• December 14 2018,  Peabody

    Peabody Edible Arrangements collecting ‘toys for tots’

    November 28, 2018 – Edible Arrangements® stores across Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, including their Peabody location, located at 7 Bourbon Street, have teamed up with Toys for Tots, serving as a drop-off location at all of their 40 stores – now through Thursday, December 13th. When you drop off a new, unwrapped toy to any of Edible’s locations, you will receive a FREE Edible® Treat (value $5.99), such as a fresh fruit Smoothie, Chocolate Dipped Fruit™ Pop, Chocolate Dipped Fruit™ Cone, Edible® Donut or Pineapple Drip Cake™, to name a few. Local Toys for Tots Campaigns are the heart and soul of the Marine Toys for Tots Program managed…

  • December 14 2018,  Malden

    Malden Overcoming Addiction awarded $10K grant from Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation

    Special to The Advocate Malden Overcoming Addiction (MOA) is grateful to the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation for providing a $10,000.00 grant to benefit its Recovery Scholarship Program that helps Malden residents recover from substance use disorder. MOA’s Recovery Scholarship Program offers low- to no-income individuals emerging from detox with the financial means to get into a month-long recovery program that provides them a safe environment to continue their sobriety. MOA’s Recovery Scholarship Program has become a crucial tool in the continued fight to provide much-needed support to those battling substance use disorder(s). Despite the cost of getting into a recovery program (approximately $800), individuals suffering from addiction usually do not…

  • December 14 2018,  Revere

    Letter to the Editor:  Please Help RevereTV stop the FCC from taking funding away

    Letter to the Editor:  Please Help RevereTV stop the FCC from taking funding away Please help us stop the Federal Communications Commission from gutting funding for RevereTV. Make your voice heard in support of community media around the country. The deadline for initial comments was on November 14 and the Reply Comments are due on December 14. This is an opportunity to target initial comments with a rebuttal. Read on for the specific actions we’re asking you to take, but first here is some background to help you understand the issue. Here is a related article on the topic produced by WGBH and another written by DigBoston!   Cable Franchise Fees…

  • December 14 2018,  Lynnfield

    Victorian Christmas traditions were soon adopted in America

    By Helen Breen   At the beginning of the 19th century, Christmas was hardly observed in Britain, or on this side of the Atlantic. But by the turn of the 20th century, the holiday was commonly celebrated in the Western world. Certainly, Queen Victoria’s marriage to her beloved Prince Albert influenced her to adopt his German tradition of the Christmas tree “bedecked with candles, sweets, fruit, homemade decorations and small gifts.” Many other customs around the Yuletide soon followed.   Christmas cards In 1843 Sir Henry Cole was too busy to send traditional handwritten greetings to his friends so he commissioned an artist to design the first “Christmas card,” depicting…

  • December 14 2018,  Saugus

    The Sounds of Saugus

    The Sounds of Saugus  By Mark E. Vogler     Here are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus.   Transparency is good   I find it refreshing that Saugus Public Schools Superintendent David DeRuosi Jr. has begun inviting local reporters into classrooms recently to offer them glimpse at teachers and students interacting and then inviting reporters to ask questions.   This is indeed a good development for all parties, and hopefully a departure from Dr. DeRuosi’s earlier days.   There have been a couple of times in recent years where I have requested interviews with teachers and staff, for instance, interviewing new…

  • December 14 2018,  Saugus

    Mister Nifty

    Mister Nifty By The Old Sachem   This week we look at a living athlete, Number 16 for the Boston Bruins, whose nickname is Mr. Nifty, yes Rick Middleton. Rick was born on December 4, 1953, a little more than a year after I graduated from Saugus High. He was drafted 14th in the National Hockey League (NHL) draft in the first round by the New York Rangers in 1973, a right winger. Ricky was also drafted by the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association. He was with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), a junior league for amateur players under the age of 21.…

  • December 14 2018,  Saugus

    Saugus woman stabbed

    Troopers investigate highway incident on Routes 24/495 in Bridgewater (Editor’s Note: the following story is based on a press release issued this week by the Massachusetts State Police.)   Massachusetts State Police troopers arrested a 36-year-old East Falmouth woman Saturday (Dec. 8) after an investigation indicated that she physically assaulted another person, a 32-year-old female from Saugus, with a knife. At about 1:30 p.m., troopers from the State Police-Middleboro Barracks responded to cellular 911 reports of an assault on the ramp of Route 24 North to Route 495 Northbound in Bridgewater. According to witnesses, the vehicle, a 2019 Jeep Cherokee, stopped on the ramp and both women exited the vehicle.…

  • December 14 2018,  Saugus

    Saugus Faith Notes

    Saugus Faith Notes The latest listing of upcoming events and programs at Saugus places of worship   Keeping town’s ministries in the public eye The Saugus Faith Community has created a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SaugusFaith/. Follow this column and the Facebook page for details of important upcoming events.   A call for holiday event announcements! Does your church, parish or house of worship have an upcoming holiday event that you think would be of interest to the community at large? Perhaps a Christmas concert, crafts fair or play? If so, email your announcement to The Saugus Advocate. You may also send it to the editor at mvoge@comcast.net.   A Gospel…

  • December 14 2018,  Saugus

    The MEG Toy Drive

    Veteran Pop Warner Coach teams up again with Saugus We Care to help make Christmas brighter for needy children By Mark E. Vogler Kevin Andrews is one of those guys who loves playing Santa Claus. It all started back when he was 18 and he received a handmade Santa Claus suit from an aunt. “I still have that suit and have been playing Santa Claus ever since,” said Andrews, now 50, and a Santa who also spearheads toy drives for needy children. Andrews, a 1986 Saugus High School graduate, has volunteered 32 years as a Pop Warner coach. He’s also spent thousands of hours over the years working for a…