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A night-after celebration?

Selectmen hope to be talking about the town getting a new school project when they meet again – one day after the June 20 Special Election

The four selectmen at Wednesday night’s meeting took their turns calling on residents at home to support the town’s campaign for a new Middle-High School when they go to the polls in less than two weeks.

“We don’t meet til the day after … Hopefully, we’ll be celebrating,” Selectman Jeff Jeffrey Cicolini said, referring to the next time the board convenes in public session – 7:30 p.m. on June 21.

Cicolini and three of his colleagues – Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta and Selectmen Scott Brazis and Jennifer D’Eon – all said they are looking forward to the victorious vote in the June 20 Special Election which Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree said “will make history” for the town’s education system.

The two questions to be considered:

• Whether to support the new Middle-High School Building which includes a multipurpose athletic field and outdoor track. For this project, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), as the Town’s financial partner, will reimburse the Town at a minimum rate of 53.32% (expected to increase) of eligible approved project costs. The price tag on this project is $160.7 million.

• Consideration of the District-Wide Master Plan Solution, which is comprised of the renovations and improvements at the Belmonte Middle School (which will be grades 3-5) and Veterans Memorial Elementary School (Pre-K through grade 2). Saugus Public Schools administrative offices will vacate the historic Roby Building on Main Street and move into the Belmonte Middle School building under the plan. These changes will cost $25.4 million, which would not be reimbursable.

A 30-year bond issue

The town share would be an estimated $118.9 million of the total $186 million for the new construction and rehabbing, which would be bonded over a 30-year period. Registered voters would need to pass both questions in order for the school project to proceed.

Two articles similar to the ballot questions received overwhelming approval by members at a Special Town Meeting last week. Only two members opposed the measure.

But town officials and citizens on both sides of the ballot questions have said they expect a much closer vote than the last week’s landslide decisions at the Special Town Meeting – 44-2 for the new school building and 43-2 on the article to rehab and make the Saugus Veterans Memorial Elementary School and the Belmonte Middle School suitable for new roles.

“Get out and vote June 20. Get out and vote for your community,” Selectman Brazis declared, making a pitch during the meeting and ending the members’ comment period for voters watching selectmen at home on Saugus Community Cable TV.

Panetta was upbeat in her remarks about the school project and related education plan. “It’s a very exciting time right now. A lot of kudos to you,” she told the town manager.

Crabtree was late getting to the board’s meeting, because he was addressing the Saugus Lions Club, answering members’ questions about the school project.

The Town Manager told selectmen that he and Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. have been meeting various citizen groups and service organizations in recent weeks, providing details and answering questions about the project. “We’ve been out promoting and providing information about the project,” Crabtree said

He called the new school “the cornerstone to this community’s” education plan. “This is an investment for everybody. This will have major impact for the next 60 years,” Crabtree said.

Cranking up the campaign

Crabtree also narrated two educational programs in recent weeks on cable television, titled “Town Manager’s Desk,” in which he has guests who are involved with the school project. Recently, School Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith did a 22-minute segment that can be accessed on Saugus Cable Television Station on Vimeo.

Selectman D’Eon said she’s been out campaigning hard with other supporters of an improved education plan. “This is a great project and something we need very badly for our children … It’s something the whole community needs,” D’Eon said.

Selectman Mark Mitchell was absent from Wednesday night’s meeting, but shares similar enthusiasm about the project.

Crabtree told selectmen one of the best financial reasons for the town financing the new school and related projects is because of an estimated $7 million he predicts the town will be saving in finance costs. “Our bond rating is at the highest it’s ever been,” Crabtree said.

Added Panetta, “There is never going to be a less expensive time to build a new High School,” urging voters to support the two articles.

In a related development, a Political Action Committee (PAC) was formed, called “Saugus Parents for a New High/Middle School,” according to Town Clerk Ellen Schena, who accepted the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) Form on June 2. “It was a group that started on Facebook and was contacted by OCPF – that they need to fill out paperwork with me. They did and I spoke with OCPF and everything is all set,” Schena told The Saugus Advocate.

There were reports of improper signs that didn’t comply with OCPF regulations being used without qualifying who was paying for the advertising. “With regards to the signs question …. I do not know anything about that issue,” Schena said.

