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Chamber of Commerce presents free Active Shooter Awareness Seminar on March 8

The Revere Chamber of Commerce announces that on March 8 we will present a free Active Shooter Awareness Seminar in Revere at the Comfort Inn. This event is sponsored by First Priority Credit Union and the Revere Chamber of Commerce, and it is open to all area Chamber member business owners and others in the surrounding communities of Revere, Chelsea, Winthrop, East Boston, Everett, Saugus and Lynn. The Active Shooter Awareness Training will be presented in collaboration with Blue U Defense and the Revere Police Department.

Seating is limited and RSVP is required. We hope to continue to offer ongoing training and education programs throughout the year. Please feel free to contact the Revere Chamber of Commerce directly at 781-289-8009 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or with questions.



Saugus-Lynnfield Youth Hockey News


The Mite 1 Stars had a doubleheader this weekend, adding much-needed hype to a weekend with no other major sporting events! To start, they faced off against division-leading Danvers on Saturday morning in Middleton. The first period was a tough standoff, with Sam Curley drawing first blood from the right side hash marks. Curley then scored his second goal of the game five minutes into the second period, giving the Stars a bit of breathing room. Then Nick Kelter scored a shorthanded goal to push the Stars ahead by three, with an assist from Brendan Flynn. The third period was capped off with a nice goal by Josh Healey and a final goal by Curley for the hat trick. Chloe Crabtree helped disrupt the Danvers rush through the neutral zone. Keeping their winning streak alive, the Stars ended at 5-1.

In the second game of the frame, the Stars faced Reading at Pingree Arena. Andrew Carbone started the game off with a goal four minutes into the first period, and Scott Crabtree followed up one minute later with a goal of his own, off a pass from Declan Descheneaux. The Stars kept the pressure up, with last minute call-up Connor Driscoll corralling a tape-to-tape pass from Healey and burying it in the back of the net. Then Curley scored two more goals to finish out the first period, the first assisted by Brendan Driscoll. Jamie Calla added a goal of his own eight minutes into the second period, and Carbone finished the third period with his second goal of the game. The Stars benefited from outstanding defense in both games from the lines of Connor Wright, Brendan Driscoll, Scott Crabtree and Nick Kelter, helping Matt Smith to earn a strong shutout between the pipes with a final score of 7-0.

The Northshore Stars Mite 2 team faced off against perennial rival Cape Ann on Saturday at the Essex Sports Center. The Stars started out strong in the first period with two goals from Davin McClory – one with a nice assist from Connor Driscoll – and a buzzer-beater from Brayden Anderson to close out the frame. In the second period Cape Anne came on strong, but strong defense from Thatcher Lewis, Anthony George, Michael Marenghi and Mason Ciampi shut them down and limited the scoring chances. Cole Mackinnon and Jaedyn Encarnacao each netted a goal to end the second period strong. The Stars stood tall in the third, with Anderson and Encarnacao each netting their second goals of the game with help from Alex Rinaldi. Angelo Covino was between the pipes for the Stars, and he had another great game, notching his first shutout of the season. The Stars won 7-0 and are ready for their next game against Winthrop.

The Mite 3 squad lite the lamp 11 times on Saturday vs. Wakefield on their way to an 11-4 victory. Leading the way for the Stars was Anthony George; he netted a hat trick while Vanessa Hall, Paul Smith and Alex Rinaldi each netted a pair. Call-up Artie O’Leary had two goals and an assist and played terrific two-way hockey. Ava Damiani, Matt Cheney and Camden Nunes played stellar defense in front of Kyle Donahue, who was a rock in net. Lilli McSweeney, William Gardner and Connor Herbert did a great job pressuring the puck all game.

The Mite 3 team continued their momentum from Saturday’s victory to Sunday morning at the Kasabuski Barn. Continuing his hot play, Anthony George netted another hat trick. William Gardner scored twice, and Lucas Deraps lite the lamp once. In net Kyle Donahue earned his second victory of the weekend for the Stars as he led the team to an 8-5 victory.


On Sunday afternoon the Squirt AAA team battled at the Kasabuski Barn against Andover. The Stars came out flying this day and got four goals from Owen Keefe, one from Dylan Damiani and one from Logan Daigle. Sean Flynn, Morgan Belyea, Ben Pimental, Kye McClory and Joey Calder played great two-way hockey. Defensively, Drew Carney, Anthony Grabau and Jake Connell were solid all game, while between the pipes Mike Murphy earned the shutout as the Stars prevailed, 6-0.

