Saugus,  September 7 2018

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.


Best day of the year for Saugonians

Finally, Founders Day is here!

  For folks who are interested in enjoying one of the great Saturdays of the year in Saugus, don’t forget to check out all the good food and fun to be had down near Town Hall tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 8) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  Of course, Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta and the rest of her colleagues on the board will again be a big draw. And so will Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi. They will dress up as prisoners and hang around in a makeshift jail – soliciting bail money to help them raise money. It’s all in fun to help raise money for the Saugus High School Band.

  There will be all sorts of food to sample and games for kids. The politicians will be out campaigning. And the signature event – the announcement of this year’s man and woman “Person of the Year” – will take place at Town Hall at High Noon.

  If you have no plans for tomorrow, here’s a good place to be. I’m certainly looking forward to it. This will be my third year milling around on Founders Day. I will enjoy shooting photos for next week’s newspaper and hanging out around Town Hall.


Of citizen concern

  Does anybody really care that a meeting notice posted on the bulletin board at Town Hall for next week is loaded with flaws that would lead to Open Meeting Law violations if somebody bothered to complain? Probably not, because we mentioned this in last week’s paper, and there was no effort to correct the notice.

  To recap the problems, the notice:

  • Fails to state the specific room where the meeting will be held
  • Lacks specificity, in that it notes “old business” and “new business” without including specific details
  • Discloses that there will be an executive session without providing specifics; that isn’t being transparent. That is a clear-cut violation of the state’s Open Meeting Law. If that Executive Session is held, it’s illegal.

  But members of this committee are apparently uninformed about the law. And there are a few other boards in town which also lack the knowledge to follow the Open Meeting Law in their deliberations because town residents don’t really care about it.

  Let’s see if some town leaders intervene before somebody files an Open Meeting Law complaint. Stay tuned.


Ice Cream Social Sunday

  The Knights of Columbus will be having an ice cream social on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3:00 p.m. It will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall (57 Appleton St. in Saugus). This is a free event that is open to the public. If you have questions, please call Mark at 781-233-9720. Hope to see you there!


Free concert at Breakheart Sunday

  Breakheart Reservation will host a free concert Sunday (Sept. 9) featuring the Navy Band Northeast and their Rhode Island Sound band. The concert will be at 5:00 p.m. in the Doc Wagner gazebo area (177 Forest St.).

  “The public is encouraged to attend; however, they should bring folding lawn chairs or blankets to sit on,” Friends of Breakheart Reservation Board Chairman Peter A. Rossetti Jr. said this week.

  “The Rhode Island Sound is a smaller group than the full Navy Band Northeast. They will be playing popular music with a patriotic theme … These highly talented sailors will be performing popular and current music,” Rossetti said.

  Parking is available in the rear of the Target/Big Lots parking area, next to the park.

  “It is hoped there will be a good turnout for the concert since one of the criteria for the band to return is a large audience. Please pass the word to another that you think might be interested in attending,” Rossetti said.

  Rhode Island Sound is the most contemporary sounding group from Navy Band Northeast. This ensemble entertains audiences with music ranging from rhythm and blues to classic rock – performing current popular music at high schools throughout New England.

  The Friends of Breakheart and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation are organizing the concert. If there are any questions, please call 781-233-1855, Peter A. Rossetti Jr., or the Breakheart Visitors Center at 781-233-0834.


Support the Saugus Firefighters Relief Association

  If you are free next Monday (Sept. 10) from 6 to 9 p.m., head over to the Stonewood Tavern (139 Lynnfield St., Peabody) for a good meal and to help a worthy cause. Twenty percent of all food sales will be donated to the Saugus Firefighters Relief Association.

  The Association was founded on March 10, 1961, by the firefighters of Saugus, with the mission of providing charitable assistance to firefighters and their families in times of need, as well as to promote awareness of firefighter health and safety issues – and the impact they have on families and communities.

  For more information, contact


Back To School Supply Drive

  Saugus Karate is hosting a “Back To School Supply Drive” now through Sept. 15. Supplies that are needed: pencils, pens, erasers, book bags, calculators, notebooks, folders, staples, rulers, tape, crayons, markers, books, etc. All donations will be delivered to Saugus Public Schools. People can drop off donations at Saugus Karate Kung-Fu (304 Central St., Saugus).

