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Welcome to Cliftondale – MEG Foundation is making plans to host a special, historical weekend in The MEG building on May 4-5

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By Janice K. Jarosz


  (Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles about the upcoming “Open House” event set for the first weekend in May at the old Cliftondale School [now known as The MEG] at 54-58 Essex St. in Saugus.)


The Meg Foundation Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to invite former students, family members, friends or anyone interested in attending an “Open House” event at The MEG building, formerly known as the Cliftondale School, on May 4–5, 2024.

Many of our visitors to the school – located at 54-58 Essex St. – have shared with us incredibly special memories of their childhood while attending the first, second, third and fourth grades. Oftentimes they bring their grandchildren as well to take a tour of the building and view firsthand what an elementary school looked like those many years ago.

The purpose of this event is to highlight Cliftondale, the school, the people and the businesses which have made this part of Saugus special.

Presently board members are in the process of gathering historical items, class pictures, schoolbooks and handwritten letters of young students. If you have any class pictures or school memorabilia that the committee could borrow to display, or if you have any questions, please contact Paula Walsh at 781-520-2122 or any other of our board members. We have several other attractions in the planning stages and more information will be available soon.

Board of Directors 2024: Lee Dyment, Joyce Vecchiarelli, Linda Ross, Paula Walsh, Kathy Giannetta, Laurie Davis, Lynda Torregrossa, Charlotte Line, Patty Staples, Anthony and Karen Speziale, Judy Worthley, Denise Selden, Paula Bevacqua, Rhonda Coombs and Michele Cannnizzaro. Remembering: Directors William (Bill) McAdoo, Kathryn (Chickie) Hollett, Cam Ciccolini and Ruth Swanson.

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