• November 2 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: U.S. Army veteran Matthew Crescenzo talks about his campaign for the Ninth Essex House District seat

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: U.S. Army veteran Matthew Crescenzo talks about his campaign for the Ninth Essex House District seat     Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Matthew P. Crescenzo, the Democratic candidate for state representative in the Ninth Essex House District. Crescenzo, 25, is a fourth-generation Saugus resident and 2011 Saugus High School graduate. The U.S. Army veteran, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Salem State University, is one of two Saugus residents who is challenging State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) in next Tuesday’s (Nov. 6) state elections. He was studying Political Science at Salem State University and was working as an IT specialist at Lynn…

  • October 26 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Candidates in 9th Essex District House race respond to SAVE’s questions

    The Advocate Asks: Candidates in 9th Essex District House race respond to SAVE’s questions     Editor’s Note: For this week’s column, we decided to let the Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) ask several questions of each of the three candidates on the Nov. 6 state election ballot who are running for state representative in the Ninth Essex House District race. All three candidates are Saugus residents. State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) seeks his fifth two-year term on Beacon Hill. He faces opposition from 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. Former…

  • October 19 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Saugus Public Library Foundation Board members discuss mission, Annual Gala on Oct. 20

    The Advocate Asks: Saugus Public Library Foundation Board members discuss mission, Annual Gala on Oct. 20     Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with three members of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the Saugus Public Library (SPL): Edward Jeffrey, president of the foundation’s board; Linda Call, vice president; and John Smolinsky, a longtime member of the board. We asked about the foundation’s history, mission – and tomorrow night’s Fourth Annual Gala – which is the foundation’s signature social and major fundraising event of the year. The Gala is set for tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 20) from 7 to 10 p.m. at SPL. Some highlights of…

  • October 12 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: SHS freshman Chase Ledbury discusses value of Cross Country running for Middle School students

    The Advocate Asks: SHS freshman Chase Ledbury discusses value of Cross Country running for Middle School students     Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with Chase Ledbury, the team captain and top runner on last year’s Belmonte Middle School Cross Country Team, and asked him why he thinks all healthy students should participate in the sport. Coach Christopher Tarantino, who engineered the resurgence of Cross Country as a sport at the Middle School last year, credited Chase for making a key contribution as “an ambassador for the sport to his peers.” Chase, 14, is a freshman at Saugus High School, where he is an Honor Roll student…

  • October 5 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Saugus Fire Capt. Hughes discusses next weekend’s free Open House to promote fire safety, prevention tips

    The Advocate Asks: Saugus Fire Capt. Hughes discusses next weekend’s free Open House to promote fire safety, prevention tips     Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with Saugus Fire Captain James Hughes to talk about the free Open House that the Saugus Fire Department will host next Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Fire Station (27 Hamilton St., Saugus). The event, which is sponsored by Papa Gino’s, is aimed at teaching families and individuals about what they can do to prevent house fires, about emergency planning they should do – such as developing multiple escape routes – and about tips on…

  • Saugus,  September 28 2018

    The Advocate Asks: Joseph “Dennis” Gould discusses his envisaging “Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus” to fight hunger in the schools

    The Advocate Asks: Joseph “Dennis” Gould discusses his envisaging “Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus” to fight hunger in the schools     Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with Joseph “Dennis” Gould of the Saugus United Parish Food Pantry to talk about the new community-wide initiative he helped inspire, “Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus” (also known as “HS²”), which is aimed at eliminating hunger among the schoolchildren of Saugus. Gould, a 1969 Saugus High School graduate, has lived in town most of his life – except for the four years he served in the military. He is a Vietnam War Era Veteran, having served four years with the U.S. Navy. He also…

  • Saugus,  September 21 2018

    The Advocate Asks: Boy Scout Troop 61’s Scoutmaster discusses 90th birthday party his unit has planned for Sunday

    The Advocate Asks: Boy Scout Troop 61’s Scoutmaster discusses 90th birthday party his unit has planned for Sunday     Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down in Kane’s Donuts to talk with Boy Scout Troop 61 Scoutmaster Kevin M. Wildman about his troop’s plans to celebrate turning 90 years old with a special birthday party set for Sunday. Wildman, a Saugus native and 1989 Saugus High School graduate, earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1989 with the troop he has worked with as an adult leader for more than 25 years – the last four as scoutmaster. He was honored with the prestigious Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter…

  • Saugus,  September 14 2018

    The Advocate Asks: Three Saugus High School football co-captains speak out in support of Coach Nalen

    The Advocate Asks: Three Saugus High School football co-captains speak out in support of Coach Nalen     Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down in Charlie’s Pizzeria with Saugus High School Football Co-Captains James Moise, Jake Morgante and Dante McGrane to talk about the picketing the football team was doing outside on Monday afternoon, near the rotary, in support of their head football coach, Anthony Nalen. The coach was suspended last month after allegations were made about alleged misconduct. The three players, all of them seniors, shared their concerns about how the coach’s suspension and a police investigation of an alleged hazing incident has adversely affected the team.…

  • Saugus,  September 7 2018

    The Advocate Asks: A longtime, avid walker shares concerns about need for pedestrians to get streets back

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: A longtime, avid walker shares concerns about need for pedestrians to get streets back     Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we took a four-mile walk around town with Rosemarie Verderico, a Pearson Street resident who is concerned about unsafe road and sidewalk conditions for town residents, who, like herself, love to walk. Verderico is a 1962 Saugus High School graduate with degrees from Regis College and B.C. School of Social Work. Her children, Paul and Laura, are both Saugus High School graduates. She said she’s been walking since her days in Saugus Public Schools. Some highlights of this week’s interview follow.     Q: What are…

  • August 31 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Saugus Police Chief highlights his service of nearly three decades on the town’s police force

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Saugus Police Chief highlights his service of nearly three decades on the town’s police force   Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with retiring Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella to talk about his 29 years with the Saugus Police Department – the final decade as chief. DiMella, 58, was born and raised in Malden and is a 1978 graduate of Malden High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Springfield College and received his master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. He later earned a Professional Certificate in Public Safety, Leadership and Management from Suffolk University’s Moakley…