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2022-08-09-Guess Who Got Sketched
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Ash landfill meeting next week

  WIN Waste Innovations is expected to reach capacity at its ash landfill adjacent to its trash-to-energy plant on Route 107 within two years. When it runs out of space, WIN will have to truck the ash off site to another location. But WIN has offered the town a proposed Host Community Agreement to consider: WIN pays the town up to $15 million in exchange for adding 25 additional years to the life of the ash landfill.

  Saugus residents and people from neighboring communities will get a chance to share their views on the matter when the Board of Health’s Landfill Subcommittee holds a public feedback session next week (at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the second floor auditorium of Saugus Town Hall).

  Town residents and others who wish to submit questions or comments for the Aug. 24 meeting can email them to Selectman Corinne Riley at criley@Saugus-ma.gov. She is the secretary of the Landfill Subcommittee (which has been referred to as the Wheelabrator Subcommittee, The WIN Waste Innovations Subcommittee and by a few other names).

  “There will be citizen comment during the meeting where anyone will be able to ask a question or make a comment. Any member of the committee can be contacted, just as any other board or committee members are approachable. My email is still being used for submitting questions/comments,” Riley said.

  The subcommittee, which is being co-chaired by Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano and Board of Health Chair William Heffernan, will be meeting several times before making its recommendation to the full Board of Health on whether to accept or reject WIN Waste’s proposed Community Host Agreement. It’s important to note that it will take many more meetings involving several town and state agencies before a Host Community Agreement becomes a reality.

  If Saugus residents don’t get a chance to attend next Wednesday’s meeting, there will be plenty of opportunity for them to express their concerns before any agreement is reached.

It’s not a done deal. The subcommittee had been meeting with WIN officials for about 18 months to discuss a wide range of issues, which has improved relations between the town and trash-to-energy plant owners and, hopefully, will lead to the betterment of Saugus. Stay tuned.


Back-to-School countdown

  Hey, Saugus kids! Hope you’ve made the most of your summer vacation, as you will be headed back to school a week from this coming Tuesday (Aug. 23). Classes begin on Aug. 30 for students in grades 1 to 12. Kindergarten and Pre-K classes start on Aug. 31.

  Enjoy the remaining days of your summer. Read a little. Have fun. Relax.

  If you are interested in local places to visit to spice up your summer, go to the Saugus Public Library, the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, Breakheart Reservation, the Youth & Recreation Department or the Saugus Senior Center. Collectively, these places offer a lot of summertime options for Saugus residents.

Navy Band Concert- Aug. 24

  Friends of Breakheart are hosting the U.S. Navy Band’s “Rhode Island Sound Machine” on Wednesday, August 24. This is a free concert and a very popular one that’s been enjoyed by local residents over the years.

  The band will travel here from Rhode Island and will arrive at about 3 p.m. to set up. Friends of Breakheart will serve them supper and the concert will begin at 6 p.m. The program will feature a mix of popular music, old favorites and patriotic themes.

  So if you don’t have any plans for the night of Aug. 24, the Gazebo Lawn at Breakheart Reservation would be a great place to be. Chairs and blankets are recommended for those who plan on attending. This event is proudly cosponsored by the nonprofit, all-volunteer Friends of

Breakheart Reservation and the state Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR).

  “The band is phenomenal and plays favorite songs from the past. Bring a chair or blanket,” says Peter A Rossetti Jr. of the Friends of Breakheart.

  Meanwhile, plans are in the works for the DCR Fall Festival, which is set for Saturday, Oct.1 at Breakheart. There will be music, entertainment and family-related activities that folks will be able to enjoy at Breakheart that day, according to Peter.

  Children can look forward to a petting zoo and a snake display. There will be a mounted unit, either from the State Police or the DCR. But due to a lack of staff, this year’s festival won’t have the popular pumpkin decorating contest. Stay tuned for details.

We have a winner!

  Congratulations to Janet Cummings for making the right identification in last week’s “Guess Who Got Sketched” contest. Janet was one of several readers answering correctly. But she was the only one to have her name picked in a drawing from the green Boston Red Sox cap.

  Here’s the correct answer, offered by the person who goes by the name of The Sketch Artist:

  “The answer to last week’s sketch of “Ninja Nana” is the black belt lady … Ms. Saugus Grandmother Virginia Rooney, who folks call ‘Ginny’

  “Virginia was featured in The Saugus Advocate, July 8th edition on page 3 submitted by Ivy Muldoon, Media Outreach at Danvers Sun Tae Kwan Do Academy.

