Good Morning Saugus!
If you are a resident of Precinct 2 and you have never had the chance to talk to any of your five Town Meeting members, here’s your chance. Stop by the Saugus Public Library at around 6 p.m. on Monday (Feb. 13) and have a coffee with one or more of your precinct 2 representatives. Then at 6:30, sit back and watch the second in a series of forums titled “Saugus Over Coffee.” Hear what your Town Meeting members have to say about what makes the precinct special, hear their take on the challenges or tough issues they see facing Precinct 2 and then take the opportunity to speak your mind on what you think should be the priority issues for Precinct 2.
With town elections set for November, voters in every precinct will be better informed on the issues and where candidates stand in the respective Town Meeting races by watching “Saugus Over Coffee” live or onhttps://vimeo.com/saugustelevision or on Channel 8. The Saugus Advocate and the Saugus Public Library are cosponsoring this special series of forums that will spotlight one precinct a month through October.
Also, a very positive aspect of Monday night’s forum is that folks who can’t attend can still view Vimeo Saugus TV on Channel 8 via a computer at any time during the day or week. Residents can watch this coming Monday night’s forum on Channel 8 of SaugusTV at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. For complete schedules, please visit www.saugustv.org. Here is the remaining schedule:
Precinct 2 – Feb. 13
Precinct 3 – March 13
Precinct 4 – April 17
Precinct 5 – May 8
Precinct 6 – June 12
Precinct 7 – July 10
Precinct 8 – Aug. 14
Precinct 9 – Sept. 11
Precinct 10 – Oct. 23
Please check with The Saugus Advocate or library for any changes in dates. Residents can check the programming guide on the station’s website (www.saugustv.org) for dates and times. A video of the forum will also be available for viewing on the station’s vimeo page within a day or two after the event (www.vimeo.com/saugustelevision).
Comedy at the Kowloon
The Kowloon Restaurant has set its latest comedy lineup featuring Frank Santorelli on Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. Here’s the rest of this month’s lineup: Feb. 17: Paul Gilligan, 8 p.m., $20; Feb. 24: Mike Donovan, 8 p.m., $20. Here’s the comedy lineup for March: March 3: Paul D’Angelo, 8 p.m., $20; March 10: Corey Rodrigues, 8 p.m., $20; March 24: Jimmy Dunn, 8 p.m., $20.
Tickets are $20 and showtime is 8 p.m. at the Kowloon Restaurant (Route 1 North in Saugus). For tickets, call the Kowloon Restaurant at 781-233-0077.
Bingo is back!
The Kowloon Restaurant announces Bingo every Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., in the Hong Kong Lounge. Prizes will be given away each week with a grand prize set at the finale in March.
A full Chinese gourmet spread is available during Bingo – featuring pupu platters, egg rolls, crab Rangoons, Saugus Wings, General Gau’s chicken, lobster sauce, fried scallops, lo mein, moo shi pork, salt and pepper calamari and sushi – along with a full bar menu, including the signature mai tais and scorpion bowls.
Celebrating the Saugus High band
The Saugus Historical Society is planning its spring season of programs and a new exhibit which will open in March. The exhibit will feature Saugus High School band memorabilia from several time periods and some Color Day posters recently donated to the society. Anyone who was a band member at any time, or who had an ancestor who was a band member, is invited to share some of their memories. Please call Saugus Historical Society President Laura Eisener at 781-231-5988 to share your story.
“We are looking for some anecdotes and stories from people involved in Saugus High School Band at any time,” Laura says. “The Historical Society is putting together a display of band uniforms, parents’ jackets, photos etc. which will be ready by the first meeting in the
Spring,” she said. Laura can be reached at 781-231-5988.
Craft Fair and Flea Market
The Knights of Columbus Council 1829 will host an indoor craft fair and flea market on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 57 Appleton St. in Saugus. A snow date has been set for Feb. 25. Vendors/Table cost: $25. There will be refreshments, a cash bar and raffles.
To reserve a table or obtain more information, please call Paul Giannetta 978-239-1392
Help this Eagle fly
It sounds like Jake D’Eon has a great public service project in pursuit of his Eagle Scout Badge. His project is doing picnic tables at Pinetops at Breakheart Reservation.
But Jake is appealing to the public for a little help in getting the supplies he needs for his project. If you want to help Jake out while also enjoying a night of a few good laughs, then check out the Pizza and Comedy Show set for Prince Pizzeria on March 9 at 6:30 p.m. There are basketball raffles for adults. Tickets cost $35. All proceeds go to Jake’s picnic table project.
