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The Advocate HOROSCOPE

Aries  (March 21st-April 20th): Some big changes have been in the air- but they aren’t necessarily about you. People may be moving, changing jobs or even breaking up. Be there for those you love- but claim sometime next week to treat yourself good!

Taurus (April 21st-May 20th): A couple of arguments may have occurred recently- and problems are likely rooted in your work/family balance. Everybody needs you! But put your foot down and claim back some of your time, the demands for attention are likely ridiculous anyways. Even if they don’t agree with you now, they will come around soon.

Gemini (May 21st-June 20th): As Mercury starts to go retrograde this week, be prepared to hold your tongue! Word vomit, or mindless jib jab that can get you in trouble, is likely to come out. Play the role of the listener for a couple days, and you won’t make a mess!

Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd): The full moon along with the eclipse likely shook you up a bit. Its energies are so influential to you as a Cancer, and now is a good time to face any of the ugly emotions that came up. Next weekend double check all plans- the retrograde could cause some communication mishaps!

Leo  (July 23rd-August 22nd): Think, think, think before making any big decisions as the week ends. Go by YOUR gut, not what you think others want. Plans might not go accordingly next week at work- but it’s going to take some teamwork to solve problems, not just one leader!

Virgo (August 23rd-September 22rd): This weekend a couple of word slips and small lies are likely. You won’t be feeling 100% yourself, and later might be thinking “why did I say that?” Let it go Virgo!! We all act weird sometimes, and you’re the least likely to. Have a strange day; it’s okay.

Libra (September 23th-October 22rd): “Take a chance on me,” by ABBA should be your theme song this weekend. There are likely many potential new friends and connections already around you- that have likely also been trying to strike your fancy! Be open, give them a chance, and you are going to be surprised…

Scorpio (October 23rd-November 22nd): If you didn’t get to the beach this week, get there next week! Doesn’t have to be the beach, but a nice body of water for you to do nothing by and let go of all the moon’s emotional influence lately. You’re feeling it, stress is high, this too shall pass! Claim your you time.

Sagittarius (November 23rd-December 21st): As tensions come and go this weekend and into next week thanks to Mercury retrograde, hold back from responding right away. Thinking before speaking is key to getting through these tough weeks, and you don’t need to be carrying any extra guilt!

Capricorn (December22nd- January 19th): You may suddenly be the great advisor at work next week. You advice will be coveted, and almost demanded at certain points. Help with what you can, but be careful of stepping on any superiors’ feet by accident. Watch over your belonging next week, the retrograde wants to swipe your sunglasses, wallet or any other small necessity!

Aquarius (January 20th- February 19th): The full moon in your sign brought up some big changes, that probably still have to actually be put in motion. Don’t ignore the signs and realities you faced last week, if something isn’t okay it just isn’t okay- now do something! Back up files/important documents on your computer next week just to be safe!

Pisces  (February 20th- March 20th): Stop seeking, start listening Pisces! Whatever it is that your heart is desiring, chase it. Asking people what they think you should do, or researching isn’t going to give you the long term answer you need. That’s within you (cue cheesy movie music.) Don’t take a risk at work next week, time and money are limited.

Francesca Piazza is a Lynnfield native available for astrology consultations, tarot readings/parties, crystal healing, custom jewelry, and reiki. Check out for more information!



Knishes and More at Temple Emmanuel on Sept. 10


On Sunday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m., Temple Emmanuel Chef Susan Silbovitz will demonstrate how to make delicious potato knishes and promises a surprise or two. All foodies are welcome to attend the free event. Although walk-ins can come, Susan would prefer registrations so she will know how to plan. Call in 919-605-0523 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Temple Emmanuel is located at 120 Chestnut St. in Wakefield.

Temple Emmanuel is a small, open and welcoming Jewish community in Wakefield, Mass. We offer a contemporary approach to Judaism while maintaining a respect for traditional Jewish values. We invite all to participate in our active schedule of religious services, educational and cultural events. We are a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement. Shabbat services with Rabbi Greg Hersh are held each Friday evening and the first and third Saturday morning. For more information: or


Residents fed up with Boston Clean Water

For the past three years abutting residents say they have had nothing but problems with the Boston Clear Water Company (BCWC) located at 165 Lowell St., the former site of the Pocahontas Spring Water Company. Citing, “insolent behavior” as well “fear and intimidation” from BCWC, abutters William O’Brien, John Sievers, Andrew Gallucci, Jack Farrell and Mary Bliss are looking to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for administrative relief.

From the latter part of 2014 through July 5 of this year, the five abutters compiled a list of 20 complaints against BCWC, which they will present as part of their petition to the ZBA during the board’s Sept. 12 meeting. The hearing was originally scheduled for Aug. 1; however, the board voted unanimously for a continuance as proper notice of the hearing was not provided to the abutters.

According to the petition, two abutters were approached by BCWC owner Anthony Gattineri and his civil engineer, Paul Marchionda, toward the end of 2014. They asked the two residents to sell their homes to Gattineri, which would give BCWC space to become a “full-time commercial water distribution facility.”

