SAUGUS Vol. 24, No. 40 -FREETh e Advocate–A household word in Saugus! OC C www.advocatenews.net “Inappropriate conduct” cited Colleagues blame School Committee member Grabowski for being forced into a Zoom videoconferencing meeting By Mark E. Vogler A n alleged incident involving a colleague’s “inappropriate conduct” – not concerns about COVID-19 – prompted the School Committee to hold a Zoom videoconferencing session instead of meeting in person this week, according to several members. “I just want everybody to know we’re on Zoom – not because of COVID. It’s because we had an issue where a committee member allegedly got hostile with a school employee,” School Committee Chair Thomas Whittredge said at the outset of Wednesday (Oct. 6) night’s meeting. “And until we get it sorted out, we have to have everybody safe and comfortable enough to come to these meetings, so we decided to go to Zoom. And hopefully, it’s a temporary solution. That’s the reason why we’re on Zoom. Just wanted to let everybody know,” he said. During his remarks , Whittredge didn’t name the school committee member involved in the alleged incident. But committee members later identifi ed their colleague, ArUNDER FIRE AGAIN: School C ommittee Memb er Arthur Grabowski’s alleged mistreatment of a School Department employee recently infl uenced the School Committee’s decision to switch from in-person meetings to remote sessions. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) thur Grabowski, as the one involved in “inappropriate conduct” toward a School Department employee. Grabowski, who did not attend Wednesday night’s meeting, could not be reached for comment. GRABOWSKI | SEE PAGE 10 A SITE OF CONTROVERSY: A proposal by Boston offi cials to relocate “the Methadone Mile” to the Quality Inn at 100 Morris St. in Revere near the Saugus town line has sparked outrage in both communities. Two Saugus selectmen this week said they consider it “the most urgent challenge facing Saugus town government” (See this week’s “The Advocate Asks” inside). At an emergency meeting of the Saugus Board of Selectmen last week, selectmen gave their support to a letter already signed by Revere city offi cials and area state legislators which opposes plans to turn the closed motel into a homeless transitional center. (Please see related story on page 8) Town Election 2021 Two Saugus town meeting members will be candidates along with their sons on the Nov. 2 election ballot By Mark E. Vogler T own Meeting Member Maureen Whitcomb and her son Andrew both ran as candidates two years ago in pursuit of two of the fi ve Precinct 4 seats. Maureen got elected while Andrew lost out by just a vote for the final seat in the election. But he later joined his mother on Town Meeting, fi lling an unexpired term of a member who left town. The Whitcombs will again be a mother-and-son combination in their campaign for Town Meeting seats in the Nov. 2 town election. This year’s town election also features a father and his son running for election to the 50-member Town Meeting – but as candidates in two separate precincts. Precinct 10 Town Meeting Member Peter Manoogian is running for reelection to another twoyear term. He is among eight candidates vying for fi ve seats in Saugus’ most competitive Town Meeting race. Meanwhile, Manoogian’s son, Alex, is among the seven candidates competing for the fi ve Precinct 5 seats. SAVE “virtual” candidates forum set for Thursday The Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) will hold its biennial Environmental Candidates Night for Board of Selectmen candidates next Thursday (Oct. 14) at 7 p.m. This year’s event will be conducted in a virtual format instead of in person, using the Zoom videoconELECTION | SEE PAGE 8 Published Every Friday D O TE CAT 781-233-4446 Friday, October 8, 2021 Not Welcome Here

Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 (Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued this week by the Saugus Public Library Foundation.) Saugus Public Library Foundation elects new officers T he Board of Directors of the Saugus Public Library Foundation has elected its slate of officers for the 2021Kristen Tozza: elected president. 2022 term. Kristen Tozza has been elected President while Joseph Scurio has been elected Vice President, and Bruce Torrey has been reelected Treasurer. Rounding out the Board of Directors are Past President Linda Call, Olivia Riley, Corinne Riley and Peter Cocciardi. Kristen Tozza, a second-grade teacher in the Wilmington school system, joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2017. A lifelong resident of Saugus, she has been a longtime member of the Friends of the Saugus Public Joseph Scurio: Bruce Torrey: elected vice president. Library. Joseph Scurio of Peabody has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2020. He serves as Vice President, Commercial Banking at The Savings Bank. Bruce Torrey, a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Foundation since 2020, serves as Branch Manager at Webster First Federal Credit Union. The Foundation Board is welcoming new members to carry on its mission. If you are interested in joining the Foundation, please email saugusplf@ gmail.com. About the Saugus Public Library Foundation The Saugus Public Library reelected treasurer. Foundation was established in 2004 through significant gifts from the estates of Douglas Lockwood, Josephine Kibbey and Marie Weeks, as well as funds turned over by the now-disbanded environmental nonprofit, Noblast, Inc., and smaller individual trust funds and bequests. The Foundation provides the means for the library to make long-range plans and commitments using the interest earned on the principal balance of the Foundation, and to promote and carry out charitable and fundraising activities. To learn more about the Saugus Public Library Foundation, or to donate to the Foundation, please email SaugusPLF@ gmail.com. When it comes to home, come to us. WHETHER YOU’RE READY TO REFINANCE OR APPLY FOR YOUR FIRST MORTGAGE, WE’RE HERE TO GUIDE YOU THE WHOLE WAY. TALK TO ONE OF OUR RESIDENTIAL LENDERS TODAY. 617-381-3663 419 BROADWAY, EVERETT MA 02149 Right by you. 61 7-38 7 - 1 1 10 7 7 1 SALEM ST, LYNNFIELD, MA 01940 7 8 1 - 7 7 6 - 4444 WWW.EVERETTBANK .COM NMLS #443050 Member FDIC Member DIF

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 Page 3 ~ THE ADVOCATE ASKS ~ TOWN ELECTION 2021: Candidates for Board of Selectmen and School Committee each cite what they consider the most urgent challenge facing Saugus town government and the School Department and what they would do as elected officials to address it. Editor’s Note: Twenty-five days from today, Saugus voters will go to the polls for the town’s biennial election. The five seats on both the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee will be the featured town-wide races on the Nov. 2 ballot, which will also include a seat on the Housing Authority and 50 Town Meeting seats – five members to be selected in each of the 10 precincts. Continuing in this week’s issue and the four remaining editions of The Saugus Advocate published before the town election, we will dedicate this space to questions to the 10 candidates running for the Board of Selectmen and the seven candidates competing for the five School Committee positions. With the lack of candidate forums between now and Town Election Day, we decided to reach out to the candidates aspiring to two-year terms on the town’s two most prominent elected bodies and give them an opportunity to define the essence of their campaigns and what sets them apart from their political opponents. For the Board of Selectmen Q: In 100 words or less, what do you consider the most urgent challenge facing Saugus town government? And as an elected selectman, what would you do to help address that challenge? The incumbents: Selectmen Jeffrey V. Cicolini: Had you asked me this question a week ago my answer would have been different however, today, the most urgent challenge facing our town is the unconscionable proposal from the outgoing Mayor of Boston to relocate the folks from the methadone mile to the Quality Inn on the Revere/Saugus line. The Board of Selectmen and our State Representatives from Saugus and Revere are staunchly opposed to this proposal as evidenced at last week’s emergency public meeting. My comments aired on Fox news and represented me speaking for the people in our community. This is not an acceptable solution for the problem and we will continue to work with our neighboring communities and state delegation to make certain this proposal DOES NOT become a reality. Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony W. Cogliano Sr.: As of today, the biggest issue facing the Board of Selectmen is Boston’s proposal to relocate “methadone mile” from Melnea Cass boulevard, to Rt 1 on the Saufor making informed decisions which will include goals and policies for future land use, including housing, recreation, commercial development, transportation, and open space. As a member of the Master Plan Advisory Committee, I’m looking forward to sharing the results of the public meetings and surveys with the Saugus residents. However, we do need additional public input, especially on determining the future of the ASKS | SEE PAGE 13 SAUGUS TOWN HALL: Five challengers will be running against the five incumbent members of the Board of Selectmen in the Nov. 2 Town Election, making it the most competitive race on the ballot. (Saugus Advocate file photo by Mark E. Vogler) SAUGUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES: All five School Committee members are running for another two-year term in the Nov. 2 Town Election. But two other candidates are running for a spot on the committee. (Saugus Advocate file photo by Mark E. Vogler) gus/Revere line. A proposal like this would devastate our Town and our resources. Police and Fire calls to this location would all but guarantee we would no longer have proper coverage for our residents. As the Chairman of the Board, I called Mayor Arrigo of Revere to let him know that the Town of Saugus stands with the City of Revere to insure a proposal such as this never comes to fruition. I also reached out to our State Delegation at an emergency meeting of the Board of Selectmen to garner their support. Representatives Giannino, and Turco of Revere and Wong of Saugus put forth some very powerful language to Mayor Janey of Boston, letting her know that this proposal is totally unacceptable. Selectman Debra C. Panetta: The completion of the Townwide master plan is essential for the future of Saugus. With all the new development in Saugus, especially along Route 1, it’s imperative that we have a strategy that deals with the future growth of our town while protecting our neighborhoods and environmental resources. This plan will be the framework

Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 ~ POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT ~ Peter A. Rossetti Jr. runs for another term on Saugus Town Meeting in Precinct 2 D ear Friends and Neighbors in Precinct 2, My name is Peter A Rossetti Jr. I have had the honor to serve as one of your five Town Meeting members in Precinct 2 for more than twenty years. I am a life-long resident of Saugus, attending schools in Saugus at the Cliftondale, Baker and Junior High and Brown & Nichols in Cambridge for High School. I am a graduate of Northeastern University, Bentley College, and the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. I am employed at the Peter Rossetti Insurance Agency/Law office in Cliftondale Square and live on Summit Ave. (on Baker Hill) where I raised my family of three children. Over the years there have been many important issues discussed and debated at Town Meeting that have affected Saugus Residents, notwithstanding the current renovation and resurgence of Cliftondale Square. In the past, the man, a member of the Board of Appeals, a member of the Planning Board, a member of the Saugus Cable TV Board, and a member of the Saugus Business Education Collaborative. I am proud to say I have been A TOWN MEETING VETERAN: Peter A Rossetti Jr. seeks another two-year term in the Precinct 2 Town Meeting seat he’s held for more than two decades. outcome of these debates was not always successful, but emphasized to the Town how important Cliftondale is to Saugus. I have also served as a SelectSaugus’ representative to the Northeast Regional Vocational School. I am pleased to say that we are beginning the construction of a new Vocational School that will allow more Saugus students to learn a trade and get good paying jobs. I have also been involved in local groups such as the Lions Club, the Chambers of Commerce, the Friends of Breakheart, Greater Lynn Senior Services, and Element Care. I am proud to be a resident of Saugus, a business owner in Saugus, and a community leader. I would respectfully ask for one of your five votes for Town Meeting on Election Day this year. Thank you. Peter A. Rossetti Jr. 781-233-1855 Saugus woman pleads guilty to drug trafficking charges By Christopher Roberson N icole Benton, 45, of Saugus, pleaded guilty on September 30 to being involved in a large drug trafficking organization which produced more than 100,000 counterfeit Percocet pills. On June 30, Benton was arrested and charged with the following: conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and possession a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. According to police, a drug organization, operated by Crip gang member Vincent Caruso, used large pill presses to generate 15,000 fentanyl pills per hour. Benton then distributed the pills to gangs throughout the North Shore. Police said each counterfeit pill has an average street value of $15. Therefore, the sale of 100,000 pills would have yielded approximately $1.5 million. In addition, that number of pills is the equivalent of 10 kilograms of fentanyl. In his affidavit, FBI Special Agent Craig Harvey said Benton conducted a “large number of cash transactions” at The Brook casino in Seabrook, N.H. “Investigators obtained the records of this activity from The Brook and noted that a VIP player card in Benton’s name was being used to place a large number of bets on sporting events and make a large number of cash transactions,” he said. Further review of the casino’s records showed that between February and June, Benton’s VIP card was used to wager more than $400,000 in cash. Within that figure, Benton lost $20,000. “As the payouts are so high, the favored team parlay scheme offers the chance for immediate and lucrative returns in exchange for a relatively small investment of drug proceeds,” said Harvey. Benton is now facing the possibility of life in prison and a fine of up to $15.2 million. Sentencing is scheduled for January 20, 2022.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 Page 5 ~ POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT ~ Debra Panetta Announces Candidacy for Re-Election to the Board of Selectmen tegic planning, and real estate experience. I’ve served as your Saugus Selectman for the past ten years, serving as Chairman for five. I’m a member of the Master Plan Advisory Committee, and I’m Secretary of the Cliftondale Revitalization Committee. I also serve as President of the Saugus River Watershed Council, member of SAVE, Historical Society, Garden Club, and the SBEC. I’m a member of the Conservation Law Foundation and have (again) been endorsed by the Sierra Club. I served as the Chairman of A DECADE OF SERVICE: Veteran Selectman Debra Panetta has been on the board 10 years and seeks another two-year term. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) I live on Bellevue Street with my husband, Mark, my son, Mark Jr. and my daughter, Sabrina. I’m a graduate from Suffolk University earning a BSBA in Accounting and earned my Master’s in Business Administration from Northeastern University. I also earned my Lean Six Sigma and PMP (Project Management Professional) Certifications. I work for Victoria Realty as a Site Manager/Finance Director. I have over 30 years of accounting, finance, strathe Saugus School Committee, a five-term Town Meeting Member, Vice-Chair of the Saugus Charter Commission, Tree Committee, past District Governor of Toastmasters, as well as many other Town Committees. Since originally taking office, I have been involved in many initiatives, including: increasing our bond rating to AA+ by S&P, highest in Saugus history, due to our strong economy and budget performance, a record amount of funds put into our stabilization fund, approval by MSBA and award of up to $65.1 million for new Middle-High School, rebuilding of our parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities, designated green community status, infrastructure improvements, including roads, bridges, sidewalks, drainage, and water and sewer improvement, and investments in new police cruisers, fire engines, and DPW trucks/equipment. My vision for Saugus over the next two years includes: The completion of the Townwide master plan. This plan will be the framework for making informed decisions which will include goals and policies for future land use, including housing, recreation, commercial development, transportation, and open space, additional increases in our reserve funds and continue improvement of our bond rating, continued Traffic Study analysis, additional opportunities to supplement Town services by supporting community objectives relating to safety, infrastructure, and transportation, focus on the environment, and having open public discussions regarding the closed schools. I want to work towards continuing the progress that our town has made for the betterment of residents and business owners. I respectfully ask for one of your five votes on Tuesday, November 2. I am number 3 on the ballot.” Contact information: 781-2339720, debracpanetta@gmail.com. Thank you! Special Town Meeting on Oct. 18 will consider an article to fund construction of a new vocational school in Wakefield By Mark E. Vogler Moderator Steve Doherty wrote in a document attached to the S augus will hold a Special Town Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 to consider an article to fund the town’s share of costs related to the construction of a new Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School located in Wakefield. Town Meeting members will conduct their meeting via Zoom videoconferencing rather than meet in person in the second floor auditorium at Saugus Town Hall. “Because I do not foresee any way to safely assemble our 50 Member Town Meeting, and allow for public attendance at the same time while complying with state directives on public assemblies during the current health emergency, I am, hereby, requesting permission from the Saugus Board of Selectmen to hold the 2021 Special Town Meeting, as last year, in an on-line format, using the ZOOM meeting platform, on the evening of Monday, October 18, 2021,” Town warrant. “We have used this format in the past and know that it allows for all participants to see and hear all other participants. It also allows for the accurate taking of attendance to determine if a quorum is present, the ability to conduct a roll call vote and the ability for all Town Meeting members and registered voters in attendance to get the Moderators attention and be recognized to speak,” he said. The Northeast Metro Tech Regional District School Committee voted last month to appropriate $317.4 million to pay costs for the design, engineering and construction of the new school and related athletic facilities. Saugus’s estimated share would be $23.4 million. The school would be built to accommodate 1,600 students. The current enrollment is close to 1,300 students. A vote against the project by Gerry D’Ambrosio Attorney-at-Law Is Your Estate in Order? Do you have an update Will, Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney? If Not, Please Call for a Free Consultation. 14 Proctor Avenue, Revere (781) 284-5657 Saugus or any of the dozen communities in the school district would force a special popular election to determine whether the project gets funded.

Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 “Duck Lemonade” enables young students to help Breakheart Reservation A small group of students from the Goddard School in Saugus learned they could contribute to the betterment of Breakheart Reservation by developing their own brand of lemonade and serving it at the popular recreation area on a hot summer day. “We didn’t charge a fee for the lemonade, but we accepted donations if and only if they were offered,” said their teacher, Rachel Haydon. “In fact, the kids were flabbergasted when one gentleman donated $20 and wouldn’t accept any lemonade in return!” The lemonade the kids made apparently was a big hit. The students raised more than $100 at their lemonade stand. “The lemonade stand was just one of several fun and educational activities that we enjoyed together as part of the two-month summer school age program at our school,” Haydon said. “The kids helped develop the recipe. They were entirely responsible for calculating ingredient quantities and gross/ net profits, creating marketing materials & chants, preparing ingredients (making simple syrup, squeezing lemons) and mixing lemonade, and assigning day-of job rotations,” she said. “We went through a testing phase inside the school where we asked all staff (and some kids) to try it and provide feedback via an online survey. We adjusted the recipe accordingly.” Goddard students involved in the project were Cassidy Parent, 6, Melrose; Tina Ha, 11, Saugus; Dylan Kahn, 7, Belmont; Jocelyn Kahn, 8, Belmont; Brynn Ohanesian, 8, Cambridge; and Mari Ohanesian, 6, Cambridge. Dave Kahn, owner of The Goddard School of Saugus, is the father of Jocelyn and Dylan. “It is wonderful to see the young students taking an interest in Breakheart and the Department of Conservation and Recreation,” said Peter A. Rossetti Jr., a lifelong Saugus resident and longtime member of the Friends of Breakheart. Denise Bénéteau weighs 12 pounds of tomatoes to deliver to those in need. The Duck Lemonade Stand at Breakheart Reservation “They are planning a park cleanup later in the year,” he said. The lemonade was all homemade from natural ingredients (not from concentrate or powdered mix). This was a big selling point for many people, according to Haydon. “Duck Lemonade” is the title/ brand of the lemonade stand that the kids voted on, she said. “We had several ideas, such as ‘Breakheart Lemonade,’ ‘Flounders Lemonade’ (the name of our classroom was originally the Friendly Flounders per the school’s oceanic naming theme, but we updated it to Ferocious Flounders as we felt it was a better fit for our vibe), ‘Goddard Lemonade,’ etc.,” Haydon said. “The kids picked Duck Lemonade as a reference to the viral song ‘The Duck Song.’” The family of Gregory Nickolas thanks the community for its support and prayers O n behalf of our family, we would like to thank the Town of Saugus, our family, friends and all the people who have shared their kind words with us. We deeply appreciate all of your expressions of sympathy, your thoughts, prayers and offers of support. The love we have received during this time of such heartache and loss has been immense. We sincerely thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts. Debbie, Jackie & Mason Nickolas THE LATE GREGORY NICKOLAS: Saugus’s longtime Youth & Recreation Director passed away last week at the age of 58. His family is grateful to the people of Saugus for their expressions of sympathy and the outpouring of love from the community. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 Page 7 Beat ConnXtionz will perform at MS4MS at World Series Park W orld Series Park in Saugus will host a fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All-day entertainment will be featured, starting at 10 a.m. Performing will be Beat ConnXtionz Dance Company, Patty Vellucci, the Teddy Larkin Trio, the Memory Laners, Forever Unknown, and Uncle Steve Furbish. The event will have a fall theme with hayrides, pumpkins, corn on the cob, cider, cider donuts, a Halloween costume contest and pony rides. There will be a ceremony on the field featuring the 2003 Saugus Little League Team that competed in the Little League World Series in 2003. Food, booths, an auction, a raffle, the famous Carpenito Real Estate Lottery Ticket House Raffle, a display of classic cars and some surprises will round out the day. The event will culminate with a softball game between the 2003 Saugus Little League team and a combined team of Saugus Police and Firefighters. The coordinator for the event is Saugus’s own Dario Pizzano, a professional baseball player and a member of the 2003 Saugus Little League team. Dario has been actively involved in fundraising for Mission Stadiums for Multiple Sclerosis (MS4MS) for the last two years. His mother, Traci, has suffered with MS for several years, and Dario wanted to be part of helping raise money for research and perhaps someday find a cure. If you would like to help, would like to donate to the raffle or auction or need more information about the event, contact Bob Davis at 781-2334555. UPCOMING SHOW: Beat ConnXtionz Dance Company will perform at MS4MS at World Series Park on Oct. 30. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) Local state reps blast Boston’s plans to relocate “Methadone Mile” to Quality Inn T he plans of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to convert the Quality Inn Boston-Revere at 100 Morris St. into a transitional homeless shelter has come under fire from two local state legislators. State Rep. Jessica Ann Giannino (D-Revere) and State Rep. Donald H. Wong (R-Saugus) have been circulating a letter with local officials in Revere and Saugus and members of the Massachusetts Legislature seeking support in opposing the proposal. “It is with great urgency that we write to you today regarding the untenable position that Boston Public Health Commission has put vulnerable residents, the City of Revere and Town of Saugus in,” the two local legislators wrote in their letter. “More specifically, we are appalled by the lack of transparency, communication, accountability, or even basic courtesy that the Boston Public Health Commission has displayed in concocting and attempting to execute a ‘regional’ plan to address the disaster within its own jurisdiction on Melnea Cass Boulevard by converting the Quality Inn Hotel at 100 Morris St., Revere, to a homeless transitional center,” Giannino and Wong wrote in their letter. In a cover letter, the two legislators reasoned, “If the city of Boston can put the city of Revere and Town of Saugus in this situation, they can do this to any community … We are asking that you signify your support by signing on to the letter attached which expresses that this plan is an unacceptable regional approach. We will submit the letter to Dr. Ojikutu of the BPHC.” The issue came to a head last week when Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo learned from the BPHC about the plan to address the long-standing homelessness and substance abuse problems at Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard by shuttling homeless people to the closed motel along Route 1. The Saugus Board of Selectmen met early yesterday morning to discuss Boston’s proposal to relocate the “Methadone Mile” from Melnea Cass Boulevard to the Quality Inn, which is located adjacent to Bennet Highway close to Saugus. “While the Board understands the drug addiction/abuse crisis in this state, we were never informed about Boston’s regional partnership plan for this location,” Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano said.