  “In this article the Academy states: ‘The Masters of Danvers Sun Tae Kwon Do Academy are proud to announce that Virginia Rooney of Saugus passed her Black Belt Test at the age of 80.’ This article talks about how ‘Ginny’ would take her grandson J.J. Rooney to his Tae Kwon Do classes and one day she joined kickboxing classes.

  “In the next breath, Ginny signed up as a student of Tae Kwon Do, just like J.J.!

  “With determination and effort, she excelled through the ranks of belts. Energetic Ginny made it her goal of attaining her Black Belt for her 80th Birthday! (Happy Birthday!).

  “Locally, Ginny is known affectionately throughout as ‘Ninja Nana’ (that’s a distinguished title that only a select few can wear!) Ms. Virginia Rooney ‘made history as the most senior student to receive a Black Belt at the Danvers Sun Tae Kwon Do Academy’ the article states.

  “Way to go ‘Ninja Nana’ That’s so cool!

  “Congratulations and keep up the daily practice for life. You are a champion!

  “Yours truly,

  “The Sketch Artist”

A “Happy birthday” Shout out

  Precinct 6 Town Meeting Member Jeanie Bartolo was busy crafting “Shout Outs” for this week’s paper. She emailed us three.

  “This Birthday ‘Shout Out’ goes to Jeannie Meredith, my Birthday Twin!! We have the same name, the same birthday (Aug. 18) and we never tell our ages!!! Thank you Jeannie for sending me a Birthday ‘Shout Out’ and this one is for you. Have a great Birthday my Leo friend!!!

  “This second ‘Shout Out’ goes to Tina and Don Tang, my neighbors and owners of Diamond Nail Salon & Spa on Jackson Street. Occasionally they will stop by with their 3 year old son Jason to visit me. Yesterday afternoon Tina noticed a large killer wasp nest in a tree in my yard. She and Don came back when it was dark with a ladder and flashlight and Tina dressed in protective gear to spray and kill the nest. I am astounded at her bravery and so grateful to them for helping me. They are such a hardworking young couple and deserve this ‘Shout Out’. I can’t thank them enough for their kindness and friendship.”

  “I have another ‘Shout Out,’ this one a sad one. A very sad ‘Shout Out’ for Paul Ciccarelli the owner of Bisbee’s Funeral Home who passed away this week. Paul was the epitome of a gentleman and class act. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

Rest In Peace my dear friend.”

Want to “Shout Out” a fellow Saugonian?

  This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out – in a brief mention – remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents or an act of kindness or a nice gesture. Just send an email (mvoge@comcast.net) with a mention in the subject line of “An Extra Shout Out.” No more than a paragraph; anything longer might lend itself to a story and/or a photo.

Summer Concert Series concludes Wednesday

  The National Parks Service and Saugus Public Library are co-sponsoring a free Summer Concert Series that continues next Wednesday (Aug. 24) at 6 p.m. with the final performance of the season at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site (located at 244 Central St. in Saugus). Come to the park and enjoy Marina & Bernardo: Acoustic Folk. The concert will be held outdoors, weather permitting (see SaugusPublicLibrary.org for updates/cancellations). Bring your own chair or blanket. Picnics welcome!

“Zoom” Book Study

  The Rev. John Beach of St. John’s Episcopal Church wants to get the word out to Saugonians who might be interested in participating in a new book study via Zoom videoconferencing.

The book is “The Violence Project: How to Stop A Mass Shooting Epidemic” by Jillian Peterson, PhD and James Densley, PhD.” It’s the winner of the 2022 Minnesota Book Award.

  According to The Violence Project’s website, “Using data from the writers’ groundbreaking research on mass shooters, including first-person accounts from the perpetrators themselves, The Violence Project charts new pathways to prevention and innovative ways to stop the social contagion of violence.

  “Frustrated by reactionary policy conversations that never seemed to convert into meaningful action, special investigator and psychologist Jill Peterson and sociologist James Densley built The Violence Project, the first comprehensive database of mass shooters. Their goal was to establish the root causes of mass shootings and figure out how to stop them…”

  The Cofounder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise, Nicole Hockley, stated, “If you ever wondered how can we stop mass shootings, this is the book for you. By mixing compelling first-person interviews with mass shooters and significant data analysis, The Violence Project illustrates the tangible ways we can intervene and prevent a tragedy from occurring. No one is helpless—read this book and help stop violence before it starts.”

  Rev. Beach says the book study group meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 East Coast Time, from Sept. 7 through Oct. 5. For more information, contact The Rev. John Beach at revjbeach@gmail.com

What’s happening at the Saugus Public Library

  For schoolchildren looking for interesting projects and programs to participate in this summer, there’s plenty to do at the Saugus Public Library.

