June 15 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.


A labor of love

  Some of my closest friends and relatives say I’m putting too much work in as the editor of The Saugus Advocate.

  I should be retired instead of “semi-retired.” And they point out there are less stressful jobs out there for a person who is 65-years-old that pay a lot more and are hardly as demanding as being a weekly newspaper guy.

  After about two and a half years chasing down stories, covering meeting, taking photographs and finally writing articles and editing copy, I’m not sure when I’ll finally call it a day (I’m sure some of the town officials — particularly the School Committee — would be glad to see it happen sooner than later).

  But even with the Wednesday all-nighters and the long drives down Route 114 and Route 1 several times a week, I still get a kick out of doing a creative, relatively low-paying job that I’ve been doing for 45 years.

  I figure it’s probably the last newspaper job I’ll ever have because grizzled veterans my age are desirable employees for most newspapers.

  The Advocate Newspapers, Inc. is one of the few newspaper companies today that would hire a 60-year-old journalist.

  It’s also a place where I don’t worry about job security, because I could leave at any time. But, I would always give two weeks’ notice.

  As long as I’m blessed with good health, enjoy interviewing people, taking photographs and writing stories and having fun, I’m not in a rush to leave any time soon.


Of Citizen Concern

  A number of town officials like to disparage me and The Saugus Advocate for upholding The Public’s Right to Know.

  Unfortunately for their sake, I’m not a big fan of social media. So, I usually miss the times they rip me on Facebook — unless other readers email me the screenshots.

  No matter how intelligent these folks might seem, they just don’t get it when it comes to understanding the role of a free press in a democratic society.

  And they are filled with so much hate and anger that they view most journalists the same way — as low life subhumans.

  But, most of do care. Personally, I see this newspaper as a force of good in the community. Sure, we’ll continue to step on toes and serve as a check and balance on local government like the framers of the U.S. Constitution intended.


Please help this jacket find its way home

  This paper embraces a lot of good things in the community. And we try to help folks out.

  This week, we hope we can help reunite a loyal reader with a jacket she lost last Friday, sometime during the weekly breakfast served up at the Saugus American Legion.

  At the request of the reader, I’m going to reprint an email she sent earlier this week.

  “Dear Mark,

  “Would it be possible for you to put a little blurb in your Sounds of Saugus column about my  missing jacket?  It is light blue dungaree jacket with pastel embroidered flowers all over it with pearls and silver studs, it zips up in the style of a motorcycle jacket and has zippers at the cuffs of the sleeves as well.   It is one of a kind so I will not be able to replace it.  It was a gift and I’m heartbroken to think I might not see it again.

  “It went missing at the American Legion breakfast this morning (Friday, June 8th), and I put my jacket on the table near the front door, someone picked it up thinking it was free to take along with handbags that were being given away. (My bad luck that today was the last American Legion breakfast till September.)

  “You are my last hope getting my jacket back because everyone in Saugus reads your column and maybe, just maybe I will get my jacket back!!!

  Thank you for any help you can offer.  My phone number is 781-233-8464


  Jeanie Bartolo,

  Town Meeting Member

  Precinct 6

  No problem, Jeanie.

  Hopefully, inclusion in the Sounds of Saugus will help if you don’t get it back before then. The crowd that goes to the Legion breakfast strikes me as the type of honest crowd that would return a jacket if they learned they took it by mistake and that it was dearly missed by its owner.

  So, if anyone has come across a light blue dungaree jacket with pastel embroidered flowers and silver studs and pearls all over it, please give Jeanie a call.

  It zips up like a motorcycle jacket and is waist length.  It has zippers on the cuffs of the sleeves.  The designer label is Blank NYC.


It’s Super Strawberry Saturday!

  Here’s a good deal you might want to check out tomorrow (Saturday,  June 16)

The annual Saugus Historical Society Strawberry Festival and Garden Club Plant Sale will be the main event going on near Saugus Town Center.

“Old-fashioned Strawberry Shortcake brings people together at the

Saugus Historical Society’s annual Strawberry Festival,” Saugus Historical Society President Laura D. Eisener wrote us in an email this week.

“Old-fashioned prices prevail too, with hot dogs and chips at $1.00, soda or water for $1.00, and shortcakes at $4.00 each to eat alongside your friends and neighbors at the Legion Hall.

“Take out is also available — bring your shortcakes on a picnic! Food is served from 10 AM -2 PM in the American Legion Hall at 44 Taylor Street. Want to really join in the fun? Help serve shortcake for an hour or two.

Shortcake tickets are available for sale at the door or by advance sale.

“Festivities extend out onto the adjacent Roby School Lawn at 23 Main Street where the Saugus Garden Club will be holding its annual plant Sale along with local vendors of crafts, “white elephants”, and more beginning at 9 AM. There is still space available for vendors. Table space is $15.00 per space (vendors provide their own tables), and vendors may reserve multiple spaces if they need extra room.”