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 Harvested community garden vegetables donated to the community’s less fortunate By Tara Vocino A s fall began, people who harvested vegetables grown from the community garden at St. John’s Episcopal Church continued their delivery of food to the local food pantries. According to St. John’s Episcopal Church Rev. John Beach, a 3,000-square-foot and 600-square-foot garden in his church rectory’s garden area and front lawn produced 100 pounds of tomatoes, or five bushels, within the last month. Last week, they grew 45 pounds of tomatoes and 10 pounds of potatoes. In September, volunteers harvested 10 pounds of radishes, 23 pounds of potatoes, 10 pounds of tomatoes and six bags of basil. In August, they grew 20 pounds of tomatoes, 10 ounces of onions and one bag of basil. Approximately 40 volunteers in total came out, averaging 8 to 10 people weekly. The garden has been successful, and Rev. Beach intends to continue the program into next spring/ summer. “It’s been great working with these volunteers,” Rev. Beach said. “My first time garNot welcome here Saugus selectmen join Revere officials and local legislators in opposing Boston’s proposal to relocate “Methadone Mile” to Quality Inn in Revere By Mark E. Vogler T he Board of Selectmen held an emergency meeting on Sept. 30 to discuss and brief the public on a Boston official’s proposal to relocate the “Methadone Mile” to the Quality Inn in Revere near the Saugus town line. “There is no way this board is going to support something like this,” Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano declared during the session that lasted more than an hour. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure it never happens,” Cogliano said. Selectmen agreed to support a letter already signed by two state legislators who represent the town and Revere city officials who have opposed the City of Boston’s proposal to turn the closed motel into a transitional homeless center that would serve that city’s residents. State Rep. Jessica Ann Giannino (D-Revere) and state Rep. Donald H. Wong (R-Saugus) have been circulating a letter with local officials in Revere and Saugus and members of the state legislature seeking support in opposing the proposal. “It is with great urgency that we write to you today regarding the untenable position that Boston Public Health Commission [BPHC] has put vulnerable residents, the City of Revere and Town of Saugus in,” the two local legislators wrote in their letter. “More specifically, we are appalled by the lack of transparency, communication, accountability, or even basic courtesy that the Boston Public Health Commission has displayed in concocting and attempting to execute a ‘regional’ plan to address the disaster within its own jurisdiction on Melnea Cass Boulevard by converting the Quality Inn Hotel at 100 Morris Street, Revere, to a homeless transitional center,” Giannino and Wong wrote in their letter. In a cover letter, the two legislators reasoned, “If the City of Boston can put the City of Revere and Town of Saugus in this situation, they can do this to any community. “We are asking that you signify your support by signing on to the letter attached which expresses that this plan is an unacceptable regional approach. We will submit the letter to Dr. Ojikutu of the BPHC.” The issue came to a head last week when Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo learned from the BPHC about the plan to address the long-standing homelessness and substance abuse problems at Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard by shuttling homeless people to the closed motel along Route 1. In addressing selectmen at last week’s meeting, Rep. Wong said he doesn’t believe that Boston had a viable plan for dealing with a homeless population plagued by drugs. “This is NOT WELCOME | SEE PAGE 19 Volunteers Bruce and Judy Maxwell, at left, deliver the vegetables to local food pantries Friday mornings. At right are St. John’s Episcopal Church Rev. John Beach and his wife, Denise Bénéteau. (Saugus Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) Denise Bénéteau weighs 12 pounds of tomatoes to deliver to those in need. dening, I wouldn’t be able to do it without them.” Volunteer Laura Eisener, who is also a Saugus Garden Club member, said the project turned out well, adding that it was a nice range of crops. The club donated blueberry plants in July. “I think people enjoyed being in the garden and learned a lot,” said Eisener, whose favorite vegetable is ELECTION | FROM PAGE 1 ferencing platform for participating candidates. The event will be broadcast live on Channel 8 by Saugus Community TV (SCTV) at 7 p.m. for public viewing, and the recording will be made available on https://vimeo.com/saugustelevision within a few business days. “As we have in the past, SAVE provides this public service forum so that each candidate for the Board of Selectmen has the opportunity to share their views on the critical environmental issues facing our Town,” SAVE said in a recent press release. “While this year’s virtual format is a departure from our usual in-person event, we feel that givFinal Day to register to vote Any Saugus resident who is not a registered voter has until Wednesday (Oct. 13) to register to vote in the town’s Nov. 2 election. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open that day from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. ELECTION | SEE PAGE 21 Law Offices of Terrence W. Kennedy 512 Broadway, Everett • Criminal Defense • Personal Injury • Medical Malpractice Tel: (617) 387-9809 Cell: (617) 308-8178 twkennedylaw@gmail.com sweet, purple tomatoes to place inside a salad. Five weeks into the delivery, volunteer Judy Maxwell, who picked up vegetables with her husband, Bruce, to deliver, said she’s thrilled with the outcome, adding that there’s a lot more to go. ing the candidates an opportunity to share their environmental goals and concerns, in any format, is so important for informed voting,” the SAVE statement continued. For more information about SAVE, please visit the group’s website at http://www.SaugusSAVE.org and follow the link to its Facebook group.


Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 ~ POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT ~ Michael J. Serino announces his bid for reelection to the Board of Selectmen M ichael J. Serino, a life-long Saugus resident, has formally announced his candidacy for one of the fi ve seats available on the Board of Selectmen in the upcoming November 2nd election. Serino is a graduate of Saugus High School and the University of Massachusetts. Serino has served the residents RUNNING FOR REELECTION: Michael J. Serino seeks another two-year term on the Saugus Board of Selectmen. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) GRABOWSKI | FROM PAGE 1 “Making sure everyone is safe” In response to Whittredge’s comments, School Committee Vice-Chair Ryan Fisher also expressed dismay at the alleged of Saugus with professionalism and integrity for many years. His extensive public service record includes serving as Chairman of several boards including the Board of Selectmen, Board of Assessors and the Conservation Commission. He also spent some time as a member of our Planning Board. Serino’s fi rst involvement in public service evolved at the age of 21 when he was elected as a Town incident that prompted members to meet remotely instead of in person. It’s unfortunate we have a beautiful new School Committee room and we can’t use it,” Fisher told his colleagues. “In life, you have to take responsibility for your actions. In OVER-DEVELOPMENT: After the Meeting Member from Precinct Ten. In 2010, Serino served as the vice-chairman of the Town Meeting Charter Commission where he co-authored meaningful charter changes that were approved by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the Town Meeting members. I believe that my proven experience and ability to work with people has resulted in many accomplishments that has benefi ted our community, including: FINANCIAL: The development of fi nancial management policies which has resulted in approximately 9.5 million dollars in our stabilization fund along with 4 million dollars in our free cash account. Consequently, Saugus currently has a bond rating of AA+, the highest bond rating in Saugus’s history. this case, the rest of us are the ones taking responsibility, making sure everyone is safe,” he said. In an interview later, Fisher elaborated on his concerns. “I don’t think anyone is gobsmacked we’re talking about yet another incident with this member. It’s a pattern of behavior that he’s been unwilling to control for years for which he refuses to take responsibility,” Fisher said of Grabowski, while not naming him. “When he made racist statements that insulted our English language learners and their families earlier this year, he didn’t apologize, blamed the rest of the committee for his words and only seemed alarmed when members of the community were permitted to voice their displeasure over his objections during public comment,” he said. “No company would allow development of the former Hilltop property on Route One, I was the fi rst public offi cial to state my concern regarding the amount of residential development allowed on that site. Ninety two percent (92%) of the project represented residential, whereas only eight percent (8%) represented commercial development. The impact to our public safety, our school system and the loss of our commercial tax base were concerns of mine. Consequently, I was the main author of recent zoning changes which will mandate more commercial and less residential development along Route One. Also included in my proposals were stronger setback requirements in order to protect the surrounding abutting neighborhoods. With the overwhelming support of our Town Meeting Members we were able to make these changes. INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTthis liability under its roof, and I support the decision to remain in Zoom as a committee so everyone’s safety and comfort is assured. We won’t allow another incident of any kind,” he said. Committee members sought Grabowski’s resignation All four of Grabowski’s colleagues called for him to resign following an incident earlier this year which involved interaction he had with School Department staff . In late January, Grabowski barged into then-Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi Jr.’s offi ce, interrupted a meeting and made a comment about the school district needing people who can speak English to operate snowblowers, according to the minutes of an Executive Session meeting about the incident. Committee members voted 4-0 during that March 11 meeting to sanction him for reMENTS: Considerable investments have been made to benefit the Youth of our community such as a new Middle/High school, several renovations of the Belmonte upper-elementary school and our new sports complex at the Middle/High school. Furthermore, we continue to invest in our sidewalks, roadways, water and sewer systems. Moreover, we continue to invest in environmental initiatives such as our tree planting program, our solar farm and our CHARM center. In closing, I have always strived to serve our community with professionalism and integrity. Working together as a community, we can accomplish great things. You can always count on me to continue to be your voice in protecting the quality of life in your neighborhood. I am proud to be raised in a family with a rich tradition of public service and I would truly appreciate one of your fi ve votes on Tuesday, November 2nd.Thank you for your consideration, Mike marks they perceived as “racist” and to take a sensitivity training class. They also wanted their colleague to apologize to anyone he off ended. Grabowski’s refusal to accept responsibility for his off ensive comments, apologize publicly and seek sensitivity training motivated committee members to call for his resignation during their March 31 meeting. One committee member condemned the remarks as “damaging” and “harmful” in a school district where a signifi - cant number of students are English Language Learners (ELL). The four other School Committee members later voted to strip Grabowski of his subcommittee assignments as a form of censure. “Arthur Grabowski, once again, GRABOWSKI | SEE PAGE 19 Monogram D4 Double siding Cedar impression half rounds Harvey Vinyl 63 Replacement Windows Custom Aluminum Trim work Windows & Doors Top quality Vinyl Siding! •Vinyl Siding •Carpentry Work •Decks •Roofing •Free Estimates •Replacement Windows •Fully Licensed •Fully Insured

