• November 21 2018,  Revere

    First Snowfall of Season Hits Revere

    By Tara Vocino The Department of Public Works Superintendent weighed in on the first snowfall of the season — ironically, before Thanksgiving — on Thursday night, where Revere saw approximately two inches of snow. “It’s unusual to have accumulating snow this early,” DPW Superintendent Paul Argenzio said Friday afternoon after a long night of plowing and sanding the roads. “It snowed for four hours before changing over to rain.” Argenzio said his department had 15 sanding trucks on the road pre-treating and salting during snowfall. Approximately, 250 tons of salt were used in this storm, according to Argenzio. “Since this was a small storm, limited manpower was needed,” Argenzio said.…

  • November 16 2018,  Revere

    Resident got lucky in severe rainstorm

    By Tara Vocino The Water and Sewer Department had a tough time controlling the five-hour heavy rainstorm late Friday night and throughout the week, but one resident got lucky. “God was on my side,” Rocco Falzone said Saturday night inside his house at 55 Tuscano Ave., which normally has heavy flooding. Falzone said the Massachusetts Department of Transportation should have cleaned out the trash gates with a rake and high boots. However, the city was out until 2 a.m. on Friday, according to Water and Sewer Superintendent Donny Ciarmella. “We’ve taken a number of preventative measures, such as cleaning catch basins or cleaning leaves off of catch basins, cleaning drain…

  • October 12 2018,  Revere

    Tuscano Avenue resident seeks answers to flooding and illegal dumping

    By Tara Vocino A morning meeting on Wednesday with state and city officials led to a short- and long-term solution for flooding correlating with illegal dumping on Tuscano Avenue. “I’ve been working on this for 28 years, but it’s falling on deaf ears,” said Rocco Falzone, who lives at 55 Tuscano Ave.; he said the locale gets hit the hardest when it rains – “Flooding affects 30 houses on my street.” Illegal dumping in a nearby brook is related to the flooding, according to Falzone. The long-term solution that they came up with Wednesday is to gather engineers to redesign the floodgates along Route 1 and install culverts along Asti…

  • Saugus,  September 21 2018

    The wrath of Hurricane Florence

    Killer storm system that wreaked havoc on the Carolinas hit Saugus with a microburst and flooding By Mark E. Vogler Georgia Balesteri said she’s lived through earthquakes before when she lived out West. But the storm that blew through the Riverside Park area of Saugus late Tuesday morning was even more terrifying, she said. “It was the scariest experience I’ve ever encountered,” Balesteri told The Saugus Advocate Wednesday, as she stood out in her yard at the intersection of Victoria and Stanton Streets. “It was pouring rain, and all of a sudden, it got so dark – pitch black. Everything was very quiet and all of a sudden, we heard…

  • August 31 2018,  Saugus

    Feeling the heat

    Hot, humid weather forced shorter school day for students during first week of classes  By Mark E. Vogler It was late in the afternoon Wednesday when Cindy Salerno decided to treat her two young children to a trip to the playground after they were cooped up in the house for several hours. “I took them here for 10 to 15 minutes just so they could do something and get out of the house,” Salerno said as she sat in her car, which was parked in the parking lot at Veterans Memorial Elementary School. “I waited until after 3 so that it could cool down. But it was 4:30 before we…

  • August 17 2018,  Peabody

    Severe rainstorm takes city by surprise

     By Christopher Roberson   No one was expecting the weather system that soaked Peabody with up to eight inches of rain; it literally came out of nowhere. “It just popped up and just stayed in the same spot for a couple hours,” Robert LaBossiere, director of the Department of Public Services, said of the Aug. 12 deluge. “It came down hard; it came down real hard.” LaBossiere said Lynnfield Street in South Peabody took the brunt of the storm, as water could not enter and exit the drainage system fast enough. “It inundated our drainage system,” he said. “That’s an extremely large amount of water in a short period of…

  • Lynnfield,  March 9 2018

    Lynnfield walloped by powerful nor’easter

    By Christopher Roberson Police Chief David Breen had been receiving updates from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in the days leading up to the nor’easter, which struck on March 2. “They were really explicit in saying what this storm could do,” he said. As it turned out, the state’s warnings were accurate. Breen said the storm’s winds took down 24 trees across Lynnfield. “A couple of houses got hit,” he said, adding that a tree had fallen in his driveway. In addition, a tree came down in front of Lynnfield High School and another tree fell on Debston Lane. Breen also said he was “amazed” that the power lines at…

  • March 9 2018,  Peabody

    No flooding in Peabody during storm

    By Christopher Roberson Despite torrential downpours and the threat of excessively high tides, the city did not flood during the powerful nor’easter that slammed into eastern Massachusetts on March 2. “I’m surprised that we didn’t flood,” said David Terenzoni, director of the Department of Public Services (DPS). However, according to the police log, 29 trees were taken down by the storm’s gale-force winds. The SKYWARN Weather Spotter Network recorded 61 m.p.h. winds in Marblehead and 60 m.p.h. winds in Salem. “There was a ton of trees that got knocked over,” said Terenzoni. He said that during the storm, the DPS received 100 calls for service, 95 percent of which involved…

  • March 9 2018,  Saugus

    Houston (Avenue) … We have a problem!

    Last Friday’s storm devastates neighborhood again, flooding homes with three to four feet of water By Mark E. Vogler Sean Stevens blames last Friday’s storm for missing a day’s pay. “I had to call work and tell them I couldn’t make it because I couldn’t get out of the house,” Stevens said Monday afternoon as he reflected on the second major storm this year to leave Houston Avenue inundated with three to four feet of water. “The water was so high, I got stuck here in my mother’s house. The water was up to the nipples of that fire hydrant,” Stevens said as he stood on the front porch of…

  • February 23 2018,  Saugus

    Springtime in February

    Unseasonably warm weather made Breakheart Reservation a fun place to play, exercise and picnic in shorts and t-shirts By Mark E. Vogler Visitors came from neighboring communities for some springtime recreation at Breakheart Reservation this week. With temperatures hovering in the high 60s on Tuesday and climbing into the low and mid-70’s on Wednesday, kids on their February vacation made the most of their time outdoors, dressed in t-shirts and shorts, as they walked, hiked and cycled across the trails through the woods. “I’ve been coming here for two years – mostly in the summer,” Zuleyka del Valle of Lynn said as she sat with friends and relatives on a…