• July 6 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Scout discusses the flag retirement/multiuse firepit he made for his Eagle Scout public service project

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Scout discusses the flag retirement/multiuse firepit he made for his Eagle Scout public service project     Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Michael Daniel Iacone at a Route 1 coffee shop to talk about the flag retirement firepit that he built for his Eagle Scout public service project at the Breakheart Reservation. Iacone, 18, of Melrose, is a former Saugus resident and a recent graduate of Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School in Wakefield, where he graduated with high honors in drafting and design. He plans to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology this fall to pursue a five-year program in Electromechanical Engineering. He has…

  • July 6 2018,  Lynnfield,  Revere

    Live racing returns to Suffolk Downs Saturday and Sunday

    Live racing returns to Suffolk Downs Saturday and Sunday Full fields, over $1 million in purses and awards highlight weekend   East Boston — Suffolk Downs will host the second of three scheduled live racing and food truck festival weekends this Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8. On Saturday, the average field size is 11 horses per race and 150 total horses have been entered for the day which features over $500,000 in total purses and awards. The featured race is a $50,000 allowance/optional claiming race that is scheduled to be run at a mile and seventy yards on the turf. The race has drawn a full field of ten with…

  • July 6 2018,  Malden

    Senate passes Sen. Lewis’s bill to protect youths from the risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction

    On June 28, the Massachusetts Senate passed comprehensive legislation, with the help of Senator Jason Lewis, who was the bill’s lead sponsor in the Senate, to reduce youth access to tobacco and nicotine products. Tobacco use and nicotine addiction remain the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death in Massachusetts, responsible for more than $4 billion in annual health care costs to the Commonwealth. Youngsters are particularly susceptible to nicotine addiction; nicotine has harmful health impacts on the developing brain, and nine in 10 cigarette smokers begin using before age 18. The bill, An Act protecting youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction, raises the minimum…

  • Everett,  July 6 2018

    State rules Gateway Center mall out of compliance with license

     By Brendan Clogston   DDR, the owner of the Gateway Center mall is out of compliance with its license and will have to work with Encore Boston Harbor to complete a key connection in the Northern Strand Community Trail, the state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) ruled recently. Because the mall is located on filled tidelands, DDR had to receive approval from the state environmental agency to build on the property. The license issued to the company in 2001 requires that it maintains a 23.5 acre waterfront park and its associated pathways and amenities. DDR has disputed its responsibility to build the bike path since the original paperwork in the…

  • July 6 2018,  Lynnfield

    Massachusetts Legislature Passes Bill to Temporarily Suspend a Gun License from Those Who Pose a Risk to Themselves or Others

    The Massachusetts Legislature voted Tuesday to establish a process for family, household members or licensing authorities (petitioners) to petition the court for an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) for individuals who “pose a risk of causing bodily injury to self or others” by owning, possessing or having a firearm.  An ERPO, if issued by the court, is effective for up to one year and results in the immediate suspension and surrender of all firearms and ammunition. Licensing authorities are required to provide a list of services “relating to crisis intervention, mental health, substance abuse and counseling” upon receipt of an ERPO. “With the passage of this legislation, Massachusetts once again…

  • July 6 2018,  Malden

    Malden Arts reaches fundraising goal of $27,000 for the ARTLine

    Malden Arts is pleased to announce that it has exceeded its fundraising goal of $27,000 and is now eligible to receive $27,000 in matching funds from MassDevelopment for the ARTLine project! With an outpouring of support from 160 generous donors in the local community, more than $34,000 has been raised since the start of the organization’s “Patronicity Campaign” on May 20. “We are so appreciative of the entire community for helping to make this dream a reality,” said Malden Arts President Naomi Brave. “People really got behind this idea of bringing murals and sculptures to Malden, and we have had such overwhelming support it has been very humbling.” ARTLine is…

  • July 6 2018,  Peabody

    Special Permits granted for medical marijuana companies

    By Christopher Roberson   The City Council recently approved the Special Permit applications for the Wellness Connection and Phytotherapy to operate medical marijuana dispensaries on Route 1 North. The Wellness Connection will be located at 0 Newbury St. while Phytotherapy will be approximately 1,000 feet away at 25 Newbury St. Representing the Wellness Connection, Civil Engineer Richard Salvo of the Engineering Alliance said the dispensary will be 4,977 square feet and will occupy 5.4 percent of the two-acre site. “This is quite a large parcel of land,” he said during the council’s June 28 meeting. Salvo also said the building will be set back 275 feet from Route 1 and…

  • July 6 2018,  Saugus

    The Public’s Right to Know

    The Public’s Right to Know An ongoing series on the challenges of making open government work in Saugus By Mark E. Vogler   Only three Open Meeting Law complaints have been filed so far this year in Saugus. All of them were initiated by The Saugus Advocate against the Saugus School Committee. With the state Attorney General’s Office issuing a determination letter last week which concluded the School Committee violated the Opening Meeting Law multiple times, we’ll take a look in this edition at why and how those complaints were filed. This article is also intended to share some insight with our readers on what’s involved with the filing of…