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Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Pearl Harbor Day Observance A veteran’s donated flag gets posted at Heritage Heights $3.79 I GALLON We accept: MasterCard * Visa * & Discover Price Subject to Change without notice 100 Gal. Min. 24 Hr. Service 781-286-2602 By Joanie Allbee n remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day on December 7, John Cannon gifted the Saugus Housing Authority’s Heritage Heights with a new U. S. Flag from U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton. Congressman Moulton (D-Salem) arranged for each Veteran to receive a U.S. flag 10% Off Senior Discount! SNOW BLOWER SALES, SERVICE & REPAIRS Pickup/Delivery Available 1039 BROADWAY, REVERE WWW.BIKERSOUTFITTER.COM The Saugus Housing Authority’s Heritage Heights got a new American flag on Wednesday (Dec. 7), Pearl Harbor Day. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Joanie Allbee) that was flown over the U.S. Capital for the attendees of the Vietnam Era Veterans Washington D.C. Road Trip. Peter Genzali and Guy Moley assisted with the changing of the old flag. The new flag was then lowered to half-staff, in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day. Every year, the nation observes Pearl Harbor Day, or National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, to honor the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Editor’s Note: Saugus resident Joanie Allbee is a local artist and frequent contributor to The Saugus AdvoJohn Cannon donated the new American flag that he had received from U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton (D-Salem) to the Saugus Housing Authority. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Joanie Allbee) THIS WEEK ON SAUGUS TV Sunday, Dec. 11 from 9–11 p.m. on Channel 8 – “Sunday Night Stooges” (The Three Stooges). Monday, Dec. 12 all day on Channel 8 – “Movie Monday” (classic movies). Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Library Board of Trustees Meeting from Dec. 8. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. on Channel 22 – SHS Hockey vs. Danvers from Dec. 9. Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. on Channel 9 – School Committee Meeting ***live***. Friday, Dec. 16 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 22 – SHS Hockey vs. Taunton from Dec. 14. Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. on Channel 22 – Girls Basketball vs. Swampscott from Dec. 13. Saugus TV can be seen on Comcast Channels 8, 9 & 22. For complete schedules, please visit www.saugustv.org. ***programming may be subject to change without notice*** Peter Genzali and Guy Moley fold the old flag that was replaced. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Joanie Allbee) cate. As the daughter of a Purple Heart Recipient, she has a special place in her heart for the men and women who serve in America’s Armed Forces and loves to write articles about local veterans events.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 ~ Op-Ed ~ Page 3 The End of an Era for Saugus Hockey By Dwayne Oxley T his is a time of year with many traditions – Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day Football, Class Reunions, Christmas, New Year’s and all other family and friend gatherings; however, this year, one local tradition will be missing. The Saugus High Boys Hockey Sachems, a very proud, successful and respected program, has played its last game as a stand-alone team. Saugus High hockey had its inaugural season back in 1946. The team competed in the North Shore Hockey League and later the Northeastern conference, and was a perennial contender for those league titles. Saugus was a Division 1 team for a little more than half of its history, and there was no separation of public and private schools come tournament time. Teams had to win 75% of their games back then, and Saugus qualifi ed for many years. Division classifi cations were transformed, and Saugus and the other Northeastern Conference teams began competing in Division 2. Saugus won State Championship titles in 1999, 2003 and 2004 with former SHS players coaching those championship teams. More recently, the team had some deep tournament runs in 2011, 2012 and 2017. This past season, after a five-year hiatus, the Hockey Sachems qualifi ed for the state tournament, but an undermanned squad valiantly bowed out in a fi rst round 2OT loss. Saugus has always been known as a hockey town and its teams were characterized by their hard work and determination. So why will there be no Saugus High Boys Varsity Hockey Team this year? Here are my thoughts on this sad topic. I have had an insider’s view for many years: a 1982 graduate of SHS, hockey Captain, Hall of Fame Inductee and an Assistant Coach for the past six years. I had also coached an independent Middle School team (there was no school funding available) for fi ve years overlapping my fi rst year as a varsity assistant coach. Prior to that, I had coached Saugus Youth Hockey for over 20 years, working closely with the varsity coaches to prepare players to play at that level. First, the youth hockey model in Massachusetts is broken. For many years, Saugus had hundreds of kids playing Saugus Youth Hockey. Years ago, we had intramural town hockey and travel team town hockey. The intramural league gradually faded away, but for many years Saugus had multiple (three to fi ve) travel teams at each age group. The proliferation of “select” hockey was the end of many youth town hockey programs. Once a league for the truly “select” players, it became a big business where parents can shop their children around until they fi nd a team where they would get more ice-time as a player on one of the top two lines. Select hockey became a very watered-down product over the years, and while some do off er excellent coaching, many have less than stellar coaching staffs. Many parents believe they need to have their children in these select programs to keep pace with other players in the children’s age group, and to keep that Division 1 college scholarship dream alive. As players moved from team to team each new year, town teams dwindled, and Saugus Youth HockRoller World off ers reward for information that leads to identify vandal who damaged door R oller World, Inc. Owner and President Gerald T. Breen said he will offer a reward for information that leads to the identification of the person or people responsible for vandalizing his front door on Saturday night. “They broke my front door and it will cost us around $1,000 to replace it,” Breen said yesterday of his Rte. 1 south roller rink in Saugus. He said the door was damaged just before closing last Saturday (Dec. 3). Saugus Police said the door was broken from the inside. Police have no suspects in connection with the incident. But Breen said he plans to review security film which may show the suspects who damaged the door. “ I think it’s kids and we want to identify them so we can put a stop to this,” he said. ey was a victim. SYH had been a feeder to the high school program. In years past, youth hockey players grew up wanting to play for Saugus High – they weren’t thinking about college scholarships. If you excelled in high school, then you set your sights on the possibility of playing college hockey (and many from Saugus High have played at the collegiate level). Because we have no local youth program and players are constantly changing teams, there is no sense of town or school pride, and certainly no loyalty to the town or Saugus High. This leads to the second factor impacting the demise of SHS Boys varsity hockey. It is the state of our public school system in Saugus. The graduating class of 1982 was roughly 370 students; the graduating class in 2012 was 175 students, and I believe the graduating class this past year was around 170. The town census was 24,746 in 1980 and was 28,619 in 2020 – so the town is growing, but we have far fewer students attending our high school. For the several years that I was coaching the Saugus Middle School team, I was tracking where players went to high school. More than half (almost 65%) of those 80-plus middle school players left the school system for private-Catholic schools. Hockey parents can be a fanatical group – more so than other sports. Perhaps it is because of the cost, the travel and less than ideal hours of games and practice; and many are looking for a return on their investment. Division 1 college hockey scholarships are a big carrot for players and parents, and many move their children to private/catholic high schools simply for the exposure of playing for a Division 1 high school program. Many parents would tell me it was for academic reasons, and in some cases, it may have been, but many were for purely hockey reasons. Unfortunately, because the school system is not well regarded, it was a convenient reason to justify their decisions. The school’s perception may be worse than reality, but it is hard to argue with subpar standardized test scores at most age levels. While test scores may not be fully indicative of a school system’s success, it is consistent, comparative data available to parents. We have a beautiful new school with all the modern technology, but that alone is not enough of a selling point for parents. In addition to the academics, parents reference a lack or order and discipline. Through stories from teachOP-ED | SEE PAGE 8 AUTOTECH DRIVE IT - PUSH IT - TOW IT! Cold Hard Cash for Your Vehicle! RIVE IT - PUSH IT - TOW IT $$ CASH FOR YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR SUV! $$ Get your vehicle Winter Ready! 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Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Holiday Happenings and Blessings Town continues a season of celebration and goodwill with the 12th Annual Christmas Tree Festival at the mEG building in Cliftondale; Santa visits breakheart Sunday By Mark E. Vogler his weekend features two major holiday events in Saugus which have drawn good crowds in recent years. Tonight (Friday, Dec. 9) marks the second weekend of The MEG FounT 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 A Living Nativity will be on display this weekend at New Hope Assembly Church (9 Assembly Dr., Saugus) tomorrow (Dec. 10, Saturday) and Sunday (Dec. 11), from 2 to 6 p.m. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) ting zoo on the front lawn from 5 to 7 p.m. Children who don’t get to see Santa Claus tomorrow can go to Breakheart ReserOur 50th Anniversary Dan 1972 R.Y.O. TUBES ON SALE CIGAR SMOKER’S DELIGHT! 