Check it out!
The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry is open today (Friday, Feb. 10) from 9:30-11 a.m.
We have two this week. Janice Jarosz offered one for the town’s cold weather heroes: “I want to give a Shout Out to Building Maintenance Director Tommy Whittredge and his crew for spending many hours checking and rechecking our town buildings for potential leaks and frozen pipes during one of the coldest weather days this recent weekend. Thanks to their diligence, the town was spared thousands of dollars in repairs by their concerted efforts in preventing serious flooding. Thanks guys!!”
And we have an editor’s choice this week: Here’s a heartfelt “Shout Out” for Joanie Allbee, a frequent contributor to The Saugus Advocate, with her articles and photos. Joanie gets to enjoy a lovely day next Tuesday (Feb. 14), when she celebrates Valentine’s Day and her birthday. She should get lots of hearty hugs on her special day.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
We have a winner!
Congratulations to Frances Palczynski for making the right identification in last week’s “Guess Who Got Sketched” contest. Fran 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. For winning last week’s contest, Frances gets a $10 gift certificate from Jimmy’s Steer House at 114 Broadway (Rt. 1 North in Saugus).
Here’s the correct answer offered by the person who goes by the name of The Sketch Artist:
“The Answer to the sketch is Bob and Linda Teal
“Now some words from Linda and Bob:
“‘I, Linda grew up in Lynnhurst and I am a 1970 Saugus High School Graduate.
“‘A week after graduation I started working full time at New England Telephone Company in the Yellow Pages Division in Lynn, Mass. A year later I was promoted to Executive Assistant working for various District Managers over a 10 year period.
“‘For several years I was a member of the Yellow Pages bowling league in Lynn and played on the Yellow Pages Women’s Softball Team that played against other business teams in Lynn.
“‘I met Bob in 1979 while working in Lynn at the New England Telephone Company. I was his boss’s Executive Assistant in Yellow Pages Sales at the time. Bob showed up at my softball games. We dated for 2 years and were married in April 1981.
“‘We purchased our first starter home in Saugus after 1 year of marriage and still to this day is our home.
“‘Our daughter was born in 1984.
“‘We spent many summers camping in NH. I, Linda loved bass fishing and playing Holy Board with our camping friends. Bob loves to read.
“‘Our daughter is married and has 3 step children.
“‘We have traveled to Aruba 11 times over the years. That was our favorite place to vacation. We also love vacationing in Wells, Maine.
“‘Bob grew up in Lynn, Mass. and is a 1963 graduate of Lynn English High School. He joined the US Navy in 1964 at the age of 18. It was during the time when the military draft was in force.
“‘His older brother who had already served in the Navy and traveled the world, signed him up at age 18.
“‘He qualified and became a Yeoman at age 19. He was shipped to Viet Nam on the LST ship named Nye County. This was a flat bottom ship. His job was to keep all personnel files for the enlisted crew and officers, he was a postal clerk, captain’s mast writer, also handled ship investigations and was a radar man and processed orders for all shipmates.
“‘His ship brought over from the United States 150 vehicles on the way to Viet Nam for sailors stationed in the Philippines. While stationed in Saigon, South Viet Nam his ship picked up supplies from the Philippines, Japan and Taiwan and delivered them to Saigon.
“‘His younger brother also served in the Navy and he joined Bob on his ship and surprised him with a Birthday card.
“‘In December 1966 everyone was transferred from the ship along with other ship squadrons because the ship was sold by the United States Federal Government to S. Korea.
“‘Bob made the arrangements for all shipmates to be transferred back to the East Coast. Then he flew back to Long Beach, California for about a year to finish up. He spent weekends at his cousin’s in Huntington Beach. He went to Disneyland and Knots Berry Farm for some entertainment, a number of times.
“‘Bob was HONORABLY DISCHARGED in 1970 as a Yeoman Third Class Petty Officer.
“‘After his military discharge he worked as Auditor of a Bank in Lynn, Mass. and then changed jobs. He worked at the New England Telephone Company Yellow Pages Division in Lynn, Mass. He was promoted to Manager of Revenue Assurance after a number of other assignments and retired in 2001.
“‘He was a Bingo Volunteer at the Saugus Senior Center for about 10 years and is currently a member of the Friends of the Saugus Senior Center.
