Saugus Board of Selectmen Agenda
March 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Town Hall Auditorium
298 Central Street, Saugus, MA
Call to order.
Invited Guests: 0
1.) Mr. Minsky re: request for reappointment as
2.) Attorney Alba Doto Baccari re: land donation on
3.) Treasurer Collector re: request to have 10 Columbus
Ave. foreclosure judgment vacated.
4.) Angela’s Coal Fired Pizza, 880 Broadway re: request
to change manager to: Harjeet Singh.
5.) Cliftondale Liquors, 7 Essex St. re: request for
change of hours of operation.
6.) Cedar Glen Golf 2014 seasonal license renewal.
Continued Hearings: Work Out World, 1201 Broadway (from
- Home Town Pizza (continued from: 10/22/13; 11/12/13;
11/26/13 & to the call of the Chair.)
7:15 PM Aggregate Industries, Inc., 1831 Broadway, to
extend Special Permit (S-2) to allow the removal of
earth and rock and to allow the operation of a quarry at
Rear Broadway and Whittier Ave, Assessor's Plan 2030,
Lot A-61 Assessor’s Plan 2031, Lot A-122 for a period of
7:25 PM EKB Corporation d/b/a Sully C’s Bar & Grill, 168
Broadway, to amend existing License by allowing two
additional coin operated devices.
7:30 PM Public hearing on amending the Town's Traffic
Rules & Regulations Article V, Section 13: by
designating “Handicapped Parking Only” at the following
In front of #14 Summer Drive.
-Update re: use of cemetery garage (from12/10/13)
-Tumble Inn, 488 Lincoln Ave. external grease trap plan.
- FY 15 Budget.
-Annual Town Meeting May 5, 2014. – Set date to close
-Status of snow & ice deficit
Town Manager’s Report
-Surrounding Community Status update (gaming)
Approval of minutes: February 11; February 12; &
February 25, 2014
Appointments: applications Cemetery Commission; Library
Board of Trustees; Zoning Board of Appeals
-Review of Board / Commission appointments
-Selectmen Subcommittees / Sub-Teams
-SCTS / SCTV conversion update
-Board of Health odor/noise By-Law / regulation update
Saugus Cable Chairman
Accusations made by Selectman Chair Faiella
Mr. James Ravagno, Chairman of the Saugus Cable TV
Station, sent the following memo to Selectman
Chairman Ellen Faiella notifying her of the complaints
received because of the lack of coverage at a recent
SCTS (SCTV) has had its share of “Freedom of Speech”
accusations in the past which were false in nature. With
that being said, we are very sensitive to the subject as
a whole. For the record, our videographer is a full time
employee of SCTV and not a volunteer. He’s twenty four
years old and chances are one of the only few people in
the room getting paid to be there.
If environmental conditions outside were poor enough to
send our employee home then perhaps the meeting should
have been canceled for the safety of all in
attendance.. As it stands, SCTV had to pay our
employee for those hours scheduled.
I’m sure you’ll find my response straight forward, to
the point and without malice. Our board is responsible
to provide a service to our rate payers. I will only
entertain blame where blame is due and this clearly
doesn’t lay with SCTV.
By Janice K. Jarosz
recently posted open meeting budget hearing by the
Saugus Board of Selectmen was held at the Saugus Town
Hall conference room, on February 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM.
On that date, a young
cameraman from Saugus Community Cable TV set up
equipment to film the hearing. Shortly before the camera
started to roll, and upon arriving at the conference
room, Selectman Maureen Dever went over to the camera
operator and told him that she thought Chairman Faiella
did not want the meeting televised. Shortly after that
conversation, Selectman Castinetti arrived and also made
it a point to make a similar statement to the cameraman.
When Chairman Ellen Faiella
entered the conference room, she promptly went over to
the cameraman and told him to go home as there would be
no need to televise the meeting.
Saugus Cable has been
providing TV coverage for the past two years of many of
the public hearings as a convenience to the residents
and informing those who cannot personally attend
meetings as some had other commitments or on vacation.
Several town meeting members
were dismayed to learn that a very important hearing
about the finances of the Town would not be available
Town Meeting Member Al
DiNardo, who was on vacation at the time, called
Chairman Faiella and questioned why the cameraman was
not allowed to cover the meeting; she told Mr. DiNardo
that, because of the snow, she told him to go home.
