SAUGUS Vol. 23, No. 42 -FREEThe Advocate–A Household Word in Saugus! OCATC E DOCAT www.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday 781-233-4446 T own Manager Scott C. Crabtree has declared the modFirst Congregational Church member Marilyn Panico embraced a snowfl ake, baby pumpkin last Saturday (Oct. 10) after the long-awaited arrival of pumpkins. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for sale on the church lawn, every day through Halloween (Oct. 31). See page 6 for story and photo highlights. (Advocate photo by Tara Vocino) One letter makes a difference ifi cation of school and municipal buildings so they are “pandemic proof” as his top priority. Crabtree told selectmen at Tuesday (Oct. 13) night’s meeting that the project – which he hopes to complete by year’s end – could cost up to $2.5 million and involves about a dozen town buildings. What began as a discussion on goals and objectives of the Board of Selectmen turned quickly into Crabtree briefing the board on “modifi cations to TE Friday, October 16, 2020 Pumpkin Patch Time $2.5 million That’s what Crabtree estimates it could cost Saugus to make school and municipal buildings “pandemic proof” By Mark E. Vogler deal with COVID-19 and make it safe for the community.” Crabtree told selectmen that his administration already has some “performance specifications” and is developing “a rapid response for COVID-19 and updating the buildings with HVAC [Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning] systems” so that they are safe for Town of Saugus employees, Saugus residents and others to enter. But how soon Saugus Town Hall and Saugus Public Schools can fully reopen is another matter. Crabtree hinted at Tuesday $2.5 MILLION | SEE PAGE 9 Options to consider Ballard School Study Committee fi les its report with the Town By Mark E. Vogler W This giant truck sign parked in front of First Congregational Church in Saugus Center on Wednesday (Oct. 14) is clearly a call for town residents to “defend” the Saugus Police Department. But take away the red E that was placed on top of a U, and it’s an entirely diff erent message (“DEFUND YOUR POLICE”). The provocative sign drew attention away from the annual “orange glow” of the Saugus Pumpkin Patch. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) ~ Home of the Week ~ SAUGUS...Beautiful 3 Bdrm. Ranch style home situated in a great side street location. Enjoy 1 level living in this updated home. This home features a fireplace lvrm. leading to an open concept kitchen & dnrm. w/makes for a great entertaining home. Kitchen has custom wood cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Three generous size bdrms., master bdrm. offers an oversize double closet and has its own private master bath. Gleaming hrdwd. flrs. throughout. Walk out basement is partly finished & would be great for extended family or just to have for extra living space. There are 2 driveways for plenty of off street parking and 1 car gar. under which also offers room for extra storage. Cent. air, newer roof and many more updates. Home sits on 12,590 sq. ft. level lot. Offered at $499,900 View all our listings at: CarpenitoRealEstate.com iht 335 Central Street, Saugus, MA 01906 (781) 233-7300 f th y View the interior of this home right on your smartphone. g hatever the town decides to do with the vacant and often-unkept Ballard School property, it should be maintained, the Ballard School Study Committee recommended in its fi nal report. “The neighbors to the school made it clear that they wanted the building and grounds to be kept up, regardless of use,” the committee noted in the 10-page document it fi led yesterday (Thursday, Oct. 15) at Town Hall. “Said maintenance shall include grounds, fencing and adjacent sidewalks as well as the physical structure by establishing a specifi ed routine of monitoring and maintenance,” the report advises. That was one of four recommendations made by the fi vemember committee in a report it hopes will be accepted at the next Special or Annual Town Meeting, whichever comes fi rst. The committee also recommended that: –A budget recommendation to fund the maintenance be submitted – if necessary – to Town Meeting for considOPTIONS | SEE PAGE 8 ANGELO’S FULL SERVICE "42 Years of Excellence!" 1978-2020 Regular Unleaded $1.879 MidUnleaded $2.399 Super $2.459 Diesel Fuel $2.279 KERO $4.159 Diesel $1.959 HEATING OI 24-Hour Burner Service Call for Current Price! (125—gallon minimum) DEF Available by Pump! Open an account and order online at: www.angelosoil.com (781) 231-3500 (781) 231-3003 367 LINCOLN AVE • SAUGUS • OPEN 7 DAYS AD O A E Prices subject to change HAPPY FALL! Y FLEET

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Brandt said in an interview last month that the council was shooting for feedback from about 1,000 town residents on the Master Plan survey. But, recently, he said the council would like to collect about 500 responses. The MAPC is the town’s project consultant for “Saugus United 2035,” the program launched last month to update the town’s Master Plan — that invaluable document that offers a definitive strategy to guide a community through future growth and development. During a Special Town Meeting a year ago, the 50-member body approved a $150,000 appropriation from free cash to fund Article 5 for the upgrading and completion of a townwide Master Plan — something last done in 1988. Selectman Debra Panetta said this week that she requested additional time from MAPC so Saugus residents could weigh on the various aspects of the Master Plan. The council granted an 11-day extension, which ended yesterday (Thursday, Oct. 15). Even though the deadline for participating in the survey has passed, town residents will still have an opportunity for public comment on the plan, according to Panetta. Citizens will still get a chance to comment when the MAPC begins to hold public meetings on the various aspects of the Master Plan, she said. “The results of this survey will be used to form the vision & direction of Saugus over the next 15 years,” Panetta said. “This information will help develop a plan that will be used as a guide for managing future growth and change in Saugus. It creates a framework for future policy decisions. Land use and zoning, housing, economic development, transportation, open space and recreation, arts/historic/cultural services, climate resiliency, community facilities and services, and clean energy and sustainability are all part of the Master Plan,” Panetta said. Selectmen won’t give back foreclosed house to former owner By Mark E. 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Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano was Phelan’s lone supporter. “I went to high school with him,” Cogliano said of Phelan. “He fell on hard times. I would hate to see that person not get a chance. He’s felt terrible times the last six to eight years,” he said. Finance Director and Treasurer/Collector Wendy Hatch had recommended that the town vacate the foreclosure decree in return for close to $68,000 that was being held in escrow to pay for back taxes and other town costs. Hatch noted that when the town took over the property, “it was in a state of complete disrepair.” She recommended vacating the foreclosure, adding that she didn’t see the town making hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling the house. Cicolini said he disagreed. “The house could be in shambles and it would still be worth $300,000 to $400,000,” he said. Furthermore, the town took on the burden of the house being cleaned out. 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 Page 3 Saugus Police Dept. mourns the passing of retired Officer Naglieri F lags at the Public Safety Building on Hamilton Street were at half-mast this week in memory of retired Saugus Patrolman John J. “Nags” Naglieri, Jr., who died Monday (Oct. 12) after battling cancer. Offi cer Naglieri, who retired in September 2018 after three decades of service with the Saugus Police Department, was 61. “John was well respected by his peers, and someone that you could always count on to back you up and do the right thing,” Saugus Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli said in a press release announcing Naglieri’s passing. “He had a great attitude and never seemed to be in a bad mood. Off the job, John was known as a family man. His pride and joy was his family,” Ricciardelli said. “We would like to thank John for his friendship, commitment and service to the Town of Saugus and its citizens over the past thirty years. Rest in peace.” Offi cer Naglieri served as a reserve police offi cer with the Saugus Police Department before becoming a full-time offi - cer in 1995. He served with the department for 30 years in various capacities, and he retired as a full-time offi cer. After his retirement from serving fulltime, he continued working as a special police offi cer until he was diagnosed with cancer approximately six months ago, according to Ricciardelli’s statement. “Over the years, Offi cer Naglieri received numerous awards, commendations and THREE DECADES OF SERVICE: Retired Saugus Patrolman John J. Naglieri, Jr. passed away this week after a six-month battle with cancer. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) accolades for his outstanding service,” the chief said. “He was also a longtime member of the Community Policing Unit and was active in the Police Athletic League.” Officer Naglieri leaves behind his wife of 29 years, Patti, and their three adult children: Trevor J. Naglieri, of Dallas, Tex.; Kelli J. Celentano & her husband Gregory T. of Hamilton, Mass.; and Shane M. Naglieri, of Peabody. Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass tomorrow (Saturday, Oct.17) at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 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 Call for Classifi ed Advertising Rates 781-233-4446 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 a.m. Attendees should report directly to the church. Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery (100 Cedar Grove Ave., Peabody). Visiting Hours will be held today (Friday, Oct. 16) from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals (773 Broadway [Route 107], Revere). Parking will be available left of the funeral home. Indoor gathering limits of 25 people at a time apply. Strict CDC & Boston Archdiocese mandates will be followed. Registration at the funeral home and church will be taken along with temperatures recorded. Masks must be worn in the funeral home and church, with social distancing maintained. Gina S Soldano REALTOR® ABR®, AHWD, e-PRO®, GREEN, MRP®, PSA®, SFR®, SRES®, SRS® Broker/Associate Millennium Real Estate 291 Ferry Street, Everett, MA 02149 (857) 272-4270 Gina.Soldano@era.com gsoldanorealtor.com 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