  For more information, call 781-233-9791, email or go to


National POW/MIA Day

  The Saugus Veterans Council will observe National POW/MIA Remembrance Day on Friday, Sept. 21, at Saugus Veterans Park (Winter & Central Street) at 6 p.m. If it is raining, the event will be held at the American Legion Hall (44 Taylor St.).

  On the third Friday of September, our nation remembers our military personnel who have been prisoners of war (POW), those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families. While National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not considered a federal public holiday in the country, we do consider it a national observance.


Recollections of historic day for Saugus

This in from Laura Eisener, president of the Saugus Historical Society:

Thomas Sheehan will be presenting his personal story of “The Day We Found The Hammer” for the first fall meeting of the Saugus Historical Society on Wednesday, Sept. 12. This particular hammer had spent a few hundred years underground and weighed 500 pounds – the triphammer of the Saugus Ironworks! Tom worked with Roland Robbins, who excavated key pieces of the original ironworks equipment which helped establish the Saugus Ironworks National Park that is such a centerpiece of Saugus history today. A longtime Saugonian, he has had a significant role in this unique period of our past. In the search for clues to the Ironworks, they even dug up Tom’s own driveway!

Sheehan, in his 91st year, has published 35 books and multiple works in Literally Stories, Rosebud, Linnet’s Wings, Serving House Journal, Copperfield Review, Literary Orphans, Eastlit, Frontier Tales, Western Online, Literary Yard, Rope & Wire Western Magazine, Green Silk Journal, etc. He has received 33 Pushcart nominations and 5 Best of Net nominations with one winner, and other awards. Newer books are Beside the Broken Trail, Between Mountain and River with 5 in publishers’ queues, 5 books being considered, and one in release mode at Pocol Press, Catch a Wagon to the Stars. He served in the 31st Infantry in Korea 1951-52, graduated Boston College 1956.

The Saugus Historical Society meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 30 Main Street (diagonally across from the Roby School). Doors open at 6:45. The general public is welcome free of charge. There will be light refreshments.

This meeting will also be a 90th birthday party for the Saugus Historical Society itself! The organization was begun in 1928 and held its first meeting in the public library. The purpose of the Saugus Historical Society is to cultivate an interest in the history of the town and collect and preserve all matter pertaining to the town’s history and citizenry. For information about membership, meetings, or any general questions about the Saugus Historical Society, call Laura Eisener at 781-231-5988.


Travel the Saugus River!

  It’s back by popular demand! The National Park Service at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is teaming up again with Charles River Canoe & Kayak for a low-cost kayak tour along the Saugus River. Join us Sunday, Sept. 23 at 9:45 a.m. on a paddle up the Saugus River and experience the river’s place in the nature, history and community of Saugus, Mass.

  This is a three-hour round-trip paddle with professional guides. The trips begin and end at Stocker Playground (off Winter St.).

  Registration costs $20.00 per person. Register at this link: Registration Information: Provide name, address, phone number, age, height, weight and any special accommodations you require. Each person may register up to four people. Children ages eight to 15 must be accompanied by one adult per child and will be paired in the same boat. Participants will sign a waiver of liability the day of the event.

  Explore Saugus’s national park; established 1968; 244 Central St., (781) 233-0050;


Rumney Marsh art sought

  Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) is still seeking submissions for its first annual “ACEC Rumney Marsh Exhibition,” which will be held Sept. 22-29 at the Marleah Elizabeth Graves (MEG) Center (54-58 Essex St., Saugus).

  Titled ACEC Rumney Marsh, the exhibit will feature art in any medium inspired by the beauty and fragility of the Rumney Marsh Area of Critical Environmental Concern ecosystem. All artists 18 years of age or older who meet the specifications for submission (see below) may exhibit one piece of art. Gift cards will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. In addition, art materials awards will be given by Artist & Craftsman Supply to three honorable mention recipients.

ACEC: Rumney Marsh will have gallery hours from 5:30-7:30 each evening. The opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Saturday Sept. 22, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. We encourage all nature lovers to enter. You do not need to be an artist.

  Specifications for submissions: Rumney Marsh must be the focus of the art. Each artist must be at least 18 years of age and may show only one piece of art. Any three-dimensional works must be self-supporting and no larger than 1′ x 1′ x 1′. Works on stretched canvas will be accepted with eye hooks and wire and need not be framed but must be no larger than 30″ x 30″. All other works must be framed and ready to hang (with eye hooks and wire) and no larger than 30″ x 30″ framed.