Many Saugonians, and
especially town meeting members, have enjoyed the
benefit of being able to keep informed of the town’s
business when unable to attend meetings in person and
wondered why selectmen would have that much power as to
cancel filming of a public meeting.
Mass General Laws – Chapter
30A, ss. 20 (e)
Massachusetts open meetings
law expressly permits sound and video recording of
public meetings (i.e., meetings of a governmental body
required to be open to the public by law), except for
executive sessions, by anyone in attendance. The statute
After notifying the chair of
the public body, any person may make a video or audio
recording of an open session of a meeting of a public
body, or may transmit the meeting through any medium,
subject to reasonable requirements of the chair as to
the number, placement and operation of equipment used so
as not to interfere with the conduct of the meeting. At
the beginning of the meeting the chair shall inform
other attendees of any such recordings.
citizens wonder if Selectmen 'pick and choose' what the
public is to view constitutes a direct violation of our
First Amendment? Does this recent action of three
selectmen set an alarming precedent? If so, will
the Saugus Finance Committee meetings now be conducted
without the benefit of filming because it may be
The People Have
Trial Date Set for Downing
Michael Downing, once the darling
of Saugus Cable TV and several local officials, will be heading back to Lynn
District Court on March 31, 2014
to answer charges pertaining to two counts of unlawfully
disseminating a criminal offender record information
(CORI) and the use of a CORI report to harass a person.
According to Saugus Assistant Chief Ronald Giorgetti,
On August 7, 2013 Downing posted on a Facebook page
entitled "No More Horlick" that was administered by
Downing with his name and photo attached.
A subpoena was issued to Downing in September 2013
to meet with the Saugus Police but he sent
an email cancelling the appointment. In the email
Downing admitted to posting the CORI report which he
received anonymously in his mailbox. But police
learned that Downing re-posted it once again on October
1, 2013, with a statement that read, "I'm already dirty
from this mess so I might as well put it back up." The
police were able to trace the request for the CORI
report and the print to a Haverhill District Court
employee and the employee could not explain why the
request was made.
a Clerk's hearing in November, Judge Ellen Flatley
ordered Downing to stay away and have no contact with
Horlick and not to post anything about him on social
media. At that time Downing complained, "I think
if I wasn't who I was this would be a non-issue. I
am confident that I will be found not guilty."
February 18, 2014, at pre-trial, Downing's
attorney, Peter Rossetti Jr, submitted a Motion to
Dismiss but it was denied by the judge. Further
the District Attorney submitted two more postings
relevant to former Selectman Steve Horlick and were read
into the record; one of them stated: " I'll be
back in town for my pre trial conference on the 18th.
It's at 9am at Lynn District. I can't mention the ex
selectman by name (court ordered) but I can truly say
he's a douchebag crybaby."
Within two hours after leaving the court house today,
Downing posted another statement complaining that his
friends are leaking his posts:
One of my FB friends has been giving someone my posts. I
can't mention who they are giving them to by name
because I'm court ordered not to. Anyone care to fess
up? I didn't think so you coward. Just drop me as a
friend since we obviously aren't.
Horlick commented, "Downing had no authorization to
obtain CORI information on anyone and I look forward to
the trial in March."
Residents Honored with River Stewardship Awards
SAUGUS, MA -- The Saugus River Watershed Council
recently awarded River Stewardship Awards to three
individuals who have made significant contributions
toward protecting and restoring the natural resources of
the Saugus River watershed.
Michelle Blees received a River Stewardship Award for
contributing to environmental stewardship as both a
volunteer Board member of the Saugus River Watershed
Council and as former Lead Ranger for the Saugus Iron
Works National Historic Site.
