• December 8, 2017,  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. Saugus River Watershed Council’s Annual Meeting Monday Members of the public are invited to join the Saugus River Watershed Council for its Annual Meeting on Monday (Dec. 11) at Spinelli’s on Route 1 South at the Lynnfield / Peabody line. The meeting and dinner, set for 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., will feature a keynote presentation highlighting the unique opportunities and challenges in the Saugus River watershed. The meeting will also include award presentations and the election of the 2018 Saugus River Watershed Council Officers and Board of Directors. River Stewardship…

  • December 8, 2017,  Saugus

    Students share their stories

    Students share their stories   Editor’s Note: Two students from Megan Agola’s journalism class at Saugus High School contributed articles to The Saugus Advocate in this week’s edition. Students in the class submitted their articles to Agola, who, along with Saugus High School Assistant Principal Brendon Sullivan, selected the articles to be published in The Advocate. These are the latest in a series of articles contributed by Agola’s class which are written about the high school and Saugus from a student perspective. The articles reflect the writing and the viewpoint of the student writers. Saugus Tree Lighting By Katie Szymanski This past Friday Saugus held its annual tree lighting in…

  • December 8, 2017,  Saugus

    Secrecy shrouds town manager’s new salary and benefits

    Selectmen won’t release details until town counsel’s review and sign-off by selectmen By Mark E. Vogler The Board of Selectmen finally approved a new contract for Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree Wednesday night. But members declined to discuss any details about Crabtree’s expected pay raise or benefits after emerging from a closed door executive session that lasted about 80 minutes. “We want to make sure we’re protecting the town and the manager,” Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Jeffrey Cicolini said after the board voted unanimously to approve Crabtree’s new five-year contract, “subject to final edits” for “form and substance” by Town Counsel John J. Vasapolli. “It needs to be ‘wordsmithed,’”…

  • December 8, 2017,  Saugus

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: New Friends of the Saugus Public Library, Inc.’s leaders talk about their group’s community mission

         Editor’s Note: For this week, we met with Pauline Gautreau and Pam Gill, Co-chairs of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit organization New Friends of the Saugus Public Library. We caught up with them on Tuesday at the library, where the Friends were holding their annual “Winter Wonderland and Family Fun Party.” Gill, a 1962 Saugus High School graduate, is a retired educator who worked 37 years in the classrooms of Saugus Public Schools. She dressed up as “Mrs. Claus” during Tuesday’s party at the library. Gautreau, a 1968 Saugus High School graduate, worked at a periodontal office in Swampscott for 25 years. The Friends’ Board of…

  • December 8, 2017,  Obituaries,  Saugus Obituaries

    John P. “Jack” Sweny, Jr. – Obituary

    John P. “Jack” Sweny, Jr. Of Saugus, formerly of Belmont, age 73, November 28. Loving husband of Sandra (Beckford) Sweny with whom he shared 44 years of marriage. Beloved brother of Carol Burns & her husband John of GA & Judith Badrigian & her husband Brian of Newton. Son of the late John & Kathryn (Toomey) Sweny. Also survived by several nieces & nephews. U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. Funeral held in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus on Sunday, December 3. Interment on Wednesday, Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to Operation Troop Support, Inc., 16 Trinity St., Danvers, MA 01923. For condolences…

  • December 8, 2017,  Obituaries,  Saugus Obituaries

    Barbara M. (Donatio) Palazzo-Witham – Obituary

    Barbara M. (Donatio) Palazzo-Witham Of Saugus, Dec 1. Beloved wife of the late Melvin E. Witham. Loving mother of Lisa Palazzo and Kristina Palazzo, both of Saugus and the late Douglas Palazzo. Mother-in-law of Joan Palazzo of Bedford. Grandmother of Anthony, Andrew, Joseph & Julia. Sister of Albert Donatio. Predeceased by six siblings. Funeral Service was held in the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield, on Tuesday, December 5. For obit/guestbook, www.mcdonaldfs.com

  • December 8, 2017,  Obituaries,  Saugus Obituaries

    William B. Merrithew, Jr. – Obituary

    William B. Merrithew, Jr. Of Saugus, age 69, November 23. Loving husband of Janice (Melanson) Merrithew with whom he shared 51 years of marriage. Beloved father of Jill Marie Andrews of Wakefield. Cherished grandfather of Kara & Briana Giannelli, Shane & Seth Andrews, great-grandfather of Kaleigh Ghika. Dear son of Barbara (Ludwig) Merrithew of Saugus & the late William Merrithew, Sr. Dear brother of Helen McCormack of Rowley, Nancy Huffman of Saugus & the late Heather Merrithew. Father-in-law of Kevin Andrews. Past Commander of VFW, DeFranzo Post 2346. Memorial service was held at the VFW DeFranzo Post 2346, Saugus on Monday, December 4. In lieu of flowers, donations in his…

  • December 8, 2017,  Saugus

    Brew Zone opens on Route 1

    New business gives people a chance to make their own beer or wine By Mark E. Vogler Jim Parece said he’s found a special niche on the Route 1 business corridor – a place where adventuresome beer or wine drinkers can stop and create their own brew and take it home. “I have the ingredients. I have the equipment,” said Parece, 53, of Wakefield. “They can come in and pick out the recipe. Anything from a Boston ale to a Guiness,” he said. “It takes about two hours and 50 minutes to brew a batch, then I will ferment it. And they can come back in two weeks and bottle…

  • December 8, 2017,  Saugus

    Saugus River Watershed Council to hold annual meeting and dinner with keynote presentation

    Event to discuss opportunities and challenges in the Saugus River Watershed Members of the public are invited to join the Saugus River Watershed Council on Monday, December 11 at Spinelli’s on Route 1 South at the Lynnfield/Peabody line from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for an annual meeting and dinner featuring a keynote presentation highlighting the unique opportunities and challenges in the Saugus River watershed. The meeting will also include award presentations and election of 2018 Saugus River Watershed Council officers and Board of Directors. River Stewardship Awards will be presented to the following: Kirstie Pecci of the Conservation Law Foundation for outstanding contributions toward protecting natural resources and public…

  • December 8, 2017,  Saugus

    Moulton talks taxes at Salem State Town Hall

    By Christopher Roberson Twelve hours after the U.S. Senate voted 51-49 to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Congressman Seth Moulton took the stage at Salem State University to address his constituents. “It’s a tax bill that will give tax breaks to the richest corporations,” Moulton said during his Dec. 2 Town Hall meeting. “It will bankrupt our Treasury by raising deficits over $1 trillion.” He also said the process of reducing the tax burden on the Middle Class was excessively convoluted. “If you want to give the Middle Class a tax cut – it’s not that complicated – you just give the Middle Class a tax cut,” said…