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Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 TEACHER | FROM PAGE 1 he would have graduated in 2016, got an equivalency diploma at North Shore Community College, a degree at Salem State University and a new job in the Belmonte Upper Elementary School Therapeutic Learning Center, after also having taught at “the Voke” (officially the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School). “I’ve had a big turnaround,” he said of his career path. Fifth Grade Teachers Christina Serratore, Isabel Gramoloini, and Isabel Darmon-Weiss, Fourth Grade Teacher Jennifer Mullen Saugus High School graduates and brothers Joe (Class of 2014) and Daniel Bertrand (Class of 2016) are also starting jobs here this year. Joe will be a Special Education teacher in the Middle School and boys High School basketball coach, while Daniel will teach physical education at Belmonte. “It feels great being back in Saugus,” Joseph said. “The school system did a lot for me and I wanted to give something back to the schools and the town.” “I’m really excited,” Daniel added. Although Joe is now a colleague of some of his old teachers, he confessed, “I still can’t call them by their first names.” He is impressed with the Joe and Daniel Bertrand new Middle/High School. “It’s amazing to have something this nice,” he said. “The town, students and teachers are lucky.” His words are echoed by You’ve Earned It. We’ll be closed Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day. You can access your accounts using our ATMs and Online & Mobile Banking. Thank you! Acting Superintendent of Schools Michael Hashem, who graduated from Saugus High School in 1985, about the still new grade 6-12 complex school and consolidation of grades two through five at Belmonte and pre-K, Kindergarten and first grade at Veterans Memorial Elementary School. “It provides everyone with equity,” he said of the alignment. “All students will have the same advantages and opportunities.” Middle/High School Principal Brendon Sullivan pointed out that ninth graders have a relatively easy transition from Middle to High School “because they went to Middle New middle school Special Ed Teacher and boys’ basketball coach Joe Bertrand and Executive Director Of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Susan Terban

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 Page 3 TEACHER | FROM PAGE 2 School here and, for the most part, know the building.” He also said that having the Middle School in the same building as the High School gives Middle School students access to the building’s state of the art equipment and makes sure what happens in Middle School aligns with what happens in High School, “although we work with grades 6-8 students so they feel like they’re in Middle School. We’re not trying to make it a mini-High School.” “By consolidating schools, teachers can see all other teachers at their grade level,” Terban added. “It feels like a family.” Hashem also said that because the pandemic slowed things down this year will be the first year all buildings will be operated as intended. Classes at the old high school stopped in the spring of 2020. Although students “returned” to school that fall, classes were remote or hybrid. Full in-person learning returned in September 2021, by which time the old high school was razed, but students wore masks and there was social distancing. All that was dropped for 2022-23, and now that the 2023-24 year has started, Hashem said, “We didn’t open the buildings in a normal environment. We’re just starting to use the buildings the way they were intended.” He noted no one who attended the old high school is left in school, with the Class of 2023 having left there in ninth grade. Long blocks will be dropped at the Middle/High School. “It wasn’t working the way we wanted, so we eliminated it,” Sullivan said. Morning classes will rotate, while afternoon classes will not, to avoid boredom, but also provide stability. “There’s a lot of desire from students and the staff to have rotating classes, but some things work better in a locked schedule,” Sullivan explained. As principal of a Middle and High School complex, he said, he gets “to see students across that age range. Watching students grow into young adults is one of the rewarding things about being in education. I’m able to see them grow.” Computer lab for new teachers in Middle/High School orientation 425r Broadway, Saugus Located adjacent to Kohls Plaza Route 1 South in Saugus at the intersection of Walnut St. We are on MBTA Bus Route 429 781-231-1111 We are a Skating Rink with Bowling Alleys, Arcade and two TV’s where the ball games are always on! Middle School Teacher Monique Gertje, Fifth Grade Teacher Michael Binari, Belmonte Music Teacher Chloe Pinaro, Belmonte Music Teacher Chris Bernie, Belmonte Therapeutic Learning Center Staff Kyle Brosseau, Belmonte Gym Teacher Daniel Betrand PUBLIC SKATING SCHEDULE 12-8 p.m. Sunday Monday Tuesday $9.00 Price includes Roller Skates Rollerblades/inline skates $3.00 additional cost Private Parties 7:30-11 p.m. $10.00 Price includes Roller Skates Adult Night 18+ Only Wednesday Thursday Friday Everyone must pay admission after 6 p.m. Private Parties Private Parties 4-11 p.m. Saturday 12-11 p.m. $9.00 $9.00 Everyone must pay admission after 6 p.m. Sorry No Checks - ATM on site Roller skate rentals included in all prices Inline Skate Rentals $3.00 additional BIRTHDAY & PRIVATE PARTIES AVAILABLE www.roller-world.com

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 Page 5 Investigators believe hiker died in a fall at Breakheart Reservation Advocate Staff Report “The man had injuries conF riends and relatives say Mark Edward Arsenault was a frequent visitor to Breakheart Reservation who loved to walk the wooded and rocky trails of the state park. Arsenault, 65, of Saugus, went to Breakheart for an early morning hike last week (Aug. 16) to look for some missing property, but never returned. During the early evening – more than nine hours later – a family member reported him missing to Saugus police, and friends and family members organized a search party to go looking for him. A friend who was part of a search party discovered Arsenault’s body soon after at the bottom of Castle Rock, which is the highest point at Breakheart. Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker quickly ruled out Arsenault’s death as being suspicious – most likely the result of a tragic accident. “The missing hiker found dead in Breakheart Reservation in Saugus is not considered a victim of foul play,” Tucker said in a press release issued by his offi ce. sistent with a fall,” Tucker said. “The cause and manner of death will be determined through an autopsy conducted by the Offi ce of the Chief Medical Examiner but the death is not considered suspicious and there is no apparent ongoing threat to the public,” he said. Breakheart, which is owned and managed by the state Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), is a popular spot for hikers who love scenic views of Boston from atop rocky high places, which also pose life-threatening dangers. The case remains under investigation by the Essex County District Attorney’s Offi ce State Police Detective Unit and Saugus Police Department. Meanwhile, family and friends gathered this week to mourn Arsenault’s passing and celebrate his life. “He was a master fi nish carpenter by profession, truly skilled in his craft,” according to an obituary from the website of A. J. Spadafora Funeral Home in Malden. “Mark found immense joy Mark Edward Arsenault: Relatives and friends remember him as a master fi nish carpenter, a great family man and somebody who loved the outdoors. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate). www.eight10barandgrille.com OPEN DAILY FOR DINNER AT 4 PM. CATCH THE CELTICS, BRUINS & NCAA SPORTS ON OUR 6 LARGE SCREEN TV'S! om in being active outdoors, surrounding himself with the wonders of nature. He cherished moments of hiking, boating, playing pickleball, golfing, and taking leisurely walks with his adored dog, Marley,” it continued. “Mark INVESTIGATORS | SEE PAGE 9 WE'RE OPEN! 8 Norwood Street, Everett (617) 387-9810 SABATINO INSURANCE AGENCY 519 BROADWAY EVERETT, MA 02149 Auto * Home * Boat * Renter * Condo * Life * Multi-Policy Discounts * Commercial 10% Discounts * Registry Service Also Available Sabatino Insurance is proud to welcome the loyal customers of PHONE: (617) 387-7466 FAX: (617) 381-9186 Visit us online at: WWW.SABATINO-INS.COM

Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 Saugus Council on Aging drug awareness presentation O n Wednesday, August 9, 2023, the Saugus Senior Center along with the Saugus-Everett Elks hosted a drug awareness presentation. All who attended expressed how impressed and enlightened they were from the information and material provided by Saugus-Everett Elks members and drug awareness committee members. Gary Carter spoke about his own experience with addiction; while it was heart-wrenching, it provided us with valuable facts that could benefit all of us in some way, whether it be a family member or a loved one. We see a growing number of seniors having to raise or help raise their grandchildren, and this demonstration, most especially the “mock” bedroom of a teenager, while shocking, was extremely educating. Pictured from left to right: Cathy Strum, Massachusetts Elks Drug Awareness Committee at Large Member Gary Carter, Drug Awareness Committee member Janine Breau, Barbara Trainor, Saugus Senior Center Director Laurie Davis, Drug Awareness Committee member Annamaria Filkins, Lynette Terrazzano, Joanne Genzale and Drug Awareness Committee Chairperson Ron Visconti. In front of a banner displaying pictures of the deceased are Drug Awareness Committee members and Saugus police, pictured from left to right: Chairperson Ron Visconti, Annamaria Filkins, Detective Stacy Forni, Police Officer Jenna Loverme, Jeannine Breau and Bill Pothier. For Advertising with RESULTS, call The Advocate Newspapers at 781-233-4446 or info@advocatenews.net