Under Michelle’s leadership, the Saugus River Watershed
Council and the National Park Service have partnered
successfully to implement eel monitoring projects, smelt
spawning habitat surveys, rainbow smelt monitoring and
much more. Michelle also helped coordinate programs and
events such as the Saugus River children’s festival
which has drawn over 2,000 children and families to
experience both the history of the Iron Works and the
natural resources of the Saugus River over the past few
In addition to her work at the Iron Works, Michelle has
been an enthusiastic and active board member of the
Council who spent countless hours volunteering at events
and conducting field work. Whether putting on waders to
help out with our smelt habitat survey or planning
logistics for events, Michelle has always worked
tirelessly to protect the watershed. The Saugus River
Watershed Council wishes her all the best in her new
position with Minuteman National Historical Park in
Eric Devlin of Saugus received a River Stewardship Award
for working ‘behind the scenes’ as a volunteer for the
Saugus River Watershed Council for several years. Eric
has been one of the most active volunteers working on
field-based environmental research and monitoring
programs. During 2012, Eric spent countless hours wading
into the Saugus River and Shute Brook in search of smelt
eggs. With his help, we successfully documented and are
working to protect valuable smelt spawning habitat in
the watershed. In 2013, Eric worked with the Saugus
River Watershed Council to collect water quality samples
from several sites in the upper portion of the
Eric was selected to receive a river stewardship award,
not just because of the hours he has put in as a
volunteer, but rather for the enthusiasm and commitment
that he has demonstrated for making a difference in the
environment. Whether volunteering for Saugus River
Watershed Council or SAVE in Saugus, or his recent
appointment to the Saugus Conservation Commission – Eric
is clearly committed to protecting and restoring the
Pamela Harris of Saugus received a River Stewardship
Award for her outstanding leadership in protecting
public health and natural resources in Saugus and
beyond. Pam served as a dedicated and active volunteer
on the Saugus Board of Health from 2001 through 2013.
Approximately 10 years ago, Saugus was faced with a
potential third burner at the Wheelabrator waste
incinerator located adjacent to the Saugus River and the
Rumney Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
In response to the threat, the Saugus River Watershed
Council, SAVE, and local activists such as Pam Harris
worked together to educate the public about the negative
health impacts and pollution associated with increasing
emissions at the incinerator.
Throughout the past several years, Pam continued to ask
tough questions about operations at Wheelabrator. When
the Attorney General’s office released a Consent Order
and $7.5 million fine outlining numerous environmental
violations in 2011, Pam continued to press Wheelabrator
to clean up contaminated areas, improve operations, and
provide the public with information about environmental
and public health issues at the site.
Pam Harris is an unsung hero for the many years she has
worked to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Her
efforts to address public health and environmental
issues extend into almost every important community
decision in Saugus over the past decade.
Michelle Blees – From left, SRWC Board Member Aaron
Weieneth presents River Stewardship Award to Michelle
Pamela Harris – From left, Pamela Harris receives River
Stewardship Award from SRWC President Debra Panetta.
Eric Devlin – From left, Eric Devlin with parents Ann
and Frank Devlin after receiving River Stewardship
Winter Street on a Wintry Day in Saugus
(Sent to all of our friends down south)
Photo by Jim Harrington
Happy Birthday to
Special birthday wishes go out to Class of 1933
Geraldine Haley who turned 100 on January 25, 2014. Over
100 friends and family celebrated her birthday. If you
would like to send her a note or birthday wishes, you
can reach her at 103 Cherry Hill Drive #315, Beverly, MA
Gerry’s nieces (l-r) Phyllis Haley Proctor, 1956 Barbara
Dearing Celata, 1957
Essery McEachern, 1960 Gayle Essery Bicknell and
Nancy Haley Sweet.
Public Library Board of Directors
The Saugus Public Library Foundation recently held
its first meeting of the year with the election of its
7-member Board of Directors. Directors include (seated,
left to right) Vice President Jean Bartolo, President
Linda Call, Marion Attabuto, Secretary Mary Leahy, and
(standing, left to right) Treasurer John Smolinsky and
Ed Jeffrey. Florence Chandler is missing from the photo.
Saugus Public Library
Foundation to Celebrate
10th Anniversary in 2014
(Saugus, MA) – The Saugus
Public Library Foundation will celebrate its 10th
anniversary this year, with a renewed focus on
fundraising and its mission to enhance projects,
activities, collections and services of the Library.
"We are excited to be entering
our second decade of service to the Saugus Public
Library and its patrons," newly-elected Saugus Public
Library Foundation President Linda Call said during the
Foundation’s recent meeting. "The Library is moving
ahead in the area of new technology to provide for
evolving needs of our patrons. We are pleased to ensure
that the Library never gets antiquated or becomes
obsolete and keeps meeting those needs."