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 Page 5 Saugus gardens in the pandemic Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener F oliage continues to develop all over town. The red maples (Acer rubrum) mentioned last week are near peak now, with spectacular displays of red, orange and yellow along Walnut Street near Birch Pond. Leaves on the two black walnuts (Juglans nigra) between the Ironworks parking lot and Central Street are solid gold, and their rounded nuts are beginning to drop. The nuts look like tennis balls, but if you can get through the outer husk to the nuts beneath, they taste good. This interesting species has a chemical, juglone, in its roots, which discourages growth of some other plant species, including rhododendrons, azaleas and tomatoes. Ironworks rangers have speculated they may be descendants of the famous Cheever (or Parker) Walnut mentioned in James Simmons’ 1919 book “The Historic Trees of Massachusetts,” but no one knows for sure. Two sugar maples (Acer saccharum) on the Ironworks upper lawn are brilliant orange, and the highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) on the other side of that lawn are now vivid red. It’s a colorful time to visit, and the forge, slitting mill and furnace will only be open until the 31st. Chrysanthemums have become the undisputed queen Point at the tip of Long Island, N.Y., is also sometimes called Nippon daisy for its country of origin, Japan, which is also called Nippon. Montauk daisy often continues blooming into November in our climate, and its leaves remain green late into the winter. Most people picture daisies as having yellow “centers” and white “petals.” As a GARDENS | SEE PAGE 9 SALES • RENTALS • PROPERTY MANAGEMENT NUTS FROM WALNUT TREES: They look like tennis balls, but if you can get through the outer husk to the nuts beneath, they taste good. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) of the fl owers for fall in many countries, including the United States. The ones we grow as fall decorations are just a few varieties of the species often called garden mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium). One of the most frequent questions asked about this species is whether it will return year after year as a perennial in our climate. There are at least a thousand different varieties so it is not easy to tell by looking, but local nurseries generally sell hardy varieties for our area, and if in doubt you can always ask. Also sometimes called floBLACK WALNUTS IN FALL GLORY AT IRONWORKS PARKING LOT: Their leaves are solid gold and their rounded nuts are beginning to drop. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) rists’ daisy because the longlasting flowers of this species are more easily used in arrangements than other daisy species, such as Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum superbum) developed by Luther Burbank, the oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) of fields and meadows that was brought here from Europe centuries ago, and Montauk daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum), which is one of the last “daisy” fl owers to bloom in our climate. Montauk daisy, so-called because it has escaped from gardens to beaches on Montauk VARADA PROPERTIES service with integrity Serving Greater Boston Since 2008 FOR SALE $989,900 TWO-FAMILY PROPER westside • prime location 8 ELSIE STREET • MALDEN INCOME POTENTIAL 617 • 606 • 0172 AUTOTECH 1989 SINCE CA$H FOR YOUR CAR! DRIVE IT - PUSH IT - TOW IT! Cold Hard Cash For Your Car, Truck or SUV! 2012 KIA SOUL One Owner, Most Power Options, 101K Miles, Warranty, Runs & Looks Great! FUN IN THE SUN $6,500 Easy Financing Available! EddiesAutotech.com PRICED RIGHT! $5,350 781-321-8841 1236 EasternAve • Malden We Pay Cash For Your Vehicle! 2008 CHEVROLET IMPALA LT Leather, Loaded with Moon Roof, One Owner, Warranty, Only 104K Miles

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 Page 7 The Coronavirus Count Saugus surges into red status again for “high risk” on state COVID-19 map; town has 28 new confirmed cases By Mark E. Vogler S augus returned to the red category – for “high risk” – on the state’s map used for charting the progress of Massachusetts communities in protecting its residents against the spread of the Coronavirus. With 51 positive tests for COVID-19 over the past 14 days, the town’s daily incidence rate rose to 10.6 new cases per 100,000 – the 37th highest rate in the state, according to statistics released on Wednesday (Oct. 14) by the state Department of Public Health (DPH). The weekly DPH report showed 28 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past week, raising the town’s overall total of confirmed cases to 762 since the outbreak of the killer virus back in March. Saugus had spent the previous two consecutive weeks near the top of those communities shaded in yellow – for “moderate risk” – on the state map used to measure the metrics of the incidence of the Coronavirus in all communities across the state. That’s the color code for communities with a daily average of 4 or more, but fewer than 8 cases per 100,000 population. The most recent DPH figures released this week covered the 14-day reporting period for Sept. 27 through Oct. 10. Just three weeks ago, the town had the 12th highest rate in the state and had completed its second consecutive week among the state’s “high risk” communities for logging a minimum of 8 cases per 100,000. This week’s top “red” communities included Middleton (105.2), Lawrence (41.9), Chelsea (30.9), Everett (25.2), Kingston (21.6), Revere (20.1), Marlborough (19.9), Framingham (17.8), Hudson (17.4), Nantucket (17.0), Sunderland (16.9), Haverhill (16.5), Lowell (16.4), Webster (15.8), Amherst (15.7), North Andover (15.6), Methuen (14.5), Springfield (14.4), Acushnet (13.7) and Milton (13.5). Saugus was among 63 Massachusetts communities in the red category. And the state average was also in the red category. The town’s death total remained at 42 – 25 of them residents in the two local nursing homes. Saugus has ranked among the state’s top 25 in confirmed COVID cases per 100,000 for most weeks since the town’s first resident tested positive for the virus on March 19. The DPH website (https:// www.mass.gov/info-details/ stop-the-spread?rgja#saugus) includes a measurement which focuses on test results over the past 14 days up until Wednesday. Those recent statistics showed 16,841 Saugus residents have been tested for the virus so far – including 2,664 over the past 14 days. Of those tested, there were 51 confirmed cases of the virus for a positivity rate of 1.91 percent during that time. That is substantially higher than the average state positivity rate of 1.17 percent. The town’s positivity rate last week was 1.83 percent compared to the state average of 1.04 percent. As of Wednesday, DPH officials reported 9,647 deaths statewide linked to COVID-19. Of those, 1,315 have been reported in Essex County. There were 138,083 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported statewide – including 21,516 in Essex County. The DPH has been releasing numbers of COVID-19 cases for all 351 municipalities, broken down by city and town, every Wednesday since soon after it began tracking the cases in March. How Saugus compares to neighboring communities Town residents are able to compare the number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Saugus to the cases in neighboring cities and towns as well as communities of similar size by going to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at https:// www.mass.gov/info-details/ covid-19-response-reporting, then click onto COVID-19 cases by city/town. Here’s how nine area communities compare to Saugus: Lynn: 5,054 cases, 235 total positive tests in the last 14 days, 3.31 percent positivity. Average daily incidence rate per 100,000 last 14 days – 12.3, 27th highest in the state. Revere: 2,843 cases, 230 total positive tests in the last 14 days, 3.69 percent positivity. Average daily incidence rate per 100,000 last 14 days – 20.1, sixth highest in the state. Everett: 2,458 cases, 201 total positive tests in the last 14 days, 4.41 percent positivity. Average daily incidence rate per 100,000 last 14 days – 25.2, fourth highest in the state. Malden: 1,646 cases, 137 total positive tests in the last 14 days, 2.21 percent positivity. Average daily incidence rate per 100,000 last 14 days – 12.5, 25th highest in the state. Peabody: 1,250 cases, 63 total positive tests in the last 14 days, 1.59 percent positivity. Average daily incidence rate per 100,000 in the last 14 days – 6.4. Saugus: 762 cases, 51 total positive tests in the last 14 days, 1.91 percent positivity. Average daily incidence rate per 100,000 last 14 days – 10.6, 37th highest in the state. Wakefield: 395 cases, 40 total positive tests in the last 14 days, 1.57 percent positivity. Average daily incidence rate per 100,000 last 14 days – 9, 50th highest in the state. Melrose: 350 cases, 21 positive tests in the last 14 days, .61 percent positivity. Average daily incidence rate per 100,000 last 14 days – 4.4. Reading: 353 cases, 11 positive tests in the last 14 days, .53 percent positivity. Average daily incidence rate per 100,000 last 14 days – 3.1. 