SAUGUS Vol. 23, No. 46 -FREEThe Advocate – A household word in Saugus ADVOCATDV C TE AD OC www.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday 781-233-4446 Friday, November 13, 2020 An unforgettable Veterans Day Observance More than 50 people attended an unusual Veterans Day observance that was tempered by COVID-19 concerns and a mission to keep the participants safe By Mark E. Vogler E ven before the birth of America, Saugus displayed its patriotic spirit and pride that is celebrated every Veterans Day. Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Erbetta reminded the small crowd in Veterans Park of how town residents had served their future nation proudly back in the spring of 1775. “Marblehead fishermen and sailors along with the Saugus/Third Parish Minutemen were among the very fi rst American veterans from Essex County to fi ght in the Revolutionary War,” Erbetta said in his keynote address late Wednesday morning as the town observed its annual Veterans Day ceremonies. “They, like their fellow miliclothes on their backs, to fi ght for a principle: the novel idea that colonial Americans should have a say in how they were to be governed and taxed...free from a ministerial British colonial government that treated them like third-class subjects of the Crown,” he said. Then Erbetta provided some KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Retired U.S. Navy Captain Robert Erbetta told the small crowd at Saugus Veterans Park that Saugus can be proud of the 62 men from Saugus who fought in the American Revolutionary War – who were among the fi rst veterans to serve, before America became a country. tia minutemen of nearby Middlesex and Suffolk Counties, upped and left their families, homes and jobs with only the historical details that would make any Saugonian proud of his or her hometown roots. “I would especially like to call your attention to the fi rst veterans of this town and in particular Rev. Roby, who with 62 others marched to Lexington on April 19, 1775, and fought in both the Battles of Lexington and Concord,” Erbetta said. “Four days later the Massachusetts Provincial Congress advised that all men living within 20 miles of the coast be armed at all times. Rev. Roby showed up the next Sunday at the pulpit armed with his sermon and a musket.” Low turnout was by COVID-19 design Erbetta noted that he normally spends his Veterans Days in another North Shore community. “I must admit that after 46 years of participating in Marblehead’s Veterans Day ceremonies, I feel a bit strange standing here in my 21st-century Navy uniform instead of my Marblehead Glovers Regiment 18th-century sailor kit armed with a fl intlock blunderbuss!” he added. The privileged 50 or so Saugus residents and others who VETERANS DAY | SEE PAGE 5 A major COVID-19 Spike in Saugus By Mark E. Vogler S With more than 100 new confi rmed Coronavirus cases over the past week, town surpasses the 1,000 mark Despite an increase of 60 tree said in a text message to The Saugus Advocate, just beaugus experienced its worst week since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, as the town reported 104 new cases, according to the latest statistics released yesterday. “As of today, the state has notifi ed the Health Department of 1,025 cases and 45 deaths,” Town Manager Scott C. Crabfore the press deadline. “Those numbers are as of this morning, that I received from the Health Department,” Crabtree said. The previous statistics released last Friday by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) showed Saugus reporting 921 cases as of Nov. 4. over an eight-day period through Nov. 4, the town was actually downgraded from the “red” category on the state’s COVID-19 map designating the worst risk communities to “yellow” for the moderate risk communities. 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Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 ~THE ADVOCATE ASKS~ A salute to Saugus’s oldest living veteran, Maurice DiBlasi, 100, who lived to talk about a torpedo attack he survived in the Navy in World War II Editor’s Note: During Wednesday’s Veterans Day ceremony at Saugus Veterans Park, people were talking about Maurice DiBlasi, who turned 100 years old in July. Because of concerns of how he might be at risk to the Coronavirus, DiBlasi didn’t attend the ceremony. We decided to reprint a previous interview we did with him three years ago because it captures the essence of Veterans Day. In that conversation, he talked about his close encounter with death during World War II after being on a ship that was attacked by a German submarine, U-130. DiBlasi was a boatswain’s mate second class, serving on the USS Hugh L. Scott transport ship when it was hit by two torpedoes while unloading supplies on Nov. 12, 1942, during the invasion of North Africa. DiBlasi said he jumped into the water after the second torpedo hit the ship, which later sank. There were close to 60 casualties. DiBlasi, a 1938 Revere High School graduate, lived in Revere for about 50 years and served as a fi refi ghter of that city for 31 years. He was credited with helping to save the lives of two women and a cat during the fi re of a three-family home. DiBlasi was married to the late Victoria more than seven decades before she passed away early last year. They CELEBRATING 100: U.S. Navy Veteran Maurice DiBlasi celebrated his 100th birthday in July in front of his Saugus home. Local veterans leaders believe he is the town’s oldest living veteran. (Saugus Advocate fi le photo by Mark E. Vogler) Banking with a hometown touch. Open a free checking account with no monthly fees, and get access to Mobile Banking, Bill Pay and other features. Because no matter where you go, we’re right by you. 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Veterans Day is for everyone in the armed forces who’s played a part in saving this great country. I was proud to be a Navy man and I still am. I loved it, almost as much as I loved the Fire Department. Veterans Day is a day to recognize everyone who has contributed to protecting this nation. Q: Do you remember when Right by you. Member FDIC Member DIF you enlisted in the Navy? A: Yes, I think I enlisted in July of 1942, in Newport, R.I. And from there, we went down to Virginia to get training on the Scott (the USS Hugh L. Scott transport ship) as an invasion ship. And we had three months of training on the Scott with the Higgins boat landings. In October we started in the fl eet across the Atlantic Ocean to invade North Africa. The Germans’ Rommel was running rampant down there with his tanks. Q: So, on the Scott you were providing supplies. That was your basic mission? A: Right, and troops – mainly dropping off troops. It was in October that we were headed into North Africa. My job was to let the Higgins boats – with the Marines and sailors in them – down into the water to invade. Now, that was the 8th of November. Four days later I asked permission to get out of the gun mount and get myself freshened up a little, because everything was quiet. The invasion was completed, and now we’re taking cargo and supplies into the troops. So, I asked permission to get cleaned up, and they gave me permission. So, I freshened up and showered, then I went to the mess hall. I asked what we were having, and they told me beef stew. I said, “Beef stew! I’m not gonna eat no beef stew.” And one of the guy’s told me, “DiBlasi, you better eat it. It may be your last meal.” I’m not sure whether I had the meal or not, but I headed three stories up to the top deck to the gun mount. When the fi rst torpedo hit us, I nearly soiled my pants. I thought I was going to die then. Then I went through two structures and the second torpedo hit. I looked over the rail from the high side but decided I couldn’t jump ship because they hadn’t given the “abandon ship” order yet. Then an offi cer comes running by, goes down a fl ight of stairs and dives into the water. I said to myself, if it’s good ASKS | SEE PAGE 12


Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 Ready for the Holidays The town has installed a tree on the Saugus Center rotary, just in case there is a tree-lighting ceremony this year By Mark E. Vogler A few weeks ago, Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree disclosed that the Town of Saugus was in the process of purchasing a new holiday tree to be planted near the town’s Civil War monument on the rotary of Saugus Center. Crabtree was optimistic, at that point, that it is still possiAUTOTECH 1989 SINCE CA$H FOR YOUR CAR! DRIVE IT - PUSH IT - TOW IT! Cold Hard Cash For Your Car, Truck or SUV! 2014 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE LT Excellent Condition, Most Power Options, Key-less Entry, Panoramic Moon Roof, Backup Camera, Remote Start, 126K Miles, Warranty! TRADES WELCOME $10,900 Easy Financing Available! EddiesAutotech.com 2008 CADILLAC DTS Platinum Package, Every Conceivable Option, Clean Title, Only 86K Miles, Warranty! TRADES WELCOME $8,500 781-321-8841 1236 EasternAve • Malden We Pay Cash For Your Vehicle! ble for the town to have its festive tree-lighting ceremony in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. His hope at the time was that signifi cant progress in reducing the number of confi rmed cases would enable the town to celebrate the fi rst Friday of December in the way it has for many years. But with the recent spike in confi rmed Coronavirus cases over the past few weeks, Crabtree this week said the annual tree lighting event and arrival of Santa Claus – and a night full of fun events, including a petting zoo, visiting Santa Claus in the second fl oor auditorium at Town Hall, various rides and holiday face paintings – are in jeopardy because of the virus. “We will have to talk to the Health Department and look at the state guidelines [for COVID-19],” Crabtree said. “It may not be possible under COVID. We’d have to plan it out and think about it,” he said But even if the town wants to do the minimum – and light up a Christmas tree – that’s been taken care of. The town’s Department of Public Works recently installed a new Colorado blue spruce tree that measures 27 to 29 feet tall, according to the town manager’s administrative assistant, Jeannie Meredith. The new tree is slightly smaller than the 31-foot-tall Norwegian spruce which was planted in the island last December. That was a replacement tree for the Colorado blue spruce, which stood about 45 to 48 feet tall, A NEW HOLIDAY TREE: If there is a holiday tree-lighting ceremony this year, the town has got a new one to be the centerpiece of the annual celebration. Town DPW staff recently installed this 27-29 feet tall Colorado blue spruce. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) which was mowed down by a reckless Lynn driver in July of last year. “The replacement tree the DPW put in last year didn’t take very well and had to be replaced,” Crabtree said in an interview. “But we had a warranty that allowed us to get a new tree, which was planted last week,” he said. Some Saugus Highlights By Th e Old Sachem, Bill Stewart This week we honor two Saugus heroes. Richard J. Barry was a very good friend of mine. We worked together for the town government, for Little League and the Senior Center, among other groups. He graduated from Lynn English High School and spent his free time during this period working at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Lynn. His father died when Dick was 15 so he had to work to help with family expenses. He started as an usher and his abilities eventually rose him to the manager. He married the popcorn seller, Eleanor O’Keefe, a while later when he turned 25. He left the Paramount to enlist in the US Army during the KoHIGHLIGHTS | SEE PAGE 12

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 Page 5 VETERANS DAY | FROM PAGE 1 showed up to Saugus Veterans Park on Wednesday had to have felt strange, too, as they observed a Veterans Day tempered by COVID-19. It was anything but a normal ceremony. For starters, the unseasonably warm weather could not have been much better – in the mid to upper 70’s with a little wind blowing across the park. Looking out at the small crowd, Saugus Veterans Council Commander Steve Castinetti noticed that Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini was dressed in shorts, more like he was looking forward to a day at the beach. Castinetti also recalled some very cold days – so shivering-cold that people couldn’t talk. But with one of the best days ever for a Veterans Day celebration, Castinetti explained the reason for the poor turnout of more than 50 people. It was by invitation only. The Veterans Council decided to limit the crowd to 25 people – mostly town officials and veterans leaders. “Apparently, we have a lot more than invited,” he said. On a normal Nov. 11, the great weather would have attracted several hundred town and area residents. There would have been a wreath ceremony at Veterans Memorial Elementary School. The Saugus High School Marching Band would have performed some patriotic tunes. And, possibly, some of the crowd – particularly veterans – may have assembled upstairs at the Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Post 210 Saugus American Legion Executive Officer Robert O’Toole read an inspiring rendition of “Old Glory,” offering a history of where the American flag has been over the years, accompanying men and women of the American Armed Forces. “I have fought in every battle of every war for the last 200 years,” he said, reading from the history of “Old Glory.” Veterans’ Service Officer Jay MOMENT OF RECOGNITION: Saugus Veterans Council Commander Steve Castinetti at the lectern closed the Veterans Day Ceremony the traditional way on Wednesday (Nov. 11) at Saugus Veterans Park by inviting all veterans to join him as they received applause for their service to their country. (Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler) Hall for a bite to eat later. But to protect the Veterans Day observers from the spread of the Coronavirus, the event was scaled down dramatically this year. Everyone wore face masks or facial coverings, tried to observe social distancing and fist-pumped or banged arms as an alternative to handshaking. The Lynn English Junior ROTC participated with color guards, as has been traditional for many years. And the hour-long ceremony ended with all veterans assembling being asked to stand in front of the archway to be recognized for their service. “You are the real heroes…” State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) in brief remarks said he hopes that the nation will continue to show strong appreciation for its veterans. “Through the years, some of our veterans weren’t greeted properly when they came back [from war],” Wong said. “I hope from now on, all of the veterans will be treated properly when they come back,” he said. Wong added that he hopes there won’t be more wars. Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano hailed veterans as “the real heroes in this country.” Cogliano also hopes that the country will soon recover from the Coronavirus pandemic so veterans could get the recognition they deserve. The Rev. Bob Leroe offered prayers before and after the ceremonies. Saugus Veterans Council Pinette read the official proclamation from Gov. Charlie Baker on Veterans Day which recognizes the 388,000 living veterans in Massachusetts. The proclamation also commemorated the 102nd anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War I – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 – in what was supposed to be “The war to end all wars.” Once again, as in past years, Steve Castraberti and Prince Pizzeria offered all local veterans to enjoy their lunch for free in recognition for their service to the country. www.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!

Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 GBL votes unanimously to accept Lynn English and Lynn Classical as new members Schools requested to leave Northeastern Conference and join GBL in time for next fall season By Steve Freker and GBL President Chris MasT he Greater Boston League (GBL) could go from “out of business” to expanding and thriving in the span of just 18 months. Yesterday the GBL board voted unanimously, 6-0, to accept Lynn English High School and Lynn Classical High School as members for the 20212022 season next fall, pending their release from the Northeastern Conference (NEC). “It was an easy decision and we are thrilled as a league that Lynn English and Lynn Classical wanted to become part of the Greater Boston League,” said Malden High School Principal trangelo. “We will become a stronger, eight-team league with these two great additions,” Mastrangelo added. “Moving forward, we believe the GBL will be the premier, urban-based league in Massachusetts.” At a meeting of NEC athletic directors last Thursday, Lynn Classical and Lynn English informed the NEC they wish to leave the league in time to join the GBL for September 2021. The GBL was reformed at the end of the 2019-2020 school year when the NEC essentially voted out the four local schools, Everett, Malden, Medford and 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 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 For his Eagle Scout project, Dominic Imbrogna of Saugus Boy Scout Troop 61 found a way to honor the veterans laid to rest at Riverside Cemetery in Saugus. The project was to restore Veterans Markers – by cutting and edging back overgrown grass and correcting the markers that have unevenly sunken into the ground – so they are displayed correctly and with honor to give the deceased veterans the respect and honor they deserve. The project took place at the cemetery on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 with scouts, family and friends volunteering their time from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) Somerville, after a brief, twoyear trial run as members of the NEC. Those four schools were quickly joined by Revere, an NEC school that had a long history in the GBL in the past, which opted to leave the NEC and got a swift bon voyage from that league. The GBL will soon increase to six members when Chelsea High joins the fold for the 2021-22 season next September. Representatives of Lynn English and Lynn Classical, according to reports, told the NEC athletic directors that there have been discussions with the GBL reps for the past two months and they were told they’d be welcomed “with open arms.” If the two Lynn schools became fi rst-time “GBLers,” it would create an eight-team league, which would quickly be recognized as perhaps the premier urban-based league in the state. “We’ve been talking to the Greater Boston League for two months,” Lynn English Athletic Director Dick Newton said in a published report. “Many of the schools in that league are dealing with the same issues that we are dealing with here. I just feel like the Greater Boston League is a league where we belong now and in the future.” The GBL was one of the top leagues in Massachusetts, in all sports, for many years since its inception in 1959, before schools began leaving for other leagues. A number of schools, including charter members Arlington and Revere, as well as Peabody, Waltham and Cambridge, all left, leaving the GBL with just Everett, Malden, Medford and Somerville. Those four schools joined the NEC on a trial basis in 2017, but were voted out in 2019, with schools including Beverly and Marblehead leading the way. The GBL was GBL | SEE PAGE 7 Troop 61 salutes Saugus veterans 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, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 Page 7 The COVID-19 Priorities Rep. Wong already has agenda scoped out as he looks ahead to next year: the start of his sixth two-year term representing the 9th Essex House District By Mark E. Vogler I n a normal year, State Rep. Donald Wong would feel very relaxed and comfortable as he looks ahead to 2021 when he begins his sixth two-year term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. But the Saugus Republican is hardly relaxed, despite getting reelected last week without competition. Unlike in past elections – when he was busy setting specific legislative goals for his constituents in the three communities he represents, Wong said he has three top priorities that cover everyone – all of them about COVID-19. “My top priorities have already been set,” Wong said in an interview at Saugus Veterans Park on Wednesday (Nov. 11). “I’m going to work on the issues related to COVID-19. That’s my priority, maybe for the next two years. It all depends on the pandemic and the economy of the Commonwealth,” he said. “And there are three sections we have to bring together: local government, state government and the federal government. And we all have to be on the same page. We should first find out what we have in common within the three phases of government. We have to see what everyone brings to the table for our community. The Town of Saugus has to work with the state and federal governments closely. It has to be a collaborative effort – without thinking along political lines,” he said. The Ninth Essex House District includes eight of the 10 Saugus precincts (everything but Precincts 3 and 10) and parts of Lynn (two precincts) GBL | FROM PAGE 6 reestablished in 2019 as of the winter season. Lynn Classical Athletic Director Bill Devin strongly supported the so-called GBL team remaining in the NEC and was one of the votes in favor. “For the short time they were in the league, we had tremendous games and competition with the GBL,” Devin said in a published report. “I looked at all the sports and I thought they belonged in the league. I’ve been thinking about this ever since they left the league. The GBL is more of where we should be now.” the revenue circumstances and not knowing what the feds will be giving us,” he said. “A lot of things could be affected. I am primarily concerned about our senior citizens and veterans. With the pandemic, the suicide rate is going up. People are more unstable and suffering mental health issues, so I want to try to bring back as much financial support for Saugus and my district as I can,” he said. 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 PREPARING FOR HIS TOUGHEST TERM: State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) at Veterans Park on Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11). Though elected without opposition to his sixth two year-term representing voters of the 9th Essex House District, Wong says the new term that begins in January will probably be his most challenging because of COVID-19. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) and Wakefield (four precincts). A lot of uncertainty looms with how much help Saugus should be expecting from the state and federal governments, largely because of how the Coronavirus has affected the country’s overall economy adversely, according to Wong. “Right now it’s very difficult to estimate how much help we’re going to get. The state revenue is not coming in as it has in previous years,” Wong said. “Right now we’re working on Fiscal 2021 [the year that began last July 1] in the Commonwealth. We really don’t know what we can do yet because of One reason is that officials and coaches from Classical and English were reportedly not happy when other schools in the NEC changed course and decided to go forward with their fall sports seasons after the NEC principals had voted to move the entire season to “Fall 2” due to the Coronavirus. The two Lynn teams could not compete since that community was designated in the “Red,” high-risk category and not allowed to compete according to state and Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association protocols – all GBL schools stood as one and canceled their fall seasons.