The newly-elected President
has been active in Saugus since becoming a resident in
1970. She served two terms on the Saugus Public Library
Board of Trustees and has been a member of the
Foundation’s Board of Directors for the past six years.
In addition, she worked part time at the Library for
five years in the Children's Room and served as Interim
Children's Librarian until a permanent Librarian was
hired. She currently works for the Lynnfield School
System as the Benefits Administrator, a position she has
held for the past 10 years.
"The Saugus Public Library is
a valuable asset to the Town and I am pleased that it
has the support of both town government and the people
of Saugus," she added. "My three children participated
in the story hour when they were pre-school age and they
continue the tradition of giving the gift of books by
taking their own children to the Library.
"After several challenging
years, we are pleased that the Saugus Public Library is
still open and is better than ever. We have a very
dedicated director and staff that we are so lucky to
have working for the people of Saugus."
"The Saugus Public Library has
been honored throughout the years with gifts and
endowments from many people, families and organizations
who recognize that the Library is a valuable asset to
the Town," President Call continued. "To facilitate
this, the Foundation was created as a vehicle to enrich
and preserve collections, improve services and programs,
and improve or add to the building’s furniture and
equipment by using a portion of the combined interest of
unrestricted funds to benefit the community."
The Saugus Public Library
Foundation was established in 2004 through significant
gifts from the estates of Douglas Lockwood, Josephine
Kibbey, and Marie Weeks, as well as funds turned over by
the now-disbanded environmental nonprofit, Noblast,
Inc., and smaller individual trust funds and bequests.
The Foundation provides the means for the library to
make long range plans and commitments using the interest
earned on the principal balance of the Foundation, and
promote and carry out charitable and fundraising
The Foundation is overseen by
a Board of Directors comprised of library supporters and
donors, Friends of the Library, Trustees, community
leaders and financial professionals. In addition to
President Call, members of the Board of Directors of the
Foundation include newly-elected Directors John
Smolinsky, who also serves as Treasurer, and Ed Jeffrey,
as well as Vice President Jean Bartolo, Marion Attabuto,
Florence Chandler and Secretary Mary Leahy.
The Foundation has ensured
that the funds will not be used to pay salaries of
library employees, pay the costs associated with the
annual operating budget, miscellaneous costs for
supplies and maintenance/repair of equipment, nor will
endowment funds be used to fill, in whole or part, of a
shortfall in the amount required by the Town to be
appropriated for books, periodicals, microfilm, and
audiovisuals as stated in Massachusetts regulations.
Fund Directors and Library
Trustees also have complete discretion to decline to
accept any gifts determined to not be in the best
interests of the Town and the Library; i.e.: gifts that
may create undue expense or burden to the Library staff;
gifts restricted to the purchase of a narrow category of
books or materials; or those that may lead to an
undesirable distortion or imbalance to the collection.
The Foundation also allows the
Library to broaden the scope of its fundraising
activities of both private and public solicitations, and
to receive grants or contributions.
To learn more about the Saugus
Public Library Foundation, or to make a donation to the
Saugus Public Library, please email
2013 Saugus Youth Survey was adapted from the 2011
Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior
by the Centers for Disease Control. Questions in the
survey measured student
demographics, substance use, protective factors,
suicidal behaviors, personal safety, sexual health,
and exercise and weight
Middle School & Saugus High School students completed
a youth survey to assess a host of
risk and protective
factors. This report provides the detailed survey
The survey was administered
on May 12, 2013.
Following the data cleaning procedure, the final
sample size for the Saugus High School Youth Risk
Behavior Survey is 569
Following the data cleaning procedure, the final
sample size for the Saugus Middle School Youth
Risk Behavior Survey is 614
are some of the results from the 2013 Saugus YRBS.
"CORRECTION: Some of this data from the Saugus YRBS
will be discussed on Wednesday February 26, at the
Town Hall. This meeting will discuss the results of
the recent assessment done in Saugus in regards to the
The YRBS in it's entirety will be discussed at a
community meeting, but the date will be posted at a
survey administered at the High & Middle School
was based on an existing instrument, comparison
data for many question items is publicly
available. Comparisons are useful for providing
context to survey results and can aid in
identifying both strengths and priority areas.