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Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 OPTIONS | FROM PAGE 1 eration –Any future use – whether it be sale or short- or long-term lease – be presented in a public hearing with written notice provided to abutters, similar to the notice procedures used by the town’s Board of Appeals –That the committee has completed its task and the town moderator can disband it A vote of a Special Town Meeting last July created the five-person study committee to investigate the potential use for the Ballard School including, but not limited to, the use for Veterans Housing. Members of the Ballard School Study Committee (BSSC) consisted of Precinct 10 Town Meeting Members Martin Costello and Peter Manoogian. Representing the Board of Selectmen was Chair Anthony Cogliano and Vice Chair Corinne Riley. The resident neighbor was Wayne Carter, who resides on Greenwood Avenue. “Top Takeaways” from survey results A key part of the committee’s research and work included a survey of 14 potential reuse options developed by committee members. A total of 222 residents responded to the survey, in which they were asked to evaluate the options on a scale of 1 (would not support) to a 3 (would very much support). “The most preferred reuse option with an average score of 2.5 for both those living closest to the Ballard and those outside of the area was ‘reuse/conversion to a preschool or day care center,’” the Schools. Current uses of the other seven former school buildings are mentioned: Armitage Elementary School on Essex Street – converted by the Saugus Housing Authority into eight family housing units. Sweetser Elementary School on Lincoln Avenue – demolished by the Saugus Housing Authority; replaced by 28 units, eight of which are for the disabled. Cliftondale School on LinVARYING VIEWS: A special committee commissioned earlier this year during a Special Town Meeting gave 222 Saugus residents who live near the old Ballard School, as well as other parts of town, a chance to weigh in on what the town should do with the property. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) report noted in its “Top Takeaways” from its analysis of the survey results. “This top choice for both neighbors and non-neighbors is consistent with the fi ndings of a 2014 US Housing and Urban Development report entitled, ‘Vacant and Abandoned Properties – Turning Liabilities Into Assets.’ Within that report it is stated that ‘the most desired outcome is to quickly return a property to its previous use.” Other “Top Takeaways”: • Public uses are most fawww.eight10barandgrille.com We Have Reopened for Dine-In and Outside Seating every day beginning at 4 PM WE'RE OPEN! 8 Norwood Street, Everett (617) 387-9810 STAY SAFE! vored by neighbors and nonneighbors. • Commercial-type uses are least favored by both groups. • The greatest variance in support is for Veterans Housing, which is least favored by the neighbors and has support among non-neighbors. Other popular choices among neighbors and nonneighbors responding to the survey were to tear down the school for a playground, to tear it down for a community garden, and to reuse it for a youth and recreation center or community center. The committee stressed that it was not advocating or promoting any option over another. “The BSSC was created to identify possibilities for reuse and to listen to and record the input of area residents,” the report notes. “We recognize that it was not within our authority to propose or even show favoritism to any one or several reuse suggestions. Ultimately any proposal for re-use must come from the administrative side of government,” it continues. “It is our sincere hope that this report along with its recommendations will be accepted. We further hope that our work will serve as a guide for future eff orts to re-purpose the Oaklandvale, Lynnhurst, Waybright, and Roby school sites.” Those four school buildings are expected to be relinquished by the School Committee back to the town, a result of the reorganization of Saugus Public Schools. How other old schools have been used The Ballard School lot is about 28,096 square feet, with the building encompassing 9,598 square feet. It is now one of eight buildings no longer used by Saugus Public coln Avenue – retained and leased to SHORE Collaborative, now M.E.G. nonprofit since 2007; Town Meeting rejected the sale of the building in 1986. Emerson School on Lincoln Avenue – converted to condominiums by private developers. North Saugus School on Water/Walnut Streets – converted to offi ces by a private developer. Felton School on Central Street – demolished; Saugus Senior Center built on site; public use. Evans School on Central and Denver Streets – leased by the Town of Saugus to Shining Stars Preschool; private use. Findings on reuse as housing As part of its research, the committee met with Laura Glynn, the executive director of the Saugus Housing Authority. “Ms. Glynn made it clear that there are currently no funding programs available to expand public housing,” the report notes. “Any funds held by SHA are strictly for maintenance and operations, not expansion.” Glynn told committee members that the greatest demand for public housing in Saugus is for family housing. The town OPTIONS | SEE PAGE 13 Monogram D4 Double siding Cedar impression half rounds Harvey Vinyl 62 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 16, 2020 Page 9 GARDENS | FROM PAGE 5 member of the composite family, like the sunfl owers we talked about in the summer, we are actually looking at a composite head of fl owers, in this case with yellow disc fl owers and white ray fl owers around the edges. egated to less conspicuous tables and the mums displayed conspicuously in the front, along with other fall staples, like cornstalks, pumpkins and ornamental kale. As of now, mid-October, some nurseries have already sold out of mums completely. Smith College in NorthampEdith Haupt Conservatory is holding its annual Japanese chrysanthemum show or “Kiku” display until November 1 this year, but access is limited to reserved ticket holders. Photos of previous years shows can be seen online. Specialized varieties include the dramatic spider or Fuji mums, whose ray fl owers have extremely narrow petals that often curl at the ends, and some are drooping below the body of the fl ower so it does resemble spider legs. They have very large fl owers and are popular in China for bridal bouquets, but plants of this type are not easily found in nurseries. In Japan and China, certain mums are grown for their edible petals, and there are ageold medicinal uses. In gardens, there are categories such as spoon mums which have petals shaped like table utensils. Small-fl owered mums are often raised for cascade displays and are also popular in China and Japan for bonsai. “Saga”-type mums, also known as brush or thistle varieties, have very narrow, frazzled petals that stand somewhat upright and resemble thistles. Editor’s Note: Laura Eisener is a landscape design consultant who helps homeowners with landscape design, plant selection and placement of trees and shrubs, as well as perennials. She is a member of the Saugus Garden Club and off ered to write a series of articles about “what’s blooming in town, since so many people have taken to walking the streets in their neighborhoods as a way to get some exercise and get out of the house!” YELLOW HARDY MUMS ON A SAUGUS PORCH: the undisputed queen of the fl owers for fall in many countries, including the United States. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) Most of the mums we grow for fall are “double” varieties with so many extra layers of ray fl owers that the disc fl owers are not visible. The ray fl owers’ petals may be red, light purple, pinkish, orange, gold or white. Nurseries usually become “mummifi ed” by late August, with other perennials rel$2.5 MILLION | FROM PAGE 1 night’s meeting that he isn’t optimistic about the town having a good week on reducing its rate of Coronavirus. “Any talk on when we’ll be going back to school on a regular basis?” Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano asked. “I hate to rain on the parade,” Crabtree said, noting that there had been 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases over a fi ve-day period. “The virus is still surging in Massachusetts…It’s definitely on the rise. As you know, the experts say things are going to get worse in the fall,” he said. One day later (Wednesday, Oct. 14), the town returned into the red category for “high risk” on the state COVID-19 map for the fi rst time in three weeks. (See related story.) The weekly report from the state Department of Public Health (DPH) showed 28 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past week, raising the town’s overall total of confi rmed cases to 762 since the outbreak of the killer virus back in March. Meanwhile, the town’s daily incidence rate rose to 10.6 new cases per 100,000 – the 37th highest rate in the state, according to statistics released on Wednesday (Oct. 14) by the DPH. Crabtree stressed that it’s withton, Mass., has had a mum show in their greenhouse complex every November since the early 1900’s. This year they are planning a virtual mum show running from Saturday, November 7, 2020, to Sunday, November 22, 2020, from their Lyman Conservatory. New York Botanic Garden’s in the town’s control to reduce the spread of the virus and make some substantial progress that would allow school and municipal buildings to reopen. But the town has already embarked on a number of measures aimed at making the buildings safer, according to Crabtree. The town has already installed some High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) purifi er fi lters and hired some hygienic experts who have made recommendations. “There’s a recent study that shows these air purifi ers with HEPA fi lters kill the virus within 30 minutes,” Crabtree said. The fi lters will help change the air in a room fi ve times an hour, he said. Another measure involves modifying offi ces in Town Hall and other public buildings so that the public can be served at counter windows without having to go into the offi ces, according to the town manager. “We’re estimating $ 2 million to $2.5 million – the funding through the CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security] Act,” Crabtree said. The Saugus Public Library, the Public Safety Building, the Essex Street Fire Station, the Department of Public Works Building and several school buildings are due for modifi cations in their HVAC systems, he said. 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Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 The Sounds of Saugus By Mark E. Vogler Here are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus. Kind words for drivers Saugus, of course, has some ongoing concerns about traffic safety, which would probably be a huge priority right now if town officials weren’t swamped with all kinds of issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The group called Citizens for a Safer Saugus would probably be very active in its lobbying for traffic improvements for the benefit of pedestrians as well as bicyclists and drivers. But there are more pressing issues right now for local town government. Yet, every time I drive into Saugus on the main roadways, I am constantly reminded of the ongoing concern as evidenced by those speed limit signs that actually thank the driver for driving the speed limit! I am one of those drivers who strives to obey the speed limit whether it’s on local roads or the highways that wind through Massachusetts. And usually I get the middle finger salute, horn blasts, high beams, potty mouth tirades and dirty looks from drivers who take great umbrage to my commitment to driving 65 mph or less in the travel lane. But every time I drive the speed limit in Saugus on the major roads that have the electronic speed limit signs, I actually get special appreciation. Go figure. Cultural Council seeks funding proposals Attention, creative people! The Saugus Cultural Council is looking for you. Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs will be considered for possible grants totaling $7,000. The council has set a Nov. 16 deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. According to Council Chair Mike Sullivan, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Saugus – including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, performances in schools, workshops and lectures. 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. Previously funded Saugus projects have included: a field trip to see Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” an artist workshop at Breakheart Reservation, dramatic performances and local author speaking engagements. For local guidelines and complete information on the Saugus Cultural Council, contact Mike Sullivan at michaelsullivan027@gmail.com. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org or https://mcc.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp. We have a winner! We have a winner in last week’s “Guess Who Got Sketched” contest. Congratulations to Anna May Simoes. She contacted us first and guessed correctly by naming a Saugus first responder: Lt. Arthur Connors of the Saugus Police Department. “He was a next door neighbor of mine. And he is a fantastic man,” Ann May told The Saugus Advocate this week, when contacted. Here’s last week’s answer, offered by the person who goes by the name of The Sketch Artist: “Your Hero “Anyone who is a Saugus First Responder and someone called with the name and what Dept. was the answer! GUESS WHO GOT SKETCHED? In this week’s edition, we continue our weekly feature where a local artist goes out and mingles with townsfolk and sketches them. Got an idea who this Saugus resident might be? If you do, please email me at mvoge@comcast.net or leave a phone message at 978-683-7773. The first reader to respond between now and Tuesday morning and correctly identify the person sketched is the winner of a $10 gift certificate, compliments of Dunkin’ at the 1204 Broadway Saugus location at Route 1 North. But you have to enter to win! Look for the winner and identification in next week’s “The Sounds of Saugus.” (Courtesy illustration to The Saugus Advocate by a Saugonian who goes by the name of “The Sketch Artist”) A “shout-out” for Laura Eisener It’s always a shame when a week passes by and we fail to get a nomination from one of our loyal readers to “shout-out” a fellow Saugonian. Surely, folks aren’t that jaded that they can’t find something good to say about somebody. Sure, it’s tough in these days of the pandemic to maintain a positive outlook on things. But one of our loyal contributors – Laura Eisener – has done her part to entertain, inform and enlighten our readers with her ongoing series, “Saugus gardens in the pandemic.” Her primary audience is the plant, flower and garden lovers of Saugus. But she also set out to capture the walkers and joggers who try to get some exercise or a much-needed break from the daily challenges of COVID-19. Come to think of it, my leisurely walk several times a week is one of the few fun things that the Coronavirus didn’t take away from me. Ever since I began reading Laura’s articles about the gardens of the pandemic, I pay closer attention to the many plants, flowers and trees that I walk by. It makes the walks more fun and much more interesting if you take time to observe some of the plants that Laura has been writing about. 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 photo. Food Drive on Oct. 24 This just in from Board of Selectmen Vice Chair In Person Early Voting – dates and times In Person Early Voting begins tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 17). So, Town Clerk Ellen J. Schena requested that we let folks know about it. It will take place in the Saugus Public Library at 295 Central St. Use the Taylor Street entrance. Here are the times: Saturday, Oct. 17 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 – 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. (This is also the last day to register to vote.) Sunday, Oct. 25 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Some other important dates: Oct. 24, last day to register to Vote/Make changes to Voter Registration; Nov. 2, last day to apply for Absentee Ballot – deadline is noon; Nov. 3, 2020, State/Presidential Election. Politics and religion The public is invited to a Zoom book discussion on “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion,” By Jonathan Haidt. The Rev. John T. Beach of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Saugus will lead the discussion group that will take place on Tuesday evenings for six consecutive weeks, THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 11 “After all it was only a ‘depiction’ just a representation of our workers based on Janice K Jarosz and her appreciation of our First Responders! “No actual person sketched just a generalization of our heroes! “Saugus First Responders out there ready, and weary from the battle, a bit exasperated but ready with a kind helping hand to assist with whatever is at the forefront in the battle. Thankyou “Yours truly, The Sketch Artist” Corinne Riley: “The Town of Saugus, organized by the Board of Selectmen, has scheduled a third drop-off food and necessities drive to benefit the Saugus Senior Center and the Saugus Food Pantry, on Saturday, October 24th, 9 a.m. to Noon at the Saugus Senior Center, 466 Central St. “All items are appreciated, but there are many specific items that are in need, especially with the holidays fast approaching. They are: cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, turkey gravy, stuffing mix, canned ham, canned soups, canned pasta sauce, oatmeal, small cereal boxes, peanut butter, jelly, loaves of bread, pasta, paper towels and toilet paper.”