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 Sachems battling hard despite late start to season By Greg Phipps H aving yet to taste victory in 2020, the Saugus High School fi eld hockey team has continued to work hard and steadily improve, according to head coach Barbara Guarente. On Saturday at Masconomet, the Sachems battled hard but ended up suff ering a shutout defeat at the hands of the Chieftains. The Sachems fell behind 5-0 at halftime and Masco added to its lead in the second half. Saugus was unable to score and spent most of the game defending its own territory against an aggressive Chieftains attack. The loss dropped the Sachems to 0-6 on the season. Guarente pointed out that her squad got off to a later start than many othSachem forward Gianna Costa battled for ball possession in Saturday’s game at Masconomet. Saugus’s Cassandra Israelson tried to impede an onrushing Masconomet forward in second-half action of last Saturday’s loss. 781-321-7700 DISCOUNT FURNITURE COMPLETE LINE OF QUALITY FURNITURE AT LOW PRICES *BEDROOM SETS *DINING ROOM SETS *KITCHEN SETS ASHLEY SOFA $399.00 *SOFA / LOVE SEATS *TABLES & CHAIRS *COMPUTER DESKS ASHLEY BEDROOM SETS LAYAWAY PLANS AVAILABLE 42 Willow St., Malden, Ma. $895.95 er teams in the area, and that the recent wintry weather forced cancellations and led to lack of practice time. “We’re improving with every game. Our season started later than most everybody else’s, and the [recent] rain and snow hurt us some,” Guarente said after Saturday’s game. The highlight for Saugus in Saturday’s contest was 31 saves from senior goaltender Gabby Surette. Also featured were strong defensive eff orts from Leah Ventre, Kyleigh Dalton and Kirby Dalton, and a solid eff ort from forward Gianna Costa. Still seeking their fi rst win, the Sachems were scheduled to play at Danvers on Monday and to play Swampscott on Wednesday. Saugus goalie Gabby Surette looked to kick away a loose ball in the crease with defensive help from teammates Kyleigh Dalton, Kirby Dalton and Lindsey McGovern. STARTING AT

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 Page 9 Saugus girls win first home game By Greg Phipps E ntering its Senior Day contest against Gloucester Sunday afternoon, the Saugus High School girls’ soccer team had not played a home game all season. The Sachems fi nally had their fi rst opportunity for home cooking under unseasonably springlike weather conditions at Anna Parker Field and they took full advantage. Junior forward Jenna Tennant opened the scoring early in the fi rst half when she raced down the right wing and unleashed a rocket into the top far corner of the net. From there, Saugus would tally fi ve more goals on its way to a 6-1 win. It was the Sachems’ second victory of the campaign. Saugus dropped a close 2-1 decision at Swampscott on Monday to fall to 2-5 on the season as of early this week. Head coach Chris Coviello admitted to the press after Sunday’s win that having a chance to compete at home made a difference. “We’re just a better team on grass, and especially on our home fi eld. It was a perfect atmosphere for us out there with the warm weather and being able to play at home fi nally,” he pointed out. “We couldn’t have asked for anything more.” For most of the game, the Sachems controlled the territorial play. Gloucester tallied a second half goal to avoid the shutout, as Saugus was able to give much of its roster playing time. Veronica Ortega banged home the fi rst of her two scores off a rebound to make it 2-0, and Jordan Morris tallied just before the half to give Saugus a 3-0 lead at the break. The hosts added three more tallies in the second period. Along with Ortega’s second goal, freshmen Juliana Powers and Allison Justice recorded their fi rst varsity goals to account for all the Saugus scoring. The team honored its senior players before the contest. Recognized were Megan Bluette, Jessica Carter, Haley McLaughlin and Keila Friend. “This group has been around here for a long time, two of them since they were eighth-graders and the other two since their freshmen year,” Coviello said of his senior foursome. “Obviously this has been a tough year for everyone, and those seniors in particular, but we couldn’t have asked for a better day to celebrate them and what they’ve meant to the program.” Saugus sports a young squad this fall with four sophomores and fi ve freshmen on the roster. The Sachems suff ered a tough 2-1 defeat at Swampscott Monday, as the hosts scored late in the game to come away with the win. Justice scored her second varsity goal to account for Saugus’s lone tally.

Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 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. Brace yourselves for COVID-19 times, folks Anyone who has been following the news and the weekly COVID-19 infection numbers knows that Saugus – like the rest of the country – is far from out of the woods yet in distancing itself from the threat of the killer Coronavirus. In several parts of the country, states are undergoing spikes and surges that are so alarming that the respective state officials are shutting things down again. These were some of the fresh headlines from across the country as I polished off this week’s column early yesterday (Thursday, Nov. 12): “Texas Tops 1 million cases as COVID-19 surge engulfs the U.S”—The Associated Press “Record Covid-19 Hospitalizations Strains System Again”—The Wall Street Journal “Some hospitals are running out of health care workers. Here’s what could happen next” —CNN And in Massachusetts all we have been hearing about over the past week is how the numbers are spiking again. Meanwhile, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) has manipulated the numbers and altered the methodology so that it appears things are actually better. The “red”-colored communities on the state COVID-19 map which identify the communities with the worst risk for the virus have suddenly dwindled from 100-plus down to 16, as of last Friday. Saugus is among the many which have dropped into the “yellow,” or moderate risk, category. But if we take that metric – new cases per 100,000 over a 14-day period (Oct. 11-24) – which saw Saugus with a rate of 24.4 (the 8th highest in the state), it appears things haven’t gotten any better in town. Though now in the “yellow,” Saugus’ daily incidence rate (Oct. 18-31) had increased slightly to 24.8. The only thing that has changed is the metrics. For Massachusetts communities with a population of 10,000 to 50,000, the state increased the daily case average from 8 to 10 while adding the 5 percent or greater positivity rate. To be a “red” community now, Saugus needs to have 10 average cases per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 5 percent or greater. Saugus was already more than double the daily incidence rate. Meanwhile, its positivity rate of those being tested within the most recent 14-day period was 4.35 percent. So, some laymen folks who are too overwhelmed and confused by the changing methodology could legitimately argue that Saugus remains a “red” community. It’s apparent the state has changed the methodology to downplay or disguise the soaring “red” community numbers. Keep in mind that back in March at the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the state was reluctant to provide a community breakdown of the virus numbers. So, the public wouldn’t know how bad things were in a particular community. Public pressure forced the state to become more transparent on that data. But now, as the virus incidence seems to be spiking all over Massachusetts, the state changes the methodology, and it makes it look like things have gotten better in Saugus and dozens of other communities that were once red. Stay tuned, Saugus. Also, please stay safe. Wear your facial covering. Practice social distancing when you go out. And try to avoid large gatherings. If you aren’t feeling well, stay home. Getting some election blame As I have mentioned in previous columns during my four and a half years as editor of The Saugus Advocate, I am a longtime believer that preelection coverage is one of the most important duties of a daily or weekly newspaper. I have always believed that – ever since 1972, my cub reporter days while a student at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and working part-time for The Springfield Union, and Saturdays and Sundays at the newspaper’s Northampton bureau. Of course, my early days of journalism were tempered by Watergate and those two guys at The Washington Post – Woodward and Bernstein – who exposed the Watergate scandal that led to the demise of President Richard Nixon. So, being a journalist of that generation, I have always thought it was important for a reporter on any level – small town, state or national – to give it his or her all in covering candidates and the elections. flict of interest because