“‘He likes doing word searches, reading police crime mysteries, doing yard work and helping around the house.
“‘I, Linda like playing Pickleball which is a very popular sport. I have been playing for 6 years and have many pickleball friends.
“‘I, Linda also enjoy attending and volunteering at some of the special events at the Saugus Senior Center; clearing tables, etc.
“‘One of our favorite quotes is ‘SMILE BE HAPPY’.
“‘We have been married for 41 years.’”
“Thank you for the Excellent colorful varied Bio.
“Happy Valentine’s Day to you two love birds!
“The Sketch Artist”
Legion breakfasts on Friday mornings
Saugus American Legion Post 210 hosts its popular breakfasts from 8-9 a.m. on Fridays. The Legion requests a donation of $8 from those who are looking for a delicious meal at Legion Hall. The Legion also welcomes veterans who can’t afford the meal to enjoy a free breakfast. Bon appétit!
Shakespeare play hits Saugus stage
The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) presents “The Comedy of Errors,” one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Performances are the first two weekends of March 2023.
“The Comedy of Errors” is a farce about two sets of identical twins who were separated in a shipwreck shortly after birth. Now adults, Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in the town of Ephesus, which happens to be where their long-lost twins, Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus, live. When the Syracusan twins encounter the friends and families of their siblings, a series of mishaps based on mistaken identity result in wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of the Ephesian twins and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness and demonic possession. Eventually it all gets sorted out!
TCS is pleased to have Waltham resident Francine Davis as the director of the show and a troupe of talented actors from all over the North Shore of Massachusetts. TCS welcomes some performers new to the group: Reading resident Bryan Deroo as Antipholus of Syracuse, Ryan Marchant from Arlington as Antipholus of Ephesus, Amanda Flicop of Malden as Adriana, David Lee Vincent of Newburyport as the Duke, Roland “Boot” Boutwell of Winchester as Egeon, Shelove Duperior of Malden as the Courtesan, and Olga Karasik-Updike of Newbury as the Foreign Merchant. TCS welcomes some returning veterans of its stage to the show: Billy Jenkins of Stoneham as Dromio of Ephesus, Vi Patch of Wakefield as Dromio of Syracuse, John Leonard of Andover as the Map Seller, Kaycee Renee Wilson of Brighton as Luciana, Kathy Rapino of Saugus as the Abbess, Larry Segel of Winthrop as Angelo and Sherri Wilcauskas of Middleton as Nell. Lauren Lyon of Natick is the stage manager.
Performances of “The Comedy of Errors” are on March 3-4-5 and 10-11-12, 2023, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets purchased at the door are $22-$24. Tickets purchased in advance are $19-$21 – online at TCSaugus.org/tickets.
The venue is the American Legion Post 210 at 44 Taylor St. in Saugus, Mass. – the performance space is not wheelchair accessible, but it does feature a bar serving alcoholic and soft drinks. Snacks and raffle tickets are available for purchase before the show and during intermission. For more information, see the TCS website at TCSaugus.org.
Compost/Recycling Drop-Off Site
The Town of Saugus Compost/Recycling Drop-Off Site is closed for the winter season. The site will reopen for recycling on the third Saturday of the month in February and March, weather permitting. The dates are Saturday, February 18, and Saturday, March 18, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please contact Scott Brazis, Director of Solid Waste/Recycling, at 781-231-4036 with any questions.
What’s happening at the Saugus Public Library
For schoolchildren looking for interesting projects and programs to participate in this fall, there’s plenty to do at the Saugus Public Library. There are some very good programs offered for grownups, too.
Join our Teen Advisory Board: First Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Teen Room; Grades 5 and up; meet with the Teen Librarian once a month to talk about what you’d like for programs and materials at the library. Your opinion matters! No registration required. Snacks provided! sauguspubliclibrary.org – 781-231-4168.
Just Sew! Saugonians are welcome to join a monthly sewing class for adults that is held the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Saugus Public Library. The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 20. The class will cover basic topics like sewing buttons, hemming clothing and mending torn fabric and will move on to more advanced topics in the coming weeks. This class is free. (See sauguspubliclibrary.org)
A neat teen group called Manga & Anime Club: The Manga & Anime Club, from all accounts, is a lot of fun for kids in Grades 6 and up. So, if you are curious, check out the Teen Room. Chat with friends! Make crafts! Try Japanese snacks! Club meetings will continue on Saturdays through May from 10-11 a.m. They will be held on March 4, April 1 and May 13.
