• 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 4 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.   Memories of “a partially finished high school”   I had an interesting conversation over coffee and hot chocolate a couple of weeks ago with Jim Virnelli and his brother Frank.   The former Saugus residents asked to meet me at Kane’s Donuts to share some information about their late father — Master Sergeant Thomas “Pop” Virnelli — a World War II hero from Saugus, who is the subject of a story in this week’s Saugus Advocate. Jim, a well-known, former scoutmaster of Saugus…

  • December 28 2018,  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.   It’s about people, not politics   People — not politics — should be the motivating factor behind recent lobbying by citizens to improve traffic safety.   I’ve heard some folks putting the word out there that some of these people behind the grassroots group that calls itself “Citizens for a Safer Saugus” are just trying to hammer away at Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and make him look bad on the issue of improving streets, roads and sidewalks for safety’s sake.   I…

  • December 21 2018,  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.   Happy holidays   Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday. Enjoy your time with family and friends.  Don’t take time spent with friends and loved ones for granted.   And if you want to do something kind this holiday weekend — and you have the time — go visit an old friend or aunt who may not have any visitors.   An act of kindness like that will make you feel good too.   Living on the streets of Saugus…

  • December 14 2018,  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.   Transparency is good   I find it refreshing that Saugus Public Schools Superintendent David DeRuosi Jr. has begun inviting local reporters into classrooms recently to offer them glimpse at teachers and students interacting and then inviting reporters to ask questions.   This is indeed a good development for all parties, and hopefully a departure from Dr. DeRuosi’s earlier days.   There have been a couple of times in recent years where I have requested interviews with teachers and staff, for instance, interviewing new…

  • December 07 2018,  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.   Having plenty to report, but not enough writing time   The worst part of reporting for a weekly newspaper is not being able to write everything you work on in a given week.   You might have the makings of an interesting story with good quotes in the middle of the work week, but not enough time to write the story.   When you’re a daily news reporter, you can always write the story the next if you don’t get to it when…

  • November 30 2018,  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.   “Citizens for a Safer Saugus”   This idea could be grassroots citizen action at its best.   I’m hearing rumblings that a handful of citizens plan to make pedestrian and traffic safety a top priority issue for early next year, with an eye toward the Annual Town Meeting.   They’ve even got a name in mind for their group — “Citizens for a Safer Saugus” — and are talking about printing up bumper stickers that will advocate a 25 miles per hour speed…

  • November 21 2018,  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.   Turkey Day means One day trash delay   There will be no trash pickup or recycling collection on Thursday — Thanksgiving Day — because of the holiday.   So, the trash and recycling collection will run on a one-day delay on Friday, (Nov. 23) and Saturday (Nov. 24), when services will resume on a one-day delay. The compost site will be open normal hours on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Town of Saugus would like to thank everyone…

  • November 16 2018,  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.   Time for holiday lights downtown! This just in from Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree’s Office. “One of the community’s most beloved events, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festivities, is coming to Town,” the manager’s office said in a press release issued Wednesday. “Residents young and old are invited to Town Hall on Friday, November 30, 2018 for a fun-filled evening with Santa, sleigh rides, a petting zoo, a moon bounce, hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment, hay rides, story time, and much more. The…

  • November 9 2018,  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.   Veterans Day Sunday Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day – now known as Veterans Day – an observance of the end of World War I, November 11, 1918.   The Saugus Veterans Council will hold a simple Veterans Day observance at Veterans Park at the corner on Winter & Central Streets at 11:00 a.m. No parade is planned for this year’s Veterans Day observance. And there will be no collation or gathering over a meal upstairs at the Saugus American Legion…