  A magical morning: Amy Melton, the library’s Head of Children’s Services, wants folks to know that the library’s last summer reading performer is Magic Fred and he’ll be at the Saugus Iron Works next Tuesday (Aug. 23) at 10 a.m., weather permitting. “He’s funny, engaging and an awesome magician!” according to Amy. Children of all ages are welcome to the event.

  Not a bad way to wrap up the summer before preparing for the start of another school year.

  “Summer Reading ends Friday August 26th, so we’re encouraging patrons to keep reading, log their reading and come in for their prizes before the 26th!” says Amy.

“Be Cool! Learn to Sew! Here’s a great idea offered by Joyce Rodenhiser:

  “Would you like to save and have fun? JUST SEW! Come to the Saugus Public Library and learn to sew on the second Monday of the month at 6 P.M. The class is tailored to the needs of the students! We teach basic sewing skills that you can use now! It’s air conditioned and we can do a lot in an hour. Join the JUST SEW class, it’s Free.”

Library offers free “Zoom” program on college search

  Parents and High School students can feel like they are overwhelmed when it’s time to explore their options for college. But the Saugus Public Library will be offering a special hour-long program titled “Navigating the College Search” via Zoom videoconferencing from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. It’s free, but registration is required.

  “Navigating the college search is stressful especially if it is your first time doing it,” says a press release issued by the library. “With college counselor and tutor Dr. Karen Droisen’s expert help, parents and high school students can master the art of applying for college. By the end of Dr. Droisen’s presentation, the steps from making a list of college choices, writing the personal essay to at last hitting the submit button will feel manageable and even exciting.”

  Dr. Droisen graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English and earned her PhD from the University of Virginia. After teaching English at the college level, Dr. Droisen opened KAD Tutoring and College Counseling, and she is a member of the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling (NEACAC).

  Parents and students are both welcome to join this free event! Navigating the College Search is being offered in person and by Zoom. To register to attend in person at the Saugus Public Library, please either email sau@noblenet.org, call 781-231-4168 ext. 3107 or visit the Reference Desk. To register for the Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwudO6hpzsrGtGVGvEZqs7gg7q5k_NKs8rz

  “I’m an engaged, dedicated, supportive tutor and college counselor working in-person in the Boston area and remotely,” Droisen said.

  “In 1988, I earned my BA in English from Barnard College, Columbia University. I went on to earn an MA and PhD in English literature at the University of Virginia. After completing my doctorate, I joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a tenure-track assistant professor of English,” she said. “In subsequent years, I worked as a fundraiser for local and international non-profit organizations. In 2015, I returned to my first love – education – and became a full-time tutor and college counselor.”

Grand Knights Banquet in September

  The Saugus Knights of Columbus Council #1829 is hosting a Grand Knights’ Banquet on Friday, Sept. 9. The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall (57 Appleton St., Saugus) starting at 6 p.m. This event is to recognize all past Grand Knights, but it’s in special recognition of former Grand Knight Chris Luongo for his devotion to charity and the

Saugus Community.

  The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 and has 1.9 million members around the world. Core values include integrity, professionalism, excellence and respect. Charity is at the heart of everything they do.

  Everyone is welcome to attend this event! Tickets are $30 each. For more information, please call Richard at 781-858-1117.

Saugus seeks student poll workers

  Town Clerk Ellen Schena’s Office is looking for student election workers. It is a great way for them to learn how their government functions and how important it is to vote. Sixteen-year-old students are eligible to work a half day (six to eight hours); 17-18 year old students may work a full day (eight to 12hours). All students can receive community service, which is imperative to them in order to satisfy their High School requirement mandated for graduation. Or they can be paid for their hours worked. In addition, the Town Clerk’s Office will gladly write letters of recommendation for National Honors Society, Colleges, etc.

  Interested students can stop by Town Hall or contact the Town Clerk’s Office to apply for work. Ask for Andrew DePatto, the Saugus Election Coordinator. He can be reached at 781-231-4102.