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 Page 11 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS By Mark E. Vogler H ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus. World Series Park to dedicate lights tonight This just in at the deadline yesterday – World Series Park will be holding a dedication of the lighting project tonight (Friday, Oct. 8). There will be a food buffet and entertainment from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., immediately followed by the dedication ceremony. All donors have been invited to the reception and ceremony. The culmination will be the lighting up of the park. Mobile vaccination bus tomorrow The Saugus Public Schools, in collaboration with the Saugus Board of Health, have made it more convenient for town residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19 if they haven’t already. There will be a mobile vaccination bus in the parking lot of the Saugus Middle-High School tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 9) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Erin McMahon told the School Committee at Wednesday (Oct. 6) night’s meeting that she and Health Director John R. Fralick III have been working on the logistics for the mobile vaccination bus since July. Town residents will be able to receive the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The vaccination rate for students from 12 to 15 is fewer than 60 percent, according to McMahon. Trash/recycling running on one-day holiday delay The Town of Saugus announced that trash and recycling collection will run on a one-day delay from Tuesday, Oct.12, through Saturday, Oct.16, due to the observance of Columbus Day. There will be no collection on Monday, October 11, 2021, due to the holiday. Services will resume on a one-day delay from Tuesday through Saturday. Residents whose collection day falls on Monday will be collected on Tuesday. Collection will continue to run on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week. The compost site will be open normal hours, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the following days: tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 9) and Wednesday, Oct. 13. The Town of Saugus would like to thank everyone for their cooperation. Please contact Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Lorna Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. We have a winner! Congratulations to Donna Lawrence for getting her name drawn from the green Boston Red Sox hat as the winner of last week’s “Guess Who Got Sketched” contest. She was one of several people who answered correctly. But we only have one winner each week. Guessing the right answer before noon on Tuesday has a chance to go into the hat. Here’s the answer, offered by the person who goes by the name of The Sketch Artist: “The answer to last week’s sketch is the life-saving Saugus Fire Department Lieutenant Damian Drella, who is also an E. M. T. “The Lieutenant has been with the Saugus Fire Dept. For 30 + years…Lt . Drella assists with time is of the essence life or death emergencies, gas leaks, someone trapped in a car or elevator, vehicle, car crashes, and drug overdoses. “Emergency and Public Safety Officers never know what will unfold during the day. So, they have to be prepared and up for anything – highly skilled and calm under pressure. Lieutenant Damian Drella is seasoned with these skills and highly qualified with team efforts and experience. “Most often when Public Service Emergency Teams approach a scene, they never know what’s waiting for them at the other end. They answer the calls with bravery, knowing this could be their last mission, but still forging ahead – often laying their life on the line to be accessible to help another to survive, often protecting the innocent from perpetrators. They may rescue a family from a burning house, a couple from a locked car and flooded streets with wires down or trapped in cars during severe storms. The list is endless of what these firefighters do for us in our Saugus town. “Lieutenant Damian Drella is an accomplished, pubGUESS WHO GOT SKETCHED! 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 was sketched this week? If you do, please email me at mvoge@comcast.net or leave a phone message at 978-683-7773. Anyone who correctly identifies the Saugonian being sketched between now and Tuesday at noon qualifies 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 certificate, compliments of Dunkin’ at the 1204 Broadway Saugus location on Route 1 North. But you have to enter to win! Look for the winner and identification 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”) vice – family of Emergency Services ready to serve. Such a great example to follow. “Thank you for ALL you do for ALL of us Saugonians making us feel safe, protecting our environment and our homes! “Yours Truly, The Sketch Artist” Legion Hall Fridays for breakfast! Great news for people who enjoy the Friday morning breakfasts at the Saugus American Legion Cpl Scott J. Procopio Post 210. Legion Hall, which is located at 44 Taylor St., has resumed its Friday breakfasts and will continue through the last Friday in May of 2022. The buffet breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. for a donation of $7. 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. “Shout-Outs” to the marathoners from Saugus Monday (Oct. 11) marks the 125th Boston Marathon – an internationally famous running event that was cancelled last year because of COVID-19. Normally held on lished photographer. He takes action photography, which is published in many newspapers, including The Saugus Advocate. His photographs cover a large scope of subjects. Some of his topics include chronicling the damages of storms such as Hurricane Florence, and also Fire Investigations. Such an array of depth and lively action scenes in his photography. His photos are crisp and clear and seem to tell a story with no words. “Lieutenant Damian Drella is a Saugus High Graduate class of 1985. His wife was an E. M. T. and their children have served or are currently serving in some Emergency Capacity such as EMTs Paramedic and Firefighters. Both of their sons are E.M.T.’s and headed in the direction of following their Dad’s footsteps as life-long Firefighters. The Lieutenant is surrounded by his family of Public SerPatriots Day, the organizers decided to delay the race this year until the fall because of lingering concerns about the pandemic. This week’s “Shout-Outs” are dedicated to the 14 runners from Saugus who are registered in the race. Giant cheers go out to David Alvarez, Kevin Belyea, Christopher Chapruet, Heather Delaney, Robert Favuzza, Brenda Iafrate, Matthew Imbergamo, Kristina Italiano, Dave Jefska, Michael Mclaughlin, Shelagh O’Connell, Gina Spaziani, Katherine Swierk and Don Zollo. While most of us will be relaxing with family and friends over the holiday, these 14 athletes will compete in the world’s oldest annual marathon – a grueling 26.2 mile race that will test their physical endurance and mental toughness. Hats off to those runners! Make Saugus proud. And they will, just by completing the long race that they trained hard for. A posthumous “Shout-Out” for Greg Nickolas School Committee Member Joseph “Dennis” Gould submitted this “shout-out” posthumously in honor of Gregory Nickolas, the town’s late Youth & Recreation director, who passed away last week at age 58: “Greg was an asset to Saugus Youth and was not afraid to utilize his life experiences to guide the youth in a positive manner. “He never wanted to be in the spotlight but rather help our youth.” 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. A “Shout At” for stupid student vandals School Committee Chair Thomas Whittredge was visibly angry at the Wednesday (Oct. 6) School Committee meeting when he essentially read the riot act to the so far unknown students vandalizing the bathrooms in the new Saugus Middle-High School. “It’s not a joke,” Whittredge said, referring to a recent incident where bathroom fixtures were ripped off or damaged. “I just want to let the parents know that anybody caught doing this … it’s not going to be ‘Hey, it’s a joke, let ’em go.’ You are going to be prosecuted.” “It’s expensive to fix all this stuff that kids are ripping out. There’s no need for it,” he said. Hopefully, school officials and police will find out who is responsible for the vandalism. The kids should be expelled or suspended and prosecuted for their crimes and ordered to pay restitution. There’s no need for this type of conduct in Saugus Public Schools. Laugh with the Lions Back from the pandemic restrictions, the Saugus Lions are out roaring again. And they should be in rare form on Thursday, Oct. 21, when they hold their annual comedy night fundraiser at Prince Pizzeria. There will be great food, awesome prizes and uproarious (no pun intended) comedians, including Johnny Pizzi. Come join the fun while helping a great cause – 100% of all fundraising proceeds go back to the community and eye research. Many strides have happened toward the end of blindness. With your help, blindness will be no more! Tickets are $30. That includes pizza and the show – a good deal! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. We want to see you there! Pumpkin Patch in full swing The First Congregational Annual Pumpkin Patch is upand-running and will be open through Halloween, Oct. 31. Pumpkins of all sizes are displayed on the church lawn and are available for purchase every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Come and visit our Pumpkin Patch. It will put you in the fall spirit,” Pumpkin Patch Coordinator Carl Spencer said. “The pumpkins are going fast, so come and choose yours. We appreciate all the people who helped unload THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 12