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 ~ The Old Sachem ~ Page 7 Bill Belichick By Bill Stewart B ill Belichick was born April 16, 1952, in Nashville, son of Steve Belichick and Jeannette (Munn). He is of Croatian ancestry and was named after his godfather, Bill Edwards, who is a College Hall of Fame Coach. Bill grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, where his father was an assistant football coach at United States Naval Academy, and Bill graduated high school at the academy. In high school he played football and lacrosse. He then attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, for a postgraduate year. Forty years after graduation, Bill was inducted to Phillips Academy Athletics Hall of Fame. Belichick went to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he played center and tight end in football. He was a captain of the lacrosse team and also was on the squash team. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Belichick was in the inaugural induction class in the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. Belichick started his coaching career as an assistant to the Baltimore Colts head coach, Ted Marchibroda, in 1975. The following year he became the assistant special teams coach along with coaching tight ends and wide receivers for the Detroit Lions. The whole coaching staff was released in January 1978. Bill was added to the staff of the Denver Broncos in 1978 as the assistant special teams coach and defensive assistant. Belichick was added to the New York Giants staff in 1979 and was with the team for 12 years. He was a defensive assistant and special teams coach, and the next year he added linebackers to his duties. He designed the defensive game plan that defeated the Buffalo Bills 20-19 in Super Bowl XXV, and his role was added to the Football Hall of Fame. Bill moved to the Cleveland Browns in 1991 and was the head coach until 1995. During this period his record was 36 wins and 44 losses. His team made the playoffs in 1994 in which he defeated the New England Patriots. He was fired in February 1996 one week after the team was scheduled to move as the Baltimore Ravens. Belichick served as the assistant head coach and defensive back coach for the Patriots in 1996. The team went 11-5 over the season, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars to win the American Football League Championship. They lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. Belichick next went to the New York Jets in 1997 as an assistant coach under Bill Parcells and was named interim head coach while the team was negotiating compensation to release Parcells from the Patriots, which would enable Parcells to coach the Jets. When the agreement was reached, Belichick became the Jets assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Parcells left after the 1999 season and Belichick succeeded him for one day. He resigned to become the head coach of the New England Patriots. The Jets demanded compensation from the Patriots and Commissioner Paul Tagliabue agreed with the Jets, so the Pats had to give up their first-round draft position in 2000. Robert Kraft gave Belichick near-complete control of the team, becoming not only the Sachem sports champs Reaching out to School officials are inviting you to the unveiling of the new Saugus High School Championship Banners on Nov. 21 C alling all former Saugus High School athletes – boys and girls – who played on regional and/or state championship teams. Saugus Public Schools officials invites you to be part of a special upcoming event planned for the fall that seeks to honor any members of Saugus High School Girls and Boys sports who were on Conference, Regional and/or State Championship that could come to the new Saugus Middle/ High School Complex for the unveiling ceremony for new banners in the Gym. The Saugus School Committee’s Athletic Sub-Committee, along with Acting Superintendent Mike Hashem, is looking to locate Saugus High School athletes who participated on the Conference and/or State Championship Teams listed below to invite them to the unveiling of the Saugus High School Championship Banners. This event will take place on Tuesday, November 21, at 6 p.m. during Saugus High Spirit Week. If you played on any of these girls or boys teams, please email Saugus School Committee Member Dennis Gould at jdgould1969@aol. com or call him at his cell phone – 617-257-4847. Any members of these championship Saugus High School teams in their respective sports will be welcome guests on Nov. 21: Girls Volleyball: 2021. Girls Softball: 1972, 1975, SPORTS CHAMPS | SEE PAGE 18 football coach, but also the de facto general manager. Scott Pioli was player personnel director and aided Belichick and assisted in team decisions, but Bill had the final say between them. Pioli went to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. Drew Bledsoe was the quarterback for the Patriots until he was injured during the 2001 season, and Tom Brady became the quarterback as a replacement. The rest is history – with Belichick and Brady dominating the league until Brady left for Tampa Bay. Belichick is the all-time leader in football with eight Super Bowl titles as coach and coordinator, six with the Patriots. At 71 years old he probably doesn’t have many years left, but we will cheer him as long as he continues on with the Pats. “The Old Sachem,” Bill Stewart (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Joanie Allbee) (Editor’s Note: Bill Stewart, better known to Saugus Advocate readers as “The Old Sachem,” writes a weekly column about sports – and sometimes he opines on current or historical events or famous people.) 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Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 Selectmen approve liquor license for Iron Town Diner; K&D Auto Repair license; appoint Cultural Council members By Tara Vocino S electmen voted 5-0 to approve a liquor license for wine and malt beverages and cordials/liquor at Iron Town Diner Inc. during their meeting at Town Hall on Tuesday. Iron Town Diner Inc. Manager George Athanasopoulos said he got many requests for alcoholic beverages that would be low alcohol by volume. Selectman Jeff Cicolini said it’s a great restaurant that does an amazing job. He asked what hours the license would be in effect for. Athanasopoulos said it would be in effect from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Vice Chair Debra Panetta said she frequents Iron Town at least once or twice a week with friends and family. “It’s one of my favorite restaurants in town,” Panetta said. “I want to support your business.” Selectman Corinne Riley asked why they cut back their hours. Athanasopoulos said operating hours used to be from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., but that required overtime for 23 staff members, which got expensive. After the vote, Athanasopoulos said he recognizes selectmen who frequent the fast casual dining American restaurant with a Greek flare. Customers have asked for orange juice with champagne, coffee mixed drinks, and adult milkshakes, to name a few. “I was hoping there wouldn’t be any opposition,” Athanasopoulos said. “It now goes to the state for final approval.” Shown from left to right: Elizabeth Pisano, Esq., of Upton Connell & Devlin, LLP, Iron Town Diner manager George Athanasopoulos and his daughter, Alexa, were pleased at the unanimous approval for their liquor license at Iron Town Diner during Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting at Town Hall. Elizabeth Pisano, Esq., of Upton Connell & Devlin, LLP, said the public hearing went great since selectmen voted in their favor. Athanasopoulos said he will have owned the diner at 327 Main St. in the Village Plaza Shopping Center for a year on Tuesday, Aug. 29. George Varelas previously owned the diner for nine years. “We were met with a welcome,” Athanasopoulos said. Selectmen also approved a Business owners Denilson Harizaj and Kelmend Deliu with property owner Anapayan Satchi (in center) were happy that selectmen passed a K&D Auto Repair license. J& • Reliable Mowing Service • Spring & Fall Cleanups • Mulch & Edging • Sod or Seed Lawns • Shrub Planting & Trimming • Water & Sewer Repairs Joe Pierotti, Jr. license to operate a general automotive repair and Class II auto dealer’s license for K&D Auto Repair at 74 Hamilton St. S LANDSCAPE & MASONRY CO. Masonry - Asphalt • Brick or Block Steps • Brick or Block Walls • Concrete or Brick Paver Patios & Walkways • Brick Re-Pointing • Asphalt Paving www.JandSlandscape-masonry.com • Senior Discount • Free Estimates • Licensed & Insured 617-389-1490 Selectmen also approved to appoint David Colarossi and Mary Kinsell to the Saugus Cultural Council, a volunteer position. Designing and Constructing Ideas that are “Grounds for Success” Landscaping “Chairman Cogliano visited the property and guided us through every step of the way,” K&D Auto Repair property owner Anapayan Satchi said. “It has improved so much.” Business owners Denilson Harizaj and Kelmend Deliu are mechanical engineers who earned their degrees in Albania. “It feels very good to have been issued the license,” Harizaj said. The property was formerly known as Saugus Auto Repair SELECTMEN | SEE PAGE 9 K&D Auto Repair property owner Anapayan Satchi thanked Board of Selectmen Chairman Anthony Cogliano for his assistance thought the process.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 Page 9 SELECTMEN | FROM PAGE 8 and Empire Gas. Selectmen also approved to appoint David Colarossi and Mary Kinsell to the Cultural Council, a volunteer position. Colarossi is the Health and Wellness Director at the Saugus YMCA, and Kinsell has worked for Mystic Valley Elder Services in Malden. Join the Polymnia Choral Society! D o you enjoy singing and meeting fun people? The Polymnia Choral Society is looking for singers of all skill levels. For over 70 years, Polymnia has been entertaining audiences with performances that include pieces from a wide variety of musical styles – classical, pop, musical theater and more. Come join a community of over 60 members who love to sing and have fun. Polymnia welcomes participants from all over Massachusetts. Currently, it has members from Melrose, Malden, Wakefield, Stoneham Incoming Saugus Cultural Council member David Colarossi is the health and wellness director at the Saugus YMCA. INVESTIGATORS | FROM PAGE 5 was also an avid motorcyclist and took great delight in cruising around in his antique Corvette. However, above all, his heart was fi lled with immense love for his family and friends.” Arsenault was born in Malden and grew up in Saugus, where he spent most of his and Saugus. The Polymnia concert season runs from September until June each year. It’s easy to join! Polymnia meets every Tuesday starting September 5, 2023, at Melrose Highlands Congregational Church (355 Franklin St, Melrose, Mass.) from 7 p.m.-9 pm. Just come to any rehearsal and introduce yourself to music librarian Pam, President Steve or Vice President David. This December, Polymnia will be performing a holiday concert that promises to be filled with fun, hollife. He leaves his wife, Jeanne, whom he was married to for 28 years. He is also survived by his son, Justin Mark Arsenault of Saugus; a daughter, Jamie Lee DiGiantommaso; two cherished grandchildren, Michael and Marco DiGiantommaso of Londonderry, N.H.; two brothers, Arthur Arsenault Jr. of Debary, Fla., and William Arsenault of Esiday-themed selections and familiar carols. Come join in singing these fun songs that all audiences can enjoy! For more informat ion about Polymnia and its upcoming season and how to join Polymnia, visit www. polymnia.org or call Polymnia Board of Directors President Steve Francis at 617-6335006. Mark your calendars! Polymnia will be performing A Seriously Fun Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 2, 2023, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the location of the concert to be announced. sex Junction, Vt.; two sisters, Denise Dragonetti of Brockton, and Gail Alexander of Saugus; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of fl owers, the family kindly requests donations in Mark’s memory to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity (habitatboston.org), an organization that had signifi cant meaning to him. Incoming Saugus Cultural Council member Mary Kinsell worked with Mystic Valley Elder Services in Malden. Elizabeth Pisano, Esq., of Upton Connell & Devlin, LLP, said the public hearing went great since selectmen voted in their favor of obtaining a liquor license for Iron Town Diner. Iron Town Diner manager George Athanasopoulos said he received many requests for alcoholic breakfast-type beverages from customers. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)

Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 percent (34 representatives out of 160) have missed one or more roll calls. There were 12 represenIf 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 Vollume 48 - Report No. 33 August 14-18, 2023 Copyright © 2023 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved. By Bob Katzen 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: There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports local representatives’ roll call attendance records for the 2023 session through August 18. The House has held 32 roll calls so far in 2023. Beacon Hill Roll Call tabulates the number of roll calls on which each representative was present and voting, and then calculates that number as a percentage of the total roll call votes held. That percentage is the number referred to as the roll call attendance record. In the House, 78.8 percent (126 representatives out of 160) did not miss any roll calls and have 100 percent roll call attendance records while 21.2 tatives who missed three or more roll calls. The representative who missed the most roll calls is Rep. Kenneth Gordon (D-Bedford) who missed 12 roll calls (62.5 percent roll call attendance record). Right behind him is Rep. Mary Keefe (D-Worcester) who missed 11 roll calls (65.6 percent roll call attendance record); and the following four representatives who each missed nine roll calls for a 71.8 percent roll call attendance record: Reps. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield); Adam Scanlon (D-North Attleborough); Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden); and Fred Barrows (R-Mansfield). Rounding out the list of 12 representatives who missed three or more roll calls are the following representatives who each missed three roll calls for a 90.6 percent roll call attendance record: Reps. Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth); Carmine Gentile (D-Sudbury); Christopher Markey (D-Dartmouth); Samantha Montano (D-Boston); Mathew Muratore (R-Plymouth); and James Arciero (D-Westford). Beacon Hill Roll Call contacted the 12 representatives to ask why they missed some roll calls. Only three of the 12 responded. The other nine were contacted three times but did not respond including Reps. Gordon, Keefe, Scanlon, Ferguson, Barrows, Fernandes, Gentile, Muratore and Arciero. Rep. Montano responded: “I did miss a day of voting [on three roll calls] due to illness.” Rep. Markey responded: “I missed two votes on March 23 because I had surgery … I missed a vote on April 25 out of respect to the UMass Dartmouth basketball coach who I had hosted in the House Chamber that afternoon. In recognition of his success at the university … I spent time with him, his family and former student athletes.” Rep. Farley-Bouvier responded: “Ironically, on the day we were debating this session’s rules package, which included the end of remote voting in the House, I tested positive, and was rather ill with COVID. I missed several votes on that day as there is no provision for remote voting when a member has COVID.” REPRESENTATIVES’ 2023 ROLL CALL ATTENDANCE RECORDS THROUGH AUGUST 18, 2023 The percentage listed next to the representatives’ name is the percentage of roll call votes on which the representative voted. The number in parentheses represents the number of roll calls that he or she missed. 100 percent (0) Rep. Jessica Giannino R e p . Donald Wong 100 percent (0) ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL STATE AUDITOR DIANA DIZOGLIO UNCOVERS $1 MILLION IN PUBLIC BENEFITS FRAUD – The Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) in State Auditor’s Diana DiZoglio’s office has uncovered more than $1 million in public benefits fraud from the latest quarter of April through June, with the majority linked to cases involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). According to DiZoglio’s office, “BSI’s goal is to ensure taxpayer dollars used to fund Massachusetts’ public benefits programs are managed effectively so that programs are available to residents who truly need them.” The BSI detected fraud in 89 out of 1,552 cases it looked into during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 including $843,705 in SNAP; $101,905 in Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program; $46,049 in the Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children Program; and $22,996 in the Supplemental Security Income Program. “Our office works to ensure families in need maintain access to services by helping to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse,” said DiZoglio. “As a result of our investigations, fraud cases are referred to relevant agencies for administrative action. Overpayments may then be recovered so tax dollars benefit those truly in need.” SECRETARY OF STATE GALVIN ANNOUNCES NEW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GRANTS – Secretary of State Bill Galvin announced the creation of a new $100,000 grant program for providers of services to victims of domestic violence including people who have been abused, sexually assaulted or stalked. “It is clear to anyone who has been following the news over the past year that we are facing a statewide crisis of domestic violence,” Galvin said. “This new grant program is targeted at increasing awareness, not only of this upsurge in violence, but also of the services available to those trying to leave an abusive situation.” Galvin said he hopes that the program will be successful in reaching victims who fear they will be without help or resources if they try to leave a violent situation. He also hopes to increase overall participation in the existing Massachusetts Address Confidentiality Program to help keep those who have already left abusive relationships safe. “Our program helps hundreds of people every year,” he said. “While I wish the program were unnecessary, the fact remains that there are many more people in Massachusetts who could be helped, if only they knew more about these services.” GREEN ENERGY BANK (S 2170) – The Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee has scheduled a hearing on September 28 on a proposal that would require the Massachusetts Clean Energy Technology Center to conduct a study of finance gaps in clean energy projects; and based on that study, to establish a “Green Bank” to provide the investment capital necessary to accelerate the deployment of a range of clean energy technologies. “To meet emission reduction requirements set forth by the commonwealth we need to provide financing options upfront for renewable residential and commercial energy projects,” said sponsor Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton). “Parties interested in moving forward are held back because of the lack of dedicated financial resources to bring the projects to fruition.” MAKE DRIVING RECORDS AVAILABLE ONLINE (H 3381) – The Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on August 29 on legislation that would require the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to make a person’s driving record available to him or her online, including suspensions, outstanding tickets and citations. “This a commonsense piece of legislation that would give drivers the ability to access their driving record and address any issues before they become a larger issue,” said sponsor Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham). “This would be a time and cost saving measure for drivers, police and our courts.” BILL RUSSELL-BOB COUSY HIGHWAY (H 3367) – Another bill on the Transportation Committee’s agenda for August 29 would pay homage to celebrate Boston Celtics teammates and NBA champions, Bob Cousy and the late Bill Russell by naming the portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike between Boston and Worcester “The Bill Russell and Bob Cousy Highway.” “I sponsored this bill to honor the legacies of Bill Russell and Bob Cousy,” said sponsor Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick). Both, all-time great basketball players but even better people for their incredible work for our communities.” QUOTABLE QUOTES “Like so many states across the country, Massachusetts is home to vibrant immigrant communities who want nothing more than an opportunity to work and support themselves and their families. I hope today’s letter serves as a reminder that government should not needlessly delay those opportunities. The federal government can and must act to bring much-needed relief to families, shelters and social service programs across the commonwealth and country.” ---Attorney General Andrea Campbell who is leading a coalition of 19 state attorneys general in calling for immediate action from the federal Department of Homeland Security to grant work authorization permits for immigrants lawfully paroled into the United States. “The Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant is a critical tool for expanding access to high-quality, affordable childcare, addressing the youth mental health crisis and providing educational and community-based opportunities for families in emergency shelter. The investment of state funds into programs like this will help make our state more affordable and equitable, connecting families with childhood development programs and engagement activities that support the wellbeing and needs of our young chil

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 Page 11 Safety first: Saugus state delegation FY2024 budget wins for Saugus Police and Fire T he Saugus state delegation visited with Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli and Fire Chief Michael Newbury to see the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23), budget line items in action and discuss the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) wins. The Legislature enacted a $56.2 billion budget for FY24 earlier this month, reconciling differences between the versions of the budget passed by the House of Representatives and Senate earlier this year. The FY24 Conference Committee report provides for historic levels of investment in education, housing, regional transportation, health care, workforce development and more, as part of a broad strategy to grow our state’s economy and make Massachusetts more affordable, inclusive and competitive. Last year, some budget wins included an ATV for Saugus Fire, new radios and new traffic and security cameras. State Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), State Representatives Donald Wong (R-Saugus) and Jessica Ann Giannino (D-Revere) had an opportunity to see the items obtained and hear how critical they have been in situations like the Breakheart Reservation and Lynn Woods wildfires. This year, the delegation obtained the following Town of dren and their families.” ---Gov. Maura Healey upon awarding $15.5 million in grants to 81 organizations across the state that provide child development services and resources to families with young children. “Boston is excited for ranked choice voting. Sixty-two percent of Boston voters supported ranked choice in 2020, and our coalition of supporters keeps growing. Ranked choice voting is easy, equitable and will give voice to all voters.” --- Director Ed Shoemaker, director of Ranked Choice Boston, announcing the new coalition supporting a law creating a new voting system under which candidates on the ballot are ranked by voters in order of their preference. If no candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes, the candidate that received the least Saugus