• March 30 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    Saugus wrestling coaches retire after banquet

    By Tony Capobianco WITH APPRECIATION: Saugus High School wrestling Coach Rudy Howard displays the photo presented by the wrestling team during Wednesday evening’s banquet. (Advocate photo by Anthony Capobianco) — Saugus High School wrestling Coach Rudy Howard announced his retirement during the team’s banquet on Wednesday at Prince Pizzeria. It was a decision two years in the making. “I’ve been looking for the last two years – trying to transition,” Howard said. “It’s just time.” Howard’s longtime assistant coach, Darren McCullough, is also walking away from coaching. His son, Daniel McCullough, completed his career with a 24-win senior season. “We came in together,” he said, “we’re leaving together.” The SHS…

  • Malden,  March 30 2018

    Housing Families presents this year’s legislative agenda

    By Barbara Taormina Malden had a chance to learn the latest about the state’s housing crisis and some of the proposed solutions this week at Housing Families Inc.’s 16th annual Legislative Breakfast. A crowd of residents, advocates and political leaders gathered at the Irish American Club Wednesday morning to hear the personal stories of families who have struggled with homelessness and to share information about ongoing legislative efforts to ensure all families have a safe and secure home. Homelessness isn’t new, but much has changed since a grassroots group from Malden, Medford and Everett launched Housing Families in 1986 and opened the first shelter for local families the following year.…

  • March 30 2018,  Revere

    Revere students show their support at gun violence protest

    By Sara Brown Revere High School senior Christian Sawyer considers himself a student activist, which is why he had to be at the March For Our Lives on March 27. “I knew I just had to be there,” he said. Thousands of students took to the streets of Boston to protest gun violence, in an event which was organized to show support for the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month that left 17 people dead. “It was amazing to see so many of my peers use their voice for something good,” said Sawyer. Sawyer said he grew up in a post-9/11…

  • Everett,  March 30 2018

    DiDomenico: We have plan to solve school budget crisis

    Asks for “back-up” to sell funding formula tweak at State House By Brendan Clogston   State Senator Sal DiDomenico has a plan to fix the city’s perennial school budget crisis, but it’s going to require some salesmanship on Beacon Hill. DiDomenico told the City Council during a presentation Monday night that he had a tweak to the state’s Chapter 70 school funding formula that would allow Everett to receive a larger – and from the senator’s perspective, a “fairer” – share of the state funding pool. For three years, the Everett School Department has been struggling with a multimillion dollar hole blown into its budget by a change in how…

  • March 30 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Peabody Sports Stories

    Peabody High girls honored at annual basketball banquet By Greg Phipps   During his address Monday night at the annual Peabody High School girls’ basketball banquet, varsity head coach Stan McKeen noted that the program as a whole finished with a win-loss record of 30-22. The gathering at the Knights of Columbus Hall responded with applause knowing that the future looks promising for the Tanner girls, whose junior varsity and freshmen squads produced a combined 22-10 mark. McKeen’s varsity unit struggled through an 8-12 season and missed the playoffs. He acknowledged that a less-than-auspicious start put Peabody in a tough position out of the gate. “It was a rebuilding year.…

  • March 30 2018,  Peabody

    Carroll and Center School principals share School Improvement Plans

    By Christopher Roberson   As they look ahead to the 2018-2019 school year, Tracy Smith, principal of Carroll Elementary School, and Jacqueline Orphanos, principal of Center Elementary School, on March 27 went before the School Committee to present their School Improvement Plans. During the committee’s March 27 meeting, Smith said that of the 623 students enrolled at Carroll, 44.5 percent of them come from families that are economically disadvantaged. For 16.7 percent, English is not their first language. Smith also said that since September 2017, her school has gained 61 students and lost 56 students. To accommodate Carroll’s high student population, Smith said, there are five classes for each grade…