For reservations or more information please call Laura at 781-231-5988. Or, you can email her at LDELD@shore.net.


SAVE’s Annual Dinner on June 20

Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) will hold its Annual Meeting and Dinner on next Wednesday (June 20), at the Continental Restaurant, Route 1 North, Saugus (social hour begins at 6:30 PM, dinner buffet to begin at approximately 7:15 PM)

“The public is cordially invited,” SAVE said in an announcement this week.

“And we hope you can join us for the Mixed Buffet consisting of Garden Salad, Baked Ziti, Baked Stuffed Chicken, Sole Florentine, Potato and Vegetable, Ice Cream Dessert, Coffee and Tea. The cost is $21.00 per person.”

The evening includes a short guest presentation entitled “Plastics in the Environment.” Eric Magers, Executive Director & Program Coordinator, and Josh Sheridan of Seaside Sustainability, Inc. of Gloucester will share their experiences in educating the public about the dangers that plastics are presenting to our environment today — on land, in the ocean, and in our bodies – as well as their successful effort to achieve a single-use plastic bag ban in Gloucester.

SAVE will also honor one of its members, Debra Panetta, for her consistent and unwavering efforts to promote a better quality of life in Saugus by working not only to prevent expansion of the Wheelabrator facilities, but also toward the capping and closure of the ash pile in Saugus.


Panetta also chairs the Board of Selectmen.

For further information or to download the Annual Dinner response coupon, go to either

http://www.saugussave.comorhttp://www.saugussave.orgYou may also contact Ann at adevlin@aisle10.net or Carol at 1-978-208-8321.

Please let us know if you are able to join us for a fun and informative evening — as well as a wonderful buffet dinner and numerous raffles — as soon as possible, but no later than June 15th.

Free parking is available on site, and the facility is accessible for the disabled.


Dog license renewals this month

Town Clerk Ellen Schena would like to remind Saugus residents with dogs to renew their furry friend’s license by June 30th.

All dog licenses must be renewed annually through the Town Clerk’s office. Licenses cost $12 if the dog has been neutered or spayed, and $15 if the dog hasn’t been fixed. Cash or check is accepted. Residents must bring an up-to-date rabies vaccination certificate in order to obtain the license.

Any licenses renewed on July 1, or after will be subject to a $20 late fee, in addition to the license fee.

The Town Clerk’s office is open on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 781-231-4101.


Bricks for the veterans

This just in from Corinne Riley on behalf of all those veterans out there who deserve to be commended for service to this nation:

“The Saugus War Monument Committee is sponsoring the “BUY A BRICK” Program to honor all those who have served their country.  If you would like to purchase one in the name of someone who is presently serving or has served, in the memory of a loved one, or just from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4″ X 8″ brick (3 lines), $200 for 8″ X 8″ brick (5 lines), and $500 (5 lines) for a corporate brick.  Each line is a maximum of 15 characters.

“The improvement and upkeep of the monument on the corner of Winter and Central Streets rely on the generosity of donors through fundraising.

The brick application must be in by August 30th to assure the bricks will be ready for Veteran’s Day.   Please contact Corinne Riley at 781-231-7995, for more information and applications.”


Town Announces reopening of CHaRM Center Recycling Drop-Off Site

  The Town of Saugus announces that the community’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) site will be open to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main Street.

  There is no pre-registration or fee required to enter the site. However, proof of residency is required.

  At the CHaRM center, the Town will accept the same recycling items that can be placed outside for curbside collection each week, such as paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, and glass containers.

  Additional acceptable items include: TVs and computers (up to three per year per address); bulky rigid plastic items such as Little Tikes toys, laundry baskets, Rubbermaid trash barrels, 5-gallon pails, etc.; car tires up to 22” (for a fee of $3); and textiles such as books, clothing, bedding, pocketbooks, belts, and shoes.

  Plastic bags are not permitted. Residents are kindly asked to empty recyclables out of any plastic bags, and remove the bags from the site.

  Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781-231-4036 with questions or for more information.


“Fun Run” Sundays

  Saugus natives and running exercise buddies Stephen Boudreau and Chris Tarantino have an open invitation for children in grades 1 through 8 to participate in weekly Sunday morning “Fun Runs” at Breakheart Reservation. Here’s all you need to know to check out this opportunity brought to you by the two Saugus High track star alumni who resurrected the sport of Cross Country at the Belmonte Middle School last year:

  When: Come to the Visitor’s Center at Breakheart Reservation on any Sunday, at 9:45 a.m.

  Who: Any Saugus children in grades 1 through 8.

  What to wear: sneakers and comfortable running clothes.

  Also bring: a water bottle.

  What are the benefits: This is an opportunity for students who lack athletic skills in more traditional sports to engage in low impact and stress-free physical fitness and get involved in a sport they can enjoy for many years. Participation can build self-esteem as well as a healthy lifestyle. It’s an opportunity to make new friends. Also, if students enjoy the run and find themselves good at, they may want to compete on one of the school teams.