Against Marblehead, the Squirt AA Stars were lead in net by Anthony Poccio, who turned some quick offensive play away shot after shot as the game got underway. The Stars did a great job on defense, clearing up loose pucks and winning the battles out front of their net. The defense was led by Colin Churches, Anthony Sanderson, Aidan Chane and Lily Alves. It took the Stars some time to find their offensive way and get solid production from their offense when things started to click. The Stars were able to tie things up in the first period with two goals from Jack Hall, with assists going out to Lucas La Verde and Eric Grasso on the first and Zoran Ernjakovic and Jimmy Driscoll on the second.

The second period provided some back-to-back action for both teams, and the Stars picked up a great goal on an end-to-end rush from Steven Streeter, with assists going out to Braedon Flanagan and Cole Lomas. The Stars headed into the third period with a 3-3 tie, and Jack Hall was able to net his hat trick and put the Stars ahead – they never looked back and finished strong with a 5-3 win.

On Sunday the Squirt AA’s were back at it; they headed up to Tewksbury to the Ice Center to take on the Andover Squirt AA1’s for a Super Bowl Sunday showdown. The Stars jumped out in the first period to a 2-1 lead, with the first goal going to Eric Grasso from Braedon Flanagan and the second goal going the opposite way, with Flanagan getting the goal and an assist going to Grasso. The Stars were able to help out their goalie, Anthony Poccio, with some great defensive play out of Colin Churches and Anthony Sanderson.

In the second period Andover came out flying and tied things up until Steven Streeter took a nice pass from Jimmy Driscoll and took care of things from there with a nice goal to put the Stars up by one. The third period was filled with some up-and-down action, with a number of defensive stops coming from Lily Alves and Aidan Chane as they were under constant pressure from Andover. The Stars had some strong offensive play from Zoran Ernjakovic, who had a number of shots on net and kept constant pressure in the offensive zone. There were a few odd man rushes from the hustle of Lucas La Verde to Jimmy Driscoll, but the Andover goalie was able to turn away a number of quality chances. As the buzzer sounded the Stars ended up with a 3-3 tie after an extremely hard-fought battle, and both teams earned a well-earned point in the standings.

Pee Wees

Pee Wee AAA team lost two tough games to Reading this week. On Tuesday in Malden, Justin Plouffe did all he could between the pipes for the Stars, but his squad couldn’t muster up much offense and fell 2-0 to Reading. On Sunday the Stars were looking for revenge at Kasabuski but fell short once again to Reading, 7-3. Nolan Drislane played well in the loss on Sunday.


The Bantam AA team took on Triton this Saturday night in Methuen but came up on the short end of a 4-2 tilt, giving up an empty net goal in the last seconds of the game. Evenly played throughout, the game came down to a couple of undisciplined penalties by the Stars that ended with the puck in the back of net. Philip Berquist and Will Guanci accounted for the two Stars goals. Nick Divola was his usual outstanding self between the pipes, stopping a couple of breakaways and throwing the leather around. The defense played exceptionally well, led on this day by Owen Kennedy and Andrew Belyea. Aidan Knight stepped up to help and brought energy with line mate Adam St. Pierre. Positive takeaways from this game were the effective forecheck and physical play, particularly from Andrew Cipriano and Ethan Diranian.

Bantam AA also played a makeup game against Concord at Kasabuski, which became an Instant Classic when Antonio Pimentel scored a spectacular breakaway goal with eight seconds left in the third period. The Stars came from behind in an inspired effort on goals by Richie Mauro and Tyler Scoppettuolo, both on bombs from the point. On the defensive end, Danny Majeski put in his best game of the year and came away with the game shirt.


Lady Sachems girls’ hoops team dominates Marblehead


The Saugus girls’ basketball team put together a resounding performance on both sides of the court in Tuesday night’s 45-26 victory over Marblehead. Sachems coach Mark Schruender was full of praise for all of his players – particularly for their efforts on defense.

“This was one of our best games of the year; we played great on defense and every player contributed defensively,” Schruender said. “Certainly it’s coming together. We’ve been working on man to man for a while, and we’ve seen glimpses of brilliance but at the same time have had some lapses … The kids are learning, and they’re finally putting it together.”

Incredibly, Saugus conceded only five points in the first half. “Every shot was contested,” Schruender said. “We made them work. Honestly, even if they had scored more points, technically we were doing what we wanted … Part of our brand is that every kid will say they like playing defense more than offense … When there’s a miss or a turnover we teach our kids to run and catch the other team off-guard.”

Schruender singled out the performances off the bench of Alana Aldred and Kiley Ronan. The duo buttressed Saugus on defense. “Alana came off the bench – she does everything we ask and she’s versatile,” Schruender said. “We don’t have to tell her what to do, she just fights … Kiley is a freshman but she’s so athletic. She’s already becoming a sophomore on the court.”

