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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE
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H
ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about
this week in Saugus.
Powerless in the storm
Tuesday turnedout tobeabrutal stormday for Saugus residents.
At onepoint,more than4,000homes andbusinesses found them-
selves without electricity – some for as long as six hours. That’s
about a third of the town that was inconvenienced by the disrup-
tion, according to National Grid.
I ran into a number of residents who were affected the storm,
which led to Tuesday’s cancellation of school and the closing of
public buildings throughout the town. Many of the people affect-
ed were elderly residents.
Storm-delayed trash collection
Due to this week’s snowstorm, the town’s trash and recycling col-
lection was cancelled on Tuesday and collection will run on a one-
daydelay through tomorrow(Saturday). Contact SolidWaste/Recy-
clingCoordinatorLornaCerboneat81-231-4036withanyquestions.
“Books in Bloom”floral design show
The Saugus Garden Club and New Friends of the Saugus Public
Library are again cosponsoring“Books in Bloom.”This unique flo-
ral design show is set for today (Friday, March 17), from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. and tomorrow (Saturday, March 18), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For these two days, the library will host beautiful floral arrange-
ments interpreting a book’s title, cover or theme in displays set up
throughout thebuilding.Thepublic is invited toparticipateby en-
tering an exhibit or just to drop by the library to admire the pret-
ty flowers. A great opportunity for a creative person with a green
thumb – what a great event for spring.
For details, contact Saugus Garden Club Co-Presidents Lorraine
DiMilla (781-233-7541 or
lmdimilla@comcast.net
) and Donna Ma-
noogian (781-233-5640 or
Donna23@comcast.net
).
Not a bad way to welcome in the spring, even if the snow is not
done yet.
THE SOUNDS
OF SAUGUS
By Mark Vogler
One angry board
Superintendent of Schools Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. and the Sau-
gus School Committee have adopted the slogan“One Town, One
Team: Building a Stronger Saugus” as they seek backing – finan-
cial and people-wise – in their efforts to build a better education
system. As noble as their intentions might be, a majority of the
School Committee members contradicted that idealistic goal at
least Thursday’s School Committee meeting.
Hats off to Linda Gaieski, the lone School Committee member
who refrained from getting into petty squabbles with her col-
leagues or making disparaging comments about them.
Onanightwhencommitteemembersofferedsomegreatpraise
about studentaccomplishments–particularlyElizabethMarchese’s
glowingtributetothe fabulousSaugusHighSchool girls’basketball
team(“Youhave broken the gender barrier at Saugus High School
and united the whole school.”) – members spoiled what should
have been a happy night with their uncivil and childish behavior.
No need to waste time and space on replaying the spectacle in
this column. Interested readers can view it for themselves on Sau-
gus TV. It’s okay to disagree, and that is the nature of local govern-
ment. But show some respect for your colleagues and for the citi-
zenswho attend themeetings or tune-inon cable tobe informed.
The night would have been an image-boosting and a morale-
building affair had committee members skipped the nonsense.
Then again, this is an election year. Isn’t it?
A new seating plan for the superintendent
Poor Superintendent of Schools Dr. DavidDeRuosi, Jr.! He’s gon-
nahave tomove fromtheside table intheSchool Committee room
to join theSchool Committeemembers at futuremeetings. At least
on a trial basis. That comes as a result of a new seating plan ap-
proved by the members.
“I’d like to see him join the team – one town-one team,” School
Committee Chairman Jeannie Meredith said.
Another member who seemed to like it was Linda Gaieski. “I al-
ways feel it’s adversarial … He’s over there and we’re talking at
him,”she said.
Arthur Grabowski said he prefers to be look at the superinten-
dent, face to face–whenhe’s talking. Grabowski alsosaidheshared
Gaieski’s sentiments that the current seating plan with the super-
intendent sitting at a table off to the side feels“adversarial.”
Gaieski also hopes the new seating plan will enable her to have
eye contact with the superin-
tendent.
“What’s your good side, Dr.
DeRuosi?” School Committee
Vice Chairman Peter Manoo-
gian asked. “It doesn’t make a
big difference to me,” Manoo-
gian added.
Itmight actuallyworkout.The
committee members might be
less inclined to spar with each
other with Dr. DeRuosi sitting
with them. If they do act up, the
superintendent canplay therole
of peacemaker.
Lady Sachems make
Saugus proud
The Saugus High School bas-
ketball team, coached by Mark
Schruender,becamethefirstgirls’
basketball team in more than
threedecadestowinaconference
title. The Lady Sachems finished
with a 16-6 record. That’s a far cry
betterthantheirseasontwoyears
ago,whentheywonjustoneof22
games.Noquestion,thegirlswere
thehighlight of the night.
Kudos to Saugus TV
Speaking of cable TV, here’s
some good news: The Telly
Awards has named SaugusTV as
aBronzewinnerinthe38thAnnu-
alTellyAwardsfortheirpiecetitled
“SaugusTVStop-MotionPromo.”
Here’s a press release sent to
us by Executive Director Bryan
Nadeau:
SOUNDS
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