“This would involve heavy commercial water tankers and trucks rumbling through our entire neighborhood,” said the abutters.

In April 2015, BCWC began unauthorized construction in the property’s wetlands and buffer zone. But, the abutters said, no action was taken by the town, and large box trucks were constantly in and out of their neighborhood for the remainder of the year. Unauthorized construction was reported once again on July 23, 2016, to install a stone retaining wall, a pool and other “invasive activities.” As a result, the abutters said, “severe damage was inflicted on the wetlands and the buffer zone.”

The matter was brought before the Conservation Commission on July 25, 2016, and BCWC received a work stoppage order two days later. Yet the antics continued – a BCWC employee was observed urinating in Sievers’s backyard on Aug. 31, 2016. The very next day, both police and fire officials responded to an “uncontained” fire at BCWC, where employees had gathered and were socializing. In addition, on Oct. 7, 2016, a water tanker was moved into Sievers’s backyard without his permission.

In March of this year, the abutters reported hearing screams coming from BCWC. Three individuals were then seen running to a truck and speeding away before the police could be called.

One night in May, a car radio was heard “blaring” music at 9:30 p.m. On that occasion, the police were called in time and instructed the owner of the vehicle to collect their water and leave the premises. But abutters said they also heard music throughout the night from BCWC on May 7.

On June 2, abutters said that Gattineri parked his car across an abutter’s driveway and also began spray-painting a driveway one week later. When confronted by the abutter, Gattineri reportedly responded with “intimidating statements.”

Therefore, during the ZBA’s Sept. 12 meeting, the abutters intend to suggest that hours of operation be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday, that the water tanker be removed and no more “24/7” music.

Attorney Brian McGrail, counsel for BCWC, could not be reached for comment.

By Christopher Roberson


Breakaway sets new tone for local music scene


Musical vet Brian Maes anchors open mic Music Hall

For the last couple of decades, the local music scene has literally hit a wall. It just doesn’t exist unless you want to hit a club in the Financial District to see nationally ranked bands you’ve never heard of opening for an international act on Commonwealth Avenue to 350 people.

For the Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers who’ve grown up and moved to the North Shore and miss the bygone days of The Channel, The Rat, or Bunratty’s, their time has finally made its comeback at Breakaway on Newbury Street in Danvers.

The former Tavern on the Green just south of Rte. 62 features a restaurant, function rooms and a 350-person capacity Music Hall with a brand-new sound system, air-conditioning and a very large parking lot to boot. Breakaway owner Joe Crowley has pulled out all the stops, including adding a serious music schedule with open mic on Tuesday nights hosted by one of the region’s most talented musicians, Brian Maes.

Maes hasn’t been resting on his musical laurels as of late, taking the lead singer duties for Barry Goudreau’s (yes, that Barry Goudreau of the mega-70’s arena rock band Boston) new band, Engine Room.

Coming off the band’s CD release night at the Lynn Auditorium last month, Maes and Crowley sat down with the Advocate for an interview prior to the band’s special show to a packed Music Hall at Breakaway late last month.

“It’s the first record Barry has done since the [Brad] Delp-Goudreau record 10 years ago,” said Maes. “It’s exciting since it’s the first time he released an original record in quite some time.”

Maes and Goudreau have spent the last few years playing with car czar Ernie Boch, Jr.’s band, Ernie & The Automatics; and prior to that, with RTZ (Return To Zero) featuring Brad Delp with bassist Tim Archibald; and before that, with Orion The Hunter touring as the opening act for Aerosmith. Maes would later tour with former J. Geils lead singer Peter Wolf in his band, The House Party Five.

Maes and Goudreau would join another former Boston bandmate, Sib Habashian, on Ernie & The Automatics until the band broke up in 2011. Goudreau called his former front man and told him he was sick of sitting idle and wanted Maes and Archibald on his new record. The pair co-wrote the music and lyrics for the self-titled album Engine Room.

“It felt so good – the creative flow was amazing – we wrote the album in one night,” said Maes. “Barry really gets to stretch out musically and brings back that sound that people expect from him; that finesse, that touch that was heard on the first two Boston albums.”

Fortune, a local band that rocked the Boston area in the 80’s and 90’s and now packs Breakaway, covers many of Boston’s hits with perfection that Goudreau took notice of on a recent stop at Breakaway. Goudreau took the stage, lending his famous guitar chops much to the delight of Boston fans in the audience.

“Playing with someone who at one time was in the biggest band in the world is cool,” said Maes. “To put things into perspective; this guy sold out the [Houston] Astrodome.”

Crowley said he can’t believe the response to bands like Fortune, Country music fave Jimmy Allen, dance cover bands like Wildfire and – coming on Sat., August 12 – local punk legends The Slushpuppies.

In the first three months of Breakaway’s opening, 50’s crooner Ricky Nelson’s twin sons appeared after a local gig with Ernie Boch, and the place went crazy, offering Crowley a good sign that his new music setting has potential.

“I love the entertainment side of this business,” said Crowley, who owns Pisa Pizza, a well-known restaurant in Malden. His signature pizza is on the Breakaway menu.