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 11 the truck. The church truly enjoys hosting this great fall event.” DAR Honoring Veterans The Parson Roby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is taking orders for American flags to be displayed at the Saugus Town Hall lawn on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, from 8 am. to noon. Each flag purchased will list the full name and rank of service, branch of service and years served, if known. Otherwise, whatever knowledge you have will be included on the tag. Each flag will be tagged with the information you provide, either In Memory of, if deceased, or In Honor of, if still living. An example: ‘In Memory of Ensign Paul Jones, US Navy 1980-1995. Several members of the DAR will place them on the lawn. At noon you may pick up your flag and place it on the grave of the veteran or give it to the veteran you are honoring, if living, to thank them for their service. The DAR is a women’s group service organization honoring the American Flag and our Veterans and promoting History, Education and Patriotism. Please send your requested information, along with a check for $5.00 made out to the DAR Parson Roby Chapter, and mail it to Ms. Linda Ross, DAR, 88 Main St., Saugus, MA 01906. If you require further information, please call Regent Charlotte Line, Saugus Parson Roby Chapter, at 781820-7815. “Murder at Breakheart Hill Farm” authors talk On Wednesday (Oct. 13) at 7 p.m., Doug Heath and Alison Simcox will present a talk about their local history research at the Saugus Historical Society meeting (30 Main St., Saugus). Doug and Alison have collaborated on six books about Saugus and surrounding towns. In the midst of the pandemic, their book “Murder at Breakheart Hill Farm” was published – with the true story of a shocking murder at Breakheart at the beginning of the 20th century. Their latest publication is a trail guide for Virginia Wood, the historic section of Middlesex Fells Reservation named after “ice king” Frederic Tudor’s niece. Signed copies will be available. Their other books are “Breakheart Reservation,” “Lake Quannapowitt,” “Middlesex Fells” and “The Lost Mill Villages of Middlesex Fells.” Alison and Doug are environmental scientists whose local history research has spanned many years, and the historical society is delighted to have them back in person at the October meeting. The Saugus Historical Society meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more details, please contact Laura Eisener at LDELD@shore.net or 781-231-5988. 8th Gold Star Run for Honor next weekend The 8th Gold Star Run for Honor is set for next Saturday, Oct. 16, here in Saugus, in memory of the late Scott Procopio, who was killed in action 14 years ago in Ramadi, Iraq. Contestants have several different race options – a 5K, a 10K, a mile walk and a kids fun run – with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Scott Procopio Scholarship Fund. Runners will be able to pick up their packets on race day at Saugus Center in front of the Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The course covers a mixture of terrains with one goodsized climb. All distances start at the same time and all fuel stops will have water and electrolytes. Strollers and dogs are welcome. For those who are concerned about COVID-19, there will be a virtual option for the Gold Star Run. You’ll have all weekend to complete your preferred distance while receiving all the glory, including all the swag, and even an opportunity to submit your race results. Unfortunately, you won’t be eligible for awards, but you will have the opportunity to download a finishers certificate upon completion. Awards will be presented to the individuals scoring for the top three teams in each classification. The winning teams also receive the coveted Corporate Challenge Cup for display at their organizations. There will be a variety of community sponsors and vendors set up in front of the Saugus Town Hall. Essex Landing will be onsite providing hot dogs for all participants, and other food/drink will be available. Scott Procopio is a Saugus war hero. He was on his second deployment as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having previously served in Fallujah in 2005. He was killed in action as a result of a roadside bomb on the morning of April 2, 2006, in Ramadi, Iraq. This race raises money for the CPL Scott J. Procopio Memorial Scholarship program to provide high school seniors with academic scholarships. For more information, contact High5EM | 978-594-7050 | info@high5em.com Want to serve Saugus? Feel like getting involved in meaningful public service for your hometown? Go to Saugus Town Hall. You will find plenty of opportunities there. The Saugus Town Manager is accepting resumes/applications from Saugus residents for several volunteer positions on the following Boards or Commissions: Board of Assessors: The responsibility of this board is to annually determine the full and fair market value of all real estate in the town. Guidelines are set by the Dept. of Revenue, Bureau of Local Assessment. Board of Health: This board is responsible for protecting and serving the citizens in health areas, such as food sanitation, restaurants, markets, compliance with the state sanitary and other health codes, and emergency preparedness. Medical degree or physicians preferred. Boats and Waterways Commission: The responsibilities of these positions are to provide a clear, effective and professional policy that will ensure the interest of commercial, fishing and recreational boating and that the waterways will be accessible to all citizens. Commission on Disabilities: The responsibilities of these positions are to answer questions and provide referral guidance regarding disability-related issues in accordance with the Mass. General Laws. Conservation Commission: The Commission’s responsibility is to preserve the natural resources of Saugus and to protect the remaining open spaces, wild life, salt marshes, and ponds and to restore streams and the Saugus River to their natural state. Historical Commission: The Commission’s responsibility is to preserve and register all historical sites in Saugus. Planning Board: The Board’s responsibilities are to hear, review and vote on the applications proposed to the Town of Saugus regarding subdivision plans, zoning special permits, rezoning issues and site plan review permits. Youth and Recreation: The Commission was established for the purpose of carrying out programs including but not limited to those designed to meet the opportunities, challenges and problems of the youths of the town. If you are interested in volunteering and are a resident of Saugus, please submit a letter of interest and resume by Friday, Oct. 15 to: Saugus Town Manager, 298 Central St., Suite 1, Saugus, MA 01906, or email Cmoreschi@saugus-ma.gov. Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus Program Resumes for the 21-22 School Year (Editor’s Note: The following info is from an announcement submitted by Julie Cicolini, a member of the Board of Directors for Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus, providing information about the return of the program for the new school year.) Who we are: Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2) is a nonprofit group of volunteers who are helping to offset food insecurity in households. HS2 provides students/families who enroll in the program a supply of nutritious food for when school lunches and breakfasts are unavailable to them on weekends. How HS2 can help you: HS2 bags are distributed at school on Fridays to take home. Bags include such items as peanut butter, jelly, a loaf of bread, canned meals/ soups/tuna/vegetables, pasta/sauce, fruit cups, cereal, oatmeal, goldfish, pretzels and granola bars. To sign up, complete online form: https://forms.gle/gmMGguycSHBdziuE9. Want to partner with us: HS2 relies on donations to create take-home bags for a weekend full of meals. All food is provided to children free of charge. It is our hope these resources will support the health, behavior and achievement of every student who participates. We would love to partner with organizations, youth groups, PTOs, businesses and individuals to assist in feeding students of Saugus. To learn more about how you can partner with us, visit the Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus Facebook page or email us at HS2Saugus@gmail. com. Checks can also be sent directly to: Salem Five c/o Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus, 855-5 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906. Online donations can also be made at https://givebutter.com/HealthySaugus. HS2 is accepting nonperishables to support the program. Items can be dropped off in a designated donation bin at the Saugus Town Hall lobby. Items have been carefully chosen and we ask that donations are not expired and come only from this list: –Macaroni & cheese, 7.5 oz. –Peanut butter, 15 oz. –Jelly (squeeze plastic bottles) –Canned vegetables (i.e., sliced carrots, green beans, peas, corn), 15 oz. –Canned tuna, 5 oz. –Canned chicken, 10 oz. –Canned beans –Canned meals (i.e., soups, chili, SpaghettiOs, raviolis) –Fruit cups –Oatmeal packets –Cold cereal –Granola bars –Pasta –Pasta sauce (no glass) Saugus Cultural Council seeks grant proposals The Saugus Cultural Council has set an Oct. 15 deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Supported programs will take place in 2022. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Saugus – including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures, according to Saugus Cultural Council Chair Mike Sullivan. This year the Saugus Cultural Council will distribute about $16,000 in grants, Sullivan said. Previously funded organizations include the Saugus Public Schools, the Friends of Breakheart Reservation, the Senior Center and the Saugus Public Library. The Saugus Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. For local guidelines and complete information on the Saugus Cultural Council, you can contact Sullivan at michaelsullivan027@gmail.com or 617-968-6261. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www. mass-culture.org. 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 over five 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 15- to 20-minute interview over a hot 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.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 Page 13 ~ POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT ~ Board of Selectmen Vice-Chair Corinne Riley seeks a second two-year term M y name is Corinne Riley, and I would like to take AN AD V OC ATE FOR TRANSPARENCY: Board of Selectmen Vice-Chair Corinne Riley seeks more openness in town government as she campaigns for a second term. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) ASKS | FROM PAGE 3 closed schools. Board of Selectmen ViceChair Corinne Riley: There are several important issues in town, including finalizing our Master Plan, economic development including Cliftondale Square, improving communication with residents, and improving the day-to-day customer service provided to our residents on tree, road, and drainage issues. But the most urgent challenge is public safety. That includes prioritizing a West-side Fire Station. It includes working proactively with Revere and State colleagues to prevent the Methadone Mile relocation to the Saugus town line. It includes addressing COVID issues like PPE, supporting the free testing station, and making the latest guidance and resources available. It includes finding a way to limit NOx output at Wheelabrator to 150 ppm. Selectman Michael J. Serino: I believe the most urgent challenge facing Saugus is the over-development of residential apartments on Route One. In 2015 Town Meeting rezoned Route One from commercial to mixed use zoning. After development of the (11 acre) Hilltop property, I was concerned that (92%) represented residential and only (8%) represented commercial development. Moreover, I was concerned with the impact to our public safety, schools and the loss of our commercial tax base. Therefore, I authored zoning changes mandating a minimum percentage of commercial use. The Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved the changes. An this opportunity to announce my candidacy for re-election to the Saugus Board of Selectmen (BOS). I run independently, and I am not part of any ‘pack’ of candidates. I do not hold or seek employment with the Town in any capacity. This way, I am not beholden to anyone except you, the taxpayers, students, and seniors of Saugus. My priorities on the BOS include increased transparency, accountability, cooperation, and my most important priority is ensuring that all voices are heard in Saugus. Specific goals include finalizing our Master Plan, increased public outreach and input, a West(11 acre) lot would now require a minimum of (30%) commercial use, thereby reducing residential apartments. Currently, a few projects were approved under the old zoning bylaws. To date no new projects have been proposed under the new zoning bylaws. I will continue to monitor this challenge. The challengers Leo M. Fonseca, Jr.: The revitalization of Cliftondale Square – Having a “downtown area” is vital, and I believe not having one is a real weakness in Saugus. In order to continue the Town’s growth and prosperity, I will work hard with Town leaders and residents to shape what this should look like. I believe my expertise in restaurants and hospitality and my work on several urban boards and development projects in Boston and beyond will be invaluable in this process. I will listen to the wants and needs of neighbors and hear their concerns. I will work with landlords, builders, retailers and restaurants and other businesses on planning, design and scope. Most importantly, I will collaborate with fellow Selectmen and Town leadership to get this done and continue to move Saugus forward. Elizabeth Marchese, a former School Committee member: The largest challenge facing Saugus town government is how to reduce or control the ever increasing tax burden upon our residents. Property tax and water bill rates have greatly risen this year. I fear we are slowly taxing our residents out of their homes, especially those on fixed incomes. Now add the building of the new Northeast Vocational School along with the need for a West Side Fire Station and staffside Fire Station, Economic Development including Cliftondale Square revitalization, NOx compliance at Wheelabrator, improved communication and customer service for residents. I have served as Vice-Chair of the BOS since 2019. During this term, I proposed our first Citizens Input Forum, held in February 2020. This forum included inputs from the public that were later included in the BOS Goals and Objectives, including the West-side Fire Station and Cliftondale Square revitalization. I have long thought that better cooperation with the State would benefit Saugus. Accordingly, I have worked successfully with State Representative ing, this burden will ultimately be passed on again to our resident homeowners. It’s time to think outside of the box and find ways of bringing more revenue into Saugus to alleviate the burden on our residents. One way is to utilize our Wheelabrator Committee and to sit down to negotiate a host community agreement and/or a landfill operations contract containing tipping fees such as is in existence with the town of Shrewsbury. Another way is to attract more businesses such as Town Meeting Member Joseph Vecchione is attempting to do with the Cliftondale Revitalization Committee. It is imperative that no matter what the results on November 2nd our government leaders work together for solutions. Darren R. McCullough: I feel as though the biggest challenge facing town government is the COVID-19 pandemic we continue to face. The Covid virus has changed the way we communicate with one another, and has created many obstacles and challenges while continuing to facilitate meetings within our town government and remain a full service community. The Covid 19 virus has impacted the way we converse, govern, educate our children, and live our lives as a whole. If I was fortunate enough to be elected as a Saugus Selectmen, I would work collaboratively with the towns Public Health Director, Towns Administration and School Administration to continue making the health and safety a priority for our residents. Domenic Montano, a former Board of Selectmen candidate: Opioid Epidemic and Public Safety Staffing. The town needs to get ahead of the opiWong to bring funding for our first flashing crosswalk signs to Saugus. After seeing significant unemployment and food insecurity due to COVID, I worked with the BOS, Town Meeting, and Representative Wong again to pass a law establishing the Saugus Emergency Relief Fund, which is funded by voluntary donations on tax bills and will provide direct relief to our residents in times of emergency. I ran in 2019 to promote accountability, so during recent BOS meetings regarding the Town Manager contract extension, I was adamant that language was added specifying a public evaluation, which was agreed upon, and is a significant improvement over the previous oid epidemic by having services in town for these individuals so that together, we can assist families in need. Public safety staffing needs to be considered with first responders, (Fire, Police, EMS) responding to these calls. I would like the town to consider the DPW and its workers. I believe that they are severely understaffed, making emergencies in town, where they respond to, increasingly difficult (i.e. fallen trees, plowing, sanding). Drawing attention to these issues is something that I would address as an elected Selectman. Harry Young: An urgent challenge that needs addressing is route 1. We need to look at the zoning allowing all the new housing developments. Collaboration with all the departments in town is needed to determine how to best address the strain on our resources. Currently we have a shortage of manpower in all our public safety departments including ambulances. We shouldn’t be putting residents at risk because the town does not have the resources needed to cover the influx of new residents. We must make sure the town’s resources grow along with housing. We need to keep the safety and services in town a priority. For the School Committee Q: In 100 words or less, what do you consider the most urgent challenge facing Saugus Public Schools? And as an elected School Committee member, what would you do to help address that challenge? The incumbents: School Committee ViceChair Ryan P. Fisher: Easy question. We need to significantly raise student achievement. contract. I also suggested and organized the recent COVID candlelight vigil held on Town Hall lawn in September to remember those we’ve lost, to support their families, and recognize those front-line workers that did so much to support us through COVID. Aside from the BOS, I have served on the School Committee, secured AEDs for all public schools, secured funding for the FIRST Robotics Program, taught religious education, coached Little League, belong to the Saugus Lions Club and Saugus Veterans Council, and fought privatization of the Saugus school custodians. I respectfully request your vote on November 2. Thank you! Every major accomplishment, from building the complex to consolidating grades within buildings to all new technology everywhere to bringing on Erin McMahon as superintendent has been in service of this one singular objective. The goal to put Saugus at the top of the state rankings over five years will fix or alleviate every other problem, but will require the full concentration and effort of every staff member, and the support of every resident of the district. Distractions can lead to failure. We’ve been distracted repeatedly by a committee member who can’t exercise control and won’t put the district before himself. My twofold responsibility is to support and monitor our efforts at raising achievement, and to help clear the path for success. Big problems start as small concerns, and I’ll continue to communicate with parents and help resolve their issues before our momentum and progress are jeopardized. School Committee Member Joseph “Dennis” Gould: One of the most urgent challenges is addressing the DESE report and implementing improvements. Since I started on the Committee and five years as a volunteer at Vets library, I have been an advocate of hiring media specialists for 2-5 and stocking the new library area at Belmonte and Vets with up to date books. I am currently leading volunteers setting up both libraries and was successful getting and keeping funding for media specialists at Belmonte. I also have been a proponent for proper funding in drama, chorus, arts, clubs and ASKS | SEE PAGE 17

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 Meet the 2021-2022 SHS Varsity Girls’ Field Hockey Sachems T By Tara Vocino he Saugus High School Varsity Girls’ Field Hockey Sachems will hold their Senior Night at Saugus Middle-High School on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. SENIORS: Bottom row, pictured from left to right: Kristiana Ormond, Gianna Costa, Lindsey McGovern, Sophia Scalisi, Emily Orent and Andrea Marquez. Top row, pictured from left to right: Krista Castle, Kali Penachio, Tayla Walsh, Georgia Fiore, Crystal Kembo and Elise Rego. SHS Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey: Front row, pictured from left to right: Emily Orent, Krista Castle, Kali Penachio, Gianna Costa, Kristiana Ormond, Crystal Kembo, Elise Kego, Sophia Scalisi, Andrea Marquez and Tayla Walsh. Second row, pictured from left to right: Lindsey Tammaro, Karina Martinez, Natalie Comeau, Co-Capt. Georgia Fiore, Co-Capt. Lindsey McGovern, Anna Enwright, Dellana Wall, Isabella Natalucci and Grace Fiore. Third row, pictured from left to right: Asst. Coach Amanda Naso, Samantha Sarnacchiaro, Marissa Patterson, Abigail Enwright, Peyton DiBiasio, Jessica Bremberg, Natalie Justice, Morgan Belyea, Maria Silva, Avianna Saint Hilaire, Audrey Comeau and Head Coach Barbara Guarente. Eighth-graders: Bottom row, pictured from left to right: Karina Martinez, Natalie Comeau, Dellana Wall and Anna Enwright. Top row, pictured from left to right: Audrey Comeau, Peyton DiBiasio, Natalie Justice, Maria Silva and Avianna Saint Hilaire. CAPTAINS: From left to right: Assistant Coach Amanda Naso, Co-Capt . Georgia Fiore, Co-Capt. Lindsey McGovern and Head Coach Barbara Guarente. ~ POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT ~ Domenic Montano announces his candidacy for Board of Selectmen M y name is Domenic Montano and I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Board of Selectmen in Saugus. My current profession is law enforcement within the Town of Saugus. I have been in this position for approximately 8 years and it has taught me invaluable lessons not only as a public servant but as a human being. I have seen individuals at their worst and I am always committed to them to do everything in my power to give them the best possible chance at success. We all thrive off of help from another, from communication, from teamwork. Some things cannot be done by oneself and I want everyone to know who I come in contact with that, you are not alone. My goal in my current role is to protect and serve but I always try to do more. I am a huge advocate of community policing and intervention. I believe that it is crucial to reach the community on a huof Saugus staple event. I do fundraising and volunteer work in partnership with the Massachusetts Pink Patch Project, a program centered around raising awareness for Breast Cancer. I am a Saugus High School as well as Salem State University graduate. I take education very seriously. I am very pleased to see the new Saugus Middle-High School up and running and I am proud to see the Saugus Sachem sign on the building from either side of Route One. I am proud of this town and what it stands for. I am the fourth child of five in my famiRUNNING AGAIN: Domenic Montano, a candidate for selectman two years ago, hopes to win a seat on the board in the Nov. 2 town election. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) man level and bridge the gap between law enforcement. I am responsible, in partnership with my coworker, Matthew Donahue, for the Cars and Cops Car Show, which has become a Town ly. My parents, Domenica and Fred Montano are my heroes. They taught me that anything is possible if you are determined and mentally strong. My father was an immigrant from Sicily and fought hard for his family to be successful. My father’s famous line is, “You can do anything you want to do, remember, you’re a Montano!” It seems silly, but it really does bring a sense of value, love, and honor. My parents have successfully shown me what it’s like to operate small businesses, most recently owning Montano’s Pasta and Pastry Shop in Saugus, formerly located at Cogliano’s Plaza. Folks, I’d be lying if I said, I don’t miss that fresh Scali or Sicilian Pizza! My brothers, sister, and sisters-in-law are everything to me. Every day my family seems to grow and all of our hearts grow, just a little bigger. Just recently we welcomed my brother and sister-in-law’s new baby, Layla Montano to the family. She has the sweetest laugh and the best big sister, Olivia! I would like to thank my girlfriend, Deanna, who has been my biggest supporter throughout all of my endeavors, whether it is volunteer work, community events, my hobbies (yes, I am the guy with the Jurassic Jeep!), or my newest venture, Selectman for Saugus, she is always there, rooting me on! I feel extremely honored to have grown up in Saugus from the age of 14. Complied with the great honor to serve the town and residents by keeping them safe is something I will always keep close to my heart. I feel that it is my continued duty to take on the task of Selectman to further continue giving back to the community of Saugus, which has given my family and me, so much. I am asking for your vote and I promise to be committed to you and our town. It would be an honor to become a Selectman for the Town to further ensure the progress of Saugus, as well as to bring new ideas to our great town!

