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Here are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus.

Town Election 2017 season underway for candidates

With nomination papers becoming available last week at the Town Clerk’s Office, this year’s town election season has officially opened. And, as of this week, more than a dozen potential candidates came to Town Hall to pull papers. They included the following:

For the Board of Selectmen: Corinne Riley and Michael Collier – two challengers who announced their intention to run weeks ago, submitting announcements to this paper – and Selectman Jennifer D’Eon, who has indicated she will seek a second two-year term. Assunta Palombo, a local real estate agent, also pulled nomination papers.

For the School Committee: School Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith and School Committee Members Elizabeth Marchese (who announced last week she’s a candidate for the vacant Athletic Director’s job) and Linda Gaieski. Judy Worthley is a potential challenger who also pulled papers.

For the Town Meeting Members: three potential newcomers – Keith McCabe, William Marchand and George Falardeau. “Only some of the TMM Incumbents have submitted re-running papers,” Town Clerk Ellen Schena noted.

The Board of Selectmen and the School Committee will each have five seats to be considered. Voters will also elect 50 Town Meeting members – five in each precinct – in the Nov. 7 election.

While the names of people with candidate’s papers is of interest to a lot of folks, it really doesn’t mean much until people get the required signatures and return the papers to the town clerk. And they have until Sept. 19 to do that – and that’s a long way off.

Fifty certified signatures of registered voters are required for candidates for the Board of Selectmen, School Committee and the Housing Authority. New candidates for Town Meeting must obtain 10 certified signatures of registered voters – all from within the candidate’s precinct. Incumbents just have to send in a letter indicating they are running again.

All candidates for public office are expected to comply with the Town of Saugus Zoning Bylaws (Article 7, Section 7.3, Sub-Section 8) regarding political signs, according to an Election Calendar prepared by the Town Clerk’s Office.

Here are the important dates:

Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. Last day for incumbent Town Meeting members wishing to become a candidate for reelection to submit written notice to the Town Clerk.

Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. Last day to obtain nomination papers from the Town Clerk’s Office.

Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. Last day for candidates to submit nomination papers to the Board of Registrars (Town Clerk’s Office) for certification of signatures.

Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. Last day to file objections or withdrawals.

Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Drawing of ballot positions (second floor auditorium at Town Hall)

Oct. 18 from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last day to register to vote.

Oct. 24 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due.

Dec. 7 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due.

Candidates’ views are welcome

We’ve already had two potential challengers surface in the selectmen’s race in recent months. And we’ve run their statements as a courtesy. Speaking of a willingness to talk about the issues, we’re going to hear a lot more from potential candidates as the summer moves on.

The Saugus Advocate welcomes campaign announcements from candidates seeking public office in the fall elections. Email me a letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position you are seeking, and we’ll be glad to publish it along with a photo.

It should be interesting to see whether the overwhelming support by voters on the school building project will give incumbents on the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee a tide to ride right into the November general election. Stay tuned.

Gone, but still appreciated

It’s been a couple of weeks since Susan Dunn worked her last day at Town Hall, capping a 22-year career working under four town managers and several acting and temporary town managers. But one-page flyers bearing a photograph of the retired town chief administrative aide were still visible on desktops this week at Town Hall. There was even a short poem included: What Can You Say About Sue: Thoughtful, Helpful, Knowledgeable, Funny, Kind (Just to name a few).

“SUE WILL BE SO VERY MISSED …” begins one long paragraph of compliments. “Town Hall won’t feel the same without her … She has most all the answers to the unusual questions. She has it all under control. Who will hang all the holiday decorations (Who even knows where they are hidden??), make sure the wall colors are to par (or what they even are??) and that no-one (and I do mean no-one) puts tape on the walls … Sue has been here through the crazy and the calm. She is the essence of Town Hall and all its greatness and wisdom. She has an ease about her that comes so naturally … Although she will be missed, we do wish her well in the next chapter of her life story … Go get ’em Sue. You’ve earned it … (Anyway we know where you live …”

A special tribute for a special Saugus town employee who – in the eyes of many Town Hall employees – is the glue that held the hub of town government together for more than two decades.

We both have an Albany connection

Believe it or not, I discovered another connection to a Saugonian I never knew before I took over as editor of The Saugus Advocate 17 months ago. In interviewing Paul E. Kenworthy – the subject for last week’s “The Advocate Asks” – I learned we were both in Albany, N.Y., at about the same time, in 1979, and might have lived within walking distance of each other.

Ranger Paul, of the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, was finishing his Master of Business Administration at the State University of New York at Albany. Meanwhile, I was working out of the statehouse bureau for the Albany Times Union newspaper, covering legislative and government stories. My editor was Harry Rosenfeld, who was one of the editors who worked over Woodward and Bernstein at The Washington Post. In those days, I was paying $115 a month for a brownstone apartment within walking distance to the State Library. And those days, the $280 a week I was making seem like great pay. Of course, the dollar could buy you a lot more in 1979.

I didn’t have to worry about getting in a car and driving after having a few drinks, because a watering hole called the Bleecker – where the lawmakers used to congregate to discuss legislation over booze – was within walking distance, too. So, Ranger Paul probably hit a lot of the restaurants and joints that I did.

Yeah, when these connections pop up, it makes you realize what a small world it is.