State comparison numbers used are from the 2011
Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey data set
reported by The Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education and Public
Health. This is the most current comparison data
available. For the High School, national
comparison numbers are from the 2011 Youth Risk
Behavior Survey data set issued by the Centers for
Disease Control. National comparison numbers are
not available for middle school.
Petition to Rename Auditorium
The Lemoine-Mitchell Performing Arts Group came together
in September of 2013 to honor and illuminate the lives
of Nancy M. Lemoine and Jerome J. Mitchell. These two
extraordinary people passed away in 2013, each leaving a
legacy of excellence in teaching the Performing Arts to
the students of Saugus. Both Nancy and Jerome worked
tirelessly teaching their craft and teaching life skills
to enable their students to succeed beyond high school.
Their powerful teaching skills and achievements inspired
countless youth, students and citizens of Saugus. Nancy,
as Drama and Choral Director and Jerome, as Band
Director and Director of Music, touched many lives and
continue to inspire their former students. More details
about their lives and distinguished careers can be
viewed at www.legacy.com
We are collecting signatures to petition the Saugus
School Committee to name the SHS Auditorium the Nancy M.
Lemoine - Jerome J. Mitchell Performing Arts Auditorium.
To sign the online petition and forward to your friends,
please go to
By recognizing the careers in arts education of
Nancy and Jerome and telling their stories, we can
inspire the students of today and tomorrow and
create excitement for the Performing Arts in the
Saugus Public Schools.
Foundation and The Saugus Partnership Welcome New
Welcome to Saugus Kelley and
A joint greeting of ‘Welcome to Saugus’ was presented to
Kelley Walsh and Fitzgerald St. Hilaire by the MEG
Foundation and Saugus Business Partnership last week.
Kelley and Fitz, formerly of Cambridge, MA, had searched
for many months looking for just the right town and the
right home. “We love our new community, the beauty of
the area and the friendliness of our neighbors!! When we
first visited our prospective new home, we both felt
warmth as soon as we walked in – it was as if something
was saying, “Welcome home.”
Kelley and Fitz are professional dancers and operate a
studio out of Woburn. When they learned that the former
owners, the late Jim and Corinne Prentice, were also
avid square dancers for over 50 years, they truly felt a
connection with them.
The presentation consisted of a “made in Saugus’
bag by Jessica Miller, full of information about
Saugus including a Saugus Historical Calendar,
voting information provided by the town clerk, a
local telephone book and stickers and packets
about recycling provided by Inspectional Services.
(Courtesy of the Saugus Chamber of
By Janice K. Jarosz
The licensing of casino gambling in Massachusetts has
long been the dream of many in Saugus. In the early
50’s, the Caruso family built the Diplomat adorned with
ceiling chandeliers, large ballrooms and an order for
tuxedos, all in anticipation of legislation allowing the
dice to roll. The Hilltop and The Palace followed ‘suit’
and accommodations were ready should state officials
bless the law. Those three establishments could, within
days, change the menus to feature ‘Got a hunch – bet a
until the 80’s, 1 AM was the closing time of liquor
establishments for the most part throughout the county.
An extra hour of drinking was tacked on when former
Selectman John Gould made the motion to allow for the
pouring of alcohol until 2 AM in 1985 allowing
hosting late night activities even more profitable.
Gould has since moved to Maine but the 2 AM regulation
remains. Only Malden has a somewhat restricted 2 AM
closing. All other surrounding communities are set at 1
AM and since that time, Saugus has come to be known as
the ‘last call’ for that ‘last nightcap.’
Time waits for no man as the
saying goes and today we find all three once well known
landmarks gone but the move to bring casino gambling to
Massachusetts is gaining speed. A few sharp investors
with deep pockets are betting that legalized gambling
will become law, as indicated by their interest, just as
the big three of long ago wished for.
Recently someone purchased the
former Weylu’s which is just a hop, skip and a jump from
Revere; The Hilltop, now vacant, could be turned into a
grand hotel accommodating the potential high rollers
visiting Revere – who knows? The only other
establishment is the Kowloon and would that turn in
another Caesar’s Palace type nightclub, replete with chicken wings?