earmarks in the FY24 budget: ● $50,000 for CPR devices for Saugus Fire ● $50,000 for an emergency generator for Saugus Town Hall ● $50,000 for a boat for the Harbormaster ● $75,000 for 20 sets of bunker gear shorts ● $75,000 for an additional public safety radio repeater system for the middle-high school “These investments will enhance our first responders’ capacity to respond effectively to emergencies and contribute to making Saugus a safer place for all,” said Senator Crighton. “I’m grateful for the collaborative work of our delegation and the dedication of Chief Ricciardelli, Chief Newbury, and their teams in ensuring the well-being of our community.” “We are very grateful to the Saugus delegation for obtaining the much-needed funding in the town for public safety,” said Representative Wong. “It is my priority to ensure that first responders have what they need to keep our community and themselves safe. I am thankful for the collaboration and hard work of the Saugus delegation during this year’s state budget process,” said Representative Giannino. “Multinumber of first-choice votes is eliminated. The second choice of the voters who supported the eliminated candidate now becomes their first choice and is added to the totals of the remaining candidates. The same process is repeated, if necessary, until a candidate is the first choice of a majority of voters. “I’m extremely proud of our dedicated, talented and hardworking team whose commitment to excellence has been instrumental in our continued success. We’re immensely grateful for our students, faculty and staff and entire Umass administration for their support and invaluable feedback which has contributed to shaping and enriching the quality-of-life experience. Without them we would not have been able to achieve this remarkable feat. Shown at the Saugus Fire Station are State Representatives Donald Wong and Jessica Ann Giannino and State Senator Brendan Crighton. ple earmarks have been secured for the 2024 Fiscal Year which includes critical funding for first responders and investments in public safety in the Town of Saugus. I want to thank my colleagues, Representative Wong and Senator Crighton for their continued teamwork, support and dedication to our comTheir dedication and enthusiasm inspire us to continuously raise the bar and deliver exceptional dining experiences, one meal at a time.” --- Ken Toong, executive director of Umass Dining commenting on the university’s seventh consecutive time being named Best Campus Food in annual rankings published by The Princeton Review. 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 importmunity.” “We are very fortunate to have such a good relationship with our state representatives and state senator. Senator Crighton, Representatives Giannino and Wong have always been very attentive to the needs of our community. Year after year they continue to come through ant 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 filed. 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 dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of August 14-18, the House met for a total of 32 minutes while the Senate met for a total of 37 minutes. Mon. August 14 House 11:01 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Senate 11:01 a.m. to 11:09 a.m. Tues. August 15 No House session with some much-needed public safety earmarks for the Town of Saugus,” said Chief Ricciardelli. Having passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, the FY24 budget moved to the Governor’s desk for her consideration and was signed into law on Wednesday, August 9. No Senate session Wed. August 16 No House session No Senate session Thurs. August 17 House 11:01 a.m. to 11:24 a.m. Senate 11:10 a.m. to 11:39 a.m. Fri. August 18 No House session No Senate session 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.

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 Sav Sa Sa n or Savvy Seniori r avvy Senior by Jim Miller Best Medical Alert Systems You Don’t Have to Wear Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any monitored medical alert devices that you know of that don’t require pushing a wearable help button? My 82-year-old father, who lives alone, has fallen twice during the past year but doesn’t like wearing an SOS pendant button. Searching Daughter Dear Searching, Yes, there are actually several monitored medical alert systems and other technologies on the market today that have voice-activated capabilities that let seniors call for help using voice commands, without pushing a wearable help button. These new technologies are very helpful for elderly seniors that live alone who forget, or prefer not to wear a help button, as well as for those who have physical challenges that makes using a help button diffi cult. By simply speaking the “wake words” these devices will connect your dad to a trained dispatcher at a 24/7 monitoring center who will fi nd out what the problem is, and get him the help he needs, whether it’s calling emergency services, or contacting a family member, friend or neighbor to come and help him. All of these technologies also offer family/caregiver smartphone apps that will help you keep tabs on your dad from afar and notify you know if a problem occurs. Hands-Free Medical Alerts Some of the best voice-focused medical alert systems available today are GetSafe, Aloe Care Health and HandsFree Health. Rated by U.S. News & World Report as their No. 1 medical alert system for 2023, GetSafe (GetSafe.com) comes with a cellular base console, voice-activated and push wall buttons, an optional personal help button and fall detection sensors. To call for help your dad would simply say “Call 911” twice and he would be connected to GetSafe’s 24/7 monitoring service. Prices for GetSafe start at $79 plus a $30 monthly monitoring fee. Another highly rated system is Aloe Care Health (AloeCare.com), which comes with a voice-activated Smart Hub and optional wearable help button with fall detection capabilities. This system would connect your dad to the Aloe Care 24/7 monitoring center by simply saying “Emergency” repeatedly until connected. It can also make voice command nonemergency calls to preassigned contacts. Prices start at $150 plus a monthly fee of $30. The WellBe by HandsFree Health (HandsFreeHealth. com) is a nice third option to consider. This comes with the WellBe Medical Alert Speaker that would let your dad call for help by saying “OK WellBe Call Emergency.” WellBe also off ers hands-free calling and messaging to contacts, will answer health questions, and provide reminders for medications and doctor appointments. It also off ers a medical alert watch and pendant (sold separately) with fall detection capabilities. WellBe starts at $100 plus $20/month. Smart Home Solution Instead of a traditional medical alert system, another terrific hands-free way to call for help is to get your dad an Amazon Echo device (prices range from $50 to $250) and sign him up for Alexa Together (Amazon.com/AlexaTogether). This is remote caregiving service that will turn his Echo into a medical alert system. To get help your dad would say “Alexa, call for help” to be connected to their 24/7 Urgent Response center. Alexa Together, which costs $20/month, also works with compatible third-party fall detection devices like Vayyar and AltumView. If a fall is detected, Alexa can ask your dad if he needs help, then connect him to the Urgent Response line and alert his emergency contacts. Amazon Echo devices also provide a bevy of other features your dad may fi nd useful. For example, Echo’s will let your dad make handsfree calls, receive reminders, set timers and alarms, control smart home devices, check the weather, play his favorite music and much more. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. A Summer of Free Weekly Concerts Saugonians got to enjoy some live musical entertainment every Wednesday at the historical Saugus iron Works Decades of Rock performed on July 26. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) By Laura Eisener T he concerts continued at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site this summer with great success. Every Wednesday evening a good crowd of Saugus residents met on the upper lawn at the Iron Works to hear a concert performed by a diff erent band. Some audience members came every week, while others attended once or twice to hear a favorite band. Most evenings there were over 150 people. All the concerts were free to attend. They have been sponsored by the Saugus Public Library and the National Park Service with partial funding from the Saugus Cultural Council, which is an arm of the state agency Mass Cultural Council. It’s been a great way to enjoy the summer weather – a site unique in its location and history and the companionship of our neighbors from all over town. Many families set up blankets on the lawn and brought snacks so everyone could enjoy it in their own way. Under the purple beech, small children with a bit of energy ran around, and some weeks there were improvised dances when the older children were especially moved by the music. Adults set up folding chairs and met their friends, enjoying the very obliging weather for most Wednesdays this summer. On August 9, the Ditto Band surprised me by playing “Happy Birthday” after a friend secretly tipped them off. This past Wednesday, August 23, the band Headlands from Rockport performed. Over 150 people gathered most weeks, and most are feeling a bit melancholy to see the summer come to a close. The concerts lasted from 6 to 8, and as the summer winds down the sun has been noticeably lower in the sky as people pack up to return home. This coming Wednesday, August 30, will be the fi nal concert of the season, appropriately performed by the popular band Memorylaners. Jump Street performed on Aug. 16. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) Ditto Band performed on Aug. 9. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) Sweet Soul Sounds performed on Aug. 2. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 Page 13 The Sounds of Saugus By Mark E. Vogler Good morning, Saugus! Thank you to all the kind folks who called or emailed me to wish me well as I prepared for a medical procedure yesterday (Thursday, Aug. 24). I am nearing the end of the first week of my two week vacation. Besides tending to some health issues, I’ve been tackling some projects around the house, relaxing and getting some rest before I return for the final third of the year. I am looking forward to covering the biennial town election, which is just a couple of weeks away from the formal political campaign. Candidates for the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee, the Housing Authority, the Charter Commission and Town Meeting have up until 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 to submit their nomination papers to the Town Clerk’s Office. Soon after, we’ll know who’s running for what and which political races will be hotly contested. I will be returning from vacation on Sept. 5, the Tuesday after Labor Day, just in time for a Board of Selectmen’s meeting that night. As in past years, readers and public officials should still feel free to email me any notices, announcements or news tips during the period I will be off. And I will make sure that the information is passed on to our home office in Everett. Get Ready for Founders Day One event I’m looking forward to soon after my return is Founders Day, which is set for Saturday, Sept. 9. Hopefully, the weather cooperates so folks can enjoy a special Saturday down at Saugus Center. It’s the biggest fund-raising day of the year for many of the nonprofit organizations in town. Central Street will be closed off from the rotary at Town Hall nearly all the way up to the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. The place will be swarming with schoolage kids trying to raise money for their various causes. The Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Youth sports leagues and High School students seeking contributions to various clubs and activities will all be there. So will various churches, social organizations and various fraternal groups that contribute to the betterment of Saugus in their own way. For Saugus residents hoping to see their friends or newcomers to town who want to make some friends, Founders Day is a great event. Joyce Rodenhiser has a good way of summing up Founders Day: “Founders Day is a great time to see old friends and classmates! It’s a big block party with lots of food, fun, civic organizations, entertainment and shopping. Join us downtown to see what’s happening!!” Joyce, who is a member of the Founders Day “Persons of the Year Committee,” also noted that it’s important to not lose sight of the purpose of Founders Day – to honor the town’s proud heritage of its founders – from the town’s ancestors who contributed to the development of the town all the way through the contemporary founders who contribute to the betterment of Saugus. “At noon time, in front of our Saugus Town Hall, on Founders Day, the Persons of the Year will be announced! Come, see who has been helping Saugus be a better place because of what they have done voluntarily for Saugonians and organizations,” Joyce said. The Persons of the Year presentation is a Founders Day tradition that dates back to 1989, with that first award going to Stanley Day. In 1993, separate awards were presented to a woman and a man selected for the honor. The plaque is inscribed with this tribute: “In Recognition of Your Dedication to The Town of Saugus. This Award Truly Exemplifies the Outstanding Ideals and Spirit of Our Founding Fathers. THE TOWN OF SAUGUS SALUTES YOU.” Other than for two years when the presentation was postponed because of public health concerns related to COVID-19, this wonderful tradition has continued. Past recipients of the award have already met and selected a deserving man and woman for this year, who will be honored at noon. Most of the living past recipients will sit in chairs on a platform set up on the steps of Saugus Town Hall. For those Saugonians who attend Founders Day frequently, but haven’t taken the time to watch the Persons of the Year ceremony, it’s a great opportunity to meet and greet a collection of special people who have helped make Saugus a community that residents expect and love. If you go to Founders Day, embrace the essence of what the day is about. See you near the steps of Saugus Town Hall at noon on Sept. 9 Food Pantry notes: The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry is open today (Friday, Aug. 25) from 9:3011 a.m.). Saugus High Band exhibit on display tomorrow Jack Klecker will be holding an open house for the band exhibit tomorrow (Saturday, August 26) from 12-3 at 30 Main St. in Saugus. The exhibit showcases uniforms and photos from the Saugus High School Band, which has long been a proud institution in Saugus. The band – first formed in 1937 – became renowned under the direction of Jerome Mitchell, who was the music director for many decades. In late fall 2022, the auditorium at the new school was named the Lemoine-Mitchell auditorium after him and beloved drama teacher Nancy Lemoine. Town Election Watch The nine Charter Commission seats that will be on the Nov. 7 town election ballot continue to draw the most interest among potential candidates pulling nomination papers from the Town Clerk’s Office. As of Wednesday (Aug. 23), eight more town residents had pulled papers for the Town Charter Commission, increasing the overall total to 13. They included Precinct 8 Town Meeting Member Thomas Traverse, Lori Gallivan, Arthur Grabowski, Precinct 9 Town Meeting Member Judy Worthley, Eugene Decareau, Donald Cicolini, Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Peter Rossetti Jr. and James Russo. Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Debra Panetta pulled papers for selectman. School Committee member Leigh Gerow pulled papers for another term. Town Democratic Committee Chair Joseph Malone pulled papers for one of the five seats as a Precinct 2 Town Meeting member. Nothing is official yet. Each of these candidates may run or decide not to. They have about three weeks – up until 5 p.m. Sept. 19 – to submit nomination papers to the Town Clerk’s Office for certification of signatures. Fifty certified signatures of registered voters are required for the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, the Housing Authority and the nine-member Charter Commission. Only 10 certified signatures of registered voters are required for Town Meeting, but each of the signatures must be from registered voters in the candidate’s precinct. Sept. 15 is the final day to obtain nomination papers – just four days before the filing deadline. Stay tuned. Special “Shout Outs” We had no nominations from readers for “Shout Outs” this week. With a new school year set to begin on Tuesday (Aug. 29), let’s show some appreciation for the faculty and staff of Saugus Public Schools – particularly Acting Superintendent Michael Hashem, who continues to preside over a challenged school system indefinitely, filling in for Superintendent Erin McMahon, who has been on paid administrative leave since January, pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged misconduct. Hashem, who gave up his administrative post as Saugus High Principal to return to his first love as a math teacher in June 2021, would prefer to be in the classroom. He deserves tremendous respect and praise for putting his professional goals aside to help his hometown school district through troubled waters. This isn’t the first time Hashem has pitched in to help. He was in his third year as principal of Saugus High School in 2016 when he offered to accept the role of interim superintendent and later acting superintendent before the School Committee hired Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. Hashem, who has spent more than three decades in Saugus Public Schools, is viewed by school officials as a stabilizing force, and Saugus is lucky to have him. Want to “Shout Out” a fellow Saugonian? This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out – in a brief mention – remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents or an act of kindness or a nice gesture. Just send an email (mvoge@ comcast.net) with a mention in the subject line of “An Extra Shout Out.” No more than a paragraph; anything longer might lend itself to a story and/or a photo. We have a winner! Congratulations to Shirley THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 14 —Cont est— CONTEST SKETCH OF THE WEEK Can You Guess Who? If you know, call 978-683-7773 and your name will be entered into a drawing contest to win. The prize is a $10 gift certificate of your favorite Saugus coffee place or restaurant. Thank you.

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 13 Bogdan, whose name was drawn in last Friday’s Sketch of the Week Contest. Shirley was one of several readers who guessed correctly. But there can only be one winner of the $10 gift certificate. Now here is the answer – provided by the Saugus resident who goes by the nickname of “The Sketch Artist”: “The answer to last week’s sketch is D.A.R. Regent Gail Cassarino! Gail is a woman of great compassion. Gail has lived her whole life in Saugus and was born in Saugus General Hospital and graduated Class of ‘72’. “She celebrates over 48 plus years of marriage to her husband Anthony. They have four children and now have eight grandchildren. “Gail is retired from Verizon and Comm. of Mass. This Saugonian has volunteered for countless Saugus organizations & Events … to name a few, she served as a Co-President for Evans school PTO as well as one of the first to be on the Board of the Saugus PTO Collaborative Board. Gail played Santa for 12 years at the Evans School for the Holiday Stroll event, volunteered many hours at Little League Baseball, Youth Hockey and Pop Warner as the Team Mom, Served on the Saugus High Alumni Association as the Financial Secretary for the past ten years, Mayflower Society member (maybe we are related somewhere along the ancestral line because my ancestors are Soule, Cooke, and Warren of the Mayflower) … Saugus Historical Society and she volunteers on the Board of several other organizations as well as Regent of Parson Roby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) and she has been a member since 2020. “Gail’s picture frequently shows up in The Saugus Advocate in various volunteer positions of outreach. See the photo in the June 2, 2023 edition showing Gail in costume distributing miniature flags to the Memorial Day parade route crowd. She appears again in a photo accompanying an Aug. 11 article titled ‘New Life for a Saugus Landmark.’ The photo captures D.A.R. Regent Gail putting a fresh coat of paint to a 93-year-old Historical land marker. “One of the sketches featured Regent Gail at our D.A. R. meeting signing papers, The other, in the dress from Memorial Day Parade as she went about joyfully greeting crowds and passing out the American Flag. “Once again, Gail’s strong commitment and patriotism was easily seen after marching in the Parade and at the Memorial Day Service. While some were in shorts and sweating from the unrelenting heat and complaining, Gail was in the full head to toe heavy period dress and stood respectfully covering a soldier’s grave to remember those who gave their life for our freedom. “Gail’s favorite quote is ‘Only you can create your own happiness - choose to be happy today’ Gail is often heard stating ‘I love my Town and the people in it.’ Gail describes herself ‘as a Saugonian through and through.’ “Gail Cassarino keep on being the magnificent authentic light that you share so freely with the world through your service and beautiful genuine smile. Thank you. “Yours Truly, “The Sketch Artist” “Saugus Over Coffee” The next “Saugus Over Coffee” forum is set for 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 in the Community Room of the Saugus Public Library and will feature Precinct 9. For those unfamiliar with the “Saugus Over Coffee” forums, they are cosponsored by The Saugus Advocate and the Saugus Public Library. The primary purpose is to give citizens in each of the town’s 10 precincts an opportunity to voice their concerns about top issues in their respective precincts. It also gives them an opportunity to meet their Town Meeting representatives and chat over a cup of coffee or tea. Town Meeting members will benefit by getting to know more about concerns in their precincts. Viewers of the forums videotaped by Saugus TV will also get to learn a little about the history or interesting things about the precinct being featured each month. One of my major hopes for VACATION HOMES AND RENTAL PROPERTIES V acation homes are deemed a countable asset when applying for MassHealth long-term care benefits. If you rent out the vacation home and you are reporting a profit, MassHealth will not count the vacation home as an asset as the vacation home will be deemed essential for self-support under 130CMR 520.008(d). MassHealth Estate Recovery Unit will still place a lien on the property in order to seek reimbursement for MassHealth benefits paid on behalf of the institutionalized spouse. However, the reimbursement is based on the Medicaid rate paid to the nursing home by MassHealth, which is often 50% to 60% or so of the private pay rate. This means the buildup on the lien will be a lot smaller than the cash depletion based upon the private pay rate assuming the vacation home was not rented out generating a profit which would otherwise make it a non-countable asset. The same would be true for rental property generating a profit. The rental property would also be a non-countable asset based upon being essential to self-support. Your principal residence is a non-countable asset if you riod would begin to run. At the end of the five-year period, those assets would not be considered countable assets for MassHealth eligibility purposes, and MassHealth would not place a lien on any of the properties. Upon the death of the Settlor(s) of the irrevocable Trust, probate would also be avoided. MassHealth can only collect against the probate estate. Keep in mind that if the check off the box on the MassHealth application stating that you intend to return home from the nursing home. In a married couple situation, once the nursing home spouse is approved for MassHealth benefits, the home can then be transferred to the at home spouse without there being a disqualifying transfer. Then, the at home spouse could transfer to an irrevocable Trust in order to start the five-year look back period if he or she wishes to do so. Whether you are dealing with a vacation home, rental property or principal residence, if you decide to transfer either piece of real estate to an irrevocable Trust, once the deed is executed, the five-year look back peMedicaid rate is, for example, $7,500 per month, the amount of the estate recovery lien that would build up each month would be reduced by the monthly income being paid to the nursing home by the nursing home spouse. For example, if the nursing home spouse had Social Security income of $2,000 per month, pension income of $1,000 per month and net rental income per month of $2,000 per month, for a total of $5,000 in income per month, the net amount of MassHealth’s estate recovery lien that would build up each month would only be $2,500. This would most likely lead to a decision not to sell any of the real estate which would result in potentially significant capital gains taxes. the forums is that it spurs an interest in citizens to become potential candidates for Town Meeting in this fall’s town election. The public should keep in mind that there was a paucity of candidates for Town Meeting seats in the town elections back in 2021. In five of the 10 precincts, only five candidates ran for the five seats. That means half of the 50-member body was elected without competition. Stay tuned for more information as “Saugus Over Coffee” continues. Here is the remaining schedule: Precinct 9 – Sept. 11; Precinct 10 – Oct. 23. Please check with The Saugus Advocate or library for any changes in dates. Residents can check the programming guide on the station’s website (www.saugustv.org) for dates and times. A video of the forum will also be available for viewing on the station’s vimeo page within a day or two after the event – www.vimeo.com/ saugustelevision. One more Summer Concert at the Saugus Iron Works The Saugus Public Library and the National Park Service are proud to bring another summer of music to the Saugus Iron Works. These free, weekly concerts are open to the public and begin at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays through August 30. There is one more concert to close out our 2023 lineup: August 30: Memorylaners (50s, 60s, 70s). Bring chairs or a blanket and a picnic! Enjoy a summer evening at the Iron Works with great music and friends! Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2) is back T he Healthy Stu - dents-Healthy Saugus (HS2) Program has returned for the 23-24 School Year! The nonprofit organization will begin service starting on Friday, Sept. 22, and continue during the school year. HS2 volunteers help to offset food insecurity in households by providing a supply of nutritious food for when school lunches and breakfasts are unavailable to them on weekends. How HS2 works: ● HS2 bags are distributed at Saugus Public Schools on Fridays to take home to anyone that signs up. Bags include such items as peanut butter, canned meals/soups/tuna/ vegetables, pasta, fruit cups, cereal, oatmeal, goldfish, pretzels and granola bars. ● All food is provided to children free of charge. ● There is no qualification needed. It is our hope these resources will support the health, behavior and achievement of every student who participates. To sign up go here to complete online form: https:// forms.gle/gmMGguycSHBdziuE9 Feel free to email HS2Saugus@gmail.com for additional information. Founder’s Day Book Sale The New Friends of the Saugus Public Library are preparing for their September 9 Founders Day Book Sale in the Community Room. They are asking for donations of gently used adult hardcover and softcover adult fiction and children’s books. Please limit donations to only adult fiction and children’s books; they do not have storage space for adult nonfiction or media like music CDs and DVDs. And please... clean and newer books only. No tattered pages, odors, stains or battered/ dirty covers! Books may be dropped off at the Library’s Main Circulation Desk during business hours. Please do not place donations in the outdoor book drops. What’s happening at the Saugus Public Library For schoolchildren looking THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 15

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 Page 15 THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 14 for interesting projects and programs to participate in this fall, there’s plenty to do at the Saugus Public Library. There are some very good programs offered for grownups, too. Snakes of New England: Snakes of New England – and the World! On Monday, August 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Iron Works! Meet some amazing snakes presented by Rick Roth of Cape Ann Vernal Ponds. All outdoor events at the Iron Works are subject to change due to the weather. Please check the online event calendar on the morning of the event for updates. Tween and Teen Crafts & Snacks! August 25; crafts from 10-11 a.m. in the Brooks Room; fifth through 12th grades. No registration necessary, just come by and bring your friends! Attendees could be making bracelets, clay animals, flower prints, earbud holders, wizard wands, mini light sabers and fabric bookmarks and doing some cookie decorating. Join our Teen Advisory Board: first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Teen Room; fifth grade and up. Meet with the Teen Librarian once a month to talk about what you’d like for programs and materials at the library. Your opinion matters! No registration required. Snacks provided! (sauguspubliclibrary. org – 781-231-4168) Just Sew! Saugonians are welcome to join a monthly sewing class for adults that is held the third Monday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Saugus Public Library. The class covers basic topics like sewing buttons, hemming clothing and mending torn fabric and will move on to more advanced topics in the coming weeks. This class is free. (See sauguspubliclibrary.org) “Sketch Artist” exhibit: This month’s exhibit in the Reading Room features the Saugonian luminaries of 2020, done by the Saugus Advocate Sketch Artist in the “Guess Who Got Sketched” series. Portraits of individuals from Saugus (and one special location) who were featured in The Saugus Advocate during the unprecedented events of COVID-19 during 2020 are up on display. Saugus’ only newspaper has been running a sketch each week done by the formerly secret sketch artist – unveiled this year as Joanie Allbee. Readers can guess the identity of the portrait subject and there is a drawing from the correct answers. The person whose name is drawn receives an award, usually a gift card to a local business. Adult Coloring Group: Come relax with our continuing Adult Coloring Group. It’s a great opportunity to take time to unwind, be creative and have fun – no experience necessary! We have pencils and coloring pages ready and waiting… See you there! Space is limited; please call to register (781-231-4168 x 3106). The next session is Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Brooks Room on the second floor of the library. Legion Breakfasts returning soon Debbie Faust, building manager of Saugus American Legion Post 210, announced this week some good news for folks who enjoy the Friday morning breakfasts at Legion Hall: “The American Legion Post 210 at 44 Taylor Street in Saugus will be starting its weekly Friday morning breakfasts for the 2023-24 season on Friday, September 8. Doors open at 7:30, with breakfast served from 8-9:00 a.m. for an $8 donation. Veterans who cannot afford the donation may be served free.” Veterans Food Market The Veterans Food Market will always be held on the third Wednesday of each month. The distribution point is at the Saugus Senior Center. The food market will take place from 10:30 to noon each month. The next Veterans Food Market is Wednesday, August 16, 2023. ln order to ensure that we have the proper amount of food and to avoid waste, we are no longer going to make telephone calls to clients to confirm their monthly participation. lf you are on our list, we are going to assume that you will be attending. We would ask that you contact us one week in advance if you will not be participating. lf you no-show twice without notifying us, you may be dropped from our list and may not be able to participate in the future. Veterans and/or eligible dependents of Veterans must be preregistered with the Saugus Veterans’ Services Office to participate in the food market. PIease feel free to contact the Saugus Veterans’ Service Officer, Paul Cancelliere, or Nancy Stead at 781-231-4010 or email nstead@sauqus-ma. gov to register or with any additional questions. Bingo is back! The Kowloon Restaurant announced Bingo every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hong Kong Lounge. Prizes will be given away each week. A full Chinese gourmet spread is available during Bingo – featuring pupu platters, egg rolls, crab Rangoons, Saugus Wings, General Gau’s chicken, lobster sauce, fried scallops, lo mein, moo shu pork, salt & pepper calamari and sushi – along with a full bar menu, including the signature mai tais and scorpion bowls. CHaRM facility is open The CHaRM facility will be open during the summer to residents on Wednesdays and THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 16

