• November 21 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 members discuss what they are most thankful for this Thanksgiving  

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 members discuss what they are most thankful for this Thanksgiving     Editor’s Note: For this week, we went down to 20 Salem Turnpike, the lot on Route 107 at Ballard Street, right after the lights, where members of Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 were setting up a shipment of Christmas trees which had arrived for their annual holiday fundraiser. With Thanksgiving Day approaching, we had one simple question for the scouts and troop leaders we met: As a Saugus resident, what are you most thankful for? We also wanted to find out a little bit about that Alaska trip that this fundraiser…

  • November 21 2018,  Revere

    Disability Commission hopes Chapt. 90 funds help Tuscano Ave. residents

    By Tara Vocino At long last, a resident who for decades endured flooding and decaying infrastructure received some good news from the city’s Disability Commission at its meeting at City Hall last Tuesday night. Resident Rocco Falzone, 74, of 55 Tuscano Ave., has a narrow sidewalk that was cut from 48″ to 27″ along the 15-house residential street. He believes that it was cut when Caruso Court, an adjacent street, was built so that cars could make the turn more easily. It is impassable for people with wheelchairs, crutches or baby carriages, according to Falzone. It’s been the case since the mid-’90’s, he added. “My 95-year-old mother, Josephine, fell off…

  • Lynnfield,  November 21 2018,  Peabody

    Norman Rockwell depicted an idealized version of American Thanksgiving

    Norman Rockwell depicted an idealized version of American Thanksgiving By Helen Breen “Maybe as I grew up and found the world wasn’t the perfect place I had thought it to be, I unconsciously decided that if it wasn’t an ideal world, it should be, and so painted only the ideal aspects of it.”   So wrote Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), American painter extraordinaire, reflecting back on his life’s work. Recognized for his artistic talents very young, he received his initial commission at age 17. By his early 20’s, he was designing the first of 321 covers for the Saturday Evening Post, in a relationship that would last for 47 years. In…

  • Everett,  November 21 2018

    Planning Board opens review on Glendale Square development

    By Brendan Clogston   The Planning Board began its review of Andrew Philbin’s 19-room apartment complex at 324 Ferry St. in Glendale Square last Monday night, and the building’s design was largely uncontroversial with the board. Some sparks flew later in the meeting over concerns about aesthetics and some additional requests being made by the city. The proposed development would renovate the 130-year-old building that’s currently operating as a 20-room lodging house and convert it into 19 one-bedroom micro units and small one-bedrooms ranging between 324 to 547 square feet and a 668 square foot handicap unit. The basement will be excavated to create four new units, with five units…

  • Malden,  November 21 2018

    Vote16 continues to gain ground

     By Barbara Taormina   Malden’s Vote16 initiative had another good night last week at a public meeting sponsored by the Citizens Engagement Committee. A small crowd of students and supporters who back the idea of lowering the voting age to 16 for municipal elections came out to share ideas and information on the proposal and the process of getting it passed on the local and state level. Notably absent at the meeting were opponents who feel 16-year-olds lack the knowledge and maturity to cast informed votes. The push for lowering the voting age began with members of the Malden Rising Leaders (MRL) Fellowship Program who spent last summer researching the…

  • Lynnfield,  November 21 2018

    Best Buddies hosts Friendship 5K at MarketStreet

    By Christopher Roberson After finishing in fifth place last year, Joseph Motzkin of Lynnfield was the first runner to cross the finish line during the fourth annual Best Buddies Friendship 5K on Nov. 18 at MarketStreet Lynnfield. Motzkin finished with a time of 20 minutes, 22 seconds, defeating second-place finisher Christopher Logan, also of Lynnfield, by one minute, 11 seconds. “It felt especially good to run for a good cause,” said Motzkin, adding that this is his third year participating in the race, and “I’m very happy for all the other runners who came out.” Cameron Bennetts of Mattapoisett said he was impressed with the 47 other runners who participated…

  • November 21 2018,  Revere

    Friendsgiving rings Thanksgiving in with style

    By Tara Vocino With the hall decked out in a festive holiday mood with orange balloons and brown centerpieces, more than 350 people came to the annual Friendsgiving event hosted by Mayor Brian Arrigo at the Beachmont VFW last Wednesday night. “Think about what you’re grateful for this Thanksgiving,” Arrigo said to the packed hall of attendees. He went on to thank to all of his family, friends and supporters who came out to celebrate Friendsgiving with his family. “We look forward to this event every year, and I am thrilled my boys [sons Jack and Joseph] have this tradition of gratitude,” Arrigo said. “I am grateful to be mayor…

  • November 21 2018,  Peabody

    Hundreds turn out for LiveSTRONG at the Y Half Marathon

    By Christopher Roberson Brendan Hehir, 20, will be returning home to Tappan, N.Y., as the winner of this year’s LiveSTRONG at the Y Half Marathon. With a time of one hour, 13 minutes, Hehir held off Luke Janik, 21, of Boston, by less than one minute. Christina LaRitz, 21, of Flemington, N.J., had the best women’s time of one hour, 24 minutes and finished in 20th place overall. Seth Christopher, 25, led the way for Peabody with a time of one hour, 37 minutes and finished in 55th place overall. Robert Lowell, executive director of the Torigian Family YMCA, said the event has been held for the past three years.…