 

Saugus Boosters Award Winners

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Mikayla Allan

Andrea McGonigle Memorial Scholarship

Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship in Memory of John Burns

Alexandra Almquist

Veterans Memorial School Staff Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Outstanding Character

Saugus Boosters Club Scholarship

Kristen Barry

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Chorus Award

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Fine Arts

Nicole Beliveau

Saugus Italian-American Club Scholarship

Waybright School PTO Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Fine Arts

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Outstanding Character

Jenna Bolognese

Louise Meiggs Scholarship

Class of 1983 Memorial Scholarship

Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship

Kelsey Cameron

Saugus Police Association Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Outstanding Character

Saugus School Personnel Scholarship

Emma Vatcher Scholarship

Margaret Cetrullo

John J. Bucchiere Humanitarian Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Fine Arts

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award

Andrea Dame

Foxhill Yacht Club, Inc. Scholarship in Memory of Paul Collette

The SAVE Environmental Scholarship funded by the Garden Club

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Fine Arts

Kyle Davey

Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Sachem School Spirit

Hoffman Family Scholarship

Anastasia Deane

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Resiliency

Dylan Deforge

Tim White Memorial Scholarship

Mourad Deihim

Kowloon Restaurant Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award

Haley Dennis

Lillian Pooler Sewell Memorial Scholarship

Autumn Dion

Theatre Company of Saugus Scholarship

Joseph DiVola

Lynnhurst School P.T.O. Scholarship

Shad-Lee Dorlean

International Order of Odd Fellows

Scholarship - Cliftondale Lodge #193

Delvin Duncan

VFW DeFranzo Post #2346 Joseph Rosano Scholarship

Matthew D. Webb Memorial Scholarship

Saugus Rotary Club

Saugus High School Alumni Association Class of 1966 Scholarship in Memory of Richard Devine

Nicholas Ferrari

Saugus Boosters Club John W. Towers Memorial Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Outstanding Character

Gianna              Filaretos

Essex Agricultural Society Scholarship

Alyssa Filippone

Ann Woods Memorial Scholarship

Taco Bell Scholarship

Bianca Gallotto

Lynnhurst School P.T.O. Scholarship

Priscilla Geha

Edward O’Neill Scholarship

Oaklandvale School P.T.O. Scholarship

Bryanna Gigas

Nick Diranian Scholarship

Peter A. Rossetti, Sr. & Suzanne M. Rossetti Family Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Holly Hawkes Meehan Memorial Scholarship

Nicholas Guarino

Essex Agricultural Society Scholarship

Saugus High School Alumni Association Demaci O’Leary Scholarship

Massachusetts Elks Scholarship - Major Project Award

Justin Horvath

Saugus American Little League Stephen Wing Scholarship

Christopher Hunt

Saugus Police Patrol Officers Scholarship in Memory Augustine Belmonte & Harold Vitale

Veteran’s Memorial Paraprofessional Scholarship in Memory of Carol Brandenburg

Nicole Ing

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Citizenship

Saugus High School Alumni Association Demaci O’Leary Scholarship

Katelyn Italiano

Saugus Boosters Club John W. Towers Memorial Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Student Council Award

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award

Saugus American Little League LaCortiglia Scholarship

The Salvatore J. Rauseo Basketball Scholarship

Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship in Honor of Leonard Aubrey

Kristina Italiano

Class of 1983 Memorial Scholarship

Saugus Boosters Club John W. Towers Memorial Scholarship

Certificate of Merit with Highest Honors from the Society of Women Engineers

Coach Barney Bryan Memorial Scholarship

Joey LoRusso Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Saugus Italian-American Club Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award

Saugus High School Alumni Association Class of 1966 Scholarship in Memory of Richard Devine

Jessica Jeffrey

Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Memorial Scholarship

Zeinab Jubeili

Kowloon Restaurant Scholarship

Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship

Emily Kay

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Student Council Award

Lions Club Scholarship in Memory of Robert Macero

Mary J. Shea Foundation Scholarship

Natalya Kazokus-DaCosta

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Outstanding Character

Matthew LeBlanc

George F. & Frances P. Price Memorial Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award

Peter A. Rossetti, Sr. & Suzanne M. Rossetti Family Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Alexandria Lembo

Peter A. Rossetti, Sr. & Suzanne M. Rossetti Family Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Saugus Everett Lodge of Elks Outstanding Male/Female Scholarship Program

Saugus Italian-American Club Scholarship

Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship

Kyle Lennan

Saugus Boosters Club Scholarship

Saugus Italian-American Club Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Sportsmanship

Isabella              LoPresti  Saugus Police Patrol Officers Scholarship in Memory Augustine Belmonte & Harold Vitale

Saugus Rotary Club

Taco Bell Scholarship

Alicia Luongo

Saugus American Legion Unit 210 Auxiliary Scholarship

Saugus Everett Lodge of Elks Outstanding Male/Female Scholarship Program

VFW DeFranzo Post # 2346 William B. Merrithew Sr. Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Resiliency

Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship

David J. Solimine, Jr. Honarary Scholarship

Saugus Knights of Columbus Council

Ronnie Lusso

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Technology

International Order of Odd Fellows

Scholarship - Cliftondale Lodge #193

Gabriela Marquez

North Shore Bank Scholarship

Saugus Boosters Club Scholarship

VFW De Franzo Post #2346 Everett Millea Memorial Scholarship

Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship

Nycollas Marshall

Knights of Columbus Scholarship

Marcella White Memorial Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Citizenship

Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship

Antonio Masiello

Class of 1983 Memorial Scholarship

Louis M. Pelosi Memorial Scholarship

Theatre Company of Saugus Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Drama Club Award

 

Rachel May

Certificate of Merit with Highest Honors from the Society of Women Engineers

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation National Honor Society Award

Saugus High School Alumni Association Deborah Gecoya Cole Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award

Christopher McGrane

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Athletic Leadership

Saugus Boosters Club John W. Towers Memorial Scholarship

Ailyn Minaya

Gretchen Ludwig Memorial Scholarship

Saugus Booster Club Scholarships in Memory of John Heaney

William Mironchuk

Casey Family Scholarship Endowment for UMass Amherst

Mikayla Montemurro

P.F.C. William L. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship

Allison Moore

Abraham & Frances Pinciss Memorial Scholarship

International Order of Odd Fellows

Scholarship - Cliftondale Lodge #193

Matthew R. Ouellette Memorial Scholarship

Veteran’s Memorial Paraprofessional Scholarship in Memory of Carol Brandenburg

Veteran’s Memorial School PTO Scholarship

Tyla Morgante

Essex Agricultural Society Scholarship

International Order of Odd Fellows

Scholarship - Cliftondale Lodge #193

Saugus Firefighters Local 1003 Scholarship

Saugus Italian-American Club Scholarship

Saugus Rotary Club

Susan J. Streeter Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Resiliency

MacKensie Murray

Sweetser School Scholarship

Elaine A. Espindle Memorial Scholarship

Gustavo Oliveira

Peter A. Rossetti, Sr. & Suzanne M. Rossetti Family Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award

Dorothea A. Routhier Scholarship

Kacey Phillips

Louis & Jean Sherman Scholarship

Jenny Prag

Louis M. Pelosi Memorial Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award

Melissa Rebidue

George William & Eleanor Jean Wood Memorial Scholarship

Ashley Rolli

Class of 1983 Memorial Scholarship

Wanda Murphy Memorial Scholarship

Eastern Bank Scholarship

Megan Rowlings

Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Memorial Scholarship

Franklin Santiso

Casey Family Scholarship Endowment for UMass Amherst

Arianna Sargent

Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship in Memory of Mary Thommy Thomas

Sherman Beeler Memorial Scholarship

Michael Sarnarcchiaro

Edna Winslow Hockey Alumni Scholarship

Caitlin Sheehan

Comcast Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Sportsmanship

Paul Maguire Memorial Scholarship

Saugus Boosters Club Scholarship

John Scarborough Memorial Scholarship

Molly Shutt

Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Memorial Scholarship

Certificate of Merit with Highest Honors from the Society of Women Engineers

Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award

North Shore Bank Scholarship

Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award

Jenna Silipigni

Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Memorial Scholarship

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Resiliency

Jack Trainor

John Naso Memorial Scholarship

Saugus Boosters Club Scholarship

Olivia Valente

Coach Tom Burns Memorial Scholarship

Saugus Boosters Club Scholarship

Marleah E. Graves Scholastic Achievement Award

Superintendent William P. Doyle, Jr.& Elisa M. Doyle Scholarship

Phil & Ernestine Mitchell Memorial Scholarship

Matthew Waggett

Saugus Booster Club Scholarships in Memory of John Heaney

The Salvatore J. Rauseo Basketball Scholarship

Saugus Firefighters Scholarship in Memory of Former Chief George B. Drew

Joshua Whiting

Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Drama Club Award

Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship

Megan Witkowski

Saugus Band Parents Scholarship

Matthew LeBlanc

Saugus High Scholarship Foundation Principal’s Leadership Award

Giovanni Cornetta

Saugus High School Most Improved Award

Isabella LoPresti

Saugus High School Unsung Hero Award

Dalia Rajeh

Douglas Lockwood Scholarship -Most All Around

Kristina Italiano

Saugus High School Salutatorian Award

Rachel May

Saugus High School Valedictorian Award

 

   

Saugus baseball team out in second round of playoffs

The clock struck midnight on the Saugus High School baseball team’s playoff run on Sunday night as they fell 8-0 to Lynnfield in the second round of the state tournament. An 8-0 score certainly suggests a blowout, but Sachems coach Joe Luis said that’s not the case and that he’s proud of all his team accomplished this season, hinting at a bright future.

“It was competitive, we were right in it against Lynnfield … It was 3-0 heading into the fifth and it was only an error or two in the last few innings that blew the game open,” said Luis, whose team played on the road just one day after beating North Reading, 7-4, in round one of the tournament.

Jimmy Alcott was on the mound, as Justin Horvath, who pitched a sterling game against North Reading the day before, needed rest.

