• December 14 2018,  Malden,  Malden Sports,  Sports

    MHS Swim Team starts season strong

    By Steve Freker It has been a strong start for the Malden High School (MHS) co-ed swim team, which has broken out of the starting gate with a pair of decisive victories to open the season. Malden improved to 2-0 in the Northeastern Conference (NEC) and 2-0 overall with an 85-52 win over Salem in its home opener at the MHS Pool. “It was good way to start the season in a very competitive league,” said MHS assistant coach Jessica Bisson. “Our preseason is very short but we were still prepared, and a lot of our swimmers got off to good starts with their times.” Against Salem, the 200 medley…

  • December 14 2018,  Everett

    School Committee expected to discuss Foresteire allegations Monday

    By The Advocate   The School Committee is expected to hold an executive session during their meeting Monday to discuss the sexual harassment allegations filed with the state against Superintendent Fred Foresteire. Whether the School Committee will publicly address the allegations next week is not yet known. It was revealed last week that former payroll clerk Andrea Garay filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) last month alleging sexual harassment by Foresteire while she worked for the School Department. Foresteire had denied the allegations, but has declined to comment further while the investigation is ongoing. “It will have to run its course,” he said last week. “It’s…

  • December 14 2018,  Lynnfield

    Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky headline Family Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental

    Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky headlined the Family Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental, Boston on November 18 and read their children’s book, RESCUE AND JESSICA: A Life-Changing Friendship, the real-life story about a girl and her service dog. Rescue was also onsite to take photos with the children. Families had an opportunity to give thanks and give back, with a portion of event proceeds benefitting Franciscan Children’s in Brighton.  

  • December 14 2018,  Peabody

    Homeowners to pay higher property taxes despite lower rate

    By Christopher Roberson   The City Council recently voted 8-3 to set the tax rate for fiscal year 2019 at $11.01 per $1,000 for residential properties and $23.69 per $1,000 for commercial properties. By comparison, the rates approved for fiscal year 2018 were $11.46 for residential properties and $24.11 for commercial properties. Although the new rates are lower, the average residential value has skyrocketed from $361,300 last year to $393,800 this year. The average commercial value has also increased from $1.4 million to $1.5 million during the same time period. During the council’s Dec. 6 meeting, Mayor Edward Bettencourt said property values now total $7.9 billion. “This explosive growth is…

  • December 14 2018,  Revere

    Chamber of Commerce hosts winter coats donation drive

    By Tara Vocino Chamber of Commerce board members and residents donated new winter apparel and toys for needy Revere Public Schools students during the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party at the Comfort Inn & Suites on Friday night. “There are approximately 147 registered homeless/needy children in Revere, and that number is probably higher than reported,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wendy Millar-Page said. “We try hard to make sure those citizens are part of our community and that we take care of each other.” Coat donors Mary and Tom Turner said the reported number was higher than they thought, and they felt led to give to an overwhelming community need.…

  • December 14 2018,  Malden

    21st Annual Triple Threat Trivia Library Fundraiser

    The Malden Public Library’s 21st Annual Triple Threat Trivia Fundraiser fast approaches.  Trivia will be held at Anthony’s Restaurant on Thursday, January 24, 2019 and we are looking for anyone that wants to support the library and have a great evening of fun. To play Triple Threat Trivia, write a check for $360 to the Malden Public Library for a table of 10, along with your team’s name.  Price includes dinner and 3 rounds of trivia.  The buffet begins at 5:30 p.m. and trivia questions begin at 6:30 p.m. As you know, one point can make the difference and teams still have a chance to get that all important one…

  • December 14 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: MEG Foundation President discusses group’s mission to preserve and restore a building renamed after a beloved Saugus educato

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: MEG Foundation President discusses group’s mission to preserve and restore a building renamed after a beloved Saugus educator     Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Janice K. Jarosz, organizer and leader of the MEG Foundation, which initiated efforts to save the Marleah Elizabeth Graves School – which was named after a legendary Saugus educator. We asked her about the history of the century-old building, which was known originally as the Bond School, but was known for most of its life as the Cliftondale School. The interview focused on the building’s colorful past, present and future.   Jarosz, a Saugus native and 1961 graduate…