15 Handmade Cigars - Long Leaf Filler - Four Year Old Tobacco Wrapped including a Cohiba $43.95 HOLIDAY SPECIALS NOW IS THE TIME - THIS IS THE PLACE! TOBACCO ---------ASHTONS ARTURO FUENTE PADRON PERDOMO & OTHER MAJOR BRANDS PRICED RIGHT! HOLIDAY HUMIDOR SPECIAL 25 CIGAR CAP - ASHTRAY CIGAR CUTTER - LEATHER POCKET CIGAR HOLDER - Hygrometer - Humidifier Reg. Priced: $149.95 / HOLIDAY PRICE $99.95 A.B.C. CIGAR 170 REVERE ST., REVERE (781) 289-4959 STORE HOURS: Monday - Saturday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sunday & Holidays: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Chris 2022 vation on Sunday (Dec. 11) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center (177 Forest St., Saugus). Grownups are invited with their children to drop by Breakheart to meet Santa and take a photo with him. Families can also enjoy a few minutes by the roaring fire, enjoying the season and the majesty of Breakheart. Santa will give the children some candy canes, and light refreshments will be served. The Friends of Breakheart Reservation and the state Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) is sponsoring the event. Here are some of the upcoming holiday events planned this month in Saugus: New Hope Assembly Church welcomes all to its Living Nativity this weekend – Dec. 10 (Saturday) and 11 (Sunday) from 2 to 6 p.m. Visitors to the event will get to experience live animals, complimentary refreshments and festive music. All are welcome and everything is free! New Hope desires those who come to be able to take a break from the busyness of the holiday season to come breathe and share in the joy of Christmas. Church leaders invite Saugus residents to visit the Living Nativity at 9 Assembly Dr. in Saugus. The Saugus High School Band and Chorus will be performing their winter concert next week at the Saugus Middle/High School Complex Lemoine-Mitchell Auditorium. The High School Band and Chorus will perform on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. The Saugus Band Parents Association will have holiday raffle baskets and will be accepting canned goods in exchange for raffle tickets. The canned goods will benefit the Saugus United Parish Food Pantry at the Cliftondale Congregational Church. Dec. 13 will also feature the formal dedication of the Lemoine-Mitchell Auditorium at the Saugus Middle/High School Complex, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The auditorium is being named after two renowned performing arts educators who taught at Saugus High School for many years. On Dec. 17 at noon, the Parson Roby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (MA0136P) will observe its second Wreaths Across America event, helping both Riverside Cemetery and the Old Burying Ground Cemetery to remember and honor veterans by laying remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes. There will be the lighting of the Menorah in front of Saugus Town Hall on Monday, Dec. 19 at Noon. Rabbi Yossi will be leading the service. This will mark the beginning of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Celebration. The Annual Saugus Christmas Eve Parade organized by the Saugus Police and Fire Departments kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 24. Editor’s Note: Does your organization, church or business have plans for a holiday or holy event that they would like to publicize this month? Feel free to email an announcement or press release to mvoge@comcast.net, headlined “Holiday Happenings and Blessings.” dation’s 12th Annual Christmas Tree Festival, which gets underway at 3 p.m. at the MEG Building (54-58 Essex St.) and lasts through 8 p.m. Tomorrow it will span from 3 to 8 p.m. Santa will arrive for photos from 4:30 to 6 p.m. There will also be a pet

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Page 5 School Department plans dedication ceremony for Lemoine-Mitchell Auditorium next Tuesday night By Mark E. Vogler S augus Public Schools offi cials will formally dedicate the Lemoine-Mitchell Auditorium at Saugus Middle/ High School on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The Saugus High School Winter Concert will follow the ceremony at 7 p.m. Nancy M. Lemoine, a popular Saugus High School drama teacher/ stage director and Jerome J. Mitchell, a longtime director of music education and the Saugus High School band director, will be honored posthumously. They both passed away in 2013. “By being who they were, they motivated and empowered countless students to go out into the world to affect and inspire change,” School Committee Member Ryan Fisher said. “It’s really extraordinary that their work continues after they’re gone, and I know they will continue to inspire so many future students in this beautiful facility in the years ahead,” he said. The two Saugus educators had previously been honored with plaques in the auditorium of the old Saugus High School. And the School Committee decided to extend that honor into the new building. Lemoine, a lifelong resident of Saugus, was a 1975 Saugus High School graduate. She taught in Saugus Public Schools from 1987 to 2013. She served as the drama director and choral director at Saugus High. From 1995 to 1997, she also served simultaneously as the drama coach and choral director at the Belmonte Middle School. She developed and supervised several student groups, including the Show Choir, vocal quartets and a very successful student improvisation troupe called Needs Improvment. “Nancy’s greatest joy was seeing her students grow into the people she knew they could be, through their love of theater and music,” says the plaque that honors her. “Her enthusiasm for life continues to inspire us and is a treasured legacy for the students of yesterday, today and tomorrow,” it continues. Mitchell touched many lives as an exceptional music educator for the town from PUCKSTARDISPLAYS HOCKEY GIFTS Glove Lamps All items are made from real hockey gloves and used sticks All items may be personalized with engraved name plate at no additional cost Personalized Phone Holders Nancy M. Lemoine (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) Contact us at puckstardisplays@gmail.com Puck Lamps 425r Broadway, Saugus Located adjacent to Kohls Plaza Route 1 South in Saugus at the intersection of Walnut St. We are on MBTA Bus Route 429 781-231-1111 Jerome J. Mitchell (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) 1949 to 1993. He served as the leader of the 100th Division Infantry Band that toured Europe entertaining troops during World War II. After that service, he graduated from Boston University. He was soon named director of the Saugus High School Band, which evolved into director of music education for Saugus Public Schools. “Mr. Mitchell developed many musical groups and squads in which the curriculum resulted in students who were inspired to achieve,” says the plaque that honors him. “They shared their talents and musical culture with confi dence in performances and parades across the USA and Canada in the Music Exchange Program. He believed in his students which enabled him to believe in themselves. Mr. Mitchell’s passion for music and teaching is an ongoing legacy to share.” Need a hall for your special event? The Schiavo Club, located at 71 Tileston Street, Everett is available for your Birthdays, Anniversaries, Sweet 16 parties and more? Call Paul at (617) 387-5457 for details. We are a Skating Rink with Bowling Alleys, Arcade and two TV’s where the ball games are always on! PUBLIC SKATING SCHEDULE 12-8 p.m. Sunday Monday Tuesday $9.00 Price includes Roller Skates Rollerblades/inline skates $3.00 additional cost Private Parties 7:30-11 p.m. $10.00 Price includes Roller Skates Adult Night 18+ Only Wednesday Thursday Friday Everyone must pay admission after 6 p.m. Private Parties Private Parties 4-11 p.m. Saturday 12-11 p.m. $9.00 $9.00 Everyone must pay admission after 6 p.m. Sorry No Checks - ATM on site Roller skate rentals included in all prices Inline Skate Rentals $3.00 additional BIRTHDAY & PRIVATE PARTIES AVAILABLE www.roller-world.com

Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 The Kindness Quilt How a classroom project at the Veterans Early Learning Center inspired the Hammersmith Quilters Guild to craft a work of art By Mark E. Vogler E arlier this year, 584 students at the Veterans Early Learning Center produced a giant quilt that oozed with love from the colored paper patchworked hearts that were glued together as a “kindness quilt” and later presented to the Saugus Senior Center. “We were so impressed and thrilled by this random act of kindness,” Senior Center Director Laurie Davis recalled. “We hung the quilts on the walls of the Senior Center, where they stayed until the Quilters Guild approached us and asked if they could borrow the quilt. They wanted to return the kindness by turning the color paper squares into fabric squares and make the Veteran’s school a fabric quilt from the squares the children colored,” she said. On Wednesday, about 10 months after the kids’ paper quilt was presented to the Senior Center, Margie Berkowitch – the most-veteran member of the Hammersmith Quilters Guild who designed and coordinated the creation of the cloth quilt – presented it to four representatives of the Learning Center. “We just wanted to bring some joy to the Senior Center,” School Counselor Jenna Newhall said in an interview on Wednesday (Dec. 7) night after dinner and a special presentation by the local quilters guild. “I never imagined it would Pictured from left to right: Collaborating on a quilt, from paper to fabric, were Margie Berkowitch of the Hammersmith Quilters Guild; Veterans Early Learning Center staff Jenna Newhall, Lorraine Devine, Alison Belyea and Julie Covey and Saugus Senior Center Director Laurie Davis. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) get to this. In fact, I never knew that there was a quilt guild. This was a beautiful thing that they did, returning the kindness and love in return for the quilt we sent,” she said. Lorraine Devine, a special The fabric “Kindness Quilt” crafted by Margie Berkowitch and other members of the Hammersmith Quilters Guild was on display in the Saugus Senior Center on Wednesday night (Dec. 7) after it was presented to representatives of the Veterans Early Learning Center. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) Senior Center Director Laurie Davis admires the paper “Kindness Quilt” that was displayed on the walls of the Saugus Senior Center for several months this year. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) education teacher; Alison Belyea, a fi rst grade teacher; and Julie Covey, a kindergarten teacher, were the other Early Learning Center staff who were treated to a potluck dinner prepared by the Quilters Guild on Wednesday night. “Something from the heart” When people think of the Hammersmith Quilters Guild, they think of 86-year-old Margie Berkowitch – a native Saugonian who was born in a house on Wickford Street and graduated from Saugus High School in 1954. The quilters guild has been in existence since 1982. Margie joined it in 1988. She served in about every position in the 120-member organization, which draws members from several communities in the area. Margie is the guild’s oldest and most veteran member, and she’s won a lot of prizes for her quilts over the years. She estimates she’s made more than 115 quilts. She doesn’t sell them and gives many of them away as gifts. At some point in late winter, the paper quilts from the young students – which were displayed on three diff erent walls – caught her eye. “When I looked at them, they looked like a quilt,” Margie said. “I was so inspired by this, I presented the idea to the guild. It was something from the heart that I was inspired to do by these young children; hopefully, they will continue to learn and be kind,” she said. “What the kids did has defi - nitely touched our hearts. Look around and you can see the ‘Be Kind’ signs on the walls here, which were inspired by these children. Sometimes, QUILT | SEE PAGE 7 A trusted family name combined with exceptional craftsmanship & professionalism. Call for a consultation & quote. 64 Years! • Vinyl Siding • Carpentry Work • Decks • Roofing • Replacement Windows • Free Estimates • Fully Licensed • Fully Insured