  For more details: Call Coach T at 781-854-6778


Some upcoming library events

There’s always something going on at the Saugus Public Library. Here are a few events to check out:

  • Beginning in June, we will be offering discount passes to see the Lowell Spinners at family-friendly Edward A. LeLacheur Park (Capacity 5,030) in Lowell.

These passes, like all of our discount passes, are funded by the New Friends of the Saugus Public Library. Patrons will be able to reserve passes at the beginning of June.

The Spinners are a Short-Season Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. They will play 76 games in 79 days (38 home, 38 road) this season with their home opener scheduled for June 18th and their last home game on September 3rd. Home Games begin at 7:05 pm, Monday-Friday, and at 5:05 PM, Saturday & Sundays.

The Library offers a dated voucher for most Spinners home games. Each voucher allows patrons to purchase up to six tickets at 50% off the regular price (For example: a $7 Reserved Ticket would cost $3.50). Vouchers will be able to be reserved online (sauguspubliclibrary.org) or at the Library and can be picked up in-person at the Library. Only one voucher is available for each home game; first-come, first-served. Vouchers must be presented at the Spinners Ticket Office on the day of the game (or in advance) in order to receive the discount. The Library does not carry vouchers for away games.

  • Hank Phillippi Ryan is coming to Saugus Public Library on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

The New Friends of Saugus Public Library are pleased to welcome Ryan, the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV. She has won 34 EMMYS and dozens more journalism honors.  She is the nationally bestselling author of 10 mysteries, Ryan is also an award-winner in her second profession….with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and Mary Higgins Clark Award.  Critics call her “a superb storyteller”.  Her novels are in Library Journal’s Best of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Ryan is also a Mary Higgins Clark, Daphne and Agatha Award Nominee.  She is a founder of MWA University and 2013 President of National Sisters in Crime.

Join us for this free program when Hank will be presenting “An Inside Look at Mysteries, Televisions and the Mysteries of Television”.  She will also speak about her most recent thriller, “Say No More.”

Due to limited seating, reservations are required.  Please contact the Reference Desk beginning on June 12, 2018 at 781-231-4168 or sau@noblenet.org.


Other upcoming library events:

  • Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins on Monday (June 18). Kids will again be reading about the American Revolution in addition to a book of their choice.

This summer’s theme is “Libraries Rock!”

Two different bands are lined up:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 1 p.m., Didgeridoo Down Under Band! (good for all ages)
  • Aug. 8, 3 p.m., Rolie Polie Guacamole Band! (Good for all ages.)
  • On Thursday Aug. 16 at 3 p.m., the library will host an “End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Party with Stephen the Magician! (good for all ages)

Also this summer at the library:

Thursday, July 12, 3:30 p.m., Lexington Minutemen are back by popular demand for a Reenactment at the Saugus Iron Works.

Wednesday, July 18, 2 p.m., Hoopoe: Clown/Mime Show.


Countdown to Kindergarten

Preschool Playgroup

Every Saturday, at 11 a.m., the Saugus Public Library will host “Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten!”

This playgroup is geared to help families navigate and understand Preschool Development.

Children will explore different Literacy, Art, Science, Building, Writing, Math. Fine Motor, Gross motor and Pretend Play materials and activities.

This drop in playgroup, however, is limited to 15 students. Parents are required to stay. Please email Trish at Tricia928@yahoo.com with any questions. The Playgroup is sponsored by Saugus CFCE


What’s acceptable solid waste/recycling materials?

The town’s Solid Waste and Recycling Department Coordinator Lorna Cerbone would like to remind residents that the following materials are recyclable and may be placed curbside for collection each week: paper, cardboard, pizza boxes, and mixed containers such as glass, tin, plastic cans, various containers, and jugs. All cardboard boxes should be broken down to 3’ by 3’, and pizza boxes and mixed containers should be clean.

The following materials may not be recycled through the Town’s curbside collection service:

  • Plastic bags and film wraps – can be recycled at a local food store, Walmart, or Target.
  • Styrofoam – should be placed in the trash.
  • Clothes hangers – can be given to dry cleaners.
  • Plastic hoses – dispose in the trash.
  • Rigid plastics and kids toys – may be recycled at the drop-off site located behind 515 Main Street.
  • Scrap metal – can be recycled at the drop-off site.

“Due to recent international recycling restrictions, our local collection facility is no longer able to recycle materials in plastic bags,” said Cerbone. “We encourage residents to recycle their plastic bags at your local supermarket or retailer.”

JRM will only collect accepted items. The Town of Saugus would like to thank everyone for their cooperation.

Please contact Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Lorna Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions.


Let’s hear it!

  Got an idea, passing thought or gripe you would like to share with The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in your feedback. It’s been more than two years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for The Advocate Asks interview of the week. Feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast.net.

  Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15 to 20-minute interview at a local coffee shop. And, I’ll buy the coffee.


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