Bartlett was living with one of the town’s most powerful non-elected officials. People at Nantucket Town Hall were complaining about the relationship. How can a selectman who is about to get married to one of the top town officials continue without a potential conflict of interest? The only time the other paper mentioned the issue was in its front-page story, which was published after the election – after I had left the island for a job at The Eagle-Tribune. My landlady on Nantucket mailed me a copy of the story weeks after it was published. Cheryl Bartlett actually went on to have a pretty good public life – off of the island. She worked for seven years at the state Department of Public Health – two of those years as the agency’s commissioner. The scariest fallout I received from preelection coverage was my time as an investigative reporter for The Leesburg Commercial (in Florida). I wrote some stories about corruption in the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, which probably contributed to the election defeat of the incumbent sheriff. One of the stories featured a colorful collage of credit card receipts for work done on private vehicles that the public was paying for. There were also receipts for a vehicle that was out of commission. The exposé on credit card abuse by the administration of the incumbent sheriff – without a reasonable explanation – didn’t sit well with the voters. Shortly after the election, I began receiving anonymous, threatening calls from some of the sheriff’s supporters. It was scary. As I look back on some of those years when local politicians and supporters blamed me for losing elections, I’m certain the stories I wrote influenced the election outcomes, but it was the voters who actually decided that the election outcomes – not me. We have a winner! We have a winner in last week’s “Guess Who Got 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”) I have been so passionate about that over my 48-plus years that I’ve gotten blamed by some of the candidates who lost the elections. Back in my days as the Lawrence City Hall reporter for The Eagle-Tribune, I was physically attacked by a candidate who lost her City Council race. She grabbed me by the lapel before I walked into City Council Chambers to cover a meeting. And she f-bombed me no less than 15 times. My editors were mad that I didn’t file a complaint with the Police Department. But heck, the incident took place in front of a Lawrence cop. So, I just brushed it off. But one of the paper’s columnists referred to the incident and noted that she was “foul-mouthed.” More than 20 years ago when I was the editor of The Nantucket Beacon, I actually got blamed for a selectman losing her election. “Bartlett blames Beacon for her loss, says personal life was put under a microscope,” trumpeted a post-election headline in the rival island weekly. “I think The Beacon did a number on me,” then former-Selectman Cheryl Bartlett said in a front-page story. Bartlett lost the election by 127 votes. She blamed The Beacon for her loss. But Bartlett’s loss was of her own making. We reported and editorialized about her romantic affair with the town’s finance director, which eventually led to marriage. It did pose a potential conSketched” contest. Congratulations to Jean Lyons, who contacted us first and guessed correctly. Thanks to many other readers who sent the correct answer by email or phone message. Try again this week. Here’s last week’s answer, offered by the person who goes by the name of The Sketch Artist: “Paul Kenworthy. His wife Laura Eisener, of ‘Saugus Gardens in the Pandemic,’ thoughtfully wrote Her husband’s Bio so, I leave it in her hands only to add a grace note of (If you are playing Tourist in your own Town of Saugus a must to do is go on a tour of Saugus Iron Works and get in a tour led by Paul. He really gives of himself 100% and animates factual representation with care from start to finish! Fascinating tour guide as others have mentioned.) “thankyou and Now Ms. Laura’s words: “‘Paul was born in Providence RI, graduated from Connecticut college in New London, CT with a degree in history, and received a Master’s Degree in business from State University of New York at Albany, NY. He has been a Saugus resident since 1990. In 2014 he left his previous career and returned to his first love, history, when he began working as a park ranger at Saugus Ironworks National Park. During the winter he teaches a computer class at Worcester State University. He lives in the Lynnhurst neighborhood with his wife of 28 years, Laura Eisener, his niece Monique Todd, and their 2 cats.’ “Yours Truly, The Sketch Artist.” A “shout-out” to the Castraberti family Saugus School Committee Member Arthur Grabowski offered two “shout-outs” this week. For the first one, he nominated Steve Castraberti and family of Prince Pizzeria for the generous gesture he does every Veterans Day of offering a free large pizza to every veteran or active duty member of the armed forces. A “shout-out” to the food pantry volunteers THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 11

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 Page 11 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 10 Arthur also wanted to offer public praise to “Wendy Reed and her tireless workers who provide food for the less fortunate at the Saugus food pantry every week... and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, they are preparing to see that needy families get a frozen turkey as well as other groceries to enjoy at Thanksgiving time...God bless them!!!” 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 the mention in the subject line of “An Extra ShoutOut.” No more than a paragraph; anything longer might lend itself to a story and/or photo. Watch out for the fraudsters! The Saugus Police Department issued a recent press release warning residents of scammers posing as Saugus Police Officers. Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli said his department received two reports from people who said they had been contacted by phone by someone claiming to be a Saugus Police Officer and demanding money. In one instance, a woman reported that a person claiming to be a Saugus Police Officer demanded $8,000 from her. “It’s sad and unfortunate to see scammers posing as trusted individuals in the community,” Chief Ricciardelli said. “It’s important to remember that you should never provide personal information on the phone if you didn’t start the call, and don’t know where it originates from.” Chief Ricciardelli warns residents that a police officer will never contact you by phone to solicit payment. The Massachusetts’s Attorney General’s Office provides these tips for residents to protect themselves from other scams and frauds: z Do not give out your credit card information to someone calling over the phone. z Do not give in to the pressure to make a decision immediately. z If in doubt, do not give out your information. Report anyone claiming to be a government worker to local police. z Monitor incoming calls. Do not pick up unknown numbers or random calls. If a call is important, the caller will leave a message. z If you do pick up and learn it is a scam call, do not engage. Just hang-up. If anyone has questions or feels like they have been victimized, they are encouraged to call the Saugus Police Department at 781-941-1199. Beware of these online fraudsters! If you spend a lot of time on the computer and have an email address, don’t get sucked into the daily scams that go on. When you open an email that looks like a bank, business, the U.S. Postal Service or even your computer service, be careful not to hit the bar in the body of the email that allows the scam artist to get into your computer account and cause serious damage. It seems like every week I get a few emails from the Post Office telling me about a package that couldn’t be delivered to my home because nobody was at home. Normally, you get a card left in your rural mailbox or at the front door. I have received a bunch of these “unsuccessful package delivery” emails lately. Don’t fall for these. And don’t fall for the one that is sent to you under the heading of Comcast that says your email service is being updated and if you don’t respond, you may lose it. And anything having to do with financial institutions – stop! Delete the email. Don’t give out personal information that could lead to the theft of money from your bank account. Stay tuned. One-day trash delay due to holiday The Town of Saugus reminds residents that the trash and recycling collection will continue on a one-day delay through tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 14), due to the observance of Veterans Day. The compost site will be open normal hours, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., tomorrow. 