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 15 Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main St. Stickers are required to gain seasonal access to the site. Stickers may be purchased for $25.00 at the Department of Public Works (DPW) located at the Compost Site when making your visit to the Compost Site. The Town of Saugus accepts checks only for payment of the $25. 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 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. Residents may call Scott Brazis at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781231-4036 with questions. The Saugus Cultural Council seeks help The Saugus Cultural Council is recruiting new members. If you have a passion for arts, education, community engagement and building an inclusive ~ LEGAL NOTICE ~ SAUGUS BOARD OF SELECTMEN PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Saugus Board of Selectmen will conduct a Public Hearing on the application from Mr. Long Nguyen, owner/manager, d/b/a Long Noodle House, for a Common Victualer’s license to be exercised at 184 Broadway, Unit # 10, Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906. This Public Hearing will be held at the Saugus Town Hall Auditorium, second floor, 298 Central Street, Saugus, MA on September 5, 2023, at 7:10 PM. Anthony Cogliano, Chairman Janice K. Jarosz, Temp. Clerk August 25, 2023 community, feel free to apply. Please send a letter of interest and brief resume to the Saugus Board of Selectmen. The Saugus Cultural Council is a local agency funded by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information, please contact saugusculturalcouncil@gmail.com. Saugus Democratic Town Committee seeks new members The Saugus Democratic Town Committee currently has openings for new members. The primary function of the Committee is the selection and support of Democratic candidates for office both locally and at the state level. It also works to support voter education and voter registration. If you are a registered Democratic living in Saugus and are interested in playing an active role in the political process in Saugus as a Democrat, contact Committee Chairman Joe Malone at lincoln66in56@verizon.net. Sharon’s Sneaker Crew is back Sharon Genovese and her group – Sharon’s Sneaker Crew – will be walking on Oct. 1 in the Boston Marathon Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund Walk. The crew will also be sponsoring a craft fair in September. All the proceeds will be going to the Jimmy Fund. If you need more information, you can call or text Sharon at 617-966-3475 or email her at sunkin1@aol.com. Veterans bricks available 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 for someone from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4” X 8” brick (three lines) or $200 for 8” X 8” brick (five lines). Each line is a maximum of 15 characters. The improvement and upkeep of the monument on the corner of Winter and Central Streets rely on the generosity of donors through fundraising. The brick application must be in by Sept. 15 to ensure the bricks will be ready for Veterans Day. Please contact Corinne Riley at 781-2317995 for more information and applications. First Baptist Church presents “Can We Talk…” First Baptist Church Pastor Leroy Mahoney invites troubled people to join others in a special program called “Can We Talk … Community conversations on Trauma and Healing” the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m. at Rev. Isaac Mitchell Jr. Fellowship Hall (105 Main St. in Saugus). “Join us as we gather in community to share our stories, thoughts and feelings about whatever you are going through,” Rev. Mahoney states in a written announcement. “As always, it is a safe space to come together in commu1. On Aug. 25, 1706, “afflicted” girl Ann Putnam publicly apologized for her role at what trials? 2. What is another word for clavicle? 3. On Aug. 26, 1826, what market opened in Boston? 4. What country produces most of the world’s vanilla beans? 5. What Disney princess has a tattoo? 6. What is Greece’s tallest mountain? 7. Belgium’s Ghent University has a 2023-24 literature course that uses what modern singer-songwriter’s work as a springboard? 8. On Aug. 27, 1964, what musical film adapted from a P.L. Travers book premiered in LA? 9. What is Maine’s only national park? 10. Cast-iron plant is another name for what plant that is part of the title of a George Orwell book? 11. On Aug. 28, 1898, Caleb Bradham’s “Brad’s Drink” (with kola nut extract, vanilla and “rare oils”) was renamed what? 12. What is the South Beach Diet named for? 13. French Queen Marie Antoinette was born an archduchess of what country? 14. On Aug. 29, 2005, what hurricane made landfall in Louisiana? 15. What is the geographical feature known as the “Empty Quarter”? 16. What women’s sports team is known as the Matildas? 17. On Aug. 30, 1967, who was confirmed as the first African American Supreme Court Justice? 18. Does the moon have wind? 19. Guinness World Records says grave digger (longest serving) Allen McCloskey has been on the job since hand digging his first grave when: 1952, 1964 or 1971? 20. On Aug. 31, 2006, what stolen painting by Edvard Munch was recovered by Norwegian police? nity,” he says. About The Saugus Advocate We welcome press releases, news announcements, freelance articles and courtesy photos from the community. Our deadline is noon Wednesday. If you have a story idea, an article or photo to submit, please email me at mvoge@comcast.net or leave a message at 978-683-7773. Let us become your hometown newspaper. The Saugus Advocate is available in the Saugus Public Library, the Saugus Senior Center, Saugus Town Hall, local convenience stores and restaurants throughout town. 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 six and a half years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the week. Feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast.net. Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want to express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15to 20-minute interview over a drink at a local coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coffee or tea. Or, if you prefer to continue practicing social distancing and be interviewed from the safety of your home on the phone or via email, I will provide that option to you as the nation recovers from the Coronavirus crisis. If it’s a nice day, my preferred site for a coffee and interview would be the picnic area of the Saugus Iron Works. ANSWERS 1. Salem Witch Trials 2. Collarbone 3. Quincy Market 4. Madagascar 5. Pocahontas 6. Olympus 7. Taylor Swift’s – titled “Literature (Taylor’s Version)” 8. “Mary Poppins” 9. Acadia 10. Aspidistra elatior (book title: “Keep the Aspidistra Flying”) 11. Pepsi-Cola 12. The City of Miami Beach 13. Austria 14. Katrina 15. The sand desert in most of the lower Arabian Peninsula; it has one main road – between Oman and Saudi Arabia – that was finished in 2021. 16. Australia’s women’s soccer team 17. Thurgood Marshall 18. No; it does not have any air to generate wind. 19. 1952 20. “The Scream”

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 Page 17 Saugus Gardens in the Summer Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener J ack Klecker, a longtime Saugus resident, grew up on a farm in Watertown, Wisconsin, where his family had acres of crops. His brother still runs the family farm out there. The urge to garden has not been lost, and after Naval service in the Vietnam War Jack continued gardening on a smaller scale in his new town of Saugus. Over several decades here, he has had a garden in every home he has lived in, including his current one in the Indian Valley neighborhood. Now retired, Jack keeps busy in several veterans’ and community organizations, but has not lost his love of gardening. This year he downsized his garden somewhat, but still raises big boy tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants in a cleverly constructed raised bed connected to his back deck, as well as flowers in a separate planter. The raised bed enables him to plant, tend and harvest his vegetables now without bending, and he can reach the plants easily from ground level and from his back deck. If he wants to, he can grab a tomato off the vine and put it on his burger or in his salad without leaving the seat at the table! There are many advantages to a raised bed, not least that rabbits, groundhogs and some other garden thieves will be thwarted. While birds and squirrels will still be able to reach the plants, they are less of an issue for most popular vegetables This sunflower grows from the sidewalk edge on Prospect Street. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) and ornamental plants. Raising the bed even a few feet above ground can mean warmer soil, since cold air tends to settle in pockets near the ground. As fall approaches, a few degrees higher may mean the difference between frost damage and a few more weeks of growing season. Bringing in soil to fill the containers or raised beds also gives you more control over the soil texture and fertility from the outset, and it will be free of the weed seeds that are already in your existing garden soil. Weed seeds will certainly arrive over time, brought by wind and birds or dropped from adjacent plants, but there will be fewer of them to start with. Finally, the raised beds From the deck side, Jack Klecker can easily harvest a tomato directly into his salad! (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) usually ensure good drainage, so while you may have to water more often, there is less danger of flooding, anaerobic bacteria in the soil and other issues that can arise when soil gets too much water. While walking recently in the neighborhood of Saugus Center, I saw a charming sunflower growing out of the edge of the sidewalk next to the street. It may not be the tallest in town; it certainly can be admired for thriving in challenging conditions. A few summers ago, a whole row of sunflowers bloomed in this unlikely spot. Could it be the offspring of one of those plants? Or a seed dropped by a bird? Perhaps someone deliberately tucked the seed in the sandy soil between the asphalt pavement and the concrete! Nancy Prag, chairman of the Wild cucumber vine (Echinocystis lobata) grows at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Nancy Prag) Saugus Tree Committee, frequently enjoys walking the grounds at Saugus Iron Works: from the herb garden to the riverbanks and across the river to the nature trail. She says she finds it interesting even on cloudy and rainy days. “Even the weeds look so pretty down here now! What color against the gray sky!” She photographed the vigorous wild cucumber vine (Echinocystis lobata) down at the river’s edge on a recent day, its white flowers standing out and reflecting light. While this plant is a member of the same gourd family (Cucurbitaceae) as our cultivated cucumber (Cucumis sativus), its fruit is extremely prickly and not invitingly edible. Editor’s Note: Laura Eisener is a landscape design consultant Jack Klecker’s raised vegetable garden can be easily reached from the ground or the deck, but keeps the plants above rabbit level. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) The herb gardens around the Appleton-Taylor-Mansfield House at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site are full of pollinator-friendly flowers, including butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), coneflowers (Echinacea spp.), and tickseed (Coreopsis spp.). (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) who helps homeowners with landscape design, plant selection and placement of trees and shrubs, as well as perennials. She is a member of the Saugus Garden Club and offered to write a series of articles about “what’s blooming in town” shortly after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was inspired after seeing so many people taking up walking.

