• January 4 2019,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Four Board of Selectmen members reflect on 2018’s important town events, anticipate 2019’s major issues

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Four Board of Selectmen members reflect on 2018’s important town events, anticipate 2019’s major issues    Editor’s Note: For this week, we continued to seek comment from the Saugus Board of Selectmen on what members consider the town’s major accomplishments as they look back on 2018. We also asked them to share their expectations for the new year. In last week’s edition, we published the responses from Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta. This week, Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Jeff Cicolini and Selectmen Scott Brazis, Mark Mitchell and Jennifer D’Eon responded to our questions. Following are the responses we received. (Selectman D’Eon gave an extensive interview for…

  • December 28 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Board of Selectmen Chair Panetta reflects on the most significant town events in 2018 and looks ahead

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Board of Selectmen Chair Panetta reflects on the most significant town events in 2018 and looks ahead     Editor’s Note: For this week, we asked the five members of the Saugus Board of Selectmen to cite the town’s major accomplishments as they look back on 2018. We also asked that they share their expectations for the new year. Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta was the lone member who responded.     Q: What do you consider the most significant events that happened in Saugus during 2018?   A: The highlights … New Middle-High School: Construction on our brand-new, grades 6-12 Middle-High School is right on schedule.…

  • December 21 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Selectman Jennifer D’Eon shares her “Christmas List” for Saugus residents

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Selectman Jennifer D’Eon shares her “Christmas List” for Saugus residents     Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Jennifer D’Eon, who has been a member of the Board of Selectmen since the recall election in March of 2015. We asked her to identify and talk about the top five presents she would give to the town this Christmas if she had the ability to do so. D’Eon, a 1993 graduate of Malden High School, has lived in the Cliftondale section of Saugus since buying a Myrtle Street home from her husband’s grandparents in 1999. She and her husband – Saugus Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief…

  • December 14 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: MEG Foundation President discusses group’s mission to preserve and restore a building renamed after a beloved Saugus educato

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: MEG Foundation President discusses group’s mission to preserve and restore a building renamed after a beloved Saugus educator     Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Janice K. Jarosz, organizer and leader of the MEG Foundation, which initiated efforts to save the Marleah Elizabeth Graves School – which was named after a legendary Saugus educator. We asked her about the history of the century-old building, which was known originally as the Bond School, but was known for most of its life as the Cliftondale School. The interview focused on the building’s colorful past, present and future.   Jarosz, a Saugus native and 1961 graduate…

  • December 07 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Homeless veteran discusses living on Saugus’s streets and getting help from residents

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Homeless veteran discusses living on Saugus’s streets and getting help from residents     Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Doncristino J. Racca, who is known by his friends as “Tino,” a homeless veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard who has been living on the street the last two years, including the past year in Saugus. A loyal Saugus Advocate reader who learned of Racca’s plight suggested we contact him to do a story about his situation, in hopes that it might help him get back on his feet. We asked Racca about the circumstances that led to his becoming homeless, the daily challenges…

  • November 30 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: A Saugus teenager talks about the Thanksgiving food drive he’s been running for seven years

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: A Saugus teenager talks about the Thanksgiving food drive he’s been running for seven years     Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with a young Saugonian who exemplifies the meaning of Thanksgiving kindness. Anthony Zannella, 16, just completed his seventh food drive for the Saugus United Parish Food Pantry — an annual project he began when he was just nine-years old. Anthony, the son of Anthony and Joann Zannella of David Drive, is in his junior year at Malden Catholic High School. An honor roll student, he plays chess and competes in track and cross country at the school. He played on the football team…

  • November 21 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 members discuss what they are most thankful for this Thanksgiving  

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 members discuss what they are most thankful for this Thanksgiving     Editor’s Note: For this week, we went down to 20 Salem Turnpike, the lot on Route 107 at Ballard Street, right after the lights, where members of Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 were setting up a shipment of Christmas trees which had arrived for their annual holiday fundraiser. With Thanksgiving Day approaching, we had one simple question for the scouts and troop leaders we met: As a Saugus resident, what are you most thankful for? We also wanted to find out a little bit about that Alaska trip that this fundraiser…

  • November 16 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Five fifth-graders discuss the challenges, fun and educational benefit of creating robots

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Five fifth-graders discuss the challenges, fun and educational benefit of creating robots     Editor’s Note: For this week, we accepted an invitation from Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr., to visit Bill Palmerini’s classroom at Veterans Memorial Elementary School and learn about the elementary level robotics program he co-teaches with Computer Literacy Teacher Jaclyn Hunter.   Palmerini, a lifelong town resident and 1982 Saugus High School graduate, has been teaching in Saugus Public Schools for 33 years – all in the fifth grade. He is a 1986 graduate of Merrimack College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Education. He has a Master’s…

  • November 9 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Rep. Donald Wong’s two challengers react to his victory and discuss political plans

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Rep. Donald Wong’s two challengers react to his victory and discuss political plans      Editor’s Note: For this week, we sought reaction from the two Saugus men who challenged State Rep. Donald Wong in Tuesday’s election race for the Ninth Essex District House seat. Wong defeated Matthew Crescenzo, a U.S. Army veteran and 2011 Saugus High School graduate who is running as a Democratic candidate in his first political race; and former Saugus Selectman candidate Michael A. Coller, who ran unsuccessfully as an unenrolled candidate. Here are their email responses to several questions posed by The Saugus Advocate.   Q: After the months of campaigning, what do…

  • November 2 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: An interview with State Rep. Donald Wong on his campaign for a fifth two-year term representing Saugus on Beacon Hill

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: An interview with State Rep. Donald Wong on his campaign for a fifth two-year term representing Saugus on Beacon Hill     Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with State Rep. Donald Wong, who seeks his fifth two-year term in the Ninth Essex District House seat. Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in Saugus make up the core of the district, which also includes parts of Lynn and Wakefield. Wong, 66, is a 1970 graduate of Belmont High School. He has lived in Saugus for 43 years. Prior to his election to the State House, he served as chairman of the Saugus…