In-Person Early Voting

  Town Election Coordinator Andrew DePatto also wants Saugus residents to know about some important dates coming up, as it relates to In-Person Early Voting for the Sept. 6 State Primary Election. There are several dates whjen folks can participate in Early Voting at the Saugus Public Library (295 Central St., Taylor Street Entrance):

  • Saturday, August 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (***Also last day to register to vote for September’s Election***)
  • Monday, August 29, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 30, 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 31st 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 1, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 2, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  This pertinent information regarding early voting is also on the Town of Saugus website under the Town Clerk, https://www.saugus-ma.gov/town-clerk/bulletins/person-early-voting

Food pantry seeks volunteers

  Here’s a message from Pastor Joe Hoyle of Cliftondale Congregational Church about a collaborative community commitment to help needy Saugus residents:

  “The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry is a partnership between the churches in Saugus to ensure that no one in our community faces food insecurity. With faithful donations and volunteers, we have been able to give out thousands of meals to our neighbors in need throughout the years.”

  The Food Pantry is open every Friday from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., distributing pre-packaged groceries (including meat and produce) at 50 Essex St.

  “We are always in need of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer or donate, please contact Pastor Joe Hoyle, Executive Director at office@clindalecc.org or 781-233-2663.”

Concerts for vets

  Rockin’ 4 Vets presents “Homegrown Rock Concerts” and “Throw Back Thursdays” for New England Vets this summer at the Kowloon Restaurant’s outdoor venue on Route 1 North in Saugus. For tickets and prices go to gimmelive.com.

  Home Grown Rock Lineup – doors open at 3 p.m. – concert at 4 p.m.

  August: August 21 – James Montgomery–Christine Ohlman; August 28 – Veronica Lewis.

  Tribute Bands – doors open at 6 p.m. – concert at 7 p.m.

  August: August 25 – Panorama–The Cars.

  September: September 1 – Being Petty–Tom Petty; September 8 – Studio Two–The Beatles; September 15 – Completely Unleashed–Van Halen.

  If you would like to attend a show, please call Lauren at 617-247-4112. Band photos are available upon request.

More outdoor music at Kowloon

  The Kowloon Restaurant announced their outdoor concert series for August with a variety of live bands at their Route 1 North in Saugus outdoor venue. For tickets call the Kowloon Restaurant at 781-233-0077.

  Live Music: Legends of Summer Country Music Band, Friday, August 19, 7 p.m.

  Live Music: Closing Time, Saturday, August 20, 7 p.m.

  Live Music: WildFire, Friday, August 26, 7 p.m. ($10 per person for reserved seating)

  Live Music: The Adam Hanna Band, Saturday, August 27, 7 p.m.

A benefit event for Saugus Youth and sports

  While we are on the subject of music, here’s an event where you can enjoy a night out – and help the youths of Saugus.

  Dennis Moschella, a longtime Saugus resident and Vietnam War veteran who has helped many veterans causes through his group Veterans Assisting Veterans (VAV), has a date that the parents of Saugus school-age kids might want to put on their calendars: Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. Moschella has been working hard behind the scenes to organize A Benefit Event for Saugus Youth and sports activities – featuring Panorama, starring The Cars Tribute Band. Doors open at 6. Moschella said this event is planned as a special favor to thank Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano. This fundraiser is designed to help one of Cogliano’s favorite causes: Saugus youth and sports activities.

  Anyone interested in tickets for the Aug. 25 concert can contact Dennis Moschella at 781-316-4486. You may also order tickets by calling the Kowloon Restaurant at 781-233-0077. If you can’t make the concert, Moschella suggests that you still buy the ticket and give it to somebody who can’t afford to go.

A Sunday Jam session Sept. 4

  The Kowloon Restaurant (located at Route 1 North in Saugus) is set to host a “90’s End Of Summer Dance Jam Under the Stars” at their outdoor venue on Sept. 4 featuring Grammy Award-winner All-4-One. Also performing is Vinyl Groove – playing 70’s and 80’s music – and Betty Dee, the freestyle dance diva. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $49 per person for general admission and $69 per person for VIP reserved seating.

  All-4-One is best known for, “I Swear,” “So Much in Love” and “I Can Love You Like That.” The group is composed of Jamie Jones, Delious Kennedy, Alfred Nevarez and Tony Borowiak, who are from the Antelope Valley and Mojave, California areas. The group has sold 69 million records worldwide.

  For tickets, please call the Kowloon Restaurant at (781) 233-0077.

Founders Day Sept. 10

  The Youth & Recreation Department is already busy making preparations for the town’s Annual Founders Day, which is set for Saturday, Sept. 10. It is indeed one of the community’s signature events – an event so popular it draws folks from neighboring towns to enjoy a day of fun and fellowship at Saugus Center. It is a major fundraising day for various community and youth organizations that gather in booths near Town Hall and the Saugus Public Library and on both sides of Central Street, headed to the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. Sept. 10! Mark the date down on your calendar and stay tuned for details.


