort. “This annual celebration demonstrates that our communities of color have always been engaged in our commonwealth’s civic process,” said sponsor Sen. Joan Lovely (D-Salem). “We must continue to commemorate the meaningful milestones African-Americans have contributed to Massachusetts and our nation today and in all the days going forward.” POACHING (S 2993) — The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Baker a measure that would regulate poaching—the illegal hunting that harms or kills wildlife including fish, birds, mammals and endangered or threatened species. Other provisions elevate the fi nes and penalties for poaching; align Massachusetts poaching regulations with other states; and bring Massachusetts into the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, which helps states to work together to prevent illegal hunting across state lines. BHRC | SEE PAGE 22

1. “Little Orphan Annie” 2. Capris 3. Three 4. “Cyclone” (Due to his “destructive” fastball, “One of the fellows called me ‘Cyclone,’ but fi nally shortened it to ‘Cy’…”) 5. No, it is a one-seeded fruit. 6. Brazil 7. Eleanor Roosevelt 8. Barry Bonds – in 2007 he hit his 756th career home run. 9. Limestone 10. Shakespeare 11. The Old State House 12. Cheetah 13. Australia 14. A lover of books or book collector 15. Harry Potter (quidditch) 16. Track & fi eld 17. Northampton 18. Waltz 19. Wood 20. Alcatraz Page 20 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 Savvy Senior BY JIM MILLER Cheap Basic Cell Phone Plans for Penny Pinching Seniors Dear Savvy Senior, A few months ago, I read a column you wrote on extremely cheap smartphone plans for budget-conscious seniors. Can you do a similar column for those of us who still use basic fl ip phones? My old 3G fl ip phone is about to become obsolete, so I’m looking for the cheapest possible replacement. I only need a simple cell phone (no data) for emergency calls when I’m away from home. Penny Pincher Dear Penny, For many seniors, like yourself, who only want a simple basic cell phone for emergency purposes and occasional calls, there are a number of super cheap plans available from small wireless providers you may have never heard of. Here are some of the best deals available right now. Cheapest Basic Plans For extremely light cell phone users, the cheapest wireless plan available is through US Mobile (USMobile.com), which has a “build your own plan” that starts at only $2 per month for 75 minutes of talk time. If you want text messaging capabilities, an extra $1.50/ month will buy you 50 texts per month. US Mobile runs on Verizon’s and T-Mobile’s networks and gives you the option to bring your existing phone (if compatible or unlocked) or purchase a new device, while keeping your same phone number if you wish. If your fl ip phone is becoming obsolete, as you mentioned in your question, you’ll need to buy a new device, which you can do through US Mobile if you choose their plan. They off er the “NUU F4L” fl ip phone for $39 for new customers. Or you can purchase an unlocked phone through retail stores like Walmart or Best Buy, or online. One of the best value fl ip phones right now is the (unlocked) “Alcatel GO FLIP 4044 4G LTE,” available at Amazon.com for $80. Some other super cheap wireless plans worth a look are Ultra Mobile’s “PayGo” plan (UltraMobile.com/PayGo), which provides 100 talk minutes, 100 texts for only $3 per month. And Tello’s (Tello.com) “build your own plan” that starts at $5 per month for 100 talk minutes and unlimited texting. Both Ultra Mobile PayGo and Tello also run on T-Mobile’s network and will let you use your existing phone (if compatible or unlocked) or buy a new one. Senior Targeted Providers In addition to these super cheap plans, there are several other wireless companies that cater to older customers and off er lowcost basic plans and simple fl ip phones. One of the least expensive is through TracFone (Tracfone.com), which off ers a 60-minute talk, text and web plan for $20 that lasts for 90 days. That averages out to $6.66 per month. Three other providers that are popular among seniors are Snapfon (Snapfon.com), which off ers a 100 minutes and unlimited texting plan for $10. Consumer Cellular (ConsumerCellular.com), which provides an unlimited talk plan or $15 per month. They also give 5 percent discounts to AARP members. And Lively (Lively.com), maker of the popular Jitterbug Flip2 senior-friendly fl ip phone. Their cheapest monthly plan is 300 minutes of talk and text for $15. Subsidized Plans You also need to know that if you’re on a government program such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income or food stamps/SNAP. Or, if your annual household income is at or below 135 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines — $18,347 for one person, or $24,719 for two — you might also qualify for free or subsidized wireless plans from various carriers via the federal Lifeline program. To fi nd out if you’re eligibility or apply, visit LifelineSupport.org. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today C author of “The Savvy Senior”book. show and MASSHEALTH AND YOUR HOME R egardless of the value of your home, so long as your spouse is living in your home, it will not be considered a countable asset even if you were to go into a nursing home and qualify for MassHealth benefi ts. Furthermore, so long as your spouse is living in your home, MassHealth Estate Recovery will not be able to fi le a lien against it. If your home is held jointly, title should be transferred as quickly as possible to the healthy spouse who is still living home. If not, if the healthy spouse were to suddenly die fi rst, title would vest 100% in the spouse who is living in the nursing home on MassHealth. The Estate Recovery Unit would then be able to recover against the equity in the home as the home would be part of the nursing home spouse’s probate estate. The transfer can be made either prior to or after admission into a nursing home. Transfers between spouses are never considered disqualifying transfers subject to the fi ve-year look-back period. Once the transfer of the home takes place and the nursing home spouse is approved for MassHealth benefi ts, the spouse still living at home should consider, as one option, transferring the home to an irrevocable Trust in order to protect the equity in the home for the benefi t of children. The fi ve-year look-back period will commence once title has been transferred to the Trust. Although each family’s circumstances are diff erent, and what might be good for one family might not be good for another, married couples and single individuals need to consider transthe Lord Chamberlain’s Men? 1. On Aug. 5, 1924, what comic strip about a girl debuted? 2. What pants are named for an island? 3. Brown bears live with their mother for how many years: one, three or six? 4. On Aug. 6, 1890, “Cy” Young pitched his first game as a pro; what did his nickname mean? 5. Is a coconut a nut? 6. What country has won the World Cup in soccer fi ve times? 7. What First Lady wrote a newspaper column called “My Day”? 8. On Aug. 7, 2007, who beat Hank Aaron’s career home run record? 9. Most caves are formed in what kind of rock: granite, limestone or gneiss? 10. What playwright was associated with the Globe Theatre and the group of actors called 11. On Aug. 8, 1984, the Massachusetts Bay Colony charter was stolen from what building in Boston that is now a National Historic Park? 12. This August, for the first time in decades, what cat is being returned to India’s wild forests? 13. In what country would you find a traditional music instrument called a didgeridoo? 14. August 9 is National Book Lovers Day; what is a bibliophile? 15. What children’s book series inspired a sport? ferring the home to such an irrevocable Trust long before the need for a nursing home arises. One big advantage is the avoidance of probate. The home will pass to your intended beneficiaries pursuant to the terms of the Trust. The home can be sold at any time even after you place it into an irrevocable Trust. Since the Trust is structured as a grantor-type trust, the IRS Section 121 capital gain exclusion will still be retained. For a married couple, the capital gain exclusion on the sale of the home is $500,000. For a single person, the exclusion is $250,000. If rental property is placed into the Trust, the net rental income or loss is passed through onto the married couple’s or single person’s Form 1040. Consequently, the much higher ordinary income tax rates and capital gains tax rates associated with Trusts are avoided. Joseph D. Cataldo is an estate planning/elder law attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, AICPA Personal Financial Specialist and holds a master’s degree in taxation. 16. During the 1936 Sumer Olympics in Berlin, in what sport did Jessie Owens win four gold medals? 17. August 10 is National S’mores Day; Rev. Sylvester Graham, who inspired graham flour products, died in what Massachusetts city with the Calvin Coolidge House? 18. What Austrian dance was once called the forbidden dance due to its body contact? 19. What did golf balls used to be made of? 20. On Aug. 11, 1934, what prison known as “The Rock” opened? ANSWERS