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 Page 11 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning on Oct. 20. All are welcome. For more information and to receive a Zoom invitation, email johntbeach@comcast.com. Rev. Beach has been the priest at St. John’s since May. He had previously served as an interim priest for The Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Taunton. Town-wide Fall Street Sweeping underway The Town’s Annual Fall Street Sweeping Program began on Oct. 5. Sweepers started in the area of north Saugus (Precincts 5 and 7) and are working their way across town, working from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Residents are kindly asked to keep vehicles off the street when sweepers are in the area. Residents are asked not to sweep driveways and/or sidewalks once the sweepers have swept. Keep in mind that street sweepers are unable to collect stones, branches, leaves or other foreign objects. In addition, residents are asked to be mindful that sweepers cannot pick up large piles of sand. Please contact the Department of Public Works at 781-231-4143 with any questions. Fall Curbside Leaf Collection dates The Town of Saugus announces that the Fall Curbside Leaf Collection will take place during the following weeks: Oct. 26–30, Nov. 16–20 and Nov. 30– Dec. 4. Residents should place leaves outside by 7 a.m. during their regularly scheduled collection day. Please ensure that leaf containers are physically separated from trash and recycling. Paper leaf bags are the preferred method of leaf disposal; however, if using barrels, they must be clearly marked with yard waste stickers. Stickers, which are free, may be obtained at Inspectional Services in the lower level of Town Hall, at 298 Central St., Saugus. Barrel covers must remain removed so that the leaves are visible. Plastic bags, cardboard boxes, branches and brush will not be accepted. Please note that separate trucks collect the rubbish, recycling and leaves, so the leaves may be collected at a different time of day. “Missed pick-ups” will not be conducted. Please contact Lorna Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2) The Grab-N-Go meals program is back for another year at the Saugus Public Schools to keep needy students from going hungry. Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2), in partnership with Whitsons Food Service, resumed the program. Breakfasts and lunches are available for pick up at Veterans Memorial School at 39 Hurd Ave., every Tuesday and Friday between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekly until further notice, according to Julie Cicolini, a board member with Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus. “Students will receive meals for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Tuesday pick up,” Cicolini said. “Students will receive meals for Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at the Friday pick up. This will ensure that meals are available for seven days a week.” “As a reminder, please maintain social distancing with food service employees and wear a mask during pick up,” she said. Healthy Saugus-Healthy Students (HS2) is a nonprofit group that helps to offset food insecurity in households. For more information or assistance, please email hs2information@gmail.com or visit the Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus Facebook page. Food Pantry still open The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry will continue to remain open on Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. despite concerns over the Coronavirus. But they have made adjustments to protect their core of volunteers and the needy people who receive the food. “For the protection of our volunteers & clients, and to limit personal contact & crowding/gathering, the food pantry has been distributing pre-bagged groceries,” said Wendy Reed, Clerk of the Saugus Board of Selectmen, who also oversees the operation of the all-volunteer food pantry. “We understand clients may receive items they don’t want or need, but feel this is the best course of action to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. Those in need, even for short term or one-time assistance are encouraged to come.” The food pantry is in the basement of Cliftondale Congregational Church at 50 Essex St. in Saugus. Food help for veterans Saugus offers a Veterans Food Pantry on the third Wednesday of each month. “We have been holding it in Melrose since the Saugus Senior Center has been closed,” Saugus Veterans’ Service Officer Jay Pinette said. “The pantry provides a mix of fresh produce and non-perishable foods. The pantry is open to Veterans and/or surviving spouses. Registration is required and may be done by contacting the Veterans Services Office.” “The food market is generally held at the Saugus Senior Center, but given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering a contact-free, drivethru food pantry at Memorial Hall on Main Street in Melrose. If you are unable to pick-up, some limited deliveries may be available. This offering is year round. Please call the Saugus Veterans’ Service Office at 781-231-4010 or e-mail VeteransServices@ saugus-ma.gov in order to register. Proof of Veteran status is required.” Food4Vets/Veterans Northeast Outreach Center food distribution Veterans will be provided a box of nonperishable food supplies, which should be sufficient to cover meals for 10-14 days (two adults), plus fresh fruit and vegetables when available. You must preregister and show proof of Military/ Veteran Status: North Shore Community College Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Rd., Danvers; Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. To register, use the following link: https://clearpathnewengland.formstack.com/forms/food_supply_request_vneoc_danvers. For registration assistance, please feel free to contact VNEOC at 978-372-3626. A copy of the Veteran’s DD-214 or other proof of Veteran status is required. Or call the local Veterans’ Service Officer for assistance. Saugus Public Library update “We continue to offer our popular Front Door Pickup service from the Central Street foyer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. “Pickup Hours are: “Tuesday: 3:30 to 6:30 pm “Wednesday: 10:30 am to 2 pm “Thursday: 3:30 to 6:30 pm “How do you use Front Door Pickup? To get started, go to our online catalog. Click on the green MY ACCOUNT button in the screen’s upper right. Login in to your account using your library card number and password, then simply place items on hold. How do you do that? Watch this video [https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=j0m7bB5HyA0&feature=youtu.be] for step by step instructions. “Once we notify you that your items are ready, call us at 781-231-4168 ext. 3102 to set a pickup date. Or you can call us at the same number to reserve up to three items over the phone. “Either way, you must make an appointment to pickup once your items are ready. Call us to set a pickup date at 781-231-4168 ext. 3102. “Please leave a voicemail if you don’t get through. We’ll return your call and set a pickup day as soon as we can.” Buy a brick to honor your vets “Veterans Buy-a-Brick Program. Due to the low number of orders and the uncertainty of how a Veterans Day ceremony will be allowed, the program will be extended until May. The installation of bricks will be during the Memorial Day ceremony. We will be contacting the people who have already purchased a brick. Any questions, please call 781-231-7995.” Helping the Vet During these challenging times, your local Veterans’ Service Officers (VSOs) would like to share some information on a benefit program that is available to those who qualify. If you are a Veteran or the surviving spouse of a Veteran, the “Chapter 115 Benefits Program” is a Massachusetts state initiative that provides financial aid for Veterans and/or their surviving spouses who reside in Massachusetts and meet certain income and asset guidelines. Benefits may include monthly ordinary benefits and/or payment/reimbursement for medical expenses. Whether laid off, in transition or living on a fixed income, the program is designed to provide short-term or long-term assistance as needed to provide relief. The program is overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS), which runs the program in partnership with local VSOs. Every town or district in Massachusetts has a VSO. VSOs assist Veterans and their dependents in learning about, applying for and receiving Chapter 115 benefits. VSOs can also help you in applying for other benefits and connecting with local resources. Your local VSO handles applications, obtains program approval from DVS and provides local benefits. The program is funded by a combination of state and local funds. DVS pays for 75% and your city or town pays for 25% of the approved benefits. There are income and asset limits for the program. As a general rule, income and asset requirements are: • Family of one – monthly income less than $2,081and an asset limit of $5,000 • Family of two – monthly income less than $2,818 and an asset limit of $9,800 To determine if you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Chapter 115 program, visit the following link and follow the instructions – https:// massvetben.org/ – or call your local VSO for more information. The VSOs are also able to help Veterans apply for Federal VA benefits, local benefits and provide food assistance monthly. For example, did you know that if you own a home and have a VA-service-connected disability, you are eligible for a partial or full exemption of your property taxes? “Please contact your local Veterans’ Service Officer for more information on any of the services mentioned. We are all here to assist. We are regularly checking voicemails and emails as we continue to work remotely and in our offices throughout COVID-19.” Melrose: Karen Burke, 781-979-4186, kburke@ cityofmelrose.org Wakefield: David Mangan, 781-246-6377, dmangan@wakefield.ma.us Saugus: Jay Pinette, 781-231-4010, jpinette@saugus-ma.gov A Beetlejuice benefit at Kowloon Restaurant The Kowloon Restaurant, which is owned and operated by the Wong family, is set to host the movie “Beetlejuice” in a Halloween benefit for Winter Walk, a philanthropic organization that raises awareness and funds in an effort to end homelessness in Greater Boston. The event – hosted by Sue Brady Hartigan (Boston radio talent & Winter Walk Event Committee) – is set for Friday, Oct. 30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and movie time is at 7 p.m. at Kowloon Restaurant, Route 1 North in Saugus. Admission is $75 per parking spot (for up to six people) and $50 per table (for up to four people). Guests can bring their own blankets and lawn chairs for the turf area. The movie is shown in the outdoor dining area and is socially distanced. Guests are invited to dress up in costume for Halloween, and the most creative costume wins a prize. THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 12