As a friendly neighbor, the
opportunity to capitalize on the influx of customers and
currency could prove a windfall. Others see it
differently – the windfall could turn into a boondoggle
with increased traffic, crime and headaches for police
and fire departments.
On August 21, 2013, Revere
Commissioners granted 19 - 2 AM closing of liquor
establishments allowing them to stay open until 2 AM. A
public hearing was held on July 10 and the vote was 2-0
to change the closing time from 1 AM.
submitted requests and all 19 were granted. It was back
in 2008 when the Commissioners rolled the closing hours
back to 1 AM in the hopes of curbing violence. Police
Chief Joe Cafarelli stated that officers would monitor
the later closing and make sure they abide by the new
Those granted the extended
hours were: Atlantic Lounge. BK’s Bar & Grill, Bill
Ash’s Boulevard Bar & Grill, Full Rack Smoke House,
Luigi’s Pizza Mirage Restaurant Renzo’s Brick Oven
Pizzeria, Revere Loyal Order of Moose #1272, Revere
Lodge #1171 of B.P.O.E. of USA, Sammy’s Patio, The Cove,
The Shipwreck Lounge, The Squire Wonderland Ballroom,
Speakeasy Antonia’s at the Beach, Casa Lucia, and Pancho
Villa Mexican Restaurant.
The new regulation took effect
Residents of Revere will get
to vote on the Referendum for the Revere only Suffolk
Downs Plan sometime in February.. Should the voters
approve, it will be the only casino license in Eastern
The Pros and the Cons are
waiting, wondering and wishing the winds of the Gambling
Gods will blow their way. Should the law pass in Revere,
the State Licensing Commission will still have the final
say as to who will be awarded the sole Greater Boston
Many in Saugus know that a
casino license to gamble will have a serious impact on
the town – both good and bad;
we can only sit in the ‘wings’ and wait…
School Daily Program for Seniors - 1908- 1909
Downing Pretrial Continued
hearing at Lynn District Court for Michael Downing of
Saugus on January 15, 2014 was continued.
Appearing on behalf of Mr. Downing was Attorney Peter
Rossetti, counsel for the defendant. Mr. Rossetti
filed for a continuance as his client had left the
state. The Motion was granted and another court
date was set for February.
Charges stem from a posting on Mr. Downing's website
with unauthorized CORI information relating to Mr.
Horlick. Downing took it down at first, but then
stated he was already in trouble so he posted it again
for a second time.
PUBLIC SERVICE NOTICE
ATTENTION VOTERS IN PRECINCTS 3 (HAMMERSMITH NURSING
HOME) AND 10 (ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB) ONLY!
DUE TO THE RECENT
RESIGNATION OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE KATHI-ANNE
REINSTEIN, WHO REPRESENTS SAUGUS RESIDENTS IN PRECINCTS
3 AND 10 ONLY, THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL PRIMARY ELECTION
ON TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014.
IF YOU RESIDE IN
EITHER PRECINCT 3 OR 10 AND YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY A
REGISTERED VOTER BUT WISH TO VOTE IN THE UPCOMING
SPECIAL ELECTION, THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER OR CHANGE
YOUR PARTY ENROLLMENT FOR THIS ELECTION IS WEDNESDAY,
FEBRUARY 12, 2014.
CONVENIENCE, THE TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE WILL BE OPEN ON
FROM 8:15 A.M. TO 8:00 P.M. FOR VOTER REGISTRATION ONLY.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE
OF YOUR PRECINCT, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE TOWN
CLERK’S OFFICE AT 781-231-4101 AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO
from the Saugus Herald 1917
Started Avalanche of Debate
By Janice K. Jarosz
It seems that controversy
follows Saugus no matter what the issue and it wasn’t
any different back in 04. The Ambulance provider for the
town back in 04 wanted to donate an out of work
ambulance to the Emergency Management Department and the
Paul Penachio, Director of Emergency Management, had
plans to refit the 1997 truck with new equipment and
radios. The gift was publicized with a snapshot of two
men shaking hands – the ‘humble acceptance of a gift’
according to a newspaper report.