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 Page 15 Sachems turned back at Beverly T By Greg Phipps he Saugus High School girls’ soccer team had a chance to claim an important victory on Tuesday afternoon at Beverly but came out on the wrong side of a 3-0 final. It was the fourth shutout defeat for the Sachems this season. Saugus was coming off a 2-1 triumph at Winthrop last Friday and was looking to extend that trend with a win on Tuesday over the Panthers. The game got off to an inauspicious start; however, when the hosts tallied early in the game to quickly put the Sachems behind 1-0. The territorial advantage went to BevSaugus’s Maddie Femino looks to drive past a Beverly defender in Tuesday’s away loss. (Advocate photos by Greg Phipps) erly over the first 40 minutes. Saugus managed very few thrusts inside the Panthers’ zone while Sachems’ goalie Tori Carter was pressured more often by a forceful Beverly offensive attack. Carter helped keep the Sachems close, as they trailed 1-0 at the break. Forward Maddie Femino had the lone deSaugus defender Layla Manderson challenges a Beverly player for the ball. cent shot-on-net in the first half for Saugus when her hard grounder from about 25 feet away was cradled by Beverly goalie Kayla Cimon, who would be called upon to make a few big stops in the second period. Saugus came out with more aggression in the second half and began to take control of the territorial play. That resulted in two great chances from close in that were thwarted by Cimon, who came far out of her net to challenge the shots. Perhaps the better of those two stops was when she stuffed Saugus forward Veronica Ortega, who came charging in on a loose ball. Ortega’s bid was deflected away by a falling Cimon. Soon after that, the Panthers notched two goals in a span of less than two minutes to suddenly increase their lead to 3-0 with about 25 minutes remaining in the contest. Saugus still had a few good chances to get on the board. Forward Jenna Tennant came very close to beating Cimon to another ball and retrieving it with an open net. But the P ~ POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT ~ Peter Manoogian Announces Candidacy for Re-Election to Town Meeting for Precinct 10 eter Manoogian, of 50 Ballard Street Saugus, has announced that he will seek re-election to the Saugus Town Meeting representing Precinct 10. First elected in 1985, Peter has served East Saugus and all of Saugus in a variety of roles including three terms as a Selectman, past member and Chairman of the Saugus Finance Committee, Saugus School Committee, and many appointed sub-committees of Town Meeting, most recently being the Ballard School study committee. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History, and two Master’s Degrees in Educational Leadership and Public Administration. As a lifelong Saugonian, he attended Saugus Public Schools as did his three children. His service and advocacy for his community and his precinct resulted in his being named Saugus Person of the Year in 2018. During this past term Peter attended every Town Meeting and has a 100% voting record. His knowledge of the Town Government and Town Meeting process has proven beneficial to his colleagues as well as his constituents. During the past term he Sachems’ midfielder Allison Justice collides with a Beverly player while trying to settle the ball. Saugus senior forward Jordan Morris blasts past a Beverly defender. formed, with the support of Town Meeting, the Ballard School Study Committee. This committee studied the re-use possibilities for the vacant Ballard School. With a detailed survey and sustained neighborhood outreach a plan is now moving forward to create a beautiful passive park on the site Panther goalie won the race and secured the ball to keep the shutout intact. The loss dropped the Sachems to 7-5 overall (4-2 in Northeastern Conference play). Since beginning the season 5-1, Saugus has lost four of its last six games. The Sachems looked to get back on the winning track when they hosted Gloucester on Thursday (after press deadline). They are then off until Wednesday (Oct. 13), when they play on the road at Salem. SEEKING ANOTHER TERM: Peter Manoogian, a longtime veteran of town government, wants to represent Precinct 10 for another two years on Saugus Town Meeting. (Saugus Advocate file photo by Mark E. Vogler) that will be called “Ballard Gardens.” He also helped organize the neighbors who contacted him in opposition to a 28 unit housing facility at the former liquor store on Lincoln Avenue which was claimed to be an educational facility. Peter took the time to research recent court rulings on such facilities and helped convince town officials that such a proposal lacked the necessary criteria to qualify for a density exemption. The project was ultimately withdrawn. Peter always responds to constituent issues and will continue to do so if re-elected in November. His phone number is listed and he is very accessible. He would greatly appreciate one of you five votes. Thank you for your consideration.

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 Sachems can’t keep pace with Big Blue By Greg Phipps T he young Saugus High School football team has certainly come out of the gate facing some major challenges in fall 2021. Last Friday night’s second-ever home game at the new Christie Serino, Jr. Athletic Sports Complex was another example of early season growing pains for the Sachems. A visit from a powerful Swampscott squad turned out to be a convincing win for the undefeated Big Blue. ~ POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT ~ Alex Manoogian announces candidacy for election to Town Meeting for Precinct 5 M y name is Alex Manoogian and I am seeking election to Saugus Town meeting for Precinct 5. I was born and raised in Saugus and in 2015, I purchased my first home at 38 Blueridge Ave. where I live with my wife, Katherine, and my dog, Daisy. We are proud to be Saugus residents and taxpayers. As an Eagle Scout of Saugus Troop 62, I saw how community service can impact neighborhoods and strengthen the town, and I am excited to have an opportunity to further serve a community that has done so much for me throughout my life. I graduated with honors from Saugus High School in 2004 and earned my Bachelor of Science in Economics in Finance from Bentley University in 2008. I have spent the last 13 years working for defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin and L3Harris where I learned how to manage cost and schedule performance on complex government contracts. I now work full time as a Finance Manager for L3Harris in Wilmington, MA leading a team of analysts overseeing the financial performance of a 275-person business which delivers $115M in annual revenues. I take pride in my proven track record of improving financial performance through refinements to the bid and proposal process, contract negotiations, and risk and opportunity management. In this role, I have also developed and administered a $30M overhead budget across 20 different functional departments, which yielded cost savings to government customers of roughly $2M annually over the past two years. I have Saugus did score a fourth-quarter touchdown to avoid being shut out but, for the most part, the contest was pretty much controlled by Swampscott, which won going away, 416. The Big Blue jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and increased the margin to 27-0 by halftime. Another touchdown and extra point made it a 34-0 game entering the fourth period. Saugus finally got on the scoreboard courtesy of a 16-yard pass play from quarterback Sean O’Rourke to Drew Gardiner. It was O’Rourke’s first touchdown pass of the season and just Saugus’s second score of the year. The visitors would add one more touchdown on a 42-yard run by Xaviah Bascon to help account for the final margin. Swampscott improved to 4-0 and has tallied over 40 points in its last three games. Meanwhile, the Sachems, who remained winless at 0-4, were hoping for a more positive outcome when they traveled to face Salem on Thursday (after press deadline). The Sachems won both times against the Witches in last spring’s abbreviated seaSON OF A TOWN MEETING MEMBER: Alex Manoogian wants to join his dad Peter on the Saugus Town Meeting. Both are running in the Nov. 2 Town Election. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) found that strong results such as these are not manifested through financial competency alone, but rather through leadership, communication, and collaboration. After being a part of Saugus for 35 years, I would be honored to serve as a Town Meeting member so that the voices of precinct 5 constituents are heard loud and clear regarding the future of the Lynnhurst School. I believe that my capabilities as a leader, my passion for community service, and my deep roots in the Town of Saugus position me to be a transformative voice for Precinct 5. For these reasons, I am requesting that you cast one of your five votes on Tuesday, November 2nd for me, Alex Manoogian. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions (781820-6157) or email me at alex.r.manoogian@gmail.com. Thank you for your consideration. Saugus quarterback Sean O’Rourke and receiver Drew Gardiner hooked up for a touchdown in last Friday’s home loss to Swampscott. (Advocate photo by Greg Phipps) son. But Salem has shown signs of marked improvement so far this fall. The Witches were 3-1 overall heading into Thursday’s tilt and were coming off a big 15-6 home win over Gloucester last Friday. It was the first time Salem had beaten the Fishermen in nearly two decades, so the Sachems were set to face a team that had to be feeling very good about itself. Nevertheless, Saugus is no doubt determined to put forth a good performance and come away with its first win of fall 2021. The Sachems also have a good shot at another victory next Friday, Oct. 15, when they travel to battle Gloucester, which had yet to win a game after last week. Eight Boston Marathoners run for The Angel Fund for ALS research E ight runners will participate in this year’s 125th Boston Marathon in support of The Angel Fund for ALS Research, a 501 (c)(3) independent charity that benefits amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMass Medical School. The eight runners are Russell Becker, running his 10 consecutive Boston Marathon; Matt Bergin, running his 31st consecutive Boston Marathon; Sarkis Chekijian, running his 11th consecutive Boston Marathon; Matt Merz and Zita Merz, both running their seventh marathon, Meghan Osterlind, running her 19th consecutive Boston Marathon; Chris Remer, running his fifth Boston Marathon; and Amin Saab, a 33-year marathoner. The Angel Fund team has been raising funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research at the Cecil B. Day Lab under the direction of Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr., a world-renowned researcher in the field of ALS. “We are proud that we have eight supporters who are running for Team ALS in this year’s Boston Marathon,” said The Angel Fund for ALS Research President Rich Kennedy, who is a former longtime Boston Marathon runner. “It is an inspiration to watch our team train and run the 26.2 miles in honor of The Angel Fund and those who are and have been affected by ALS. They all have inspirational stories as to why they run.” The team members have created a fundraising page at Classy.org which enables supporters to donate and to learn more about a runner and the inspiration behind a runner’s fundraising efforts. To donate to the runners and to read their stories, visit the fundraising page: www.classy.org/campaign/boston-marathon-2021/ c351920. To follow the runners’ progress during and after the Boston Marathon on October 11, visit the Boston Athletic Association’s webpage at www. baa.org. In addition to the Boston Marathon team, The Angel Fund conducts fundraising events throughout the year which, along with other individual and corporate donations, have been beneficial in helping make significant strides in ALS research. For a list of upcoming events, visit The Angel Fund website, www.theangelfund.org. Donations to the Angel Fund can also be made online at www.theangelfund.org or can be sent to The Angel Fund, 649 Main St., Wakefield, MA 01880. For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 781-233-4446 or Info@advocatenews.net