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 OBITUARIES Justin Charles Collins 39, of Stoneham formerly of Saugus passed away on October 11, 2020 after suffering for many years from chronic pain. He was the son of Jack Collins and the late Ann Marie Collins (Hartley). Born at Melrose Wakefield Hospital on November 15, 1980, Justin was raised in Saugus and graduated from Saugus High School. He later attended Salem State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He worked as a Therapeutic Mentor to at-risk youths at Elliot Community Health Services. He thrived in this role and made connections that changed lives. Inspired by this work, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Massachusetts through their accelerated degree program. Justin worked as a nurse with a focus on psychiatric nursing, where he helped countless patients. His tireless dedication came from lived experiences and he never wavered in his desire to help those who struggled. He was a long-time, active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and mentored countless individuals. Justin was an avid fisherman from the time he was a small child. He was a passionate Yogi that loved steak and cheese subs, rollercoasters and huge ice cream sundaes. He could always brighten a friend or colleagues’ day with his smile. In addition to his father, he is survived by two sisters, Amy Lemieux and her husband David, Emily Collins and her husband Chris, his nieces, Jacqueline, Sara, and Lily his nephews Conor and Charlie as well as countless friends, godchildren and cousins that meant the world to him. He was deeply loved by his friends and family. In lieu of flowers donations in Justin’s memory can be made to RIZE Massachusetts, an independent nonprofit foundation working to end the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts. www.rizema.org. Dr. Mitchell H. Goldberg Of Saugus, age 57, died unexpectedly on October 10, at Melrose Wakefield Hospital. He was the loving husband of Stacy Goldberg with whom he shared 22 years of marriage. Born in East Patchoque, NY and raised in South Florida, he lived in Saugus for the past 22 years. He was the son of the late Robert THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 11 Winter Walk, which was founded by Paul English (Kayak co-founder & CEO of Lola), raises awareness and funds toward an end to homelessness in Greater Boston. Winter Walk is a two-mile walk which begins at and ends on Copley Plaza. Participants, housed and homeless, will walk together and hear real stories of Boston’s homeless population. The 2021 Winter Walk, presented with Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), is set for both a live and virtual event on Sunday, February 7, 2021. COVID-19 testing extended to next year This just in from Saugus Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree, the Saugus Board of Health and the Saugus Health Department: They announced “the extending of free COVID-19 testing sites until January 15, 2021 throughout the community as part of a partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ ‘Stop the Spread’ initiative, which aims to help mitigate the spread of the virus in high-risk communities and prioritize residents’ safety. “Saugus has been upgraded to a high-risk from a moderate risk community and has moved to a shaded and Barbara (Appel) Goldberg. For the past 20 years Mitchell was the owner of Saugus Family Chiropractic where he loved to serve the local community. His passion to help others was one of his favorite things to do after his family. He also had a passion for horses and this passion lead him to become a shareholder of several race horses. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Andrew Goldberg and Grace Goldberg both of Saugus, Gregory Goldberg and Brittany Ingersol both of CA; brother of Stephen Goldberg M.D. of MD and Debra Schulman of FL. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mitchell’s name may be made to Thoroughbred Charities of America, www. tca.org. J. Alcine “Al” Robichaud Longtime of Saugus, and Past Commodore & lifelong member of the Winthrop Yacht Club, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at the Brudnick Center for Living, at age 88. Al was born in Meteghan Centre, Nova Scotia on December 11, 1931, one of 10 children of the late Bernard and Cecile (Gaudet) Robichaud. Raised in Meteghan Centre, Nova Scotia, Al settled in Saugus with wife Gracie where they lived for over 50 years. Well known in the Lynn and Saugus area, Al was an honest, hardworking licensed Electrician and handyman for many years. A boating lover, Al served as the Commodore for the Winthrop Yacht Club, and took great pride in the yacht club while supporting his fellow members. Generous and kind, Al was always ready to help his family and friends. He served as a source of strength for his 10 brothers and sisters, and was always available to them. He will be missed. Al was the beloved husband of the late Grace D. (Braid) Robichaud with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Dear brother of Blanche Gaudet of Nova Scotia, Annette Thibault of NH, Pierre Robichaud of Nova Scotia, Marie Cotreau and her husband Ernie of Saugus, Geraldine Comeau of Nova Scotia, and Daniel Robichaud of Nova Scotia. Predeceased by three sisters, Louise, Rose Emma, and Georgette. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association MA Chapter, 685 Canton St., Ste. 103, Norwood, MA 02062. red from yellow on the state’s coronavirus map based on the average daily incidence rate over the past two weeks. Cities and towns shaded red have the greatest risk levels. “The Town of Saugus’ continued partnership with the Commonwealth, AFC Urgent Care, Fallon Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the Square One Mall [is] a collaborative effort to work to downgrade the Town’s designated “High Risk” “Red” COVID-19 status through the existing COVID-19 testing sites in Saugus: “AFC Urgent Care, located at 371 Broadway, is currently offering free testing by appointment on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please register online at afcurgentcaresaugus.com. Call (781) 2331000 for more information. “Fallon EMS at the Square One Mall (Far Side Parking Lot on Essex Street), located at 1201 Broadway with entry off of Essex Street, will continue to offer free mobile drive-up testing in for Saugus residents in their cars Monday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. through January 15, 2021. No appointment is needed. [Residents] drive-up and register using a tablet when they arrive. Saugus Police will be assisting with traffic. The testing site will be staffed by 1012 individuals to handle registrations. All samples go Marie Tynan Age 75, of Saugus, formerly of Somerville, died on October 12, was the loving life partner of Phyllis Barone with whom she shared 31 years. She was the daughter of the late Francis X. & Phyllis (Vena) Tynan. She was the sister of the late Lillian Johnson and dear daughter in law of Raffaella Barone. Marie was the sister in law of Ursula DiMore, Lena DeMiles, Virginia Ciccone, Connie Mills, Fiorella Haskell, Tony Barone, Frances Barone, Annette Barone, Joe Esposito, Jimmy Demiles, Luigi Ciccone, Ken Mills, Rob Haskell, Mike Feldman. She was also survived by many loving nieces & nephews; Thomas Lydon & his wife Vicky, Linda Lydon Murphy & her husband Michael, Debora Lydon Mitrano, Gary Lydon & his wife Michelle, Victor & Angela D’Amore, Jim Jim & Joy DeMiles, Dana & Chelse DeMiles, Raffaella & Jonathan Ochoa, Danielle Brabant, Giovanni & Micayla Ciccone, Nancy Hennessey, Nicole Hennessy, Fiore & Karissa Esposito, Mikey & Ally Esposito, Natalie Hennessey, Francesca Ciccone, Joey Esposito, Antonio Barone, Brianna Feldman, Elizabeth Tippett, Tyler Lydon, Kathryn Lydon, Vincent Michael Mitrano, Marysa Mitrano, Anthony Mitrano, Amanda Bucci, Lindsey Bucci, Ryan Reid, Matthew Reid, great nieces & nephews; Kennedy Lydon, Jamison Tippett, Jackson Tippett, Brady Lydon. Marie was the Aunt of the late Mario D’Amore. A special thank you to her friends and extended family at the Grace Food Pantry in Everett for their prayers and support. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the Everett Grace Food Pantry www.facebook. com/gracefoodpantryeverett/. Visiting hours will be held in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., SAUGUS, on Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Relatives & friends are invited. Adhering to COVID-19 protocols of the CDC, face mask, social distancing & building capacity limitations will be observed at the visitation. A private family graveside will be held following. For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 781-233-4446 or Info@advocatenews.net directly to the Broad [Institute] in Cambridge for immediate testing with a 24-36 hour turnaround time. Notification of results will be made for negative results via emails while phone calls will be made for positive COVID-19 results. 