• December 28 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Board of Selectmen Chair Panetta reflects on the most significant town events in 2018 and looks ahead

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Board of Selectmen Chair Panetta reflects on the most significant town events in 2018 and looks ahead     Editor’s Note: For this week, we asked the five members of the Saugus Board of Selectmen to cite the town’s major accomplishments as they look back on 2018. We also asked that they share their expectations for the new year. Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta was the lone member who responded.     Q: What do you consider the most significant events that happened in Saugus during 2018?   A: The highlights … New Middle-High School: Construction on our brand-new, grades 6-12 Middle-High School is right on schedule.…

  • December 28 2018,  Revere

    CORRECTION

    CORRECTION   In an article “First female City Council President and Vice President “dynamic duo” adorned with flowers published on Dec. 21, a list was published named past female councillors who served as council presidents. However, the list was in fact only of women who served as councillors, regardless of whether they served as council president. The Revere Advocate apologizes for the error. According to City Clerk Ashley Melnik, the following women served on the City Council:   1976:  Elvira Curcio, Rita Singer 1977:  Elvira Curcio, Rita Singer 1978:  Elvira Curcio, Rita Singer 1979:  Elvira Curcio, Rita Singer 1980:  Elvira Curcio, Catherine Penn, Rita Singer (Vice President) 1981:  Elvira Curcio,…

  • December 28 2018,  Malden

    Malden to provide parents with tools to address youth substance abuse

       Seven cities and towns in the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition (MVPHC), including Malden’s Substance Abuse Prevention Services, are banding together to launch a social marketing campaign aimed at preventing underage drinking and substance abuse among middle school–aged youngsters. The campaign comes after studies found that although parents and guardians would like their children to not use alcohol and other drugs, many expressed a belief that underage drinking is inevitable.   Over the past two years, MVPHC, which includes Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Winchester and Wakefield, has collected and evaluated data on youth alcohol and substance abuse. It has also conducted focus groups and one-on-one interviews with parents…

  • December 28 2018,  Malden

    City Council discusses Lime bikes

     By Barbara Taormina   Since they have arrived in Malden, Lime Bikes have been on 80,000 trips and logged nearly 70,000 miles. Scott Mullen, a director of Lime’s Northeast division, met with the City Council recently to talk about the bike-sharing system. Malden is one of 16 communities that has a fleet of “dockless” bikes available to riders thanks to a regional contract with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Riders use an app on their cellphones to unlock bikes, which cost a $1 access fee plus a small fee based on time or mileage. “Malden has a great bike infrastructure and a great bike culture,” Mullen told councillors. Malden…

  • December 28 2018,  Saugus

    A year of traffic tragedy and trouble

    Events leading up to the rise of “Citizens for a Safer Saugus” was the biggest story of 2018 By Mark E. Vogler Citizen apprehension about traffic safety began in early January after an elderly Main Street couple suffered serious injuries when they were struck by a car while crossing Central Street. Police later cited the driver for a crosswalk violation. Robert D. Hoffman, 74, and his wife, Judith, 81, struggled to recover from the horrific crash. Hoffman received a concussion, a broken left leg and injuries to his right knee. Mrs. Hoffman never got to go out on leisure walks again after the impact of the crash punctured her bladder,…

  • December 28 2018,  Everett

    City of Everett’s Holiday Assistance Program supports over 500 families

    Mayor Carlo DeMaria would like to extend the City of Everett’s appreciation to local Everett businesses and residents for their generous donations in 2018 to the City’s Human Services Assistance Programs, which benefit Everett families in crisis. The City’s Holiday Program has remained strong – and Mayor DeMaria attributes that to Everett’s amazing business community and compassionate residents. “I would like to thank all of the businesses and residents who donated to our fundraising efforts this year,” stated Mayor DeMaria. “Whether you helped out with the holiday meals program, donated a gift card or a toy at Christmas, or sent a check to our Human Services Office in support of…

  • December 28 2018,  Revere

    Young leukemia survivor receives check and Christmas gifts from Cops for Kids with Cancer

    By Tara Vocino Cops for Kids with Cancer presented a young girl battling leukemia with a $5,000 check and Christmas gifts at the police station recently. A.C. Whelan Elementary School first-grader Emilia Alvarez, 6, said it gives her hope knowing that people care her about her. The check will help to pay for Emilia’s medical bills. “I feel sad,” Emilia said, “sometimes happy. I’m grateful that someone is helping me out.” Her mother, Claudia Cardona, said Emilia was diagnosed two years ago, and although Massachusetts General Hospital does a great job treating her, it’s difficult to watch the process. “She’s tired all the time and throws up a lot,” the…

  • December 28 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.   It’s about people, not politics   People — not politics — should be the motivating factor behind recent lobbying by citizens to improve traffic safety.   I’ve heard some folks putting the word out there that some of these people behind the grassroots group that calls itself “Citizens for a Safer Saugus” are just trying to hammer away at Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and make him look bad on the issue of improving streets, roads and sidewalks for safety’s sake.   I…