“We want to keep taking it up another notch – keep growing musically,” he said, referring to a diverse schedule of acts from former Boston area bands to national acts.

Maes and Crowley formed an alliance and created an open mic night on Tuesdays allowing local musicians to play alongside some prominent musical veterans.

Crowley recalled the first time he contemplated booking bands – when he discovered that some of the bands, along with their fans, were banned by the previous owners, and no new bands would call him back for months to play at the club due to its past reputation. But the musical gods would smile on Crowley when, through a friend, he met Maes and the rest is history.

“We had a conversation about doing an open mic, and I promised I would commit to it and build on it,” he said. “Tuesdays are an off night but you invest in it and it’s been awesome ever since.”

Crowley said Maes’s musical friendships have brought in talent from all over the region to jam on what is usually a quiet weekday night. Crowley said in another year he wants to completely change the room and keep adding to the venue.

“I want to be serious about the entertainment – every week quality live music. Some of the stuff we’re doing now separates us from being just a restaurant that features bands,” he said, like young bands with a following looking for a place to jump-start their careers, be noticed and create a following.

Crowley will be looking for top regional Boston favorites to play in the upcoming weeks, such as The Fools, The Stompers, or 43 Church Street, a group of talented young guns from ages 13 to 22 playing original hits around the Boston area.

Given the work ethic and talent between the business owner and the musical veteran, Breakaway looks like the music scene is indeed making a comeback – just north of Boston – and that’s a good thing considering the traffic.

Breakaway is located at 221 Newbury St., Route 1, Danvers ( Call 978-774-7270 for tickets and information.

By James Mitchell


Lynnfield History: Boston Irish long remembered the 1834 Charlestown Convent fire



Next week marks the 183rd anniversary of the burning and ransacking of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown, Mass., on August 11, 1834. The outrage would smolder in the memories of the Boston Irish for generations.

The Hub in the 1830s was economically depressed. The rising tide of immigration was considered a threat to native prosperity. The shrewd Yankee trader eyed the unkempt Irish laborer with distrust. The Celt’s allegiance to the Church of Rome was suspect. On the day before the blaze, the dynamic Calvinist preacher Lyman Beecher had delivered a caustic anti-Papist sermon in Boston. Although it was unlikely that the Charlestown rabble had attended the service, anti-Catholic sentiment was in the air.

Mount Benedict

Ironically, the majority of girls enrolled at the Ursuline Convent of Mount Benedict were upper-class Protestants. Appreciating the cosmopolitan education offered by the nuns, their parents had withdrawn them from female seminaries run by the Congregationalist Church. Educated Bostonians were embracing Unitarianism. Thus, unwittingly the convent became a symbol for the conflict between liberal and fundamental Protestantism.

Many bizarre tales were circulating at the time about sisters who had escaped from the “horrors of the cloister.” Although these accounts were later proven false, they were generally believed by the working classes. On July 28, 1834, Sister Mary John had fled the Ursuline Convent in hysteria (likely caused from overwork) and sought refuge in a nearby farmhouse. Boston’s Bishop Joseph Fenwick, realizing the effect of such an incident on the volatile neighborhood, hastened to the scene. Shortly, the good nun regained her composure and voluntarily returned to Mount Benedict.

News of the episode electrified the community. On August 9, a deputation from the area demanded to see the sister. After speaking with her, the self-appointed investigators were convinced that she was not being held against her will. On Monday afternoon, August 11, selectmen from Charlestown, with the permission of Mother Superior, conducted a three-hour search of the premises. Nothing suspicious was discovered.

The conflagration

Nevertheless, at dusk an enormous crowd began to gather around Mount Benedict. A bonfire was set nearby. The nuns and the children were terrified. The Mother Superior warned the horde to disperse. Finally, she reportedly declared, “If you don’t, the Bishop has twenty thousand Irish at his command in Boston who will whip you into the sea.”

With this, some five or six hundred intruders rushed into the convent. The sisters and their charges fled to safety through the back gardens. The mob pillaged the nunnery, even desecrating the communion hosts. Attacking with a vigor with which their ancestors had executed the Boston Tea Party, they torched the structure while the local fire companies sat by and watched. It was this utter disregard by the authorities which was to rankle Catholic sensibilities for decades to come.

The aftermath

The respectable members of Boston society were shocked at the lawless deed on the soil of their forefathers. The act was denounced the next day by Boston Mayor Theodore Lyman at a public meeting in Faneuil Hall. Town fathers Harrison Gray Otis and Josiah Quincy promised to rebuild the convent with private funds. Bishop Fenwick, showing dignity under stress, declined the offer, maintaining that the state should make restitution. The Irish, admonished by their clergy, showed great self-control. As late as 1842, Abbot Lawrence introduced a petition for compensation, which was denied.

After the tragedy, the Ursuline nuns returned to Canada. According to one account, the ruins of the convent remained in place for many years, presenting a stark contrast to the nearby Bunker Hill Monument completed in 1843. Stones from the structure were used to build an arch in the vestibule of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Yet, memories of the outrage lingered for generations among the Boston Irish.

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By Helen Breen


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