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Rev. Granitsas: THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 COUNT | FROM PAGE 7 unwavering hope in the face of a pandemic By Dnee Sirichantaropas R ev. Nicholas Granitsas sat in his office, praying, while across town his longtime friend and parishioner, Roland Morse, was buried alone. Granitsas looked up at the crucifix, his hands shaking underneath the fluorescent lights. He wished he could be with his friend during his final moments. But the dangers of COVID-19 made it impossible. This has become Granitsas’ new reality. He was no longer able to perform rituals or fulfill his usual duties. When Morse died in the ICU at Massachusetts General Hospital, he was one in a long line of Granitsas’ parishioners who will meet the same fate. “I should’ve been there,” Granitsas said. The two men were friends for over 40 years. Granitsas officiated at Morse’s wedding ceremony in 1985 and was saddened that he couldn’t perform his funeral services. “He was on the verge of death,” Granitsas said. “And I wasn’t able to be there with him.” Congregational churches and worship services, long known for their adherence to tradition, have been significantly transformed due to the pandemic. More than 90 percent of regular churchgoers in the United States reported that their churches closed to prevent the virus’s spread, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Prior to the pandemic, about 175 people regularly attended Sunday services, Granitsas said. Now, about 30 people attend Mass. “Before the pandemic, we had three hardcore regulars in their 90s that never missed a single service,” Granitsas fondly recalled. The Church has been offering livestream resources for those unable to attend in-person, he said. “Our attendance for live services has greatly reduced,” he said. “But actually, I think we have more altogether because we have people watching on the stream.” Dr. John H. Ewart, director of Pastoral Leadership at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, said counseling classes and crisis intervention classes are part of the pastoral care training. However, no amount of training could have prepared church leaders on how to shepherd their congregants during the pandemic. “It’s been a huge shock to try to walk through the minefield of a church during a pandemic,” Ewart said. According to Ewart, there has been an increase in ministers’ resources on how to handle the pandemic. Centers for preaching and pastoral leadership, faith, culture and missions have released special resources that range from podcasts to panel discussions and blog posts. “There was not a class that was designed for COVID,” Ewart said. “But it will certainly be a part of the curriculum from now on.” One of the most difficult challenges Granitsas has had to face is losing close friends and people he considers family. When Granitsas and his family first moved to Revere in 1970, the friendly couple next door would always come over to help out and babysit Granitsas’ young child. “They both died of COVID a month ago,” he said. Although Granitsas feels disheartened by all the losses, his faith remains unbroken. “I still have this joy that no one can take away from me,” Granitsas said. “It’s a gift from God.” Granitsas came to Revere and helped make the Church flourish by establishing specialized ministries, which range from annual Gospel music festivals to ESL classes to the Food Pantry, according to Loralei Lauranzano, the Church’s administrative assistant. Lauranzano, who has known Granitsas for more than half of her life, said he always lifts everyone’s spirits. His joy is constant and contagious. “Every year, we have church picnic and play softball,” Lauranzano said. “And Pastor Nick is our pitcher every year, all day long. Every age plays. He pitches and he calls and just laughs and enjoys the whole time.” Local parishioner Lisa Sturgis said that finding her way to the Church and to Granitsas changed the trajectory of her whole life. She still looks back to 1979, the year REV. GRANITSAS | FROM PAGE 13 nose with a cloth face cover when around others “Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs. We are [here] for you. For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 2314117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781231-4111.” Where you can get tested Saugus Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree, the Saugus Board of Health and the Saugus Health Department announced the extending of free COVID-19 testing sites until October 31, 2020, throughout the community as part of a partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s “Stop the Spread” initiative, which aims to help mitigate the spread of the virus in high-risk communities and COLLEGES | FROM PAGE 4 ting the entire semester online. “There are those who will argue the best way to minimize COVID-19 spread is OPTIONS | FROM PAGE 8 has one family housing facility located at the converted Armitage School on Essex Street. “Due to the subsidized rent program for such units, the least amount of turnover exists in such housing,” the report says. If rezoned to R-4, the Ballard School lot could support up to 11 units. Glynn told committee members that converting a building, particularly an old building, could cost $300,000 per unit. “For a developer to spend $3,300,000, a long-term lease would be necessary. This would be highly unlikely without favorable terms for the developer and the investors. Some of the other issues included in the report: Veteran Housing – “It is clear that while Saugus does not have a homeless veterans problem, there may be a regional need for additional support services and housing. The two cannot be mutually exclusive.” East Saugus already doing its share – this part of town has accepted nursing homes, group homes and an assisted living facility. East Saugus also has hosted facilities that pose quality of life impacts on area residents, including the Stanley Day Pumping Station on LinPage 13 prioritize residents’ safety. “The Town of Saugus has partnered with the Commonwealth, AFC Urgent Care, Fallon Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the Square One Mall as a collaborative effort to work to downgrade the Town’s designated ‘High Risk’ red COVID-19 status by establishing and extending the following COVID-19 testing sites in Saugus: “AFC Urgent Care, located at 371 Broadway, is currently offering free testing by appointment on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please register online at afcurgentcaresaugus. com. Call (781) 233-1000 for more information. “Fallon EMS at the Square One Mall (Far Side Parking Lot on Essex Street), located at 1201 Broadway with entry off of Essex Street, will offer free mobile drive-up testing… for Saugus residents in not to have students on campus, but we felt that choice was and still is very harmful to our students, their mental health and their educational progress,” said Hopey. “Mercoln Avenue and the Wheelabrator trash-to-energy incinerator and adjacent ash landfill. “We wish to share these facts with a candid community that their cars Monday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is needed. [Residents] driveup and register using a tablet when they arrive. Saugus Police will be assisting with traffic. The testing site will be staffed by 10-12 individuals to handle registrations. All samples go directly to the Broad [Institute] in Cambridge for immediate testing with a 24-36 hour turnaround time. Notification of results will be made for negative results via emails while phone calls will be made for positive COVID-19 results. These sites do close when it rains because of risk of test contamination. This site has recently been extended until October 31, 2020. “This information will be on the Town’s website and on the state’s website: https://www.mass.gov/ info-details/stop-thespread?rgja#saugus-” rimack is an anchor organization in the Merrimack Valley and thousands of people are dependent on us being open, being safe and being present.” should recognize, and hopefully respect, the circumstances and concerns of those who live close to or near this, and future, shuttered public buildings,” the report says. ~ LEGAL NOTICE ~ COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS THE TRIAL COURT PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT Essex Division Docket No. ES20P2085EA Estate of: Jean A. DiPrima Date of Death: 5/12/2020 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Philip J. DiPrima of North Reading, MA a Will has been admitted to informal probate. Philip J. DiPrima of North Reading, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. October 16, 2020