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Page 7 “The Old Sachem” New, Good & Bad By Bill Stewart T here is a lot of good news among our professional and amateur teams this week. The USA World Cup soccer team fought their way through the fi rst round by accumulating 5 points while Iran got 3 and Wales got 1. The USA defeated Iran, 1-0, and tied England and Wales at 1-1 each. Two stars of the USA combined to score the tying goal against Wales: Christian Pulisic and Tim Weah led the way against Wales, and Pulisic scored against Iran for the victory. The battle with England resulted in a 0-0 tie, and the Americans advanced to the round of 16, beating Iran. In the second round, they faced the Netherlands, and the results were not so good, the USA losing 3-1. Pulisic was again a hero – crossed to Haji Write, who smacked it in for the goal. A majority of the USA players play in professional leagues in Europe – playing for Arsenal and Chelsea, in the Premier England League, which I watch every Saturday; Borussia Dortmund in Germany, A.C. Milan and Juventus in Italy and Spain – so our squad certainly has the experience although they were the second least aged team of the 32. We look forward to 2026 when we again get a chance to root for the USA. Continuing among the loQUILT | FROM PAGE 6 adults have little problems; hopefully, they will look at the sign and enjoy the day,” she said. Margie said she presented the idea to the guild members, who embraced it. She then presented them with a piece of fabric with the same dimensions and asked members to duplicate them – the same way they were colored by the students. Then, she gathered about 300 small quilts to make one big one. Nancy Sandreuter did the machine quilting. Margie oversaw the whole project. She said it took her about three weeks to complete the quilt, “working each day, a little bit of the time, to fi nish it off .” Laurie Davis has a personal QUILT | SEE PAGE 9 Margie Berkowitch holds the cloth “Kindness Quilt” that she was inspired to create after seeing the paper quilt crafted by the students of the Veterans Early Learning Center. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) cal winners are the Boston Bruins, who have set a record for consecutive home wins with 14, which rarely has been done in the long history of the NHL. David Pastrňák, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron lead the offense, and Charlie McAvoy is an all-star on defense and scores a few goals when the situation is right. The Bruins on Sunday were 20 wins and only 3 losses leading the Eastern Conference, and they are one point behind New Jersey, who have played 2 more games. Now we move to the Celtics, who lead the Eastern Conference of the NBA with an 18 and 5 record. They lead by 5 ½ games over the next team, Brooklyn. Jayson Tatum leads the squad; Jaylen Brown has come up with big games; and Derrick White is improving every game. Holy Cross has a playoff win, beating UNH, 35-10, in the second round. They will meet South Dakota State in the quarter fi nals next week. St. Mary’s in Lynn and St. John’s Prep are both State Champions in their divisions. Lastly, we look at the inglorious. The Patriots are in trouble. It looks like they must win all of their games to make the playoffs. They go west to battle Arizona and stay west to take on Las Vegas, two teams they just might beat on the road. They come “The Old Sachem,” Bill Stewart home to face Cincinnati and Miami, before ending at Buffalo. Even if they win the fi rst two, I have doubts about the last three. Their game against Buff alo was a disaster. The score was only 24-10, but after the fi rst period they fell apart. The questions concern the off ensive coached by Matt Patricia and Joe Judge in that they don’t appear to be at the level of their predecessor, Josh McDaniels. The pair have never coached off ense or quarterbacks, so the chance of success is nearly nil. Add that the off ensive line doesn’t seem to protect the quarterback or provide holes for the runs, and the value sinks to zero. Watching Mac Jones swearing to the linemen on the bench wasn’t pretty. I will still watch the Pats hoping for a turnaround but don’t really expect to see one. OUR OFFICE HAS MOVED TO 519 BROADWAY, EVERETT SABATINO INSURANCE AGENCY 519 BROADWAY EVERETT, MA 02149 PHONE: (617) 387-7466 FAX: (617) 381-9186 Visit us online at: Rocco Longo, Owner WWW.SABATINO-INS.COM

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 ‘Johnny the K was Absolutely Fabulous’ Super Shout Outs to Saugus Cultural Council and Veterans Early Learning Center PTO A huge thank you to the Saugus Cultural Council and the VELC PTO for bringing the amazing enrichment to the Veterans Early Learning Center. Johnny the K was absolutely fabulous. The Veterans Early Learning Center loved listening to and interacting with Johnny the K! We would not have been able to bring this wonderful enrichment program to the school if it was not for you. Johnny the K performs for kids at the Veterans Early Learning Center. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Kelley Donahue) SAVE THE DATE - Saugus High Class BBQ - August 26, 2023 at the Saugus Elks Grove T he Saugus High Class BBQ being held by Pete Nicolo and Mike Allan. ALL SAUGUS HIGH CLASSES WELCOMED. An early invite to assist some of our classmates, friends and family members that may have to make travel plans to attend. Most of us have kept in touch with some of our classmates/friends throughout the years. But what about the classmates/friends that you would love to see and have not seen in decades? This is what made our recent Saugus High Class BBQ this past September such a success. Use this event to reach out to anyone you would like to see! This past Saugus High Class BBQ had some classmates traveling from places as far away as - England, Hawaii, California, Florida, North Carolina and other parts of US. Many old friendships were rekindled, while new friendships with old Classmates were made. Some friends/ classmates had not seen each other in decades (over 40 years), while so many from surrounding classes mingled OP-ED | FROM PAGE 3 together and had a blast. Don’t wait any longer to see your Saugus High Class friends – please join us! PHOTOS ARE FROM THIS PAST SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2022 CLASS BBQ HELD AT THE SAUGUS ELKS ers within the Middle School/ High School, many students seem to lack basic respect for teachers and authority figures, and there seems to be little to no consequences for students who break rules and are disruptive to others. I have seen this flow over to sports as well. All of the above make it easy for parents to decide to opt for a private school education if they have the means to do so. I am forever grateful for the education I received from the Saugus school system. I can name every teacher I had in every grade – because they all had a positive impact on my life. I hope we can make changes to keep more students in our school system, and that those students are afforded the opportunity for a successful and rewarding high school experience. For now, the remaining hockey players at Saugus High will join forces with Peabody High (Peabody did not have a team last year), and the two schools will compete as a Co-op team in the Northeastern Conference this season. A Co-op is a two to three year commitment, so there may be an opportunity down the road for SHS to have its own Boys Varsity Hockey team again. Best wishes to the new Co-op team for much success. Finally, thanks to all former SHS Sachems Hockey players and coaches for 76 years of memorable high school hockey.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Page 9 MALDEN CATHOLIC STUDENTS FROM SAUGUS ACHIEVE HONOR ROLL – FIRST QUARTER 2022 S AUGUS, MA. (December 5, 2022) – Malden Catholic students have completed the coursework required for the fi rst quarter of the 2022-2023 school year. The school has three categories for outstanding academic performance honors: President’s List (90 - 100 in all classes), First Honors (85 to 89 in all classes), and Second Honors (80 to 84 in all classes.) Malden Catholic Honors – QUARTER ONE President’s List (90 to 100 in all classes) Ethan Addazio Isabella Da Silva President’s List ............ Saugus, MA President’s List ............ Saugus, MA Rachael Burke President’s List ............. Saugus, MA Caio Cruz President’s List ............ Saugus, MA Autumn Ingemi President’s List ............. Saugus, MA Joseph Laudanno President’s List ............. Saugus, MA Sabrina Magliozzi Leyna Nguyen Lily Nguyen Vincent Nguyen Olivia Sullivan Marina Youssef Robert Crivello Hailey Fern Mia Fronduto Lucas La Verde QUILT | FROM PAGE 7 connection to the children’s paper quilt. Her granddaughter – Isabella Bluestein, 6, a fi rst grader at the Early Learning Center – worked on the quilt with her classmates. “For me, it was heart-warming to see the kids do that with the paper quilt,” Laurie said. “And now, it was even more heartwarming to see Margie turn the paper quilt into a cloth quilt,” she said. How the school project evolved Jenna Newhall, a Lynn native, has been an educator for six years – the last fi ve in Saugus Public Schools. As a school counselor since 2019, it was her idea to get students from all levels at the school – preschool, kindergarten and fi rst grade – involved in a project that would do good for the community. “It was really a school eff ort – building up kindness in the classroom and bringing community into the classroom. It was really built on the idea of trying to help all people,” Jenna said. “So, the students in all of the classrooms at all of the grade levels participated by doing a small quilt. We took all of the squares and glued them to large pieces of bulletin board President’s List ............. Saugus, MA President’s List .............. Saugus, MA President’s List ............ Saugus, MA President’s List ............. Saugus, MA Yasmin Saroufi m President’s List .............. Saugus, MA Steven Streeter President’s List ............ Saugus, MA President’s List ............ Saugus, MA Nicole Uribe Lopez President’s List ............. Saugus, MA Xinyang Xie Ryan Young President’s List ............. Saugus, MA President’s List ............. Saugus, MA President’s List .............. Saugus, MA First Honors (85 to 89 in all classes) Elias Abourjaili First Honors ............... Saugus, MA First Honors ............... Saugus, MA Michael DiGirolamo First Honors ................ Saugus, MA Ava Duarte First Honors ................ Saugus, MA First Honors ................ Saugus, MA First Honors ................ Saugus, MA First Honors ................ Saugus, MA paper. Our goal for the project was to get their artwork into the Senior Center. I wanted all of the kids to see how their little parts became one,” she said. “This was a massive art project that was inspired by kindness and helping someone. Since coming back from COVID-19, we’ve all had some challenges. So, this was a great spot for us to be in, and it worked out beautifully for everyone,” she said. Jenna cited two children’s books that she says inspired the start of the project: “Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light” by Apryl Stott and “The Kindness Quilt” by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. “We knew as a school community, we wanted to do something that would show our youngest learners that you can always be a helper and make a diff erence, no matter who you are,” she said. “These books provided beautiful inspiration and gave us a place to start.” Jenna said she hopes to be able to return the favor soon by having members of the Quilters Guild visit the Early Learning Center so they can meet some of the students and also be honored in an educational setting. “This is just so amazing – so much kindness all around,” Davis said. John Paul Lowrey Ally Marino First Honors .................... Saugus, MA First Honors ................... Saugus, MA Gianluca Sapienza First Honors .................... Saugus, MA Alina Truong First Honors ................... Saugus, MA First Honors .................. Saugus, MA Isla Anderson Olivia Arsenault Ivan Compres Second Honors ............ Saugus, MA Second Honors ............ Saugus, MA Second Honors ........... Saugus, MA Second Honors ........... Saugus, MA Emily Uribe Lopez First Honors .................. Saugus, MA Molly Warner Second Honors (80 to 84 in all classes) Nikolas Agganis Christopher Femino Second Honors .......... Saugus, MA Benjamin Hurley Second Honors ........... Saugus, MA Maximus Iturrondo Second Honors .......... Saugus, MA Roomy Modestin Second Honors ........... Saugus, MA Richard Pesaturo Diego Portal Kenneth Ramirez Ashley Reardon Second Honors .......... Saugus, MA Second Honors .......... Saugus, MA Second Honors .......... Saugus, MA Second Honors .......... Saugus, MA Nicholas Sambataro Second Honors ......... 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Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Great weather and Holiday Spirit draw large crowd to Saugus Center for Annual Tree Lighting event A large crowd showed up early to Saugus Center last Friday (Dec. 2) for the town’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Festivities. Hundreds gathered on the lawn outside Saugus Town Hall to enjoy more than three and a half hours of community fun and fellowship that featured the arrival of Santa Claus, the popular petting zoo, hot chocolate, continuous holiday music, horse-drawn sleigh rides, bounce houses, a trackless train, a booth for kids to get their photos taken with Santa Claus and a display of thousands of colorful holiday lights in downtown Saugus to welcome the holiday season. Guy Moley brightened the holiday spirits of many Saugus kids and their parents as he played the part of Santa Claus for this year’s event. (Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler). Santa’s horse-drawn sleigh arrived in front of the Saugus Public Library. Emily Grant and Crystal Cakounes of the Park & Recreation Department hammed it up at the hot chocolate table. Santa addressed the crowd. Brian Cross did the honors again, as the DJ of the night, playing holiday music. Santa made his way toward Saugus Town Hall. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree introduced Santa Claus. We’re Back!! North Shore black Women’s Assoc. Annual mLK Luncheon Jan. 14 T he North Shore Black Women’s Association, Inc. is holding its annual Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon.Details: Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Anthony’s (105 Canal St., Malden, Mass.) from 11 a.m.2 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Chief Lester Baker, Framingham Police Department, Framingham, Mass. Honorees: Building Bridges Through Music, Inc., Lynn, Mass., and Eastern Middlesex Alcoholism Services, Inc., Malden, Mass. Tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, please visit Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ the-28th-annual-rev-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-memorial-luncheon-tickets-440919902297. There are limited seats with a capacity of 200 people. Tickets are $60/per person. No walkins allowed! Please visit our website (www.nsbwa.org) or email nsbwainc@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there! The COVID-19 Update Town reports 31 newly-confirmed cases; no new deaths By Mark E. Vogler T here were 31 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Saugus over the past week through Wednesday (Dec. 7). The new cases reported by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) over the past week increased the overall total to 10,177 confirmed cases since the outbreak of the global pandemic in March of 2020, according to Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. There were no new COVID-19-related deaths over the past week, as the death toll remained at 100. “Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic,” Crabtree said.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Page 11 Olivia Clark, a fifth-grader at the Belmonte STEAM Academy, cuddles a rabbit while a speckled Sussex bantam chicken competes for her attention. The Saugus Board of Selectmen and Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree gather around the Christmas tree in the first floor of Saugus Town Hall. Ada MacQueston, 2, tries to make friends with a goat at the Petting Zoo. Kids reach out to a goat at the Petting Zoo. Youth and Recreation Department Director Crystal Cakounes, Santa Claus and Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree huddle on the top steps of Saugus Town Hall. Joleen Jurczyk, of the Animal Craze Traveling Farm & Petting Zoo, holds her favorite pet: Steven Strange, the Goat. Anna Bartmon-Vigneaux, a third-grader at the Belmonte STEAM Academy, was thrilled to meet Santa. Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Joe Vecchione with his daughter Amelia, 2 1/2 Dante Miller, a fourth-grader at the Belmonte STEAM Academy, got to be the first kid to greet Santa. Precinct 4 Town Meeting Member Maureen Whitcomb with her son Andrew Sean Rock carried his daughter Makenzie, 2, atop his shoulders. Brody Crabtree, 9, a fourth-grader at the Belmonte STEAM Academy, was happy to hang around with Santa.

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Sixty trees to choose from at 12th Annual Marleah E. Graves Foundation Festival of Trees – extending into this weekend By Tara Vocino A pproximately 50 people attended last Friday’s Opening Night of the 12th Annual Festival of Trees at the Marleah E. Graves (MEG) Building. According to MEG Foundation board member Janice Jarosz, there are approximately 60 trees to raffle off, with eight new themes this year, with the majority of them being children-oriented. Retired Fire Captain William O’Malley plans to donate three trees to needy families. Originally a school in the 1800s taught by Marleah E. Graves, whose spirit is rumored to tour the grounds, the building now hosts parties, weddings, baby showers, coalitions and a recovery group and has tenants living upstairs. MEG Foundation board member Linda Ross said the proceeds from the two-week event will go toward upkeep of the building. Many guests came in between the town’s Tree Lighting ceremony on the common last Friday night. Belmonte STEAM Academy fifth-grader Arianna Moscato, her mother, Barbara, and her brother, Angelo, all of Saugus, wished to take home a “Merry Christmas” tree for its “snow,” ribbon and other decorations. Lisa and Martin Walfield were hoping to take home the “Mickey & Minnie Christmas Tree,” which was donated by the Saugus Lions Club, because they are Disney fans. The tree featured all things Disney, including classic Minnie and Mickey Mouse ears, stuffed animals and accessories. Stephen Chapman was hoping to win the “Wican Yuletide” tree. “I like the tarot cards, the top hat and the wooden star,” Chapman said. Santa is expected to arrive from the North Pole on Saturday night along with a petting zoo. Hours are 3 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Santa will be present from 4:30 to 6 p.m., along with a petting zoo on the front lawn from 5 to 7 p.m. Brought back after a COVID-19 pandemic hiatus, a wine and cookie bar will also serve as a fundraiser for the Foundation, with proceeds going toward the cause. Winners can pick up trees on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pictured from left to right: Saugus residents Christine Saia, their son Nicholas III, their daughter Violet, and her husband, Nicholas, donated the “North Shore Christian School” tree (for a nondenominational school). They liked how the ornaments represent different names for Jesus through biblical verses. The winner will receive the tree as well as a $50 Fandango movie pass. Sharon Hobby was hoping to win the “Mango Realty Inc.” tree on Saturday, because she likes Cookie Monster. The ornaments each had a different name for Jesus. MEG Foundation Board Member Anthony Speziale poured a glass of cabernet during Friday’s opening night of the Festival of Trees at the MEG Foundation building. Donations go toward the MEG Foundation. Pictured from left to right: Belmonte STEAM Academy fifth-grader Arianna Moscato, her mother, Barbara, and her brother, Angelo, all of Saugus. They liked the “snow,” ribbon and other decorations on this “Merry Christmas” tree, which they hope to win.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Page 13 Mrs. Claus (at left) and the Sparkle the Elf by the “Bill McAdoo” tree, which was named in memory of a former board member who passed away. Lisa and Martin Walfield were eyeing the “Mickey and Minnie Christmas Tree,” which was donated by the Saugus Lions Club, because they are Disney fans. The display of trees on Saturday night at the Festival of Trees. Guests enjoyed the sparkly nature of this tree, which had jewelry pieces instead of traditional ornaments. On Friday, Stephen Chapman was hoping to win the “Wican Yuletide” tree, because he liked the tarot cards, top hat and wooden star. Pictured from left to right: MEG Foundation Board Members Janice Jarosz and Laurie Davis. Davis, who is also the Senior Center’s Director, said they put some certificates for Senior Center line dancing, weightlifting and chair yoga classes as ornaments. Saugus residents Jeanine Ruszkowski and Michele Cannizzaro are pictured by the “Paparazzi” tree. (Paparazzi is a national accessories vendor.) They liked the sparkling aspect of the tree On Saturday, Jennifer McMasters (at left) and Leanne Wirling said this tree could be up all year-long, adding that it’s unique. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 BBB Tip: Safe online holiday shopping for parents H oliday shopping is in full swing. Many shoppers are skipping the stores and heading online to purchase gifts for their children, continuing the trend for several years. How can you get your holiday shopping done safely and efficiently? The following tips, some of which are from the National Programs’ Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) team of the better Business Bureau (BBB), will help. How to safely choose gifts for kids online • Guard your privacy (and your child’s privacy, too!). Plenty of online retailers offer “hot toys 2022” lists, but it’s wise to proceed with caution when shopping for the season’s hottest toys. Stores choose toys they think will sell out quickly, but they don’t always take a toy’s safety or data collection practices into consideration. Make sure toys are safe and have good privacy policies before you buy. • Purchase apps and connected toys from Federal Trade Commission–approved Safe Harbor member companies (https://www.ftc.gov/ enforcement/coppa-safe-harbor-program). Make sure that none of your child’s personal information will be collected without your explicit consent. Choose apps and toys from companies that display seals on their website and toys from the CARU or another Safe Harbor. • Examine toy descriptions carefully. It’s easy to miss specific details about toys when you can’t examine them in person, so take your time reading toy descriptions online. Pay close attention to age recommendations, potential choking hazards, exactly what comes with the toy and what accessories you might need to purchase separately. • Read plenty of reviews before you buy. Another good way to get to know a toy without actually seeing it first is to read other consumers’ reviews. Pay close attention to both positive and negative reviews. Reviewing videos can help you better understand what a toy is like and how it works. But keep in mind that many reviewers, bloggers, influencers, etc., share opinions that should be taken with a grain of salt as these individuals might be getting paid to post their reviews. • Keep in mind age recommendations. Take age recommendations seriously since toys meant for teenagers could be dangerous for younger children. When shopping online, age recommendations might not be THE BOWERY PRESENTS ANNOUNCES SPRING 2023 OPENING OF THE STAGE AT SUFFOLK DOWNS 8500 Capacity Seasonal Outdoor Concert Venue to Open on Site of Historic East boston racetrack B oston, MA (DECEMBER 2022) – Following the opening of their newest venue, Roadrunner, The Bowery Presents – in partnership with The HYM Investment Group LLC (“HYM”) – announces plans to open a seasonal outdoor general admission concert venue at Suffolk Downs, the legendary East Boston racetrack. The Stage at Suffolk Downs, located in the infield of The Track at 525 William F McClellan Highway, will host up to 8,500 concert goers beginning spring 2023. “The Bowery Presents has always focused on creating and operating venues where both fans and artists alike can have a great experience. We are confident Suffolk Downs will join Roadrunner, The Sinclair and Royale as a beloved concert venue in Greater Boston, delivering on our commitment to keep the music first,” said Josh Bhatti, Vice President and head of the Boston office of The Bowery Presents, an AEG Presents Company. “The Bowery Presents is honored to have the opportunity to work alongside the HYM team to bring The Stage at Suffolk Downs to fruition.” The Stage at Suffolk Downs is not the track’s first foray into live music: The Beatles were the first band to perform there, playing to 25,000 screaming fans in 1966. Since then, legendary artists such as The Jackson 5, Radiohead and Bjork have also performed. With The Stage at Suffolk Downs, The Bowery Presents plans to honor the site’s musical legacy, while reinvigorating the space to bring an open-air summer concert experience to all. “Suffolk Downs has been thoughtfully designed as a place that brings people together and connects communities,” said Thomas N. O’Brien, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of HYM. “We are thrilled to partner with The Bowery Presents who will help us continue to realize this vision as we bring the proud history of live music back through The Stage at Suffolk Downs.” The opening of The Stage at Suffolk Downs will expand The Bowery Presents’ owned and operated venues to three within the Boston area, joining the 3,500 capacity Roadrunner (which opened in Brighton in March 2022) and 525 capacity The Sinclair in Cambridge, (which just celebrated its 10th anniversary) alongside the Royale (exclusively booked by The Bowery Presents with 1,200 capacity), and the company’s hundreds of annual concert bookings in theaters and arenas in the region. The Bowery Presents is the leading concert promotion and venue management company in the Northeast with venues in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Maine. The Stage at Suffolk Downs’ opening lineup will be announced at a later date. Fans are encouraged to follow along on Instagram and Facebook, and online at stageatsuffolkdowns. com. For a full calendar of The Bowery Presents’ events in Boston, visit BoweryBoston.com. readily apparent, so do plenty of research before you make a purchase. • Watch out for in-app advertisements. Many toys come with connected apps. These, along with gaming apps for kids, likely feature in-app advertisements. Some in-app ads might be inappropriate for children. CARU offers excellent suggestions for educating your children about in-app advertising and what to watch out for as a parent. • Double-check small business web security. Supporting small businesses this holiday season is an excellent way to give back, but remember that many small businesses pivoted from making in-person sales to online sales back in 2020. Some small businesses might not have the resources or technical know-how to set up secure online purchasing. Call and ask about in-store purchase hours if a small business website seems less than secure. Check BBB’s online shopping guide. • Don’t fall for phishing scams. This year scammers are looking to trip consumers up with many phishing scams. These include compromised account messages, fake retail coupons, emails claiming there’s been a problem with package delivery, and more. Read up on phishing scams to avoid falling prey. For more information To learn more about safe online shopping, read BBB’s online shopping resources (https://www.bbb.org/all/ online-shopping). In addition, be sure to read BBB’s tips for avoiding delivery scams. When possible, shop from businesses that adhere to BBB Standards for Trust. Postal Service Closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2 W ASHINGTON — This year, Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Sunday, when Post Office locations nationwide are already closed. 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Page 15 Saugus Gardens in the Fall Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener I n a month full of holidays, December is apt to be busy indoors and out. Decorations are up everywhere you look. Friday’s tree-lighting, and the figures that appeared only for that day on the town hall and library lawns, provided a festive spectacle enjoyed by a good-sized crowd. Monday, December 12 is National Poinsettia Day! The plant we call poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, a botanist who was named minister to Mexico by President John Quincy Adams in 1825, because he brought the plant back from Mexico to his estate in South Carolina. Poinsett died on December 12, 1851, so this date was chosen to commemorate the plant when it became a very popular flower about two centuries later. The Ecke family of Encinitas, California, made poinsettias popular as a Christmas decoration in the 1960s. Amazingly, since they are not usually sold outside of the Christmas season, they have now become the best-selling potted plant in the United States. For a period of time, it was believed that poinsettias were deadly poisonous to people and pets, but after further study scientists are agreed that it is not deadly. Sometimes it can create nausea and diarrhea, but the human and animal patients recover with no lasting ill effects. What most people consider the flower is actually a whorl of colorful bracts, or specialized leaves, which surround the cluster of small yellowish or orangish flowers. The bracts can retain their color for months, and it is possible to get them to rebloom under the right circumstances. When I was growing up, my best friend’s mother impressed me by getting several plants to bloom another year by keeping them in a dark room at night to stimulate the color production. They normally bloom in rural areas where there is no intense artificial light, so the nights are longer than the daylight hours. After about two months of this, some leaves near the tips should start turning red. Sometimes home-grown poinsettias do not have as good a flower shape as commercial ones, but it is quite an accomplishment to get the plants to rebloom because it needs consistent treatment at the appropriate time to get flowers and colorful bracts by the Christmas season. While poinsettia is a warm climate plant that would not survive cold weather outdoors in Saugus, many of the trees and shrubs that serve as popular holiday decorations thrive in our climate. Evergreens with needle foliage, known as conifers because they produce seeds inside cones, are especially popular decorations. Broadleaf evergreens, which keep their leaves all winter but are not closely related to conifers, can also be very popular decorations at this time of year. Holly (Ilex spp.) and English ivy (Hedera helix) are the subjects of a popular Christmas carol. While many holly species are known for their evergreen foliage, a local deciduous holly is also a very popular decoration. Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) has vivid red berries that remain through much of the winter. It is a locally native shrub that likes growing in somewhat damp locations. It is very decorative all fall, as the berries turn red in September or October, but after November when the leaves fall the fruit is especially eye-catching. Cut branches are sold by most nurseries and many florists and grocery store floral departments at this time of year for use indoors and out. Poinsettias line a table at the MEG building. Again this Friday and Saturday, people can buy tickets for a chance to win these plants, gift baskets or the beautifully decorated trees on display. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) 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” shortly after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was inspired after seeing so many people taking up walking. Last Friday a penguin on the library lawn was wearing his reading glasses while waiting for the tree lighting festivities to begin. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) A decoration of Santa driving a fire truck could be seen next to Town Hall last Friday before the tree lighting festivities. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) shows its colorful fruit at the edge of Birch Pond near Walnut Street. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) Colorful bracts, usually red, are the big attraction of the poinsettia – the actual flowers clustered in the center are fairly inconspicuous. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener)