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Page 22 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 BHRC | FROM PAGE 19 Supporters said that it has been close to 100 years since many of the commonwealth’s anti-poaching laws were last updated and noted the absence of action on these laws has resulted in weak, outdated penalties that are just a slap on the wrist. “This legislation finally brings our laws, fines and penalties in line with other states,” said sponsor Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury). “It also brings Massachusetts into the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, a nationwide law enforcement network that allows our wildlife protection agencies to share information about poachers with other states. With the passage of this legislation, Massachusetts is making it clear that we will no longer be a safe haven for those who wish to do harm to our wildlife, marine life and ecosystems.” UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM (H 5096) — The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill creating a special commission to study the creation of an underground railroad, civil rights and black heritage museum in Springfi eld. The measure says the museum will serve as “a catharsis important to alleviate some of the lingering negative eff ects of the institution of slavery and the discrimination practiced against African Americans, which had state and federal governmental statutory sanction.” It also notes the bill is designed to enhance regional tourism and attract conferences and conventions to the city of Springfi eld. Rep. Bud Williams (D-Springfi eld), the sponsor of the measure, did not respond to repeated requests from Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on his bill. QUOTABLE QUOTES “There is a food truck outside where the food is free for the senators and staff . The Senate will be in a recess.” ---Sen. Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont) while presiding over the Senate Sunday afternoon, announcing that a Roxy’s Grilled Cheese truck is on Bowdoin Street just outside the Statehouse. “This new research builds on what we have long suspected — Massachusetts is not building enough housing to meet demand. Massachusetts must ease barriers to construction and promote pro-housing policies to meet this demand. Doing so will incentivize construction, lower prices, and help us address the state’s housing crisis.” ---Greg Vasil, CEO of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board on a new analysis that shows the Greater Boston Metro Area must develop approximately 42,151 apartment units by 2035 to meet projected demand. “Not only was Bill Russell professionally and personally successful, he used this success to advocate on behalf of others and to call out injustice in many forms. Both on basketball courts and in the court of public opinion, Russell changed our country for the better.” ---Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) on the death of Boston Celtics great Bill Russell. “Massachusetts’ vibrant tourism and cultural sectors in cities and towns across the state continue to play a key role in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. By making necessary upgrades to these facilities, the Destination Development grants will bolster the commonwealth’s travel and tourism industry and support continued economic growth.” ---Gov. Baker on the awarding of $2.2 million in grants from the Destination Development Capital program which provides funding for projects that expand, construct, restore or renovate Massachusetts tourism destinations and attractions. HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been fi led. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozen s of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the period of July 2531, the House met for a total of 39 hours and 55 minutes and the Senate met for a total of 45 hours and 44 minutes. Mon. July 25 House 11:09 a.m.to 12:39 p.m. Senate 11:22 a.m. to 1:34 p.m. Tues. July 26 House 11:03 a.m. to 4:46 p.m. Senate 1:14 p.m. to 5:26 p.m. Wed. July 27 No House session No Senate session Thurs. July 28 House 11:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Senate 1:05 p.m. to 6:32 p.m. Fri. July 29 House 11:01 a.m. to 6:42 p.m. Senate 1:10 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Sat. July 30 House 11:01 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. Senate 12:20 p.m. to 5:38 p.m. Sun. July 31 House 12:03 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.(Monday morning August 1) Senate 11:13 a.m. to 10:13 a.m.(Monday morning August 1) Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com Bob founded Beacon Hill Roll Call in 1975 and was inducted into the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) Hall of Fame in 2019.

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