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 have an AM radio THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen LISTEN TO THE BOB KATZEN BABY BOOMER AND GEN X RADIO AND ONLINE SHOW: Are you, like me, tired of being subjected to puzzled looks, blank stares and comments from younger people who look at you like you are Mel Brooks’ “2,000 Year Old Man” when you mention something from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s or even the 1980s? I invite you, your family and your friends to jump in my Delorean time machine and join me every Sunday night between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. for a trip back to a time we all fondly call “The Good Old Days.” The show is pure fun! Designed exclusively for YOU — Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. There are many ways you can listen to the show from anywhere in the world: If you have a smart speaker, simply say, “Play WMEX on RADIO.COM” Download the free RADIO. COM app on your phone or tablet Listen online at: www.radio. com/1510wmex/listen Tune into 1510 AM if you still There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at Question 1, one of the two questions on the ballot that will be decided directly by the voters in November. Secretary of State Bill Galvin has mailed the “Information for Voters on the 2020 Ballot Questions,” nicknamed the “Red Book,” to voters across the state. If you didn’t receive a copy, you can see one online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ ele/elepdf/IFV_2020.pdf or call the secretary’s office at 1-800462-VOTE to have one mailed to you. Question 1 asks voters if they approve of a proposed law that would require that motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities be provided with expanded access to mechanical data related to vehicle maintenance and repair. Gov. Charlie Baker’s Office of Administration and Finance is required by law to analyze the fiscal consequences if the proposed law is approved. “The proposed law has no discernible material fiscal consequences for state and municipal government finances,” says the analysis. “Massachusetts voters voted a record-setting 86 percent in favor of the Right to Repair ballot initiative in 2012,” said Tommy Hickey, Director of the Right To Repair Coalition, the group urging a “yes” vote on Question 1, to Beacon Hill Roll Call. “ Technology has evolved and there was a loophole in the law carving out wireless communications that manufacturers are using to restrict access to independent repair shops forcing consumers to dealerships. This ballot initiative would give car owners direct access to their diagnostic and repair information because we, as a coalition, believe if you bought the car, you should get all the information necessary to fix it and share the information with a repair shop of your choice.” “Question 1 is not Right to Repair,” said Conor Yunits, spokesperson for the Coalition for Safe and Secure Data, the group urging a “no” vote on Question 1, to Beacon Hill Roll Call. “We already have Right to Repair in Massachusetts, and it works: more than 70 percent of post-warranty repairs are done by independent mechanics. They are a critical piece of the repair network and that will not change. Question 1 is about major national retail chains like AutoZone and NAPA spending $21 million in Massachusetts because they want your data. Question 1 creates an ‘open access platform’ that connects to every vehicle in Massachusetts and unlocks a secure system, which is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that malicious actors could access and potentially take control of your vehicle.” A dispute has also erupted between the two groups on whether the availability of this information can be dangerous for victims of domestic violence. “Domestic violence advocates warn how dangerous this information could be,” says Yunits. “Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, wrote, ‘Access to vehicle data, particularly call logs and GPS location, enables persons who perpetrate abuse to possess the tools necessary to track and monitor their victim.’” But supporters of Question 1 disagree. “ The Jane Doe group was ill-informed that this ballot initiative was about GPS location which it is not,” responded Hickey. “They have since withdrawn their position after finding out that this was simply about mechanical information necessary to diagnose, maintain and repair the car. In fact, they have also stated they did not give permission to car manufacturers to use their group’s name in the voter guidebook.” To n i T r o o p , D i r e c t o r of Communic a ti ons and Development for Jane Doe Inc., responded to Beacon Hill Roll Call’s request to explain the situation. “This past week, many of you received a 2020 Voters Guide in the mail,” said Troop. “In that guide, Jane Doe, Inc. is quoted and portrayed as opposing Question 1. We would like to be clear that [we were] not consulted about our inclusion in this guide. While Jane Doe Inc. is not taking a public stand on this ballot question, at this time, we do not believe that a yes vote on Question 1 would uniquely compromise survivor safety in the manner portrayed by opponents [of the bill].” Opponents of Question 1 defended their use of the quotes from Jane Doe. “Our Red Book language quotes directly from public testimony Jane Doe Inc. submitted to the Legislature,” countered Yunits. “We followed appropriate channels to inform them this language would be included in the Red Book before it was submitted in July.” “When we were first presented with the Right to Repair issue late last year, we turned to our coalition partners in California for guidance given that they had recently navigated a similar initiative in their state,” said Troop. “Drawing from their experiences and insight, we BEACON | SEE PAGE 17

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 Page 17 BEACON | FROM PAGE 14 wrote testimony in opposition to the Right to Repair legislation. At the time, our analysis of that legislation raised some safety and privacy concerns for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence that we did not feel had been adequately addressed by proponents. We raised specific concerns regarding the potential for abuse due to the broadening of avenues to abuse access to data.” “Since January, our analysis has evolved,” continued Troop. “The current ballot question proposed is distinct from what was initially proposed in California and does not appear to pose the heightened risk of breach of personal information as suggested by those who oppose this initiative.” “Let’s be very clear,” said Brian Johnson, owner of Brian’s Auto Repair and Tire in Fitchburg and a supporter of Question 1. “Car manufacturers have one goal here, and one goal only—to steer you to their dealerships where you will pay more for the services. They may tell you otherwise, but the bottom line is this: Without access to their secure gateways, we will have no way of accessing the diagnostic information we need. And it is prohibitively expensive to gain that access.” “Right to Repair 2020 is not about repair at all,” said General Manager Jason Pappas of Copeland Chevrolet in Brockton, an opponent of Question 1. “The OnStar system is the largest vehicle telematics system in the United States and as a Chevrolet dealer we do not use it to repair vehicles. We connect to vehicles through the OBD 2 Connector under the dashboa rd, wh i ch i s the same way independent repair facilities connect to a vehicle. Vote no on Question 1 and protect your data. This is nothing more than a data grab by aftermarket par ts manufacturers and large repair chains.” Her e ar e the official arguments, gathered by the secretary of state, by each side of the question. A maximum of 150 words is allowed. IN FAVOR OF QUESTION #1: Written by Tommy Hickey, Mas s achuse tt s R i gh t Repair, 617-248-9772 www. t o massrighttorepair.org “A yes vote for Right to Repair will guarantee that as technology advances, drivers can continue to get their cars repaired where they want. We passed the first Right to Repair law in 2012, but as new cars become more computerized auto manufacturers are using a loophole to restrict access to data needed to diagnose problems, make repairs and perform maintenance. This means car owners are steered t owa r d mo r e e xpen s i ve dealer repair options. Vote yes to protect independent repair shops and preserve your ability to shop around. Voting yes provides access only to mechanical and repair information, not personal information. A yes vote ensures that you will have the choice to provide access to the repair information necessary to fix your car to your local FOR SALE • French Provencial Finish WURLITZER PIANO Excellent Condition • GRANDFATHER CLOCK Call 781-366-6306 * Crack Repairing * Pot Hole Filling * Striping Handicapped Spaces * Free Estimates Tom’s Seal Coating Call Gary: 978-210-4012 independent repair shop even as cars become more computerized. It’s your car, you paid for it, you should get it fixed where you want.” AGAINST QUESTION #1: Steve McElhinney, for Safe and Secure Data 617-3980281 www.safeandsecuredata. org. “Vote no on Question 1 to protect your pr ivacy, your safety and your family. Question 1 has nothing to do with fixing cars. 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Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 BEACON | FROM PAGE 17 data in real time. Domestic violence advocates warn how dangerous this information could be. Jane Doe, the Massachusetts Coalition Domest ic Violence, wrote, ‘Ac ce ss to veh i cl e da t a, particularly call logs and GPS location, enables persons who perpetrate abuse to possess the tools necessary to track and monitor their victim.’ A similar after the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault warned, ‘from this information, a third party, such as a sexual predator, could stalk and/or harm victims.’ Privacy advocates, cybersecurity experts, and Space for Lease 3 Large Rooms, each with Large Walk-in Storage Area. or Aerobics Studio. Located at Route 1 South at Walnut Street. Rollerworld Plaza, Route 1 South, 425 Broadway, Saugus. Call Michelle at: 781-233-9507 groups urge you to vote no on Question 1.” 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 October 5-9, the House met for a total of 16 minutes while the Senate met for a total of two hours and 30 minutes. Mon. Oct. 5 House 11:02 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Senate 11:07 a.m. to 1:17 p.m. Tues. Oct. 6 No House session Wed. Oct. 7 No House session. Fri. Oct. 9 No House session No Senate session. No Senate session Thurs. Oct. 8 House 11:00 a.m. to 11:08 a.m. Senate 11:07 a.m. to 11:27 a.m. No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com Against Sexual Assault and proposal failed in California domestic violence advocacy

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