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 The Sounds of Saugus By Mark E. Vogler Good morning, Saugus! I’ve been to six Christmas Tree Lighting events in Saugus since I became editor of The Saugus Advocate back in March of 2016. The 2020 event was postponed because of the pandemic. All things considered, I believe the one last Friday (Dec. 2) was the best one weatherwise. It was very comfortable, and my bare hands didn’t go numb when I took photographs. So, it was relatively mild late autumn conditions, which proved to be favorable for the large crowd that turned out early. It was too bad that the public was not allowed to enter Town Hall and head upstairs to the second floor auditorium, which accommodated a lot of fun events that were once a regular fabric of the annual festivities until COVID-19 struck in March of 2020. I remember the Gingerbread House contests and face painting and plenty of warm space to accommodate those folks who came to see their children get photographed with Santa Claus. I didn’t see any face-painting this year. And the Gingerbread House contest hasn’t been part of the program for several years. Photo opportunities with Santa Claus are still a big draw. But Santa now poses for photos with children in a chair that was set up in front of the Central Street entrance to the Saugus Public Library. And there was an adjacent booth nearby in case it rained. All in all, it was a very nice event – well planned by the town’s Youth & Recreation Department, the Department of Public Works, the Fire Department and other town agencies. I enjoyed myself, walking around in the crowd and soaking up the atmosphere. I spent some time hanging on the top steps of Town Hall, talking to Brian Cross, who served as this year’s DJ for all of the Christmas music. Brian, a 2012 graduate of Saugus High School, was providing the music for his third tree lighting event. He’s been coordinating the town’s Christmas Eve Parade since 2014. “I’ve been coming down here my whole life. It’s one of those yearly traditions that Saugus residents enjoy,” he said. During the final 20 minutes of the night, I asked Brian as to whether he took requests. He told me he did, but it didn’t seem like folks were taking advantage of that opportunity, so I peppered him with a few requests, just to see whether he knew his tunes and had an extensive collection. Well, I found out that even if he didn’t know some tunes, he could easily find them if he received a song title. Brian played Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song,” one of my favorites that dates back to 1961. My other requests were Burl Ives’ “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Believe” – the theme song for the animated Christmas movie “The Polar Express” – “The Little Drummer Boy” sung by Carrie Underwood and Josh Groban’s “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Brian was able to get them all within seconds without any problems. So, for me, that was a special treat, in addition to hanging out at the petting zoo. Saugus Tree Lighting 2022 turned out to be a great night. A “Shout Out” to Guy Moley We didn’t receive any nominations from readers to recognize deserving candidates for “Shout Outs,” so, using the editor’s prerogative, I will go with Guy Moley – who had an extremely busy weekend. On Friday night, he was down at Saugus Center playing Santa Claus. Then, on a rainy Saturday night, Guy was working with Mom’s Cancer Fighting Angels at Fuddruckers, trying to raise money for a great cause. Hats off to Guy Moley this week. Want to “Shout Out” a fellow Saugonian? This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out – in a brief mention – remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents, or an act of kindness or a nice gesture. Just send an email (mvoge@ comcast.net) with a mention in the subject line of “An Extra Shout Out.” No more than a paragraph; anything longer might lend itself to a story and/or a photo. We have a winner! Congratulations to Nicole Berger for making the right identification in last week’s “Guess Who Got Sketched” Contest. Nicole is one of several readers answering correctly. But she was the only one to have her name picked in a drawing from the green Boston Red Sox cap. Here’s the correct answer, offered by the person who goes by the name of The Sketch Artist: “The answer to last week’s sketch is Pastor Joe Hoyle’s wife Debora De Paula Hoyle. “Debbie is the Administrative Assistant of the Cliftondale Congregational Church. “Debbie does alot of behind the scenes administration tasks effortlessly and with a smile. “She helps the Saugus Food Pantry run smoothly and efficiently! “Debbie’s quick to give praise and recognition to others. She is caring, sensitive and compassionate in her ways. “Saugus Advocate November 23, edition has the ‘Counting Your Blessings in Saugus’ by Mark E. Vogler Front Page and on page 2 Pastor Hoyle and Debbie are giving credit to others for their generosity and efforts. “Pastor Joe Hoyle and Debbie involve themselves with an array of outreaches from tending an information booth with gifts at the 411 Saugus Event to weekly 10:30 AM Wed Bible Studies at the Senior Center. “Thank you Debbie for all you do. “You shine with such hospitality and grace to others “Your hand is generously extended towards your fellow man. Yours Truly, “The Sketch Artist” Saugus River Watershed Council Annual Meeting Monday This year’s Annual Meeting and Dinner of the Saugus River Watershed Council (SRWC) features a keynote presentation by Cindy Lupi from Clean Water Action, where she coordinates community-based efforts to reduce pollution and promote a cleaner, more sustainable economy. The event is set for Monday, Dec. 12 from 6:30–9 p.m. at Spinelli’s on Route 1 in Lynnfield. The Saugus River Watershed Council will also present River Stewardship Awards, highlight 2022 accomplishments and elect 2023 board members. Admission to the annual meeting of $35 per person includes the keynote presentation plus a delicious dinner buffet. Menu: roast beef, roasted potatoes, pasta, dinner rolls, salad and homemade dessert. A cash bar will be available. This event is handicap accessible and open to the public. Online registration and payment information is available under the events section at https://www.saugusriver. org/annualmeeting. Preregistration requested. This year’s Steward Awards will be presented to Rep. Jeff Turco and Jonah Chiarenza. Debra Panetta, President of the SRWC, said in a press release, “Representative Turco continues to be an environmental champion for Saugus and Revere, and I am delighted that Jeff will be receiving this award.” Mary Lester, Executive Director, is very excited for this award to be presented to Jonah Chiarenza from Bike to the Sea. She said this organization deserves so much for everything they have done for the Northern Strand and all the efforts put forth with bringing communities together. This year’s event will also feature sale of holiday wreaths for $40 each. These handmade wreaths feature fresh woodland evergreens, pinecones and other decorative elements. They will also be having an online auction that will become live that night, raffles and a 50/50. All proceeds will benefit the Saugus River Watershed Council’s environmental education, SRWC scholarship and river restoration programs. Vacations and more can be bid on here: https://srwc.betterworld.org/ auctions/saugus-river-watershed-council-2. The Saugus River Watershed Council is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 1991 to protect and restore the natTHE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 17 —Cont est— CONTEST SKETCH OF THE WEEK GUESS WHO GOT SKETCHED? If you know the right answer, you might win the contest. In this week’s edition, we continue our weekly feature where a local artist sketches people, places and things in Saugus. Got an idea who’s being sketched this week? If you do, please email me at mvoge@comcast.net or leave a phone message at 978 683-7773. Anyone who identifies the Saugonian sketched in this week’s paper between now and Tuesday at Noon qualifies to have their name put in a green Boston Red Sox hat with a chance to be selected as the winner of a $10 gift certificate, compliments of Hammersmith Family Restaurant, 330 Central Street in Saugus. But you have to enter to win! Look for the winner and identification in next week’s “The Sounds of Saugus.” Please leave your mailing address in case you are a winner. (Courtesy illustration to The Saugus Advocate by a Saugonian who goes by the name of “The Sketch Artist”)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Page 17 THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 16 ural resources of the Saugus River watershed. Friends of Breakheart notes The next event at Breakheart Reservation sponsored by the DCR is the First Day Hike on New Year’s Day. It is a wonderful way to start the New Year. Please check newspapers and flyers for further updates. Other activities are being planned to include the famous Maple Sugaring event and a park clean up when the weather improves. If interested in getting involved with the Friends Group, please call 781-233-1855 X19. Happy Holidays and look forward to seeing you at the Park. Superintendent’s Virtual Coffee Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Erin McMahon announced recently on her website that she will be holding a series of coffee meetings this year to give parents and caregivers an opportunity to talk about issues impacting the district face-to-face. “But I’ve heard from some families that in-person meetings during the school day can be difficult, she said. “To accommodate more families, I am holding a virtual meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. This is open to all families in the district. To join the virtual meeting, please use this link.” [https://us06web. zoom.us/j/89828336986?pwd=eG44VGsrTnJMNnJnNlFxWWJIbXRHQT09#success] “As a reminder, if you have specific concerns about your child, please contact your child’s teacher or principal. You may also contact my office at superintendent@saugus. k12.ma.us.” Legion breakfasts Saugus American Legion Post 210 is hosting its popular breakfasts from 8-9 a.m. on Fridays. The price is $8 for those who are looking for a delicious meal at Legion Hall. Bon appétit! “Holly Jolly” coming to The Kowloon The Kowloon Restaurant announced that the Holly Jolly Holiday Party with The Platters® Very Merry Christmas Show is slated for Friday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Showtime is 8 p.m. The Platters are set to perform live in concert – playing all their hits and holiday tunes. Tickets are $25 per person. All seats are reserved. The Platters – hailed a rock and roll, vocal, and Grammy® Halls of Fame group – will be joined by special guests Smokin’ Joe & the Henchmen. Kowloon food and beverage services will be available. For tickets: online ordering, front desk. Compost/Recycling DropOff Site closing for winter The Town of Saugus Compost/Recycling Drop-Off Site will close for the winter season on Saturday, Dec.10 at 2 p.m. The site will be open from 8 THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 18

Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Sy eninior y Senior eniorenior o by Jim Miller Little Known Property-Tax Relief Programs Help Seniors Save Dear Savvy Senior, I recently learned about a property-tax relief program for seniors in the county where I live. Apparently, there are hundreds of these programs across the country that many retirees, like me, are eligible for but don’t know about. What can you tell me about this? Overtaxed Eddie Dear Eddie, Great question! Residential property-tax refund and credit programs exist in nearly every state, but unfortunately few people know about them. These programs can help retirees and many other Americans by reducing their property taxes. Here’s what you should know. Rising Property Taxes Property taxes are a major source of income for local governments, but while they help fund key public services, they can be a fi nancial drain for many homeowners, especially retirees, many of whom live on fi xed incomes. According to Attom Data Solutions, a property-data provider, the average American household payed $3,785 in property taxes in 2021, but this amount varies widely depending on your state’s tax rate and your home’s estimated value. For example, New Jersey residents paid $9,476 per year on average in 2021, while West Virginia residents paid $901. To help ease this tax burden, most states off er a number of property-tax relief programs. But states aren’t always proactive in letting people know. It’s up to you, the homeowner, to fi nd out what’s available in your county or city that you may be eligible for, and to apply. Relief Programs Property tax relief programs, sometimes called exemptions, release eligible homeowners from paying some or all of their property tax obligation. How long the exemption lasts can vary depending on where you live, and the reason you’re applying for the exemption. The tax-relief process varies by county, city or state. In general, you’ll have to meet certain eligibility requirements, submit an application and provide documents that support your request. Most programs will either reduce, waive or freeze property taxes for seniors, veterans, surviving spouses, disabled and low-income residents. But there are some counties that also offer basic homestead exemptions to homeowners regardless of age or income, and others that may provide exemptions to homeowners that have recently made energy-effi cient improvements to their home. Where to Look The best way to learn about local property-tax relief programs and their eligibility requirements is to visit your county, city or state website that collects your property tax. Most of these sites also provide applications and instructions, and will allow you to apply either online, by mail or at your local tax offi ce. Another good resource for locating programs in your area is the Lincoln Institute, which has a property-tax database that lets you to browse programs across the country. To access it go to ResidentialPropertyTaxReliefPrograms.org. AARP may also be able to help through their Property Tax-Aide service – see PTAconsumers.aarpfoundation. org. This free program, which is available in 13 states (Arizona, Colorado, Florida–Miami Dade County, Illinois-Cook County, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York and North Carolina) and the District of Columbia helps eligible homeowners and renters apply for relief. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. It’s the Greatest Time of the Year – Girl Scout Cookie Season! Girl Scouts in eastern massachusetts is now selling Girl Scout Cookies; Support the next generation of women entrepreneurs (Waltham, Mass.) Today, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts kicks-off the 2023 Girl Scout Cookie season as Girl Scouts and their troops rally the community to support the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls. The annual cookie program will run through Friday, March 10th. Consumers can support their local Girl Scouts by purchasing their favorite varieties including Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites®, Peanut Butter Patties®, Adventurefuls™, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Lemonades™, Trefoil®, Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie (gluten-free and peanut-free) and Toast-Yay!™. In addition to everyone’s quintessential favorites, Girl Scouts has a new, online exclusive cookie, Raspberry Rally, which is a thin crispy cookie infused with raspberry flavor and dipped in the same delicious chocolaty coating as the beloved Thin Mints cookies. This new cookie will be the fi rst in the Girl Scout Cookie lineup to be exclusively off ered for online sale and direct shipment only, enhancing girls’ e-commerce sales and entrepreneurial skills. “The Girl Scouts Cookie Program is iconic in developing future women entrepreneurs. I have heard many times from THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 17 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 10, prior to closing. The site will reopen for recycling on the third Saturday of the month in January, February and March, weather permitting. Please contact Scott Brazis, Director of Solid Waste/Recycling, at 781-231-4036 with any questions. For more information about the Town of Saugus, visit www.saugus-ma.gov. What’s happening at the Saugus Public Library For schoolchildren looking for interesting projects and programs to participate in this fall, there’s plenty to do at the Saugus Public Library. There are also some very good programs off ered for grownups, too. Adult Coloring Group: Come relax with our continuing Adult Coloring Group. It’s a great opportunity to take time to women that their fi rst experience in sales was through Girl Scouts,” stated Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts CEO Barbara Fortier. “As we enter what I think is the greatest time of year, I encourage people to remember that when you are purchasing a box of cookies, they are not only delicious but you are supporting a future entrepreneur.” The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls. Girl Scouts’ newly updated Financial Literacy badges off er entrepreneurial playbooks for every age level. From the Cookie Goal Setter badge earned as a Daisy to the Entrepreneur Accelerator for girls in high school, the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls fi nancial literacy, planning, budgeting, teamwork, innovative thinking, and confi dent decision making. Girl Scout Cookies are $5 per package. There are many ways to support the Girl Scout Cookie program this season: · If you don’t know a Girl Scout, visit gsema.org/buycookies to fi nd a cookie booth (pop-up shop) near you to purchase cookies from a local Girl Scout troop, or to connect with a local troop’s online cookie shop to purchase cookies for a unwind, be creative and have fun, no experience necessary! We have pencils and coloring pages ready and waiting… See you there! Space is limited; please call to register (781-2314168 x 3106). When: Wednesday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Where: Saugus Public Library, 295 Central St., Saugus, Brooks Room (second fl oor). Just Sew! Saugonians are welcome to join a monthly sewing class for adults that will be held the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Saugus Public Library. The next meeting is Monday, Dec. 19. The class covers basic topics like sewing buttons, hemming clothing and mending torn fabric and will move on to more advanced topics in the coming weeks. This class is free. (See sauguspubliclibrary.org.) A neat teen group called Manga & Anime Club: The Manga & donation or shipment. If you know a registered Girl Scout, reach out to them to find out how they’re selling cookies. Customers can make a purchase in-person or online and designate their purchase for donation to Cookies for a Cause to benefit first responders and healthcare professionals, the military and veterans’ services organizations, local food pantries, and more. Visit www.gsema.org to have Girl Scout cookies shipped directly to your door. GSEMA will cover 50% of customers’ shipping costs for all online Direct Ship orders of nine packages or more from February 1st – March 10th. Girls in grades K–12 can join Girl Scouts any time during the year to begin their Girl Scout journey. As girls grow with Girl Scouts, they learn hands-on leadership skills they’ll use to make their mark through the Gold Award and beyond. To join or volunteer, visit www. gsema.org. For more information on Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, please visit www.gsema. org, or follow their social media channels, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn, for the latest updates on the organization. Anime Club, from all accounts, is a lot of fun for kids in Grades 6 and up. So, if you are curious, check out the Teen Room. Chat with friends! Make crafts! Try Japanese snacks! Club meetings will continue on Saturdays, through May, from 10-11 a.m. They will be held on Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1 and May 13. Please sign up in advance; call 781-231-4168 or stop by the Reference Desk. (https://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org/new-manga-animeclub.../); Saugus Public Library, 295 Central St., Saugus Mass. First Baptist Church presents “Can We Talk…” First Baptist Church Pastor Leroy Mahoney invites troubled people to join others in a special program called “Can We Talk … Community conversations on Trauma and Healing” the first Thursday THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 19

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 Page 19 THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 18 of every month, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Rev. Isaac Mitchell Jr. Fellowship Hall (105 Main St. in Saugus). “Join us as we gather in community to share our stories, thoughts and feelings about whatever you are going through,” Rev. Mahoney states in a written announcement. “As always, it is a safe space to come together in community,” he says. Wreaths Across America On Dec. 17 at noon, the Parson Roby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (MA0136P) is sponsoring their second Wreaths Across America event, helping both Riverside Cemetery and the Old Burying Ground Cemetery to remember and honor veterans by laying remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes. “To sponsor your wreath(s) at $15 each or to volunteer to help place wreaths on December 17th, please visit www. wreathsacrossamerica.org/ MA0136P or use the QR code. There will be a brief ceremony at noon to honor all branches of the military followed by laying wreaths on our fallen heroes. Invite your friends and family to join us in honoring our servicemen and women. The cut-off date to order is Nov. 28th. Your Hometown News Delivered! EVERETT ADVOCATE MALDEN ADVOCATE REVERE ADVOCATE SAUGUS ADVOCATE One year subscription to The Advocate of your choice: $150 per paper in-town per year or $200 per paper out-of-town per year. Name_________________________________________ Address_______________________________________ City_______________ State_______ Zip ____________ CC# _______________________________ Exp. _____ Sec. code____ Advocate (City):___________________ Clip & Mail Coupon with Credit Card, Check or Money Order to: Advocate Newspapers Inc. PO Box 490407, Everett, MA 02149 “2021 was our first year sponsoring this event, which had over 360 wreaths sponsored. The community really stepped up and we are grateful for all the support we received. However, there are more than 1500 veterans’ graves in Riverside and we are hoping that between the community and businesses there will be enough sponsored wreaths to cover all those graves this year. “The Daughters of the American Revolution’s mission is to preserve American history and secure America’s future through education and promoting patriotism. For more information on how to participate or ‘What We Do’ email the Parson Roby Chapter DAR at parsonroby.saugusdar@gmail. com.” Healthy StudentsHealthy Saugus (Editor’s Note: The following info is from an announcement submitted by Julie Cicolini, a member of the Board of Directors for Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus.) Who we are: Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2) is a nonprofit group of volunteers who are helping to offset food insecurity in households. HS2 provides students/families who enroll in the program a supply of nutritious food for when school lunches and breakfasts are unavailable to them on weekends. How HS2 can help you: HS2 bags are distributed at Saugus Public schools on Fridays to take home. Bags include such items as peanut butter, canned meals/ soups/tuna/vegetables, pasta, fruit cups, cereal, oatmeal, goldfish, pretzels and granola bars. All food is provided to children free of charge. It is our hope these resources will support the health, behavior and achievement of every student 9. On Dec. 11, 1980, the Massachusetts Secretary of State banned the sale of what computer stock because its price was too high? 1. December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day; President Warren Harding’s administration was beset by the Teapot Dome scandal involving accepting bribes from oil companies; what is known as Teapot Dome? 2. What beverage company started using Santa Claus in advertising in 1931? 