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.

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