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 Page 17 OBITUARIES John Robert Mitchell Loving and Devoted Father, Supporter of Many Charities Age 71, of Lynnfield, formerly of Chelsea, died Saturday, October 2 at his residence. Born in Chelsea on July 6, 1950 he was the son of the late James Donald and Marion Viola (Spracklin) Mitchell. John was raised in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He went on to graduate from the former Grahm Junior College of Boston ASKS | FROM PAGE 13 sports. These activities are well documented to help student achievement. These actions will assist addressing the reading negative ratings and increase overall student achievement that were identified in the DESE report. School Committee Member Arthur Grabowski: While the new Superintendent works to implement new standards, teaching techniques and evaluation methods it becomes imperative to have the bodies necessary to implement them. Currently there are many teaching positions open. Recently I received a note from an 8th grade parent who related that their student recently had 5 classes and four were being taught by a substitute and when substitutes were not available a para was called upon to sit in. This student will soon be leaving the district because of not having a highly qualified teacher for every class. Our clerical staff at the schools are wholly inadequate to meet the needs of students and staff. We need to make sure that we have enough staff to meet the needs of the students....all the great planning in the world is no good without the staff necessary to make it happen. School Committee Member John S. Hatch: There are several challenges facing the Saugus Public Schools, I feel the most urgent is student achieveand to attend Boston University. John had worked in media, first with NBC in New York City, then he spent time with WEEI and WXKS-AM of Boston until 1994 when he went out on his own and build the now CAM Media, which continues to this day. In his younger years, John was an avid skier and played softball and hockey – most recently he had gotten into cycling. John was a very philanthropic man and was dedicated to several causes, most importantly, the Pan-Mass Challenge, Bike MS (National MS Society,) Best Buddies, Salvation Army, ALS ONE and Communitas of Wakefield (formerly EMARC). He was the beloved husband of Lauren (Cantalupa) Mitchell. He was the loving father of Cara A. Mitchell of Merrimac and Megan E. Mitchell and her partner Chris Eriksen of Eagle Bridge, NY. He was the brother of James D. Mitchell and his wife Ethelyn, Nancy Belanger and her husband Daniel of Charlton and the late Jean V. Montesano and her surviving husband Vincent of Revere and the late Joan Mitchell. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as his beloved dogs Gavin and Maggie. His Funeral Service will be held in the Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer St., Lynnfield on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10am. Visitation for relatives and friends at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday, Oct. 8 from 4-7pm. In keeping with John’s philanthropic spirt, the family asks for contributions to be made to the charity of one’s choice. ment, and where our district sits statewide among our peers. Just as important going hand and hand, and one of the biggest reasons that got me to run last term was for a district wide culture change. This change must start from within the classroom moving out. Our educators must feel supported, encouraged, and given the tools they need to achieve the district wide goals set before them. We took a major step by bringing on our new superintendent, with a 5-year contract giving her the time to make change, and develop our educators, with coaching, and listening to their ideas of change and improvement for a positive outcome district wide. At the same time not be beholden to a new school committee for a contract renewal in the middle of an election year. School Committee Chair Thomas R. Whittredge: The obvious answer is student achievement. The underlying issue is culture change. We have educators and staff throughout the district that have not felt heard or supported for their entire careers. We now have the physical tools in place to support 21st century learning. We went all in with Ms. McMahon to lead the district. One of the first things she has done is connect with each and every staff member and educator in the district to listen to their thoughts and observe their role in the district. This is a great way to begin the culture change process. Communication and collaboration will go a long way in our efforts to raise student achievement. As I said, we are committed to the process and need to be sure that the next committee is as well. The challengers Leigh Gerow: The current ranking on the MCAS scores is our most urgent challenge, though it’s important to keep in mind that this is not a satisfactory measurement tool for all students, especially those from diverse backgrounds. I would address it by supporting the Superintendent’s plan to have kids reading by age 8 and to see one year of growth in math and reading for every student by 2022. I would also continue to support her in her 5 year plan to get us to the top 10% of the state high schools, as measured by improved math and reading scores for students in the 10th grade. Former School Committee Member Vincent Serino: I think one of the challenges facing our schools is student achievement. The district’s test scores have been down and we need to address this head-on. With covid and students not in the classroom, a lot of them have fallen behind. The parents and teachers will need more help from us to get them caught up. We need to be funding after-school learning activities that will help students who want and need the extra time. We need to look at more teach~ POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT ~ Harold Young announces candidacy for Board of Selectmen A fter much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to run for office in town. Although I grew up in Everett where my father was the Captain in the Everett Fire Department and acting Fire Chief serving the city of Everett. I have made Saugus my home for the past 42 years. My wife Lana and I have been married for 43 years and have raised our daughters Ashley and Gabrielle in Saugus where they both attended the Saugus Public School system. After my graduation from Everett High School in 1971 I entered into the work force immediately working in the airlines industry. I spent 22 years working my way up from ground services to leading the crews. I was also a supervisor and shop steward, which gives me some unique insight into the workings and issues in town with our union employees and what they sometimes go through in trying to resolve employment issues. After my service with the airlines ended, I moved into the position of Saugus Canine Officer and Animal Inspector for which I am certified by the state. I held this position with the town for almost 27 years prior to my retirement in 2019. My time serving the town allowed me to not only get to know the citizens but also know the inner workings because as the canine control officer I was responsible for budgets, purchasing, scheduling and all other aspects of running the department. During a portion ers and paraprofessionals for smaller classroom sizes. This will allow teachers more time with advanced students as well as students falling behind. “A rising tide lifts all ships”. A late response Editor’s Note: Board of Selectmen candidate Domenic Montano submitted an answer to last week’s question after the deadline for The Saugus Advocate. As a courtesy to our readers, here is the question and Montano’s response. Q: In 100 words or less, how would you grade the way the Town of Saugus is being managed? Please pick one of the following: Excellent. Good. Fair. Poor. As an elected ofRETIRED SAUGONIAN: Harold Young spent 27 years as Saugus Canine Officer and Animal Inspector before retiring in 2019. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) of this time I also served as a parking control officer. This again gave me some insight into other town laws and bylaws beyond animal laws. I feel that my knowledge of the town and the inner workings of the town with budgets, deadlines and employee issues, along with my law and union experience put me into a position where I can readily understand many of the issues the town faces. Although these things are not necessarily under the board’s jurisdiction, it does put me into a position where I can help citizens and employees by directing them to the proper places for help they may need. I am also excited to possibly be given the opportunity to work with the Board of Selectmen to move Saugus forward in new and exciting directions. I would be honored if you would consider me for one of your 5 votes. ficial, what would you do to help improve the level of service to town residents? A: Good. As an elected official, I would ensure better communication happens amongst all entities and departments in town. It is crucial to have open lines of communication to help “get the job done” as they say. I think it is also very important that we adhere to the Capital Improvement Plan and stick with it. I think that with our new beautiful school, sidewalks and crosswalks should be paramount to keep our children safe while walking to and from school. I would lastly like to see vacant jobs in town be filled.

Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen A NOTE FROM BOB KATZEN, PUBLISHER OF BEACON HILL ROLL CALL: 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 going on up on Beacon Hill, Massachusetts politics, policy, media and influence in Massachusetts. The stories are drawn from major news organizations as well as specialized publications selected by widely acclaimed and highly experienced writers Chris Van Buskirk and Keith Regan who introduce each article in their own clever and never-boring 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: www.massterlist.com/subscribe THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators' votes on roll calls from the week of September 27-October 1. There were no roll calls in the House last week. INCREASE HOURS THAT RETIRED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES CAN WORK (H 4007) Senate 38-0, overrode Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of a bill that would increase from 960 hours per year (18 hours per week) to 1,200 hours per year (23 hours per week) the maximum amount of time a public retiree collecting a pension is allowed work for the state or local government. “I support providing municipalities and state agencies with increased flexibility to make appropriate staffing decisions,” said Gov. Baker in his veto message. “However, an increase of 240 more hours per year is a significant policy change and moves the commonwealth and its municipalities closer to a place where employees continue to work near full-time while collecting a pension, without any corresponding changes to improve the current practice. I therefore proposed an amendment that would have increased the number of hours to 975, which more accurately reflects half-time, thereby allowing some flexibility to retired employees who are bumping against the current 960-hour limit. In addition, I proposed a waiver to the hour caps for personnel in positions where a critical shortage of qualified personnel has been determined.” Supporters of the increase to 1,200 hours said that allowing retirees to work 23 hours per week is reasonable and will help many retirees who are struggling to make ends meet. They said it is unfair to punish retirees who would like to work more hours and provide their services to the state or local government. “This increase affords retired employees who are faced with rapidly increasing costs of living the ability to work more hours for the commonwealth and earn enough to meet their needs,” said Senate Ways and Means chair Sen. Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport) who was leading the charge on the Senate floor to override the veto. (A “Yes” vote is for the increase to 1,200 hours. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes REPEAL THE HARBOR TAX CREDIT AND MEDICAL DEVICE TAX CREDIT (H 4008) Senate 33-5, overrode Gov. Baker’s veto of a bill that would repeal the current medical device tax credit and the harbor maintenance tax credit. Baker supported retaining both tax credits and said they encourage innovation and economic activity in the Bay State. “I see no reason to repeal the medical device user fee tax credit, as it is claimed annually by its intended beneficiaries and supports medical device companies operating in the commonwealth,” said Baker in his veto message. “Similarly, I do not support the repeal of the harbor maintenance tax credit. It serves as a benefit to shippers, importers and exporters who generate critical commercial activity in and around Massachusetts ports.” “The Tax Expenditure Review Commission’s recent report made clear that these credits do not provide meaningful benefits to the commonwealth,” said Senate Ways and Means chair Sen. Mike Rodrigues. He noted that Massachusetts is the only state that offers these outdated tax breaks which benefit only a small number of big companies. “We believe that it is important to ensure that our tax dollars are spent in a way that provides tangible benefits to the commonwealth as a whole. Given the failure of these credits to provide a measurable return on investment, they should be repealed.” (A “Yes” vote is for abolishing the tax credits. A “No” vote is for retaining them.) Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes REPEAL $5,000 ASSET LIMIT (H 4012) Senate 37-1, overrode Gov. Baker’s veto of a bill that would repeal a current law that prohibits anyone with assets of more than $5,000 from being eligible for Transitional Assistance to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)—a program that provides cash assistance and employment support to families with children and pregnant women with little or no income or assets. Assets include things like bank accounts, retirement accounts and cash. Some things do not count as an asset including the person’s house and one car. “TAFDC extends a vital lifeline to certain Massachusetts residents, but I disagree with eliminating the current asset test completely,” said Gov. Baker in his veto message. “I do support reforming the TAFDC asset rule to allow recipients who meet the asset test at the time of application to continue to accrue assets in excess of the current limit without risk of losing eligibility for TAFDC. I would welcome the opportunity to further develop this policy in partnership with the Legislature to ensure these benefits are available for the commonwealth’s families in highest need.” Supporters of repealing the $5,000 asset limit said it is unfair to deny families with children and pregnant women who may have as little as $6,000 to $10,000 in assets from benefitting from the TAFDC program. Some said the asset limit encourages people to spend down their assets at a time when they should be preserving or increasing savings. “Removing the asset limit from the eligibility requirements for TAFDC allows program recipients to maintain their limited savings while still receiving immediate assistance,” said Senate Ways and Means chair Sen. Mike Rodrigues. “Asset limits on these programs have proven to be counterproductive. They require families in need of assistance to spend down savings that otherwise could be used for education, job training, reliable transportation, home expenses and other emergency needs.” (A “Yes” vote is for repealing the $5,000 asset limit. A “No” vote is against repealing it.) Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes REPEAL $250 ASSET LIMIT (H 4011) Senate 36-2, overrode Gov. Baker’s veto of a bill that would repeal a current law that prohibits anyone with assets of more than $250 from being eligible for Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC)—a program that provides cash and medical assistance to certain categories of needy individuals in Massachusetts including the physically or mentally disabled, aged 65 or older or caring for a disabled individual who would otherwise be institutionalized. In his veto message, Baker said that he supports aligning the asset limit for the program with the federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program asset limit which is currently $2,000. “I prefer this alternative to eliminating the asset test completely, as EAEDC is generally designed to provide a bridge to individuals waiting for an eligibility determination from the SSI program. I look forward to the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Legislature to develop a policy that is in alignment with relevant federal policies and ensures that these benefits are available for individuals and families in highest need.” Senate Ways and Means chair Sen. Mike Rodrigues said that removing the asset limit allows recipients to receive assistance while keeping their small savings. He noted it is counterproductive to require recipients to spend down savings that could be used for education, home expenses and other important needs. “Forcing those who are already facing economic hardship to spend down savings only makes them more financially vulnerable. In addition to helping individuals and families in need of assistance, removing the asset cap would improve administrative efficiency by simplifying the review process.” (A “Yes” vote is for repealing the $250 asset limit. A “No” vote is against repealing it.) Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes STUDY POVERTY IN THE BAY STATE (H 4016) Senate 36-2, overrode Baker’s veto of a bill that establishes a 29-member special commission to investigate and recommend methods for reducing poverty in Massachusetts over the next 10 years and expanding opportunity for people with low incomes. The commission would include ten members of the governor’s cabinet and other executive branch commissioners. The governor supported reducing the commission from 29 members to 20 members. “I strongly support the aim of this commission,” said the governor in his veto message. “However, in my view, to streamline the efforts of the commission and permit the meaningful participation of all members, it is necessary to modify its composition, retaining the position reserved for the Secretary of Health and Human Services and otherwise removing additional representation from the Executive Branch. Without these amendments, I do not support the proposal.” Senate Ways and Means chair Sen. Mike Rodrigues said that Massachusetts is one of the wealthiest states in the country but is ranked 47th in income inequality, with almost 10 percent of people living in poverty. “This commission would bring together advocates and experts with experience in a wide array of areas to recommend a holistic approach to addressing poverty in the commonwealth,” said Rodrigues. “Through exploring demographic disparities, analyzing historical rates of poverty, identifying the underlying causes of poverty in the commonwealth and surveying existing programs that most effectively reduce poverty, the commission would make policy recommendations to significantly reduce poverty in the commonwealth over the next ten years.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes 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 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 September 27-October 1, the House met for a total of two hours and ten minutes while the Senate met for a total of four hours and six minutes. Mon. Sept. 27 House 11:03 a.m. to 1:06 p.m. Senate 11:13 a.m. to 1:13 p.m. Tues. Sept. 28 No House session No Senate session Wed. Sept. 29 No House session No Senate session Thurs. Sept. 30 House 11:02 a.m. to 11:09 a.m. Senate 11:23 a.m. to 1:29 p.m. Fri. Oct. 1 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 Page 19 The COVID-19 Update Town reports 60 newly confi rmed cases over the past week, according to town manager By Mark E. Vogler T he number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported yesterday by the town over the last seven days was 60 – a 13 percent increase over the previous week, according to Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. The recently confi rmed COVID cases raised the number of total cases to 4,871 since March of last year, Crabtree said in a press release yesterday. There have been 423 new cases over the past six weeks – an average of 70.5 per week. Meanwhile, there were no COVID-related deaths in Saugus over the past seven days, leaving the death toll linked to the killer virus at 79. “Our hearts and prayers go out to those families aff ected by this health pandemic.,” Crabtree said. “YOUR FINANCIAL FOCUS” JOSEPH D. CATALDO PARTNERSHIP AND S CORPORATION COST BASIS RULES upon sale of a partnership interest or stock in an S Corporation. Generally speaking, contribuC ost basis aff ects the tax consequences of many transactions to partners and S Corporation shareholders. Many businesses are conducted as partnerships or S Corporations. The function of a partner’s or shareholder’s cost basis in the entity and the importance of keeping track of it is as follows: 1. Determining how much a partner or shareholder may withdraw from the entity without recognizing any gain 2. Determining the allowable loss of the entity in any given taxable year the partner or shareholder is entitled to claim on his or her tax return. (Remember, these entities are fl ow-through entities. The profi t or loss is passed through to the individual partner or shareholder to be reported on Form 1040). 3. Determining the gain or loss GRABOWSKI | FROM PAGE 10 was acting inappropriately toward a staff member of the School District,” School Committee Member John Hatch said of the alleged incident that happened before the Sept. 23 School Committee meeting. Hatch said he observed Grabowski request to meet with a school district offi cial in the hallway before the NOT WELCOME | FROM PAGE 8 a problem, and every community has this problem,” Wong said. “We have to fi nd a solution – not pass it on to another community like Boston is trying to do,” he said. “They should be taking care of their own problem like we do ours,” he said. tions to capital in increase cost basis, withdrawals decrease cost basis, profi ts increase cost basis and losses decrease cost basis. Each year, a partner’s or shareholder’s cost basis needs to be updated taking these factors into consideration. When a partner or shareholder withdraws more than his or her investment in the entity, there will be tax consequences. If, for example, a partnership has a $50,000 profi t for the year and each of the two partners withdraw $25,000, each partner will report $25,000 of income on his or her tax return. If each partner also withdraws $25,000, there would be no tax to be paid on the distribution itself. Each partner would report $25,000 of his or her share of profi t of the entity. This serves to increase the partner’s cost basis. The withdrawal decreases the partner’s cost basis by the same amount. Therefore, the net eff ect on the partner’s cost basis for the taxable year is zero. The partner does not pay taxes on both the $25,000 share of partnership income as well as the withdrawal of $25,000. If a 50% partner or shareholdmeeting. Shortly after, Hatch said, he noticed that Whittredge “was very upset” with the way that Grabowski dealt with the school offi cial. Whittredge consulted with the School Committee’s attorney before deciding that this week’s meeting should be held via Zoom instead of in person. “It’s very upsetting that we have to have this type of disSaugus Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli complained that there hadn’t been an impact study conducted before the plan was initiated and those who initiated never contacted Saugus police. “This isn’t just a Revere problem. It’s definitely going to be a Saugus problem,” Chief Ricciardelli said, noting that part of the Quality Inn er contributes $10,000 in capital upon the formation of the entity, and his or her share of the entity’s loss during the year is $15,000, his or her allowable loss would be limited to $10,000. The remaining unallowed loss of $5,000 would be carried over to the following year. If the entity generates a profi t of $10,000 during the following year, the partner or shareholder will be able to off set his or her $5,000 share of the profi t with the unused carryforward loss of $5,000. One key diff erence with S Corporations and partnerships is that a partner’s cost basis will be increased by his or her share of partnership debt. A Shareholder in an S Corporation will increase his or her basis only by actually lending money to the corporation. Even recourse debt does not increase a shareholder’s cost basis in the corporation. If a partnership has significant losses during a particular year, third party loans taking out by the partnership will provide additional cost basis to the partners thereby allowing them to deduct losses in excess of their actual contributions to capital. In these situations, this can be a big advantage of a partnership over an S Corporation. traction when there are so many good things going on in the schools,” Hatch said. “But we have to make sure that everybody who comes to a School Committee meeting is comfortable and safe. We have to make sure we do the right thing for the school district. So, we felt it was the right thing to do – to go back to Zoom,” he said. property lies within the Town of Saugus. “A lot of people bought some pricey houses in that area, and they didn’t sign on for this,” the chief said. Ricciardelli said the proposal would drain the limited resources of Revere and Saugus, increasing crime problems in the two communities. Sa Sen i r H D Sil S it Wk ior Sa a y Senior Senio BY JIM MILLER How Does Social Security Work When a Spouse or Ex-Spouse Dies? Dear Savvy Senior, Who qualifies for Social Security survivor benefits? My ex-husband died last year, so I would like to fi nd out if me or my 17-year-old daughter are eligible for anything? Divorced Survivor Dear Divorced, If your ex-husband worked and paid Social Security taxes and you and/or your daughter meet the eligibility requirements, you may very well be eligible for survivor benefi ts, but you should act quickly because benefi ts are generally retroactive only up to six months. Here’s what you should know. Under Social Security law, when a person who has worked and paid Social Security taxes dies, certain members of that person’s family may be eligible for survivor benefits including spouses, former spouses and dependents. Here’s a breakdown of who qualifi es. Widow(er)’s and divorced widow(er)’s: Surviving spouses that were married at least nine months are eligible to collect a monthly survivor benefi t as early as age 60 (50 if disabled). Divorced surviving spouses are also eligible at this same age, if you were married at least 10 years and did not remarry before age 60 (50 if disabled), unless the marriage ends. How much you’ll receive will depend on how much money (earnings that were subject to Social Security taxes) your spouse or ex-spouse made over their lifetime, and the age in which you apply for survivor benefi ts. If you wait until your full retirement age (which is 66 for people born in 1945-1954 and will gradually increase to age 67 for people born in 1960 or later), you’ll receive 100 of your deceased spouses or ex-spouses benefi t amount. But if you apply between age 60 and your full retirement age, your benefi t will be somewhere between 71.5 – 99 percent of their benefi t. There is, however, one exception. Surviving spouses and ex-spouses that are caring for a child (or children) of the deceased worker, and they are under age 16 or disabled, are eligible to receive 75 percent of the worker’s benefi t amount at any age. Unmarried children: Surviving unmarried children under age 18, or up to age 19 if they’re still attending high school, are eligible for survivor benefi ts too. Benefi ts can also be paid to children at any age if they were disabled before age 22 and remain disabled. Both biological and adoptive children are eligible, as well as kids born out of wedlock. Dependent stepchildren and grandchildren may also qualify. Children’s benefi ts are 75 percent of the worker’s benefi t. You should also know that in addition to survivor benefi ts, a surviving spouse or child may also be eligible to receive a special lump-sum death payment of $255. Dependent parents: Benefi ts can also be paid to dependent parents who are age 62 and older. For parents to qualify as dependents, the deceased worker would have had to provide at least onehalf of the parent’s fi nancial support. But be aware that Social Security has limits on how much a family can receive in monthly survivors’ benefi ts – usually 150 to 180 percent of the worker’s benefi t. Switching Strategies Social Security also provides surviving spouses and ex-spouses some nice strategies that can help boost your benefi ts. For example, if you’ve worked you could take a reduced survivor benefit at age 60 and switch to your own retirement benefi t based on your earnings history – between 62 and 70 – if it off ers a higher payment. Or, if you’re already receiving retirement benefi ts on your work record, you could switch to survivors benefi ts if it off ers a higher payment. You cannot, however, receive both benefi ts. You also need to know that if you collect a survivor benefi t while working, and are under full retirement age, your benefi ts may be reduced depending on your earnings – see SSA. gov/pubs/EN-05-10069.pdf. For more information on survivor benefi ts, visit SSA.gov/ benefi ts/survivors. 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. nior

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Page 22 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 what? 9. What do American Philatelic Society members collect? 10. What famous woman 1. On Oct. 8, 1871, a devastating barn fire broke out in what Midwestern city? 2. Starbuck is first mate of the Pequod in what novel? 3. What is a kiva? 4. October 9 is Leif Eriksson Day; in 1000 he discovered Vinland, which is what? 5. What State House is adjacent to the Kennebec River? 6. What 1888 poem about sports includes “there is no joy in Mudville”? 7. What is Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” more commonly known as? 8. On Oct. 10, 1913, President Woodrow Wi lson pushed a button to set off a dike explosion, creating began to paint in her 70s because her fingers got too stiff for embroidering? 11. In what 1960s TV show would you find Maxwell Smart (Agent 86)? 12. On Oct. 11, 1906, San Francisco’s Board of Education created an order to segregate Oriental students; what U.S. president pressured the city to rescind the order? 13. What word beginning with a “d” is the only English word ending in “mt”? 14. Ganymede, the largest moon of any Solar System planet, circles which planet? 15. October 12 is National Farmer’s Day; what fictional farmer appeared on a long-running children’s TV series? 16. How are “Wings,” “Comets” and “Pips” similar? 17. On Oct. 13, 1903, what team beat Pittsburgh, 5-3, to end the first World Series? 18. In 1984 and 1985, what auto executive had an autobiographical best seller? 19. What area is thought to be where pumpkins originated? 20. On Oct. 14, 1964, who won the Nobel Peace Prize? ANSWERS 1. Chicago 2. “Moby Dick” 3. An American Indian underground ceremonial chamber 4. It is thought to be an area of wild grapes around the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. 5. Maine’s (in Augusta) 6. “Casey at the Bat” 7. EPCOT 8. The Panama Canal waterway 9. Stamps 10. Grandma Moses 11. “Get Smart” 12. Theodore Roosevelt 13. Dreamt 14. Jupiter 15. Mr. Green Jeans (on “Captain Kangaroo”) 16. They are parts of band names (of Paul McCartney, Bill Haley and Gladys Knight, respectively) 17. The Boston Americans 18. Lee Iacocca 19. Central America 20. Dr. Martin Luther King



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