Olivia Valente led team scoring with 14 points. She added nine rebounds. Krissy Italiano scored 10 and added six assists. “Olivia and Krissy are two of our three captains,” Schruender said. “I’m in awe of Olivia’s effort and hard work. I’ve taught 1,000 kids in Saugus – I’m a sixth grade math teacher – and she sticks out a lot, her effort and her hard work … Krissy is a teammate first and foremost. She’s a joy to coach. The team follows her lead and it’s very much an off the court thing.”

Saugus is 14-4 but is not yet thinking about the playoffs. The focus is on the team’s next game, which is on Friday at Peabody. “They’re a good defensive team,” said Schruender of Peabody. “They press and play man to man. They’re a difficult team with great shooters. It will be a battle, but all our games this year have been competitive. We need to give it our best shot.”


Sachem boys’ basketball team falls to Marblehead

The Saugus Sachems fell hard to Marblehead on Monday night, losing 77-37.



Kelly’s Roast Beef & Seafood, on Rt. 1 South, celebrates 23 years of serving Saugus and surrounding communities


What were you doing on February 7, 1994, on a cold winter’s day? If you were part of the management crew of Kelly’s Roast Beef – a Revere Beach-based business considered “world famous” for its amazing roast beef sandwiches, which opened in 1951 – you were turning the key to open the door of a large indoor facility and hiring about 100 new employees for two shifts. All this was geared to sell the freshest roast beef and seafood products around, and committed to serve the surrounding communities of Saugus with jobs and community support – employing approximately 100 full- and part-time employees – many who’ve made careers at Kelly’s, many while attending school. Kelly’s employees all agree on one thing, working at Kelly’s is a great experience and all are treated with respect by management and love working with the public.

The employees at the Saugus location range from newly hired to 49 years of experience. This kind of range only proves the dedication to the job and the high regard from employee to management and vice versa.

Let’s meet some of the staff of Kelly’s in Saugus:

Eve Olszewski; three years on the job, a Saugus High School senior, preparing to graduate in May of this year. Loves working the drive thru and dealing with the public. Eve is interested in a career in criminal justice and photography, and she has applied to several top colleges in the area. She had a lot of nice things to say about her time at Kelly’s – the management was very understanding when it came to her shift and school commitments and was very generous in donations to her class projects.

Marleny Lopez, 12 years at Kelly’s in Saugus. She is a multi-purpose employee. This title shows her willingness to adapt to all jobs, from cleaning to serving customers with a smile at table service. Marleny is very happy with her choice of jobs that has security and helps her provide for her family.

The list goes on and on. There are Amilcar Juarez, 16 years; Bob Belmonte, 49 years with Kelly’s; General Manager Artie Perrin, 37 years – are you starting to see a very positive pattern here? This all adds up to better service and high quality products served to you and your family. Other familiar names at Kelly’s: Senior Manager Megan Caralon; VP Dan Doherty; Dean Murphy, Director of Vendors; and Jim Rataj, Director of Catering.

Kelly’s has made a commitment to its customers and the communities, and it’s all about dedication and service. Kelly’s hires many local students for part-time jobs, helping to save for college or helping out the household. Many local organizations find themselves on the receiving end of the generous donation policies Kelly’s had adopted. Kelly’s sponsors Kid’s Night at the Saugus (Rte. 1) location, and has a very generous fund-raising program to benefit your specialized group.

Regardless if you’ve been a long time customer or are a first timer, you will find Kelly’s to be a family-friendly and high quality environment, geared towards customer satisfaction and employee longevity. So as you drive by the giant logo of the chef holding a roast beef sandwich at any of its locations, remember, he stands for a team of dedicated employees with one purpose: to make your next visit at Kelly’s Roast Beef & Seafood just as memorable as your last, serving you the best in products and a very high standard of Kelly’s customer service.

Happy 23rd Birthday, Kelly’s Roast Beef & Seafood.


Patriots Reign Parade


It would take more than a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain to spoil a celebration for these fanatical football fans

It wasn’t even 10 a.m. Tuesday when crowds of teens and people in their early 20s began congregating for their shivering hero watch on the sidewalk out in front of 100 Cambridge St. in Boston – close to the finish line for what would be the grandest parade celebration yet for America’s best pro football team.

Many of the young fans – who were clad in windbreakers, sneakers and other light clothing not meant for the winter – learned quickly that it wasn’t a great day to be outdoors celebrating in the snow, sleet, rain or whatever combination of “kitchen sink” weather drenched them to the bone.

But for even those who were already soaking wet hours before Boston’s latest duck boat parade got underway, it didn’t matter. They were part of a crowd estimated to be about a million strong who didn’t mind putting up with a little discomfort to honor the New England Patriots’ fifth Super Bowl Championship.