  Art drop-off will be on Friday, Sept. 21 from 5:30-7:30. Pickup will be on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. At the time of drop-off, each participating artist must fill out an information form (with artist name, price, title of the piece, medium and contact information). In addition artists must sign a release form acknowledging that while every effort will be made to protect artworks there will be no insurance coverage in event of damage or theft and that neither SAVE nor MEG will be held liable for any damages or theft. Saugus SAVE board members and their family members may exhibit but will be ineligible for any prizes. Finally, any sales must be handled by individual artists after the close of the exhibit.

  Please join us in celebrating our precious estuarine and salt marsh ecosystem, Rumney Marsh!  We look forward to seeing your art and to meeting all nature and art lovers at the exhibit and reception. For questions, please contact Kelly Slater at 781-231-6864.


Farmer’s Market still going strong

The annual Farmer’s Market had another good summer in Saugus and will be around for a few more weeks into the fall. Folks should check it out if they have the time on Tuesdays … in the parking lot area of the Anna Parker Playground (120 Essex St.).

The market will continue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October. Stay tuned for more information. For details, call Peter Rossetti at 781-816-2419.


Trash/recycling collection for Labor Day week

The Town of Saugus announces that the trash and recycling collection will run on a one-day delay through tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 8), 2018, due to the observance of Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3). The compost site will be open normal hours tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 8), from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.


“Preschoolers in the Park”

  Ready for some summertime fun at the Saugus Iron Works? If you are between the ages of two and six, your parents ought to be checking out the Preschoolers in the Park programs that take place on most Mondays, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., alternating between the Saugus Iron Works and Salem Maritime.

  The program gives the children and their adult caregivers the opportunity to learn together about the National Park Service as well historical and environmental topics through a fun, age appropriate, hands-on approach. Each program is run by National Park Service Rangers who read a children’s book aloud, facilitate an active, engaging learning experience in the national park and end with a make-and-take project. Each program is designed to connect with the themes, topics and/or resources of either Salem Maritime or the Saugus Iron Works as well as with the developmental and learning goals of preschoolers.

  For programs at the Saugus Iron Works, meet at the Visitor Center and Eastern National Park Store, “Broadhearth” (244 Central St., Saugus). For the most up-to-date information, like us on Facebook at Or visit or call (781) 233-0050.

  Here are the final events of this summer’s schedule for Saugus:

  Sept. 10 – Monarch Butterflies

  Sept. 24 – Gardening Party


Cross Country calling

  Do you want your child to improve his or her cardiovascular health, immune system or bone health, sharpen focus and improve mental stamina, endurance and core strength, all while having fun and making new friends?

  Get into amazing shape, get out of the gym, off the field, off the track. Run on an open air course over natural terrain, grass woodlands, and hills and experience nature and its elements.

  Everyone plays – no watching from the sidelines, no sitting on the bench waiting for your turn, no helmet, no pads, no expensive equipment, no halftime and no breaks. Train and compete as a team but also shine as an individual – always working toward a new personal best. Gain a sense of self-satisfaction and achievement. Running is a valuable lifelong skill that can be accessed whenever you want to train for other sports.

  Question: What sports offers all this and so much more? Answer: Cross Country, the oldest known sport that is also the number one most participated sport in college.

  For more information regarding the Belmonte Middle School Cross Country program, you can contact Christopher Tarantino 781-854-6778 or

  Summer session practices continue on Mondays and Thursdays: 6:00 p.m., Belmonte (by track); Sundays: 9:30, Breakheart Reservation (visitor center).


Coyotes demystified

  In Sprague Lodge at Camp Nihan (part of Breakheart, Walnut Street in Saugus), there will be a public lecture on coyotes – on Sept. 18, starting at 7:00 p.m.

  With all the attention lately on coyotes, this is a chance for the public to get accurate information about coyotes, their habits and how to deal with them. Guest speaker Pat Huckery of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife will provide an insightful presentation on why coyotes do what they do, and how to coexist peacefully with “America’s Song Dog.”

  For any questions, call 781-233-0834, Breakheart’s Dunn Visitors Center.


