• Revere,  September 28 2018

    Addicts didn’t chose life of addiction, sharing how they broke free from the chains

    By Tara Vocino In celebration of Recovery Month, the Substance Use Disorder Initiatives Department (SUDI) hosted a barbeque on the American Legion lawn on Thursday night; those in recovery shared their testimony with The Revere Advocate about how they were able to break free from the chains of addiction. Revere resident Tina Hinojosa, 42, abused drugs and alcohol since she was 29 years old after her mother and best friend, Maria Doherty, 56, died 14 years ago of pancreatic cancer. However, Hinojosa has been clean and sober for six years. She told her story. “I fell into severe depression and dabbled into drugs and alcohol to escape the pain of…

  • Lynnfield,  September 28 2018

    Mother of Sandy Hook Victim to Speak at St. Maria Goretti Church on November 18

    Lynnfield – Scarlett Lewis, mother of Jesse, a victim of the 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy, will be speaking on the “Choose Love Movement” at Saint Maria Goretti Church (112 Chestnut Street, Lynnfield) on Sunday, November 18, at 6:30 pm.  This event is sponsored by the Lynnfield Clergy Association and is open to the Lynnfield-Wakefield community and surrounding towns. Six-year-old Jesse was murdered in his first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, alongside 19 of his classmates and six educators in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.  In a true act of courage and love, he used his final moments to heroically…

  • Everett,  September 28 2018

    City approves 20-year solar credits agreement

    By Brendan Clogston   Despite some misgivings about the length of the commitment, the City Council approved a 20-year contract with a solar energy company that has promised to save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. In a 5-3 vote, the council authorized a Green Solar Energy Power Purchase Agreement with Syncarpha Capital and Renewable Energy Massachusetts (REM), under the state Department of Energy Resources’s Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. The SMART program encourages solar development in the state by providing incentives paid directly to utility companies and municipalities. Created in 2016, the program is set to launch next month, and solar generation providers have been eager…

  • Malden,  September 28 2018

    Housing Families’ Breaking Barriers Breakfast highlights effect of homelessness on child health

      Housing Families Inc. (HFI) is hosting a “Breaking Barriers Breakfast,” a presentation and panel discussion focusing on the intersection of homelessness and the health of children. The breakfast will be taking place on Wednesday, October 17 at the Irish American Club (177 West St., Malden) starting at 7:30 a.m. Featured on the panel are two prominent physicians: Dr. Ann C. Wu, Associate Professor, Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and Dr. Megan T. Sandel, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Also on the panel is Barbara E. Schwartz, the Director of Housing Families’…

  • Peabody,  September 28 2018

    School Department launches Peabody Gives

    By Christopher Roberson   Superintendent of Schools Cara Murtagh recently announced the start of a new initiative called Peabody Gives. “Each month, a school is going to generate a community project,” she said during the School Committee’s Sept. 25 meeting. She said South Memorial Elementary School will host the first installment of Peabody Gives. South School Principal Dr. Mark Higgins said his school’s Peabody Gives project will focus on pediatric cancer awareness. “We’re happy to kick it off with this,” he said. Higgins said that on Sept. 28 students will be allowed to wear pajamas to school and bring “small stuffed animals” with them. He also said the South School…

  • Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  September 28 2018

    Coaches vs. Cancer this weekend at World Series Park

    The Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament/CABL Classic will be held this weekend at World Series Park in Saugus.  The tournament is being sponsored by the Commonwealth Amateur Baseball League.  Teams from the CABL will play in the tournament.  Three games will be played Saturday, September 29 at 10am, 1pm and 4pm and three games will be played Sunday, September 30 at 10am and 1pm and the championship game at 4pm.  Funds raised from this event will go to the American Cancer Society.  This is the fourth year this tournament has been held with over $20,000 raised.  Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

  • Peabody,  September 28 2018

    No Child Goes Hungry in Peabody continues to flourish

    By Christopher Roberson   Last fall resident Michele Feld and School Committee Member Jarrod Hochman embarked on a campaign to provide backpacks full of food to students who would otherwise go hungry during the weekends. Hochman said Feld discovered that a similar program existed in Florida and wanted to bring it to Peabody. After working with then-Assistant Superintendent of Schools Cara Murtagh, Hochman and Feld discovered that there was certainly a need for such a program in Peabody. “We learned very quickly that there were 120 kids between the Welch and Center [Elementary] schools who would benefit,” said Hochman. In addition to requests for funding and food donations, Hochman said,…

  • Revere,  September 28 2018

    Fire Wives start baby boom–friendly competition

    By Tara Vocino Shedding some brightness toward this corner of the globe, Revere Fire Department wives’ heard about an Oklahoma Fire Department that welcomed seven babies in 15 months, and decided to capture this moment in a photo shoot that went viral. “Myself and some of the other ‘Fire Wives’ saw this story and jokingly said, ‘We have that number beat!’ It took off from there,” Jennelle Noll said, wife of Firefighter Joe Noll. “We put the word out with the husbands, and it turns out Revere Fire Department had nine babies born in less than a year. From September 2017 to September 2018, there were three boys and six…

  • Saugus,  September 28 2018

    The Advocate Asks: Joseph “Dennis” Gould discusses his envisaging “Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus” to fight hunger in the schools

    The Advocate Asks: Joseph “Dennis” Gould discusses his envisaging “Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus” to fight hunger in the schools     Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with Joseph “Dennis” Gould of the Saugus United Parish Food Pantry to talk about the new community-wide initiative he helped inspire, “Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus” (also known as “HS²”), which is aimed at eliminating hunger among the schoolchildren of Saugus. Gould, a 1969 Saugus High School graduate, has lived in town most of his life – except for the four years he served in the military. He is a Vietnam War Era Veteran, having served four years with the U.S. Navy. He also…

  • Malden,  September 28 2018

    Malden Historical Society presents “Early Almshouses and the Malden Poor Farm” on Oct. 2

    The Malden Historical Society invites members and the general public to its first program of the 2018-2019 season, a talk by Society board member and Malden history maven Barbara Tolstrup; “Early Almshouses and the Malden Poor Farm” will be presented on Tuesday, October 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Maccario Room of the Malden Public Library. Like other early New England towns, Malden employed a variety of means through the years to assist its less fortunate residents who lacked family support. One approach emerging in the eighteenth century was the almshouse, sometimes called the “poor house.” By 1870, Malden operated three almshouses. But following the separation of the South District…