Talks with Cataldo Ambulance
Service, the town provider for the past five years, had
been going on for nearly two years about the donation of
a retired truck. Penachio nearly accepted the gift but
learned that all gifts must fist be accepted by the
On March 23, 2004, it was
thought to be a routine matter when Cataldo addressed
the board about the gift but Selectman Maureen Dever
stated that she had learned from the State Ethics
Commission that they needed to be contacted as Cataldo’s
contract would be up on July 1, 2004.
Town Counsel John Vasapolli
weighed in at the next meeting outlining the potential
issues surrounding the gift. He stated that a link
between the gift and the action must be shown and this
gift has been in the works for years and it’s Town
Manager who awards contracts not the Board of Selectmen
according to The Charter.
In a letter dated March 25,
2004, Cataldo accused Selectman Dever of consistently
working against his company because of a longstanding
relationship with Action Ambulance, his competition for
the town’ contract through her nursing profession. Dever
stated that she had no idea what Cataldo was talking
about as all calls for an ambulance go through 911. She
further stated that she was not part and parcel to who
they use and turned to the Ethics Commission because, as
an elected official, they are the ones to go to. "They
want us to accept this gift, yet their contract is
coming up July 1st. We should disclose that
we are aware of this situation and accept this and
Also in the letter Mr. Cataldo
recounted the version of events back to July of 1998
when his company first assumed 911 services to Saugus
and their attempts to acquire the vacant DAV site for
storing ambulances. He also told of more recent attempts
to acquire the site and continued to work to acquire the
property when Andrew Bisignani assumed his position as
town manager in 2002.
In December Bisignani put out
a bid for the DAV site, which was also tied to a
long-term contract to be the town’s ambulance provider.
At that time the property was appraised at $2,000 a
month and the amount, he said, was stated on the bid.
(NOTE: A check with the Tax Collector’s office recently
stated the monthly rental amount the Town receives is
Cataldo and Action both bid on
the site but Action’s bid arrived 15 minutes late
according to Bisignani, which Cataldo said he went by
the Purchasing Department’s requirements of having the
bid in by noon, January 5th. Action supplied
each selectman with copies of the bid which was for
Due to the controversy
surrounding the DAV site, Bisignani rejected all bids to
lease the property and referred the matter to Town
Meeting. Cataldo then accused Dever of pressuring others
to go for Actions bid. He stated that because of her
pressuring his bid now had to go before Town Meeting
Selectman Dever responded back
and stated that she had no relationship with any
ambulance company and that, as a selectman, had a duty
to review a $10,000 bid with a town financially strapped
– it would be irresponsible of me not to review the bid.
She further commented that the ambulance contract is up
for grabs July 1st for this town but she
stressed her responsibility to follow the Charter and
doing things properly.
Following the advice of the
Ethics Commission, and prior to accepting the gift,
board members filed disclosures with the town clerk,
acknowledging that the five-year contract was coming up
for renewal this summer. At the next meeting the board
accepted the gift unanimously.
Saugus Establishes Record Free Cash
Town Manager Scott Crabtree is pleased to announce that
the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) has
certified the Fiscal Year 2013 Free Cash amount for
Saugus at $2,063,605.
“This is the largest amount of free cash that has ever
been certified for the Town of Saugus,” states Crabtree.
“It is consistent with our recently adopted financial
management policies that the town seeks to meet the
strong recommendations of the Department of Revenue
Director of Local Accounts Gerald Perry, First Southwest
Senior Vice President Peter Frazier, the town’s
financial adviser, as well as the guideline of the
International City Manager’s Association (ICMA) that
free cash represent at least 3% of a town’s annual
budget.” Saugus has an annual budget of 80 million
dollars for FY2014.
Free cash consists of unanticipated revenues, account
balances and other miscellaneous receipts that were
obtained throughout the previous year. Crabtree pointed
out that nearly 51% of the two million was obtained from
higher than projected revenues in the form of permits,
excise taxes and other non-recurring economy driven
sources. “Saugus has benefitted from a modest uptick in
economic activity. Our residents appear to be purchasing
more new cars, our restaurant sales have increased and
more hotel/motel rooms have been occupied than was
Additionally spending reversions from various town
accounts reflect the conservative approach to spending
utilized by the various municipal departments. “Our
reliance on outside contractors to do work has
substantially decreased and that is now reflecting in
some of our line item balances such as building and
highway maintenance,” explains Crabtree.