3. What happens when a shark loses its teeth? 4. How often does Santa check his list? 5. On Dec. 10, 1805, abolitionist publisher William Lloyd Garrison was born in what Essex County community? 6. What color bowtie does “The Cat in the Hat” wear? 7. In the first single on the 2022 FIFA World Cup official soundtrack – “Hayya Hayya (Better Together)” – what does the Arabic word “Hayya” mean? 8. What singer had a best-selling hit in 1953 with “Santa Baby”? 10. In the late 1920s, what baseball team was known as Murderers’ Row? 11. On Dec. 12, 1891, the first game of what sport was played in Springfield, Mass.? 12. What author of the 1900 book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” also wrote “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus”? 13. December 13 is National Cocoa Day; what are the seeds in a cacao tree pod called? 14. In what country is Santa Claus called Babbo Nawho participates. To sign up go here to complete online form: https://forms.gle/gmMGguycSHBdziuE9. Want to partner with us: We would love to partner with organizations, sports teams, youth groups, PTOs, businesses and individuals to assist in feeding students of Saugus. To learn more about how you can partner with us, visit the Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus Facebook page or email us at HS2Saugus@gmail.com HS2 relies on donations to create take-home bags for a weekend full of meals. Checks can also be sent directly to: Salem Five C/O Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus, 855-5 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906. Online donations can also be made at https://givebutter. com/HealthySaugus. “Throwback Saturdays” at Kowloon The Kowloon Restaurant announces its December entertainment calendar with “Throwback Saturdays,” featuring DJ RMC spinning hiphop, top 40, dance, disco and Latin tunes in the Hong Kong Lounge on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Here’s the December Comedy Show Lineup: Brad Mastrangelo: Dec. 9 & 10 –“Comics Come Home” – Corey Manning and James Hamilton. Frank Santorelli: Dec. 17 – from “The Sopranos” – Matt Barry and Andrew Volpe. Comedy shows start at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 per person. DJ music from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For tickets: online ordering, front desk or charge-by-phone; call the Kowloon Restaurant at 781-233-0077. New Year’s Eve at Kowloon Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Kowloon Restaurant with “the biggest and best and maybe the last” New Year’s Eve party. Wildfire Band and Vinyl Groove will perform live in concert along with DJ RMC. Dine, dance and ring in the New Year with a light Kowloon buffet, Champagne toast and party favors. Doors open at 8 p.m., and entertainment kicks off at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 per guest and $250 for tables of four guests. To order tickets, call 1-781-233-0077. 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 six and a half years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the week. Feel free to email me at mvoge@ comcast.net. Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want to express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15- to 20-minute interview over a hot drink at a local coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coffee or tea. Or, if you prefer to continue practicing social distancing and be interviewed from the safety of your home on the phone or via email, I will provide that option to you as the nation recovers from the Coronavirus crisis. If it’s a nice day, my preferred site for a coffee and interview would be the picnic area of the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. tale? 15. How are “Bhagavad Gita” and the “Mahabharata” related? 16. In which two countries is Santa Claus called Père Noël? 17. On Dec. 14, 1994, construction began on the Three Gorges Dam on what river? 18. Reportedly, what is the world’s deadliest creature: mosquito, shark or tsetse fly? 19. What country is the only one to host the FIFA World Cup and lose its opening match? 20. December 15 is Bill of Rights Day – when in 1791 how many constitutional amendments were ratified? ANSWERS 1. A rock formation in Wyoming and a nearby oil field 2. Coca-Cola 3. They grow back. 4. Twice 5. Newburyport 6. Red 7. Let’s go! 8. Eartha Kitt 9. Apple 10. The New York Yankees 11. Basketball 12. L. Frank Baum 13. Cocoa beans 14. Italy 15. The “Bhagavad Gita” is part of the “Mahabharata” 16. Belgium and France 17. Yangtze 18. Mosquito 19. Qatar 20. 10

Page 20 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 OBITUARIES Paul E. Bourque away on December 3, 2022 at the age of 92. Paul was born in Malden, MA on March 6, 1930 and was a Local 67 union carpenter until he retired in 1995. He was an avid hunter and cherished his time at the Maine camp with all of his buddies. Paul enjoyed nature, bowlD evoted h u s - band and father, passed ing, spending time with his family and friends and was a steadfast Bruins fan. His thoughtful and quiet demeanor will be deeply missed. Paul was the loving husband of 59 years to Margaret H. (McInnis) Bourque. Loving father of Kellie B. Binczyk & her husband Jeff of Brookline, Kevin P. Bourque & his wife Valerie of Saugus and Maureen E. Economou of Milbury. Cherished grandfather of Alyssa, Chloe, Drew & Kyle. Caring brother of Lillian Surette of Saugus and the late Richard Bourque, Frances Deleo, Yvonne Moffat and Pauline Bourque. Also survived by many nieces & nephews. Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Thursday, December 5, 2022 from 5:00-7:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St. Saugus on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 10:30AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. The interment with military honors at the VA National Cemetery in Bourne will be private. In lieu of fl ower contributions may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., B_102, Danvers, MA 01923. To send a message of condolence please visit www. gatelyfh.com. Pauline D. (Koutroubis) Harritos O f Saugus.Born on the fi fth of February 1939 and passed away on the 30th of November 2022 at the age of 83 in her Saugus home surrounded by her loving family. Pauline was born in Sparta, Greece and held up the highest standards of Spartan Culture throughout her life. She was raised in Kastoreio, Sparta, Laconia, Greece as the daughter of Master Carpenter Demetrios I. Koutroubis and Panagiota D. (Angelopoulos) Koutroubis. Pauline was a very determined and hardworking womOBITS | SEE PAGE 22 ~ HELP WANTED ~ Experienced Oil Truck Driver wanted. Hazmat and CDL required. Must present driver’s record history. Please send resume to: dina@angelosoil.com or call 781-231-3500 Frank Berardino MA License 31811 • 24 - Hour Service • Emergency Repairs BERARDINO Plumbing & Heating Residential & Commercial Service Gas Fitting • Drain Service 617.699.9383 Senior Citizen Discount 858855-GO-4-GLAS 55-GO-4O- -GL Call now! 781 233 4446 LAS LA AS We follow Social Distancing Guidelines! CLASSIFIEDS


Page 22 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, DECEmbEr 9, 2022 REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS 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 Burt, Matthew Dumond, Jeff rey C BUYER2 SELLER1 101 Walnut Street LLC Rodrigues, Linda SELLER2 Saroufi m, Johny M ADDRESS 11 Somerby Ln 281 Lincoln Ave CITY Saugus Saugus OBITS | FROM PAGE 20 an who valued education and passed these values along to her children. She recognized no limitations and achieved more than most with her determination and love of family. She was a devout Christian of the Greek Orthodox faith and loved gardening, cooking and making a beautiful home for her family. The world has been fortunate to know Pauline Harritos and continues to benefi t from her legacy. She was the beloved wife of the late Leonard J. Harritos and sister to the late Peter D. Koutroubis. Pauline is survived by her three daughters Margaret L. Cashman, Pamela L. Harritos and Joanne L. Harritos whom she loved dearly and gave the gift of unconditional love and happiness to. In addition to her daughters, she is survived by her nephews James D. Koutroubis and Peter D. Koutroubis and her adoring granddaughters Jessica Cashman and Julia CashDATE 11.15.22 11.14.22 PRICE 700000 800000 man who gave her much joy, happiness and light. Additionally, Pauline is mourned by her son’s in-law Kevin Cashman, Craig Hasenstab, Dale Sarno and her grandnephew Dimitri Koutroubis and his mother Star Koutroubis. Relatives and friends were invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus.A funeral was held from the funeral home followed by a funeral liturgy at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Lynn. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. 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Owned by the same family for over 70 years and located on a nice level lot. It could use a new kitchen, bath and new roof. Living Room has a fireplace, 1 car garage, level yard. Desirable neighborhood close to major routes and more...$449,000 Would you like a compliment of wonderful neighborhood, space, and many amenities nearby? This private setting townhouse offers so much. The main level boasts an eat in kitchen, along with living room and 3 generous bedrooms on the second floor. the lower level or could also be categorized as the ground level offers a large family room or bedroom with a full bath. Did I mention washer and dryer in the units, 1 deeded parking, 1 car garage., transportation, nearby shops, and churches? 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