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.

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