Lynnfield’s field is turf. Athletic department policy states that metal cleats aren’t allowed on the turf, which meant Saugus players had to use regular sneakers. “It’s not excuse, it’s just kind of the conditions we had to play in,” Luis said. “It was good experience. We were on the road against a big crowd and a tough environment. But Lynnfield had plastic cleats and we were all in sneakers, not playing in the equipment we’d been using all season.”

Despite the loss, Luis is pleased with what he saw from the team all season. They squeaked into the playoffs but made some noise, particularly with a strong showing against North Reading. In that game, Horvath, Christian Correia and Nick Descoli all tallied RBIs.

“It was a goal of ours to reach the post-season, to play more than the 20 games of the regular season,” Luis said, bringing up a sentiment echoed by Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane in Moneyball.

He continued, “I told the guys that I’d rather lose the way we did to Lynnfield in a playoff game than win the last game of the regular season and not make the playoffs.

“We got a big win in our final game against Winthrop to make the playoffs. We achieved a goal and played well to beat North Reading. We can hang with the best of them, even Lynnfield on the road, and we have a good building block for next season.”

   

FUN-damental Basketball Camp open to boys and girls in the local area

The annual FUN-damental Basketball Camp, open to boys and girls in the local area, will be held from July 24-July 28 at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center, which is located at 59 Summer St. in Everett. The camp will be held between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for boys and girls entering grades 3 thru 9 as of September 2017.

The cost of the camp is $100. Tony Ferullo, boys’ varsity basketball coach at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, will be the camp director.

The purpose of the camp is as follows:

  • · To provide all campers with the fundamental tools to help them become better basketball players;
  • · To create a positive atmosphere where the camper will learn and have fun at the same time; and
  • · To instill the spirit of the game into all campers, and inspire them to continue playing the game either competitively or just for fun.

Each camper – who will receive a t-shirt, certificate and medal – will participate in various drills, scrimmages and individual contests. Special guests will speak and share their personal basketball tips. An awards ceremony will take place on the last day of the camp, and parents and friends are welcome to attend.

For more information about the FUN-damental Basketball Camp, please contact Camp Director Tony Ferullo: 857-312-7002 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

Saugus softball team takes pride in successful season

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The Saugus High School softball team suffered an early, first round exit in the state tournament last Saturday as they lost, 6-0, to Danvers. Danvers scored in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, ending an entertaining Sachems season prematurely.

“All in all, I would say that this was a very good year for Saugus High School Softball,” said coach Steve Almquist. “As for the future of the team, things look very promising … We’re graduating three outstanding seniors, but we have some very capable underclassmen that I am confident will step up. The varsity experience that they received this year will be invaluable as we continue to grow the program.”

Freshman pitcher Caitlyn Wood – whom Almquist will expect more from next season – struck out eight for six innings. However, she gave up six runs (one unearned) on four hits. Wood finished the season with 160 strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA over 145 innings.

“Wood had an outstanding year on the mound and is only going to get better,” Almquist said. “She was a workhorse who started every game and pitched in all but two innings. She is a quiet kid, but an extremely tough competitor and wants the ball all the time.”

Saugus managed just one hit – a single by Katie Italiano in the fourth – but managed to play a clean game on defense despite a relentless Danvers offense.

“Despite the loss, I am extremely proud of this team,” Almquist said. “The kids played hard in every game and competed to the best of their ability.

He added, “Not much was expected of us this year but to make the tournament and end the season with a winning record in an extremely competitive NEC Conference says a lot about the character and hard work that these kids, as well as my coaching staff, put in.”

Saugus is also led by assistant coaches Amanda Naso, Joe Cimetti, Anthony Ascolese and Mike Shaw. “They don’t get the recognition nor the credit that they deserve,” said Almquist of his staff. “Without their efforts, this team would in no way have been as successful as we were the past two years.”

Saugus will graduate captains Alex Almquist and Caity Sheehan as well as Katie Italiano. “I cannot say enough good things about these kids; they epitomize what it is to be a student athlete,” Almquist said. “They are high character individuals who are leaders in the classroom and on the field and they have helped to shape the foundation of this program. My only regret in coaching them is that their time in a Sachem uniform went by way too fast and I won’t have the privilege of having them around for another few years.”

For the second year in a row, Almquist was the team’s leading hitter with a .456 average. She was also the team leader in RBIs with 19 and walks with 17. In addition, she was tied for the team lead in hits with 26 and second on the team in runs scored with 14.

In addition, Sheehan and Almquist were named to the NEC All Star Team for the second year in a row. This is the fourth time for Sheehan and the second time for Almquist. Both players will play in the 21st Annual Agganis All Star Softball Game, which will be held on Sunday, June 25 at noon at Fraser Field in Lynn.

   

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