Tap, Tap, Bang, Bang! Fun at the Iron Works

Speaking of the Saugus Iron Works, there’s a special presentation by Emma Garcia coming up on Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. This is the latest of the Preschoolers in the Park program, in which park rangers at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site entertain toddlers and preschoolers from ages two to six.

This month’s program: Discover what kinds of tools were used and made at the Iron Works. See a water wheel in action as it powers one of the site’s largest tools – the bellows. Then, use clay-modeling tools to make your own “iron” creations to take home. Bring your favorite adult and learn something neat. No reservations required. Meet at the Saugus Iron Works Visitor Center at 244 Central St. in Saugus.

Tuesday is Farmer’s Market Day

The Annual Saugus Farmer’s Market has returned for another season. The market will operate every Tuesday until October – from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – in the Anna Parker Playground parking lot at 120 Essex St. The market offers vegetables, fruits, fresh fish, baked goods and other good stuff.

Coming attractions at Saugus Public Library.

Speaking of the library, here a few things coming up:

Build a Better World Egg Drop Competition

Thursday, Aug. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Can you and your team make a “Build a Better World” –themed contraption that when dropped from a considerable height will not break the raw egg put inside? We’ll drop your contraption from the top front windows of the library at 295 Central St. Winners will enter into a drawing to win a special prize.

Want to see a real kangaroo?

Friday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. If you would love to make the acquaintance of a kangaroo, put this date on your calendar. Come see Nature Nick and his Exotic Animal Show. I’m told he will introduce the kids and adults who show up to some of the strangest animals on earth while also sharing little-known facts about each one. Learn how every animal in nature plays a role which helps to build a better world. For more details, contact Amy Melton at 781-231-4168, extension 14 or email

Do you believe in magic?

Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 3 to 4 p.m. Come see the Scott Jameson Magic Show. Watch umbrellas plucked from thin air, a drawing come to life, basketballs spun and juggled and the audience – including curious you – travel through time. Amy Melton says this will be a great show that you don’t want to miss – if you love magic acts.

Tend the Children’s Garden with Youth and Nature!

Every Tuesday, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Healthy Lifestyle

Fitness & Nutritional Meal Design will be presented by Don Doward at the library on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Don is a Lifestyle Design Consultant, Culinary Consultant, Chef, Master of Fitness Design, and Master of Fitness Sciences with 20 years in the fitness industry to go along with his restaurant experience. He uses this expertise to craft programs that will create a profound life change. Don was also a chef at Hilltop Steakhouse for 36 years. This free program is sponsored by the New Friends of the Saugus Public Library.

Buy a brick to honor vets

The Saugus War Monument Committee is sponsoring the “Buy a Brick” program to honor all those who have served their country. If you would like to purchase one in the name of someone who is presently serving or has served, in the memory of a loved one, or just from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4” x 8” brick (three lines), $200 for 8” x 8” brick (five lines), and $500 (five lines) for a corporate brick. Each line is a maximum of 15 characters.

The improvement and upkeep of the monument on the corner of Winter and Central Streets relies on the generosity of donors through fundraising.

The brick application must be in by August 15 to assure the bricks will be ready for Veteran’s Day. Please contact Corinne Riley at 781-231-7995 for any information and applications.

Summer Pre-K and Elementary Registration

When: There are two dates coming up: Tuesday, August 8; Tuesday, August 15.

Where: 23 Main St., Roby Building, downstairs School Committee Room.

What to bring: child’s birth certificate (official copy), recent physical exam with immunization records, proof of residency (utility bill, mortgage or lease agreement); picture ID of parent/guardian (passport or driver’s license).

Registration packets with additional documents that will need to be completed will be provided at the registration site.

2017 Salem Maritime Festival – “Maritime 101”

Friday, August 4 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 5 from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 6 from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

The 2017 Salem Maritime Festival, a celebration of “Maritime 101,” will be held Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6, and hosted by the National Park Service on the historic wharves and in the yards of the historic buildings at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. In its 29th year, the three-day Salem Maritime Festival offers an exciting array of free fun for everyone, including live music, harbor cruises, craft demonstrations, reenactors, storytelling, visiting vessels, fish-painting, kite-flying, radio-controlled boats and much more!

Historical happenings on Round Hill

The Saugus Historical Commission has set out an informative pamphlet at Town Hall, reporting the progress of the Round Hill Historical Site, which sits behind the Public Safety Building on Hamilton Street.

A formal dedication of the site is expected in September. The ceremony will include burial of the time capsule created during the 2015 anniversary celebration.

The brochure describes Round Hill as “Part of a highly significant Native American Cluster,” noting that Native Americans gathered stone from the ledge of jasper at the foot of Round Hill for tools.

“As we near the realization of this collaboration with a variety of individuals and groups, we look forward to a site where the general public will be able to visit, attend events and share in the proud history of Round Hill,” the brochure notes.

“The area’s extensive history, culture and natural resources will be preserved for future generations. The results of this partnership will be an amazing picture of our past being created in-situ through the preservation of the Round Hill Historic Site,” it continues.

Anyone can become “A Friend of Round Hill” by making a donation to the Saugus Historical Commission ℅ Round Hill Project, 298 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906.

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 17 months 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

 By Mark Vogler

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