• December 22, 2017,  Everett

    DiDomenico’s bill to expand language opportunities for students signed into law

    On Nov. 22, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law State Senator Sal DiDomenico’s bill that updates the existing statute relative to English language education in the Commonwealth’s public schools. An Act relative to language opportunity for our kids, also known as the LOOK bill, promotes research-based best practices for programs serving English learners (EL). “As the Senate sponsor of this legislation for many years, I was very proud to see this bill signed into law,” said Senator DiDomenico. “This legislation takes crucial strides towards guaranteeing every student receives a fair opportunity at educational success, and I have no doubt this bill will help to improve educational outcomes for all of…

  • December 22, 2017,  Lynnfield

    The Advocate Asks: with Lynnfield Media Studios Director

    “The Advocate Asks” with Lynnfield Media Studios Director  For this week’s “The Advocate Asks,” we interviewed Eric Hamlin, executive director of Lynnfield Media Studios, about his job. Having worked in video production for more than three decades, Hamlin’s career has taken him from Pittsburg and Orlando to working with headliner bands, such as U2 and Metallica.     Q: How did you become involved in working for Lynnfield Media Studios? A: Early in my career, in Pittsburgh, I worked at an access station producing local programming. When the opportunity arose for an executive director here in Lynnfield, it gave me the opportunity to use my expertise to establish a facility…

  • December 22, 2017,  Malden

    Local nonprofit Sowing Opportunities, Inc. introduces “Water for Life” project

    Two long-term residents of Malden have a nonprofit organization that benefits a remote rural village in Guatemala. Their connection to the village is personal – it is the biological village of their adoptive daughter. Their pilot project is “Water for Life,” which was initiated this past week when their associate and his team of engineers traveled to the village to aid the people to become self-sustaining through providing a means for their health and well-being. The first step is accessible, potable water and food, so that they can participate fully as members of the team. Details from the recent visit are at this web page: http://bit.ly/2D0Rf1e. Fern and Ginny Remedi-Brown…

  • December 22, 2017,  Everett

    Sen. DiDomenico supports Insurance Clawback Bill

    State Senator Sal DiDomenico recently met with members of SEIU Local 509’s CliniciansUNITED  group to discuss “An Act to limit retroactive denials of health insurance claims for mental health and substance abuse services,” also known as the Clawback Bill. Senator DiDomenico is a cosponsor of this legislation which establishes fair parameters around the health insurance practice of reverting payments (clawbacks) for which providers of behavioral health services had received previous authorization and been paid by health insurers. “It was a pleasure meeting with SEIU 509 CliniciansUNITED to discuss our shared support for the Clawback bill,” said Senator DiDomenico. “Insurance clawbacks create an administrative nightmare for providers and often leave them…

  • December 22, 2017,  Lynnfield

    Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative’s Confirmation students put together Christmas kits for children

    On December 2, Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative’s Year 1 Confirmation students put together Christmas kits for the Catholic Charities Childcare Center in Lynn. The components of these kits – coloring books, crayons, Play-Doh, gloves, hats, bubbles, books, personal care items and holiday decorations – were donated by the Grades K-6 Faith Formation students from both Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Maria Goretti parishes. This is just one way that the students are living St. Francis of Assisi’s reminder: “For it is in giving that we receive.”

  • December 22, 2017,  Malden

    A Christmas to remember

    By Virginia Ruane Christmas Time is not always happiness and everything jolly, Christmas trees, sugar plums, little children and their dreams. “Santa, don’t forget me” – and he won’t. Actually, it is time to be vigilant and take note of all of your purchases made for young and old. Everyone is not as honest as we would like them to be. Someone out there in the world maybe is thinking, “Where can I get the gifts I need for Christmas?” Some desperate persons stoop to robbery. I had a Christmas experience that I would like to share with you. It could be while you are out shopping for your loved…

  • December 22, 2017,  Everett

    Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to offer free R.A.D. program January 8-10

    Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced Friday that the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office will host three nights of a women’s basic self-defense course beginning January 8. The class is free and open to any woman age 16 or over who is living or working in Middlesex County. “These classes are an opportunity for women to learn basic self-defense techniques and to build confidence in addressing potentially dangerous situations that can occur anywhere,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Part of our community response in ending gender-based violence – along with educating men on their role in perpetrating it – is to provide women with resources to increase their sense of security.” The Rape Aggression Defense…

  • December 22, 2017,  Lynnfield

    The Vermont Country Store catalogue evokes Christmas nostalgia

    By Helen Breen    “Purveyors of the Practical and Hard-to-Find since 1946” reads the masthead on the Vermont Country Store catalogue mailed to thousands of American homes regularly. Although founders Vrest and Mildred Orton opened their store in Weston, Vermont, right after World War II, the firm’s origins had a strong family history in the Granite State. Beginnings In 1897 Gardner Orton (of the 8th generation in America) opened a general store with his father-in-law Melvin Teachout in Calais, Vermont. Gardner and his wife Leila’s first son, Vrest, was born soon after. The Teachout-Orton General Store was “the focal point of Vrest’s early years and served as the original inspiration…

  • December 22, 2017,  Malden

    Beebe School third grade class wins Fire Prevention Week poster contest

    This past October, the Malden Fire Department held a series of events in honor of National Fire Prevention Week to remind residents about ways they can prevent fires in their homes. Fire Prevention Week is observed every October in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire that began on October 8, 1871, and killed more than 250 people, along with destroying more than 17,400 structures across 2,000 acres. In 1911, 40 years after the fire, the Fire Marshals Association determined that the anniversary of this fire should be observed annually to generate awareness about fire prevention. As part of the event, the Malden Fire Department invited every third grade class in…

  • December 22, 2017,  Everett Obituaries,  Lynnfield Obituaries,  Obituaries

    Antonette “Nettie” (Marino) LaVita – Obituary

    Antonette “Nettie” (Marino) LaVita Of Everett on December 13. Beloved wife of the late Carmine. Daughter of the late Domenic and Mary. Sister of the late Louis Marino, Josephine Scalfani, Mary Falce, Margaret Kirk, Madeline Caruso, Kay Marino and Lillian Verno. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Funeral was held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett on Wednesday, December 20. A Funeral Mass followed in the St. Anthony Church, Everett. Entombment will be at the Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. For more info 1-877-71-ROCCO or