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. Several opportunities to serve Saugus If you are in a civic-minded mood and feel like serving your town on a volunteer board, the Board of Selectmen is accepting applications for appointment to: The Affordable Housing Trust Board of Trustees The Cultural Council The Cemetery Commission Those who are interested in one or more of these positions may submit letter of interest/resume no later than Dec. 31 to: Saugus Board of Selectmen Saugus Town Hall, Suite #4 298 Central St. 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 Dec. 14 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 (LCC) 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 LCC Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org or https://mcc.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp. Be on the PEG Cable Access Board Feel like doing some volunteer work for the Town of Saugus? Well, Wendy Reed, Clerk of the Saugus Board of Selectmen, told us about this opportunity: The Saugus Board of Selectmen is accepting applications for appointment to the PEG Cable Access Board of Directors in Saugus. These are volunteer/nonpaid positions for Saugus residents. Those interested may submit letter of interest/resume to: Saugus Board of Selectmen Saugus Town Hall 298 Central St. Saugus For more details, please call Wendy at (781) 231-4124. Fall Curbside Leaf Collection dates The Town of Saugus announced that the Fall Curbside Leaf Collection will take place during the following weeks: 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. in 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, runs the program. Breakfasts and lunches are available for pick up at Veterans Memorial School at 39 Hurd Ave. every Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekly until further notice, according to Julie Cicolini, a board member with HS2. “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.” HS2 is a nonprofit group that helps to offset food insecurity in households. HS2 provides a weekend supply of nutritious food for weekends or school holidays during the school year. 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 says. “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, drive-thru 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.” Library Front Door Pickup at the Saugus Public “We continue to offer our popular Front Door Pickup service from the Central Street foyer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 15

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 ASKS | FROM PAGE 2 enough for him, it’s good enough for me. Then I dove over. To this day – we had a crew of about 700 – but where I was, there was no one in the water, officers or anybody on that side of the ship where I was. And when I dove into the water, I was thinking to myself, “Mo, this is how you’re going to die.” There was nobody around me. The activity was on the other side of the ship. Q: So, you were all by yourself in the water? A: Yeah. I was all alone. I didn’t see the officer that I saw jump in – nobody. Come to think of it, I believe most of the people were off the ship – we only skeleton crew on at the time. And I think we only lost about 60 men. Q: And then somebody came to rescue you and plucked you out of the water? A: Out in the bay. I figured I was dead in the water and was going to die when I saw a Higgins boat headed toward me. I yelled to them. They picked me up and brought me to Casablanca. From there, the Thurston took us back to the States; the Thurston took us to Norfolk, Virginia. Q: So, what happened to the Scott? A: Oh, she went down. Q: So, being torpedoed, was that the scariest part of your life? A: I tell you, I nearly soiled myself. When the first torpedo hit us, I was thinking nothing but death. “This is it,” I thought. Q: Do you think about that event a lot in the passing years? Do you have bad memories or bad dreams about it? A: I must have over the years, but now that’s passed; it all has passed. Q: Did you ever hear from your former comrades? A: There was one guy. He lived in Leominster. We had a meeting in Boston. He came from Leominster. This was right after the war. Other than that, I haven’t heard from anybody. Q: Have you ever had a chance to talk to a school class about your experiences in the Navy? A: Never. Q: Well, what would you tell them if you had a chance to talk to a class? A: I’d tell them to just do the best of their ability. Don’t shirk. Don’t fake it. Do the best of your ability, because that’s all you can ask for. Q: Do you think Veterans Day means as much to kids today as it does to you? A: No, I don’t think it means that much to a lot of kids today. But when I served, it was World War II; the nation was at war, and everyone in this country had to do their part to protect our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy. That’s something that people who lived through World War II don’t take for granted. Q: When you look back at your service with the Navy, what are the positives that you bring away from that time? What are the best things that came out of it for you? A: Clean living and a feeling of pride in your country Q: What do you feel best about your service to your country? A: Being able to put in my little efforts to help do what we did. Q: And being part of The Greatest Generation? A: Yeah. At the time, the little bit I did, I felt helped what we aimed to do. It helped a little bit in our final outcome. Mine was just a drop in the bucket, but I was there, and I did my best to fight for my country. Q: Anything else that you would like to share about your service? A: All I’d love to share with my grandchildren or anybody is to do the best you can – that’s all – to the best of your ability. Q: One last story. Tell me about the day when you helped save two people and a cat from a house fire when you were a Revere firefighter. A: We had a house fire at 18 Highland St. I was driving the truck, and we drove around the corner and the flames were coming out the windows of a three-story family house. … I went up on the ladder where a heavy woman was at the window. And I asked her to fall on my shoulder. And she did. She was burned in the back. And I went down the ladder – one, two, three steps – and I said, “Lady, this is as far as you go this way. I can’t go any farther.” And I called the other firefighters to help me pull her down. Well, they grabbed her thighs and I held her underneath her armpits, and we walked down the ladder to a waiting ambulance. And that’s the last I ever heard about the woman Q: Then you had another lady and a cat. Isn’t that right? A: Oh, yes. Then I switched the ladder over to another window, and the lady is pointing to a cat. I said, “To hell with the cat. C’mon.” And I grabbed her by her shorts and I pulled her out of the window. Her name was Walsh. And I never heard anything from her again. Q: And then you went back and got her cat, right? Because the picture from the old newspaper shows you bringing down the cat. A: Oh, I must have gotten the cat, but I don’t remember it. Q: So, you saved two lives and a cat in that one fire. And you have the old pictures to prove it. A: Yeah, but I felt saving a fellow firefighter was more dramatic. Q: Was that on the same day? A: No, that was another fire at a different time. But he never would have made it down. Q: So, that’s when you kicked in the door? A: Yes. Q: So, how did you become a fireman? Is that something you just went into after the war? A: No. I opened up a fruit store on Broadway in Revere. I was doing that. That’s how I got on the Fire Department. Ninety-nine percent of the HIGHLIGHTS | FROM PAGE 4 rean War and was stationed in Germany with the Army Security Agency, for which I also did my service time, stationed in Japan. After his service he enrolled in Bentley College and earned his degree in accounting. He then became an accountant in the General Electric Company in Lynn. He remained with GE for 40 years, rising to Finance Manager. He joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Saugus after his service. In government, Barry spent a dozen years as the Moderator of the Town Meeting, and he selected me as his Assistant to the Town Meeting to aid him in action. He left Town Meeting when he was elected to the School Committee, where he became Chairman. He later was elected to the Board of Selectmen, pushing through the town’s capital improvement program which reguys in the Fire Department were veterans, and the station was right there, across the street. Guys would keep telling me to take the exam because it was a good job. And I said, “Not me. I’ve got no bosses, no clocks to punch. I’m my own boss.” And they kept telling me, “Take the exam. It’s a good job.” I kept telling them, “Not me.” But then I started going with Vicky [his future wife] and I started to think differently. And I told myself, “You got to do something. You don’t want