Payback time for Goodell

For many, it was public payback time – a chance to holler disparaging chants about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell – or wave homemade signs and banners ridiculing the commissioner for his four-game suspension of Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady for his alleged role in the deflation of footballs during the AFC title game two years ago.

Brady and the Patriots crushed the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, in a lopsided contest in which “Deflategate” was born. The Pats then went on to win their fourth Super Bowl title when defensive back Malcom Butler intercepted a pass at the goal line in the closing seconds to snatch a Super Bowl away from the Seattle Seahawks. Deflategate dragged on for more than a year, with Brady finally agreeing to end his court fight last year and sit out the first four games of the regular season.

At age 39, Brady went on to have one his finest years when he returned, leading the Pats to a 14-2 regular season record. Last Sunday, Brady put an exclamation point on the season by rallying the Pats from a 25-point deficit in the third quarter to tie it in the first Super Bowl to go into overtime.

The momentum continued when New England won the coin toss and Brady led the team on its game-winning drive – for the biggest Super Bowl comeback ever. The previous one came two years ago when the Patriots came from 10 points behind in the fourth quarter to beat Seattle on Butler’s game interception.

A rousing rally on a raw, wet day

Last Sunday’s comeback, of course, was even more incredible, setting the stage for Tuesday’s rousing rally despite a raw, wet day that might have discouraged older fans from traveling to Boston for the celebration. Toni Samuels, an independent beauty consultant from Hull, didn’t seem phased by the weather as she peered from under her purple umbrella to the activity on Cambridge Street.

Does she consider herself one of “the biggest fans going” by visiting Boston on such a bad day? “‘Biggest’ isn’t even the right word. It’s more like ‘huge,’ Samuels said, describing her Pats fandom.

Samuels had a nice viewing spot; about 15 feet back from the street. But some of her friends who didn’t dress for the weather said they wanted to walk around to get warm. So, she sacrificed her vantage point to join them.

Nearby, a young woman who appeared to be high school-aged stood in the chilling rain, wearing a light, water-soaked windbreaker with the front unzipped. She wore a t-shirt with a Patriots jersey covering it. Like many of the young spectators in the crowd, she wore sneakers. Her boyfriend worked his hands around her back and shoulders, trying to warm her up as they huddled together in the shivering cold.

As cold as it was – in the low 30s – some fans decided to go shirtless, like a few of the New England Patriots who felt like chilling after enjoying a few cocktails on their duck boats.

Some fans passed the time with victory chants, letting the world know how popular Brady was. There were chants of “MVP! MVP!” and “Brady! Brady!” and “TB 12! TB 12!” as the duck boat he was riding atop of gave him a chance to acknowledge the cheers from his fans by hoisting and waving one of the Vince Lombardi trophies at the crowd.

There were also t-shirts, banners and signs that used a Brady expression from an ad in which he says “Roger That!” when a health care worker for Shields MRI and Shields Healthcare tells Brady, “We’re going to have to get you a new locker” when she takes his four Super Bowl rings. In the updated commercial that was taped months before the Super Bowl, Brady noted that he has one more ring. During the parade, Brady, some of the other Patriots and fans had t-shirts proclaiming “Roger That,” depicting a fist with a fifth Super Bowl ring on his middle finger.

When fans weren’t cheering Brady and other Patriots on the championship team, they were jeering NFL Commissioner Goodell with derogatory signs – some of them too crude to put in this newspaper story. There were a few that questioned Goodell’s intellect. “Goodell eats soup with his fork,” said one sign.

Some fans showed their appreciation by playing catch with Brady or another player on the duck boats. Other fans tossed up beer and other cold alcoholic beverages to express their gratitude.

Saugus’s Phyllis Barone – the subject of a cover story in last week’s Saugus Advocate (“Who’s Saugus’ top Pats fan?”) brought her handmade and waterproof cardboard Brady. “I had more people asking to have their photos taken with Brady and the Super Bowl trophy I made,” Barone said. “I could have made a million dollars for all of the pictures that sold.”

For a Revere-based tow truck company that has satellite offices in Saugus and Peabody, this year’s Super Bowl parade was a true moving experience. G/J Towing & Recovery sent nine of its drivers and five trucks to assist organizers of the duck boat parade in transporting New England Patriots players, relatives and friends, according to GJ’s manager, Brendan Beaver. Some of the GJ drivers got to mingle with Patriots players, who gave them memorabilia and autographs for their volunteer service, according to Beaver.

“Everyone is excited about being a part of this,” Beaver said. “Just a lot of hard work and planning went into it. We were there all day Monday to prepare it, and we’re going to be there for today [Wednesday] to clean it up … It was a great game, one that we will probably never see the likes of again. I really didn’t think they were going to come back.”


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