Please sign up in advance; call 781-231-4168 or stop by the Reference Desk (https://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org/new-manga-anime-club…/ – Saugus Public Library, 295 Central St., Saugus, Mass.)
Adult Coloring Group: Come relax with the continuing Adult Coloring Group. It’s a great opportunity to take time to unwind, be creative and have fun – no experience necessary! There are pencils and coloring pages ready and waiting. See you there! Space is limited; please call 781-231-4168 X 3106 to register.
When: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 10 a.m. Where: Saugus Public Library, 295 Central St., Saugus, Brooks Room on the second floor.
Book Sale Special continues: Library Director Alan Thibeault offered the following announcement: “Due to popular demand, the New Friends of the Saugus Public Library are extending their January Book Sale special – $4 for a bag of books – through the month of February.
“Come to the ongoing Book Sale in the Saugus Public Library’s Community Room and bring your own bag (or purchase one of ours) and fill ’er up for just $4.
“Also…we are still accepting donations of adult fiction and children’s books – in excellent condition only, of course. We regret that we cannot accept non-fiction titles, encyclopedias, text books, workbooks, instruction manuals etc. And, please…no yellowing, mold, mildew, excessive wear & tear, stains, or unpleasant odors.
“Proceeds from the Book Sale benefit the New Friends who support programs and other offerings here at the Library.”
First Baptist Church presents “Can We Talk…”
First Baptist Church Pastor Leroy Mahoney invites troubled people to join others in a special program called “Can We Talk … Community conversations on Trauma and Healing” the first Thursday of every month, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Rev. Isaac Mitchell Jr. Fellowship Hall (105 Main St. in Saugus). “Join us as we gather in community to share our stories, thoughts and feelings about whatever you are going through,” Rev. Mahoney states in a written announcement.
“As always, it is a safe space to come together in community,” he says.
Scholarship available to Saugus High students
Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS) is accepting applications from high school seniors through the Lique Human Services Scholarship. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who have an interest in or are considering a career in human services and who have made an impact in their community or the world through community service. The Lique Human Services Scholarship will be awarded to two seniors who attend one of the eight high schools located in GLSS’ service area – including Saugus High School.
The scholarship is named in memory of Vince Lique, the Agency’s long-time Executive Director, who devoted his career to helping others, particularly vulnerable senior citizens and people of all ages with disabilities, demanding that all people be treated with dignity and respect.
“Vince’s legacy is firmly rooted in his compassion for people. He measured success by the quality of his service to and advocacy for others,” said Kathryn C. Burns, GLSS’ Chief Executive Officer. “I believe in Vince’s theory that one’s individual success is directly related to the benefits received by those around us. The Lique Human Services scholarship honors the man and his service by encouraging others to do the same.”
Applications are available through each high school’s guidance office or can be completed online at www.glssnet/LiqueScholarship. Completed applications are due on or before Friday, April 7.
Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus
(Editor’s Note: The following info is from an announcement submitted by Julie Cicolini, a member of the Board of Directors for Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus.)
Who we are: Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2) is a nonprofit group of volunteers who are helping to offset food insecurity in households. HS2 provides students/families who enroll in the program a supply of nutritious food for when school lunches and breakfasts are unavailable to them on weekends.
How HS2 can help you: HS2 bags are distributed at Saugus Public schools on Fridays to take home. Bags include such items as peanut butter, canned meals/soups/tuna/vegetables, pasta, fruit cups, cereal, oatmeal, goldfish, pretzels and granola bars. All food is provided to children free of charge. It is our hope these resources will support the health, behavior and achievement of every student who participates. To sign up go here to complete online form: https://forms.gle/gmMGguycSHBdziuE9
Want to partner with us: We would love to partner with organizations, sports teams, youth groups, PTOs, businesses and individuals to assist in feeding students of Saugus. To learn more about how you can partner with us, visit the Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus Facebook page or email us at HS2Saugus@gmail.com
HS2 relies on donations to create take-home bags for a weekend full of meals. Checks can also be sent directly to: Salem Five C/O Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus, 855-5 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906. Online donations can also be made at https://givebutter.com/HealthySaugus
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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 hot 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 National Historic Site.
CONTEST SKETCH OF THE WEEK
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 email@example.com 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 JIMMY’S STEER HOUSE, 114 Broadway (Rt. 1 North) in Saugus. 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”)