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A 1 car garage attached to this lovely home and bonus rooms in the basement with so much more space. $949,000 1 c r g m n r g ms in 1 car garagar garag s in n the oo oo oo ing door t at ag ng oor tha age at ng oo g doo g doo th es ia ia iance ce or es o th o th or t h oor tha or tha ag ha velopment Th open ia elo age attachge attach opme es & a entes & a cen eren er island t pmen es & a center ated pmen e en hat lea ce & a enter & a cente a cente tta nt a cen e oca oca ca c c ce ea a c a c a ce a cen ce teen e cen er ads to er te e e ads to ads to o nt. Th a c d a center island t in ated in he op p center i open pen pe pen en en er islan o the open o the pen an op n c penpen c pen c pe n c n c n c pen co n co and t n co ated in th high he he op n concep te pen on th n con and t th h that a high that a ep that a and that a Condo for Rent WAKEFIELD This sun filled one bedroom apartment will brighten your day. It has a large eat in kitchen that includes refrigerator with a good size living room along with gleaming hardwood floors. This property is in a prime spot for dreamers that want accessibility to Lake Quannapowitt and center of town that includes a great library, restaurants, banks, and major routes. This second floor unit has assigned parking. Good Credit, income/employment verification with references required. No Smoking and No Pets. $2,000. oom a ng wiith to oom m oo oo od floor m a od fl od fl lo loor m alon loor on on frigerato ng wi ge ng wi or efrigerato wit che che or wit ng with g th g th gl eam th wit en th th a en th en th a leam he th hat hat hat th a g th a g th a good le good Condo for Sale LYNN Condo for Rent W. PEABODY You will be stunned the very moment you enter into this condo. This spacious unit is like new and has been tastefully renovated with the past 5 years and impeccably maintained since. The large eat in kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, granite countertops. The open concept floor plan is perfect for entertaining Assigned garage space and ample visitor parking are just a few more perks to mention. Easy and low maintenance living. this is true value and convenience at its best. This fantastic W Peabody location is ideal for commuters boasting access to Rte 1 and I 95 and is just minutes away from the North Shore Mall. Condo has a function room, a beautiful pool, tennis courts and more. No Pets, No Smoking, This will not last. Great credit score and references required.$3,000. CALL/TEXT Sue 617-877-4553 RENTED R R N R ENTE E T E D D CON TR CO O ON R CT CONTRACT NTR C U DER U DER T A UNDE UN E U N DE UNDER ACT CONTRA C N DE ONTRACT CONTRACT O UNDE U UNDER UNDER RA T E CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER

Page 20 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, AUGUST 25, 2023 ............. # 1 Listing & Selling Office in Saugus “Experience and knowledge Provide the Best Service” Free Market Evaluations CRE CarpenitoRealEstate.com View our website from your mobile phone! 335 Central St., Saugus, MA 781-233-7300 SAUGUS - 6 room, 3 bedroom, 1 bath Cape Cod Style Home. Updated kitchen with granite and newer appliances. 1st floor bedroom, Hardwood throughout, newer above ground pool with large patio, portable bar and firepit. Saugus Center location...................$528,000. SAUGUS - 7 room, 3 bedroom Colonial offers 1 1/2 baths, open concept living and dining room, 4 season room off back heated with woodstove, spacious lower level with laundry & workshop, convenient location..............$559,900. SAUGUS - 10 rm Split Entry offers 10 rms, 2 kitchens, gorgeous kitchen with granite counters, 3 full baths, lvrm w/gas fireplace, main bdrm w/custom bathrm & 2 walk-in closets, cental air, finished lower level – great for the extended family, deck, AG pool, 1 c garage, cul-de-sac location...$939,900. SAUGUS - 9+ rm Colonial offers 2 ½ baths, updated kit w/granite counters, 1st floor famrm with gas fireplace and sliders to sunroom w/glass ceiling w/slider to stone patio, 1st floor office, main bedrm w/gas fireplace & priv bath, central air, 2 car garage, farmer’s porch, located on cul-de-sac..........................................................................$975,000 SAUGUS - 7 room, 3-4 bedroom Colonial featuring eat-in kitchen with newer flooring, entertainment size dining room, wood flooring, convenient 1st floor bdrm, sunroom, corner, level yard, located just outside Saugus Center.........$499,900. SAUGUS - 6 room, 3 bedroom Cape, 1 full bath, 25’ living room, many updates, inground, heated pool, located on deadend street.........................................................................$489,900. SAUGUS - 1st AD - 8 rooms, 3-4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, desirable, 1st floor family room with woodstove & slider to deck, living room, dining room, large yard, convenient location…...................$575,000. SAUGUS - Classic NE Col offers 7 rms, 3 bdrms, 1 ½ baths, desirable 1st floor family room with gas stove, central air, updated heat, hw & electric, 2 car attached garage, located on dead-end street just outside of Saugus Center….........$649,900. Saugus’s newest condo complex featuring 2 bedrooms, bright and sunny, fully appliance, eat-in kitchen with granite counters and ceramic tile flooring, NEW central air and GAS heat, NEW windows, wood flooring, freshly painted, off street parking, coin-op laundry…...........................................................$329,900. FOR SALEFOR SALE COMMERCIAL SPACE GREAT BUSINESS OR DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY. SAL'S DRY CLEANERS. BUYERS TO PERFORM DUE DILIGENCE REGARDING ZONING/USAGE. EVERETT $999,900 CALL ANTHONY 857-246-1305 UNDER CONTRACT FOR SALE- TOP FLOOR 2 BED, 1.5 BATH UNIT WITH SPACIOUS KITCHEN AND NEW APPLIANCES. LARGE DINING AND LIVING ROOMS WITH CROWN MOLDING. MAIN BEDROOM HAD DOUBLE CLOSETS AND A HALF BATH. NEWER VINYL PLANK FLOORING THROUGH OUT. CONDO FEE INCLUDES HEAT AND HOT WATER. SMALL PETS ALLOWED. ADDITIONAL STORAGE & 2 DEEDED PARKING. AMESBURY $299,900 BRANDI 617-462-5886 UNDER CONTRACT FOR SALE - LOADS OF POTENTIAL IN THIS 6 BED, 3 BATH COLONIAL. WITH FIREPLACE LIVING ROOM. DINING ROOM OFF KITCHEN, 2-3 BEDROOMS ON FIRST FLOOR PLUS 4 LARGE BEDROOMS UPSTAIRS, . HOME NEEDS SOME TLC. WILL NOT MEET FHA OR VA FINANCING. LARGE 5 ACRE WOODED LOT. 6 BEDROOM SEPTIC. BOXFORD $589,900 CALL DEBBIE 617-678-9710 UNDER CONTRACT FOR SALE- 3 BED, 1.5 UPDATED BUNGALOW HOME ON THE WEST SIDE. THIS HOME HAS BEEN COMPLETELY RENOVATED FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. THERE IS NOTHING TO DO BUT MOVE IN AND ENJOY YOUR NEW HOME. ADDED BONUS IS A DETACHED 2 CAR GARAGE NICE CORNER LOT. METHUEN $535,000 CALL DEBBIE FOR DETAILS 617-678-9710 UNDER CONTRACT FOR SALE - COMPLETELY RENOVATED 3 BEDS AND 2 BATHS NEW GAS HEAT, CENTRAL AC, WINDOWS, SIDING, ROOF, 200A ELECTRIC. NEW FLOORING. NEW DRIVEWAY, KITCHEN CABINETS WITH SS APPLIANCES AND QUARTZ COUNTERS. MAINTENANCEFREE DECK. 2 CAR GARAGE WITH NEW GARAGE DOORS WITH WI-FI COMPATIBLE OPENERS. SAUGUS $579,900 CALL KEITH 781-389-0791 LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED AGENTS WHO ARE LOOKING TO JOIN OUR OFFICE. WE ARE OFFERING SIGN ON BONUSES AND GENEROUS SPLITS. IF INTERESTED CALL KEITH TODAY! 781-389-0791 UNDER CONTRACT FOR SALE- CHARMING 4 BED, 2 BATH CAPE WITH GREAT SPACE AND FLOW. UPDATED KITCHEN WITH GRANITE, 2 BEDS AND A BATH DOWN AND 2 BEDS AND A BATH UP. EXERCISE ROOM IN BASEMENT. GREAT LOCATION AND YARD. LYNNFIELD $649,999 CALL JUSTIN 978-815-2610 LOOKING TO BUY OR SELL ? CALL JOHN DOBBYN 617-285-7117

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