Ultimately it is Crabtree’s goal to boost the Town’s
bond rating, something that cannot happen unless
sustained levels of yearly free cash become the rule,
rather than the exception for Saugus. Earlier this year
the town was reviewed and approved by the Municipal
Finance Oversight Board (MFOB) under the State Qualified
Bond Act which resulted in significant savings for the
town and the taxpayers.
Lastly Crabtree thanked the employees, the Board of
Selectmen, Finance Committee and Town Meeting for
accepting and working within the newly established
financial policies that made this possible. “The buy in
from those that control the Saugus purse strings will
result in a community that has a healthy and sound
financial outlook,” concludes Crabtree.
Stentiford No Shows
On Wednesday, October 30,
2013, The Saugus Community TV Station Board of Directors
met. Present were Chairman Chris Peatridge, Vice
Chairman Jim Ravagno, Treasurer Janice Jarosz and
Director Tom Lucey. Absent due to illness was Secretary
Both former Operations Manager
Richard Garabedian and Creative Garden’s Host Chet
Stentiford were requested to attend; Mr. Stentiford with
regards to an outstanding bill and Mr. Garabedian to
review new information found.
Mr. Ravagno made a motion to
invite Mr. Stentiford to the next meeting as an
outstanding bill due SCTS has not been resolved. The
motion passed 5-0.
The Board expressed their
dismay that both guests were not in attendance but
continued the meeting according to the posted agenda.
Mr. Lucey began by stating
that Mr. Garabedian was repeatedly filming political
events for State Representative candidate Donald Wong
and offered examples.
Mr. Ravagno explained that
because of new accusations made by Richard Garabedian
and his attorney, along with Selectman Steve Castinetti
and Mr. Chet Stentiford, a closer look was taken and the
SCTV/SCTS computer with the chain of custody in the
hands of Richard Garabedian was sent to Evidox, a Legal
Centric Ediscovery company, of Boston, MA.
In the Saugus Public
Television Report Mr. Ravagno informed the Board that
there were many job postings and the response stated it
was from Richard Garabedian
File created 9/21/10 to
Video Editor/Producer Seekers:
Here’s my cover, resume and
Video Demo link. Please take a look and give me a call.
Depending upon your needs and requirements, my hourly
rates would be from $50-$100 per hour. FYI – I would
quote per project basis, if I had more information. For
my Video Demo go to
and search RG Demo Video. Thanks, and I appreciate the
opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you… Rich
There was a folder under the
user account Saugus Cable TV called Old Mess on the
Desktop. There were numerous folders and files in this
directory, one of them called Aggregate and with ads and
many pictures of work done at Logan Airport.
Also, located on the desktop
of the user account Saugus Cable TV is a folder called
“Donald Wong and SCTV” and located within this folder
are approximately 150 images of what appears to be an
individual campaigning for state representative. Here is
one sample of the images.
There was a Microsoft
PowerPoint Slide from Saugus Cable TV created in
8/19/09 showing explicit material not suited for public
viewing. Mr. Ravagno said that if something like this
was downloaded at the High School the teacher
would be terminated if such a charge proved true against
On another site there were ads
about "A Great Video Company" and services provided such
as Video Live Event Recording.
Ms. Jarosz presented
information concerning the American Express account. The
credit card was issued to Saugus Community TV, Richard
Garabedian. Ms. Jarosz requested the password and
username to go into the account to learn of what
equipment was purchased so as to complete an inventory
of equipment. Mr. Garabedian has not yet given the
password and the account has been closed. All bills were
being sent to a post office box, not to the mailing
address of the Cable Studio.
Ms. Jarosz sent a letter to
Saugusbank requesting copies of all checks for 2008,
2009 and 2010 in an effort to learn of the transactions.
In 2008, $20,379.47; 2009 29,013.41; and 2009 49,041.69
for a total of $98,434.57. In 2009 and 2010, Garabedian
filed the Annual Report with the Secretary of State’s
office listing himself as President, and Director and
signed the statements under the pains and penalties of
perjury. In reviewing checks written in 2009, Ms. Jarosz
discovered that $25,016.52 in American Express Checks
was sent as payment via online without any signatures.