to be in a fruit store all of your life.” So, I took the exam for the Fire Department, and that’s the second best thing I ever done in my life. The first one was marrying that girl [Victoria]. Q: Was she your high school sweetheart? A: No. I met her at a Valentine’s Day Party in Revere. And I went with two girls that night. Then, all of a sudden, I spotted her and asked her to dance, and that was it – love at first sight. I brought her home and got my kiss that I remember...Whoo! And I saw sparks; I was in love. And I married her and I had a beautiful home and a family. And she’s a good person. She’s the perfect person for me. And that’s why we’ve lived this long. Q: So, that’s the secret to your longevity? A: That’s right. Absolutely. Being with Vicky keeps me going. She’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. sulted in many new buildings, mostly schools, updating the Public Library, and the Saugus Senior Center. He also served as Chairman of the Saugus High School Sports Hall of Fame and recruited me as a member and aide. He started up the CYO basketball program in Saugus and was active in the Saugus Socialites, a girls’ marching band. His next sporting adventure was as my assistant coach in Saugus American Little League. He recruited me to be part of the Saugus High School football broadcasting group, where we had many good years together. He received many sincere accolades, including one from Selectwoman Debra Panetta, who recalled him as “well respected in town, a kind, fair, and he was always a gentleman.” Janice Jarosz described Barry “as a nonjudgmental HIGHLIGHTS | SEE PAGE 18

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 Page 13 Saugus gardens in the pandemic Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener Saugus. Its leaves are heart shaped with W ednesday (Nov. 11) was Veterans Day, and many people have paid respects at the Saugus Veterans Park during the week and on the holiday itself. There are a number of interesting trees in this park. One of my favorites is the katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum), which was planted here in 2013 as a tribute to women veterans of delicately scalloped edges. The first part of its scientific name means heart-leaf, which describes the shape well. If you visit it at this time of year, take a moment to breathe in the scent. Katsura leaves in the fall smell like cotton candy or toasted marshmallows, and often the fragrance is enhanced as the fallen leaves are stepped on or broA YELLOW HEART-SHAPED LEAF: The colorful autumn foliage of the katsura tree in Saugus Veterans Park was on display for Veterans Day. These leaves smell like cotton candy or toasted marshmallow, and often the fragrance is enhanced as the fallen leaves are stepped on or broken. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) ken. This fall the leaf color is mostly pale yellow, but sometimes they may have a bit of orange or reddish tones as well. Katsura trees come from Japan, and the common name for this tree may refer to the 17th century Katsura Imperial Villa, an estate famous for its buildings and gardens in the suburbs of Kyoto. While katsura tree’s flowers are inconspicuous, its leaves emerge in the spring with a purplish coloration and turn bluish green by the time they are full size. Fall is the showiest season for the katsura tree because of its attractive fall color and the distinctive leaf fragrance. Another tree in this park with somewhat heart shaped leaves is the large European linden tree (Tilia europaea). This is probably one of the oldest trees here. It looks old enough to have been growing here when the site was still the grounds of the old Saugus High School – long before the recently demolished building most of us think of as the “old high school” on Route 1 was built. The original brick building at the corner of Winter and Summer Streets, constructed in 1906, was where my mother attended high school. It was destroyed by fire in 1963. The rear POPULAR WITH THE BIRDS: This hybrid dogwood tree fruit is a cross between flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) and kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa). It comes from one of the two trees that frame the path through the brick arch at Saugus Veterans Park. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) section on East Denver Street later known as the Evans School was the only part that was saved. The European linden tree is very popular as a street tree, park tree and garden tree in Europe. In early summer it has small, pale yellowish flowers that are not especially noticeable, but extremely fragrant. They smell a little like sweet lemons or limes. It is fun to watch people react to the fragrance and try to figure out where it is coming from. Often they sniff all the showier flowers in the area first! Lindens have very little fall color and leaves are generally still greenish when they fall. Another common name for linden is lime, so when you hear that a street in England is planted with lime trees it is usually this tree rather than citrus fruits which are being described. Once the flowers have finished blooming, pollinated ones produce a tiny pea-sized, rounded seed which remains until the fall. The stalk where the flower and later the fruit are attached to the tree has a narrow bract, very different in shape from the normal foliage, which helps the seed travel beyond the shade of the parent plant. Sometimes a few of these remain attached to the tree after the leaves have fallen. There are about 30 species of Linden worldwide, and all have slightly lopsided, heart shaped foliage. GARDENS | SEE PAGE 14

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 GARDENS | FROM PAGE 13 The only one native to North American is usually known as American basswood (Tilia americana), and its leaves are larger than other species. Its soft wood is valued for carving and for making guitars. Lindens are members of the Mallow family (Malvaceae), which includes hibiscus and hollyhocks (Alcea spp.). The oldest section of the veterans’ monument is a brick arch with plaques listing the names of Saugus servicemembers of each war. A pair of hybrid dogwoods frame the path through the arch. Their leaves have a good red fall color, and a few of the leaves are still on the trees at this point. While the flowers bloomed in late spring, what remains on the trees now shows that these trees are the result of a cross between flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) and kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa). Flowering dogwood has clusters of small, oval, bright red fruit which is very popular with birds, and small enough for songbirds to pick and eat. Kousa dogwood fruit looks like a bumpy red cherry when ripe, and actually consists of the fused fruits at Thanksgiving. In addition to the green leaved Norway maples, a very popular red-burgundy leaf color is found on the Norway maple variety ‘Crimson King,’ which was widely planted on several streets off of Lynn Fells Parkway. Seedlings of these trees are likely to come up with green leaves, or sometimes a muddied combination of the parents’ leaf colors. A few decades ago, Norway maples made up 80% of the street trees in most Massachusetts towns. People considered them perfect substitutes for the native sugar maples (Acer saccharum) that were not able to thrive with road salt. Norway maple seeds spread rapidly. Stray seedlings grew into large trees which can now be found in many places beyond where the original ones were planted. Due to its excessive success at reproducing, and the fact that it has crowded out native trees in some areas, it is no longer legal to sell in Massachusetts. However, the trees are still abundant and can be found in every neighborhood across the town. We won’t expect to see the branches bare on these trees for several more weeks. SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR A DIVORCED SPOUSE A divorced spouse must meet certain conditions THE TRIBUTE TREE: This katsura tree in Saugus Veterans Park – in the center of the photo – was planted in memory of women veterans of Saugus. Fall is the showiest season for the katsura tree because of its attractive fall color and the distinctive leaf fragrance. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) in order to collect social security benefits based upon his or her ex-spouse’s work history. The divorced spouse must have been married for at least 10 years. The divorced spouse must not have remarried. If remarried, the divorced spouse will still be able to collect benefits based upon the ex-spouse’s work history so long as the second marriage ended by death, divorce or annulment. If the divorced spouse did remarry, he or she could collect under either ex-spouse’s work history so long as the second marriage also lasted at least 10 years, or if the second spouse died, that marriage lasted at least 9 months. Furthermore, a divorced spouse must be at least 62 years of age or older to collect. If the ex-spouse is deceased and the divorced spouse is at least 50 years of age, the divorced spouse can collect social security benefits if deemed disabled by the Social Security Administration. A divorced spouse can begin collecting benefits so long as the ex-spouse is at least 62 years of age and he or she has been divorced for at least two years. The divorced spouse is eligiHONORING WOMEN VETERANS: At Saugus Veterans Park, this plaque dedicates the katsura tree that was planted as a tribute to the town’s women veterans. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) of several flowers. What we find on these two trees is somewhere in between the two fruit types! Elsewhere in Saugus there are still quite a few leaves on trees, especially Norway maples (Acer platanus) and a few species of oak (Quercus spp.). Norway maples usually have green leaves in summer that resemble sugar maple, but their fall color is almost always gold. It is not unusual to still have some foliage on these trees 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 offered 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!” ble to receive one half of the ex-spouse’s social security benefits. If, however, the ex-spouse dies, then the divorced spouse can then collect 100% of the ex-spouse’s full retirement benefit. This benefit would not include any delayed retirement credits the ex-spouse may receive. The divorced spouse would only be able to receive a benefit based upon the value of the ex-spouse’s benefit at his or her full retirement age. Full retirement age for those born between 1943 and 1954 is 66 years old. From 1955 to 1960, full retirement age gradually increases. For those born in 1960 or later, full retirement age is 67. A person born prior to January 2, 1954 has the option of first collecting based upon the ex-spouse’s work history while allowing his or her own benefits to grow until reaching age 70, and then switching over to his or her own work history. The law was recently changed so that a divorced spouse born after January 1, 1954 applying for social security benefits will automatically receive the highest benefit for which he or she is entitled to, based upon either his or her own work history, or the work history of the ex-spouse. He or she no longer has the option of collecting benefits based upon the ex-spouse’s work history and then switching over to his or her own work history at age 70. Nothing uncomplicated about social security benefits when dealing with divorce.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 Page 15 OBITUARIES Dr. Leo P. Corey 1. On Nov. 13, 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated buses in what state illegal? 2. The first Thanksgiving football game was in 1876, between what two Ivy League schools? 3. On a Scrabble board, how many points is a Q? 4. On Nov. 14, 1922, what company began broadcasting from a London studio? 5. Rice is used to make what alcoholic beverage? 6. How are fish, cobra and lotus similar? 7. In 1955 what company’s test kitchen developed Green Bean Casserole? 8. On Nov. 15, 1932, what “First Lady of the British Invasion” was born who had the hits “A Sign of the Times” and “Colour My World”? 9. What were the first bicycles called? 10. When was the last Blue Moon (second full moon in one calendar month)? 11. Who won the Masters Golf Tournament at age 21? 12. On Nov. 16, 1841, the first U.S. patent for a life preserver made of what substance from oak trees was issued? 13. What Caribbean country has a national dog named after its capital? 14. Which Native American tribe celebrated the first Thanksgiving? 15. On Nov. 17, 1913, Lincoln Beachey flew the first U.S. airplane to perform a loop the loop – near what city whose name begins a first word meaning “Saint”? 16. How are Kumamoto, Duxbury and Cape May similar? 17. On Nov. 18, 1928, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, “Steamboat Willie,” was released; what pair starred in it? 18. In computers, what does RAM stand for? 19. How are Vulcans, Borgs and Changelings similar? 20. On Nov. 19, 1969, what famous soccer player scored his one-thousandth goal? ANSWERS At 70 years, in Saugus, formerly of Revere, on October 30, following an intense battle with ALS. Beloved husband & best friend to Debra J. (Mahoney) Corey. Devoted & doting father to Erin E. Cory-Byrne & her husband, Eric M. Byrne of Georgetown & Gavin F. Corey & his girlfriend, Monica Daly of Reading. Cherished grandfather to Shay C. & Sayer L. Byrne. Dear brother of Regina L. Clark & her husband John H. of Juniper, FL. Also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews & many cousins. Always and truly passionate regarding the safety and protection of others especially at this pandemic time, a private Funeral Mass was celebrated for “Dr. Leo” in the Immaculate Conception Church of Revere (the parish of his youth and career). Visiting Hours were respectfully omitted and entombment at the Woodlawn Columbarium of Everett will be held privately. “Dr. Leo” was an alumnus of Immaculate Conception Grammar School & High THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 11 “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=6ILzDS4PDSs&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 depenSchool, Class of 1968 & a 1972 magna cum laude alumnus of St. Michael’s College of Vermont & Georgetown University School of Dentistry -1976. His associations were at Children’s National Hospital of Washington, DC, Lakeville Regional Hospital of Lakeville & Franciscan Children’s Hospital of Brighton. Member of Revere Knights of Columbus #1979. The family is most appreciative and deeply grateful with the many spontaneous acts of sympathy & remembrance rendered “Dr. Leo” & his family. However, they would be most grateful for gifts in his memory to Compassionate Care for ALS, 744 West Falmouth Highway, Falmouth, MA 02540. To send online condolences, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com. dents 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 as follows: 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. 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 more than four 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 while practicing social distancing outside a local coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coffee. Or, if you prefer to be interviewed from the safety of your home on the phone or via email, I will provide that option to you as the nation copes with the Coronavirus crisis. 1. Alabama 2. Yale and Princeton 3. 10 4. The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) 5. Sake 6. They are yoga poses. 7. Campbell’s 8. Petula Clark 9. Velocipedes 10. Oct. 31, 2020 11. Tiger Woods 12. Cork 13. Cuba (Havanese) 14. Wampanoag 15. San Diego 16. They are oyster varieties. 17. Mickey and Minnie Mouse 18. Random-access memory 19. They are Star Trek alien races. 20. Pelé

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Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 HIGHLIGHTS | FROM PAGE 12 elected offi cial who faced decisions with an opened mind.” His family, his friends and the Town of Saugus will miss him dearly. My second town official who deserves tons of praise is Gordon Shepard, who began the refurbishing project of the Civil War Section of the Saugus Cemetery. The three-year project resulted in a rededication of the area on September 28, 2019. Shepard raised $11,000 to replace the memorial posts of the 26 fallen soldiers buried at the site. The project included restoring the soldiers’ names and organizations in which they served. He also included the installation of granite cannonballs at the plot. He received a Founders Award from the town, and Sons of the Veterans of the Civil War Commander-in-Chief Edward Norris presented a plaque and praised Shepard’s tireless service to the town. These two gentlemen have been a sizable asset to the Town of Saugus, and I am very pleased to honor their achievements as not only as a Saugonian, but as a friend. REAL ESTATE TRANSAC TIONS Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com. BUYER1 BUYER2 Bhattachan, Tina Connell, Spencer I Deangelis, Zahra Montano, Domenic Yocasta-Diaz, Heidy Serbanos, Diana L Perrone, Nicola M Schutzman, Philip D SELLER1 Tringale, Joel C Peter H Brown T George, Chung H Montano, Ferdinando Callas, Maria Fordham, Cynthia A SELLER2 Tringale, Karen Perrone, Stephanie J George, Sam ADDRESS 7 Parker St 9 Thomas St #C11 3 Westford St 3 Scott Dr 2 Cliftondale Ave 10 Fabens St CITY Saugus Saugus Saugus Saugus Saugus Saugus DATE 23.10.2020 23.10.2020 21.10.2020 21.10.2020 20.10.2020 19.10.2020 PRICE $570 000,00 $350 000,00 $380 000,00 $450 000,00 $335 000,00 $500 000,00

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