Buy a brick to honor a Saugus veteran

  The Saugus War Monument Committee once again is sponsoring the Buy A Brick Program to honor all those who have served their country. If you would like to purchase one in the name of someone who is presently serving or has served, in the memory of a loved one, or just for someone from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4″ X 8″ brick (three lines) and $200 for 8″ X 8″ brick (five lines). Each line is a maximum of 15 characters. The improvement and upkeep of the monument on the corner of Winter and Central Streets rely on the generosity of donors through fundraising.

  The brick application must be in by Sept. 15 to ensure the bricks will be ready for Veterans Day. Please contact Corinne Riley at 781-231-7995 for more information and applications.

SHS Class of ’62 plans 60th reunion

  Leaders of the Saugus High School Class of 1962 would like you to “SAVE THE DATE.” Their 60th Class Reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Prince Pizzeria in Saugus. They are reaching out to contact fellow classmates as well as other alumni who would like to join them.

  The well-known 50’s and 60’s music group of Howie Conley will be there for musical enjoyment. Those of you who have heard them know what a performance they put on. There will be pizza and salad combinations plus soft drinks. The price includes all you can eat, tax and gratuities – plus Howie Conley’s group – and is $29 per person. There is a bar available for wine, beer and mixed drinks.

  There is no need to purchase tickets at this time. Please let one of the following people know of your interest either by a phone call or a text message so that you can be easily reached when the time draws near. No commitment is necessary. They are just exploring the number of interested classmates.

  • Donna “Cann” Olivera – 781-987-4308
  • Jonni “Giantonio” Matrona – 781-439-4200
  • Janice “Cristiano” Pomeroy – 617-512-2097
  • Larry Seavers – 704-906-2606


Looking for book donations

  The New Friends of the Saugus Public Library are asking for donations of gently used adult hardcover and softcover fiction for the ongoing book sale in the Community Room. They would also appreciate donations of gently used children’s books. Please limit donations at this time to only fiction and children’s books; they do not have storage space for other genres or media. Please… clean and newer books only – no tattered pages, bad odors, stains or dirty covers!

  Books may be dropped off at the Main Circulation Desk during business hours. Please do not place donations in the outdoor book drops.

Want to be a Knight?

  The Knights of Columbus is looking for new members to join. If you are interested in becoming a member of this local organization, please call 781-233-9858.


Compost site now open

  The community’s compost site will be open to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main St.

  Stickers are required to gain seasonal access to the site. Stickers may be purchased for $25.00 at the Department of Public Works (DPW) located at the Compost Site when making your visit to the Compost Site. The Town of Saugus accepts checks only for payment of the $25.00. No cash will be accepted. Kindly bring a check when visiting. Thank you!

  Compost site stickers must be permanently placed on the lower left corner of residents’ vehicle windshields. Vehicles registered out of state are not permitted. Yard waste must be disposed of in brown compost bags or open containers. The Town will accept grass clippings, leaves and brush. As in years past, no branches or limbs larger than three inches in diameter are permitted.

  They ask all residents to please wear a mask and maintain and respect social distancing from others while visiting the site. Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781-231-4036 with questions or for more information.

Let’s hear it!

  Got an idea, passing thought or gripe you would like to share with The Saugus Advocate? I’m always interested in your feedback. It’s been nearly six and a half years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the week. Feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast.net.

Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want to express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15- to 20-minute interview over a drink at a local coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coffee or tea. Or, if you prefer to continue practicing social distancing and be interviewed from the safety of your home on the phone or via email, I will provide that option to you as the nation recovers from the Coronavirus crisis.

If it’s a nice day, my preferred site for a coffee and interview would be the picnic area of the Saugus Iron Works.


2022-08-09-Guess Who Got Sketched

GUESS WHO GOT SKETCHED! If you know the right answer, you might win the contest. In this week’s edition, we continue our weekly feature where a local artist sketches people, places and things in Saugus. Got an idea who was sketched this week? If you do, please email me at mvoge@comcast.net or leave a phone message at 978-683-7773. Anyone who between now and Tuesday at noon identifies the Saugonian sketched in this week’s paper qualifies to have their name put in a green Boston Red Sox hat with a chance to be selected as the winner of a $10 gift certificate, compliments of Dunkin’ in the Food Court at the Saugus Square One Mall. But you have to enter to win! Look for the winner and identification in next week’s “The Sounds of Saugus.” Please leave your mailing address in case you are a winner. (Courtesy illustration to The Saugus Advocate by a Saugonian who goes by the name of “The Sketch Artist”)

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