• January 11 2019,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: The Santoro brothers reflect on four decades of running the family sub shop, which closes next month

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: The Santoro brothers reflect on four decades of running the family sub shop, which closes next month     Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Rich and Rob Santoro, brothers and co-owners of Santoro’s Sub-Villa, a popular sub shop on Essex Street off of Route 1 in Saugus, which announced to customers last week that it will be closing for good around Feb. 3. We asked the brothers to share some interesting stories about the business that their late grandfather – Robert Santoro, Sr. – began in 1954. Rich, 55, of North Reading, and Rob, 56, of North Reading, took over the sub shop from…

  • January 11 2019,  Saugus

    ROCKY

    ROCKY By The Old Sachem, Bill Stewart   This is not about Rocky Balboa, it’s about the real Rocky, Rocco Francis Marchegiano, or better known as Rocky Marciano. I guess his last name was too hard to pronounce so he changed it for his career. He was born September 1, 1923, in Brockton, Mass., and died one day before his birthday on August 31, 1969, in a plane crash near Newton, Iowa. The topic came up when I recently went to Mike’s Barber Shop in the center and we were discussing topics for a column. Mike, as most people know, is a dedicated sports fan, and he really focuses on…

  • January 11 2019,  Saugus

    “For a safer Saugus”

    Selectmen vote to reduce speed limit to 25 mph on Essex and Main Streets and Lincoln Avenue By Mark E. Vogler Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta told residents attending a public hearing Wednesday night on a proposal to lower the speed limit on several well-traveled Saugus roads that she’s on their side. “We’re all citizens for a safer Saugus,” Panetta reassured the crowd. “We all believe in the cause,” she added. After hearing testimony from 18 speakers – most of them expressing support for a measure to reduce the speed limit to 25 miles per hour within three major Saugus streets – Panetta and her colleagues voted 4-0 to…

  • January 11 2019,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    Saugus girls scrap back but fall short against Peabody

    By Greg Phipps Behind by 15 points at halftime, the Saugus High School girls’ basketball team fought back to close to within single digits before coming up short, 61-44, against a very good Peabody squad in Northeastern Conference (NEC) action Tuesday night at the Peabody High School gym. The loss dropped the Sachems to 4-5 on the season while Peabody improved to 6-1. Tuesday’s contest appeared to be firmly in Peabody’s control during the first half, as the Tanners jumped ahead 15-5 in the first quarter and held a comfortable 31-16 advantage at the half. The Sachems came out with more intensity in quarter three and applied more pressure defensively…

  • January 11 2019,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    Sachems battle back against Medford in 4-4 tie

    By Greg Phipps Trailing 3-1 early in the third period, the Saugus Sachems scored three consecutive goals but couldn’t hold a late advantage in an eventual 4-4 tie against the Medford Mustangs on Saturday at Kasabuski Memorial Rink. The visitors tallied in the final minute to force the deadlock after Saugus had battled back from a two-goal deficit. Scores by Nick Aiken, Dante McGrane and Adam Rodrigues put the Sachems up 4-3 before the Mustangs evened it shortly after Saugus had taken the lead in the waning minutes. Saturday’s result left Saugus at 3-2-3 (1-0-2 in the Northeastern Conference) for the season and needing 11 more points to secure a…

  • January 11 2019,  Saugus

    Chief Giorgetti says Saugus Police Department needs a traffic enforcement unit

    By Mark E. Vogler   Interim Saugus Chief of Police Ronald Giorgetti is recommending additional funds in the town’s 2020 fiscal year budget so the Police Department can establish a traffic enforcement unit. “With a dedicated traffic unit, we could reduce the traffic accidents significantly,” Giorgetti said at Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting during a public hearing on a proposal to reduce speed limits on three major Saugus roads: Essex Street, Main Street and Lincoln Avenue. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree, a former Saugus police officer, has already said the Police Department needs to have its own traffic enforcement unit. While selectmen didn’t accept the chief’s recommendation to retain the current…

  • January 11 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.   “For a Safer Saugus”   Traffic complaints can become a daily annoyance for elected officials in any city or town if they fall on deaf ears.   So, you have to admire the lengths that Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and the Board of Selectmen are going about the business of gathering public feedback on how to make town roads safer for Saugus pedestrians and riders.   The town manager is not only accessible to town residents who want to share their views on…

  • January 11 2019,  Saugus

    Going back to Salem

    Saugus Director of Public Health Greenbaum resigns for “new challenge” at a former workplace By Mark E. Vogler After nearly three years on the job, the town’s Director of Public Health, David J. Greenbaum, announced he is resigning to return to Salem, the city he served before coming to Saugus. “It wasn’t all about the money,” Greenbaum said in an interview after attending his final Board of Health meeting on Monday. “It was the idea of working in a bigger department and the bigger challenges that come with it,” he told The Saugus Advocate. “I worked there 12-plus years. I was senior inspector and I was acting health agent there…

  • January 11 2019,  Saugus

    Saugus-based Richard Mauro, vice president of Metro Glass & Metal, elected GEANE vice president

    The Glass Employers Association of New England (GEANE) elected new officers at their annual board meeting, including Saugus’s own Richard Mauro, vice president of Metro Glass and Metal Company, as GEANE vice president. Mauro, a resident of Saugus, has over 25+ years of diverse experience in the commercial construction and glass markets. He leads Metro Glass and Metal with his brother Stephen Mauro, and the company is a full-service glazing contractor, providing a range of specialty services. He is one of the three officers elected to serve GEANE. Lee Sullivan, president of A&A Window Products, was elected as the president, and Laurence Miller, executive vice president of Salem Glass, was…