• January 4 2019,  Saugus

    Lynn couple charged in Saugus shooting

    Reportedly, an argument between a Lynn couple in front of a Saugus apartment complex at 30 Hamilton St. last week escalated into a shooting incident that was filmed on a cellphone. Judge Ina Howard Hogan ordered the alleged shooter – Lisbet Flores, 20 – held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing that was set for yesterday in Lynn District Court, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokesperson for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. Flores was charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, armed assault to murder, carrying a firearm without an FID card, possession of ammunition without an FID card and malicious damage of a…

  • January 4 2019,  Saugus

    Walking into 2019

    Hundreds participate in “First Day Hike” on New Year’s Day at Breakheart Reservation An estimated 250 people started off the New Year on the right foot — with a healthy walk at Breakheart Reservation. Singles, couples, families and also a person in a wheelchair enjoyed the annual New Year’s Day hike at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, according to Peter A. Rossetti, Jr., a member of the Friends of Breakheart Reservation Board of Directors. “The weather was perfect for hiking, in the 50’s and sunny,” Rossetti wrote in an email to The Saugus Advocate. Rangers and staff from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which manages Breakheart, led two…

  • January 4 2019,  Revere,  Saugus

    Saugus police charge Revere man for firing shots at hotel

       (Editor’s Note: The following story is based on a press release issued by the Saugus Police Department.)   Chief Ronald Giorgetti reported that the Saugus Police Department arrested a man on Wednesday after shots were fired inside a hotel earlier this week. Dantonio Thorton, 39, of Revere, has been charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, possession of a firearm without a license (third offense) and malicious destruction of property over $1,200. On Tuesday, Jan. 1, at approximately 2 p.m., Saugus Police received a 911 call from an employee at WoodSpring Suites Signature Boston North, which is located at 832 Broadway; the caller reported hearing…

  • January 4 2019,  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.   Memories of “a partially finished high school”   I had an interesting conversation over coffee and hot chocolate a couple of weeks ago with Jim Virnelli and his brother Frank.   The former Saugus residents asked to meet me at Kane’s Donuts to share some information about their late father — Master Sergeant Thomas “Pop” Virnelli — a World War II hero from Saugus, who is the subject of a story in this week’s Saugus Advocate. Jim, a well-known, former scoutmaster of Saugus…

  • January 4 2019,  Saugus

    YMCA of Metro North is your Resolution Solution for Health and Fitness

    The YMCA of Metro North is your RESOLUTION SOLUTION! It is no secret that everyone puts losing weight and becoming more active at the top of their New Year’s Resolution list. So, this year, your YMCA resolution is just a 5K away! Join any YMCA of Metro North (Lynn, Peabody, Saugus or Melrose) and receive an entry to walk or jog in any of the four 5k road races in 2019. Moreover, you are eligible for FREE online coaching to help you navigate the training, as well as all the support you need! “The 5k distance is achievable for all levels of fitness with a little focus and support. We…

  • January 4 2019,  Saugus

    Saugus Faith Notes

    Saugus Faith Notes The latest listing of upcoming events and programs at Saugus places of worship   Keeping town’s ministries in the public eye. The Saugus Faith Community has created a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SaugusFaith/. Follow this column and the Facebook page for future details of important upcoming events.   Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry – in collaboration with the Saugus Faith Community, the Saugus School Superintendent and area businesses and organizations – is running an initiative called “Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus” that aims to address food insecurity in the Saugus public school system. Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus launched in October and…

  • 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,  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,…