Main Attractions at the Saugus Public Library

  There’s always something interesting or entertaining going on at the Saugus Public Library – for people of all ages – from young children to senior citizens. Here are a few events to check out:

  • Annual Book Sale tomorrow. New Friends of the Saugus Public Library will hold their Annual Book Sale on Saturday, Sept. 8, in the Community Room of the library in conjunction with Founders Day. Adult, young adult and children’s books, as well as CDs and DVDs, will be available. Donations of newer or gently used books, CDs, DVDs and Audiobooks are now being accepted. Books must be in good condition – no moldy or musty smell – and bindings must be in good shape with no stains or tears on the cover or pages. Textbooks, computer books, VHS tapes, cassette tapes or encyclopedias will not be accepted. Donations may be brought to the main desk on the first floor of the library. The staff can provide a receipt for tax purposes, but cannot provide donors with an estimated value.

Please join us on Saturday to peruse all the wonderful books, etc. and pick up some good reads for the fall. Please be sure to use the Taylor Street entrance to the library.

  • Read to a Dog! A unique, fun program planned this summer at Saugus Public Library is to have children read to Lydia the Comfort Dog. Children register to read to Lydia, who will sit on the floor in the Craft Room. Children, their caregivers and the dog’s handler will stay in the room. Children will read for 15-minute time slots; five 15-minute slots from 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Wednesday: Sept. 5; Tuesday, Sept. 25; 3 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. Lydia’s contact info:,
  • Talk Like a Pirate Day. At 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20; pirate fun and pirate booty; ages five and up; dress up; Craft Room.
  • Story Time with Kelly: Birds and Birdfeeders; Thursday, Sept. 27, 3:30 p.m. Join Kelly for a story all about birds, then make your own birdfeeder.
  • Countdown to Kindergarten Preschool Playgroup. Every Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Saugus Public Library will host its popular “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 is limited to 15 students. Parents are required to stay. Please email Trish at with any questions. The Playgroup is sponsored by Saugus CFCE.

  • Saturday Night at the Library. The Foundation for the Saugus Public Library will be holding its annual fundraising Gala on Saturday evening, Oct. 20. More details to follow.
  • Learn something about New England Lighthouses, on Sept. 25, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. in the Community Room. The guest speaker is Jeremy D’Entremont, who has been called the leading expert on New England’s historic lighthouses. He is the author or coauthor of more than 20 books, including “The Lighthouses of Maine,” “The Lighthouses of Massachusetts,” “The Lighthouses of Rhode Island,” “The Lighthouses of Connecticut,” “Great Shipwrecks of the Maine Coast,” “The Lighthouse Handbook: New England,” “All About Nubble Light” and “Ocean-Born Mary: The Truth Behind a New Hampshire Legend.”

Jeremy is the historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and the founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. He has appeared on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, Public Television and National Public Radio speaking about lighthouses and other subjects.

This program is sponsored by the New Friends of the Saugus Public Library.


Bricks for the veterans

Corinne Riley is making an appeal 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.”


Saugus High Sports Hall of Fame

  Cassandra and Kelsey Anderson – twin sisters and 2007 Saugus High School graduates who starred in female soccer and indoor and outdoor track – will be among 10 former Sachem athletic greats who will be inducted this fall in the school’s “Sports Hall of Fame.” The school’s Hall of Fame Committee also chose to honor the 1999 Saugus High hockey team that won the Division 2 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) State Championship.

Sachem sports fans will have a chance to celebrate the athletes and the 1999 hockey team during an induction ceremony and banquet set for Friday, Oct. 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Saugus-Everett Elks Lodge #642 (401 Main St., Saugus).

  Anybody who wants tickets or information on the event should contact Barbara Wall at 339-927-4257 or Tom Raiche at 781-608-6443. Wall, a Saugus High teacher and former softball coach, and Raiche, a former teacher/coach at Saugus High, are members of the Hall of Fame Committee that picked from a list of 18 former standout Saugus High athletes were nominated this year along with the 1999 Saugus High Hockey Team.


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 (515 Main St.). There is no preregistration 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); car tires up to 22 ” (for a fee of $3), books and textiles, such as clothing, bedding, pocketbooks, belts and shoes.

  Plastic bags and rigid plastics are not permitted due to the international recycling market. 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.


Solid Waste/Recycling Department announces acceptable recyclable materials

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 toys – may be disposed of curbside with $2 sticker
  • 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 or rigid plastic items,” said Cerbone. “We encourage residents to recycle their plastic bags at your local supermarket or retailer, and dispose of any rigid plastic items curbside with a $2 sticker.”

JRM will only collect accepted items. The Town of Saugus would like to thank everyone for their cooperation. Please contact Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions.


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