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Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.

William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.

William Shakespeare


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―                                                                                     Mark Twain

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   The History  of the Saugus War Memorial

                                                                                         By Janice K. Jarosz

Historical notes sometimes have a way of getting lost along the way; memories fade, people pass and often than not, names, faces and events go unnoticed.  The following story is about the history of the town’s War Memorial Monument.  First erected in 1946 to honor those who served in WWII, it is located at the corner of Winter and Central Streets. 

After World War II the good citizens of Saugus erected the Monument as a tribute to those who served our country .  It was designed as an entrance to the original Saugus High School.  There were only four panels – two on each side.


                                                     Saugus High School - 1946



The Plaque at the Monument Picture


    For the next 50 years the Memorial stood in quiet silence as if keeping watch on the community.  In 1963 a devastating fire destroyed the main building of Saugus High School and only the Evans addition and the Memorial remained.

In 1997, Mr. Richard K. Smith Jr, visited the War Memorial while working as a consultant for the Town.  Richard was born and brought up in Saugus, graduated from Saugus High School in 1959 and Northeastern University in 1964 with a degree in Civil Engineering.  At this time he was on loan from Camp Dresser and Magee regarding engineering issues.   

“How can you people allow that beautiful monument to fall apart like that?” were the first words he spoke to me when he stopped in to meet with the town manager.  I looked at him and asked what he meant.   He proceeded to explain what he saw;  the shabby condition of the entire monument – names were just tacked on, some had even fallen to the ground, and the Plexiglas was fogged so badly that some names were undistinguishable.



(Margaret Flanagan saved the original panels)

After a brief introduction, I suggested to him that perhaps if he felt that  concerned he should probably get to work and do something about it himself.  That brief exchange of words was the impetus that began and completed the total renovation of our beautiful Monument – and it all began because of Captain Richard K. Smith.

On October 8, 1997, the first meeting was held at the Saugus VFW Hall and little did any of us realize the overwhelming  task we were about to take on.  Those original members voted in at the meeting   included Richard K. Smith, Anthony Cogliano, Margaret Flanagan, and Janice Jarosz Officers;  Board Members Chris Serino,  Joe Attubato,  Veteran’s Agent Joe Saunders, Randy Briand, Frank Durso, Janette Fasano,  Ron Giannausa, Nick Milo, George Moriello, Steve Rich ,Nick Milo,  George Trahan, and Charlie Thomas. 

As the project moved forward and started to take shape, more citizens came forward and got involved; former town managers Norm Hansen and Richard Cardillo were strong advocates and Steve Rich designed the “Living Walkway” that surrounds the Memorial.

Town Managers Norm Hansen and Richard Cardillo with Richard Smith

Mr. Smith, Ms. Flanagan and I spent many hours at the Veteran’s Department in Boston pouring over names that had been omitted and checking to make sure those who submitted papers registered for service while living in Saugus at the time.  This was at a time before 9/11 when records were more accessible to the public. The committee also reached out to the community to submit names of anyone we missed and all of those who qualified were acknowledged. 

In order to incorporate the Korean and Vietnam, Desert Storm and Granada veteran’s names, plus an additional 2,400 names including names of 31 Merchant Marines that were now recognized as veterans, we needed to add four more panels.   Charlie Thomas enlisted his brother-in-law, Sonny Francesconi, to help out with the masonry work and along with Christie Serino Sr, we were at the site sometimes until after midnight getting it ready for the cement trucks to come in early the next day. 

In an effort to raise the much needed funds, the committee launched the ‘Buy a Brick’ program which proved to be very successful.  We were able to raise over $100,000 between selling bricks and private donations.  The Saugus Advertiser and Lynn Item were very generous in helping get the word out about the Brick Program and Town Meeting voted the committee $10,000.00 to complete the final stages of our efforts.


Oftentimes while we were at the site, people would stop by and pick up a shovel or clean the area just to help out.  Saugonians from all over town became a part of the renovation in many different ways and even young children would visit the site and took a special interest in what we were doing.

Christie Serino, Sr, served in two wars

One of our last projects was to raise enough money to install another flag post.  Christie Serino, Sr, and then Veteran’s Agent Joe Saunders, somehow worked a miracle and one day it appeared!!

Richard K. Smith, JR, a member of the ROTC at Northeastern, signed up for the Army when he learned that many of his buddies were being drafted.  He did one tour of duty in Vietnam as a lieutenant, served a second year and came out as a Captain.  Always the activist, RK, as his friends called him, was never one to stay in the background.  For many years he served as a scout leader and a Eucharist minister in his church along with raising his three children, Peter, Melody and Fred.

After a Wednesday night meeting of the committee in July of 1998, Richard told us he was meeting up with a few of his Army  buddies to go climbing at Baxter State Park in Maine and would be back for the next meeting.  He never came back.  While climbing to the top of a ridge he suffered a massive heart attack and died instantly.  His friends radioed for help and stayed with the body until sunrise when a helicopter rescued them off the mountain.

His church was overflowing the day of his funeral with friends and family paying their respects and  honoring his memory. Many spoke of the good deeds he did throughout his short life and how grateful they were to have known him.  Richard was 57 years old.

If you have the opportunity to visit the War Memorial Monument, take a moment to read the names on the brick walkways.  Those engraved names represent the supporters who believed in the effort, supported the cause and made it possible for generations to come to remember the sacrifices of our veterans.  

(Note:  After over a dozen years there remained approximately $1,200 left in the War Memorial Fund.  I got in touch with two remaining officers, former Selectman Anthony Cogliano and Margaret Flanagan and we all agreed to turn the funds over to the Veteran’s Council.  The account is now closed)



      Veteran’s Council Treasurer Frank Manning with Janice Jarosz turning over funds.

Two granddaughters visiting their grandfather’s  grave


Melody Smith, Susan (Gilchrist) Smith, and Peter Smith - missing in photo is Fred Smith

           Richard's two children, Melody and Peter, along with Peter's wife Susan,  attended the recent tribute paid to the veteran's and expressed their appreciation the the Military Families organization for honoring all veterans and especially their dad.


                                                            World War II Memorial - 2014




     Saugus High School Lacrosse Team Coming together


                                                 Coach Rick Mazzei and Asst. Coach Rob Scuzarella

     After losing many graduating seniors last years, Coach Rick Mazzei, along with Rob Scuzarella have stepped in to -re-build the  2014 Saugus High School  Lacrosse team.  Coach Mazzei, who played for Notre Dame, began his coaching career at Malden Catholic in a newly introduced sport into the athletic program many years ago and his talent for coaching  brought the program up to the high standards it enjoys today. 
    He retired from coaching last year but found that he missed being a part of a sport he loves.  When he read Saugus was looking for a Lacrosse team he signed on without hesitation.

Coach Mazzei issued the following statement:   I have been really impressed by the work ethic of the team. They give 100 percent at every practice and are extremely easy to coach. Each day they have a goal and that is to be a little better than the day before, and so far they have been achieving their goal daily.  

The leadership of the captains has really helped as we only have four seniors on the squad. Also our Asst. coach Rob Scuzzarella is really done a great job working with the team offense and our goalie Dan Sullivan.  For me I am just excited to be back on the sidelines, and coaching such a hard working group of men as the Saugus Sachem

Matt Waggett, Stephen Wright, Andrew DeMatteo, Cameron Williamson, Nick Vokey.  New additions are Tedson and Anthony who just signed on followed by  Anh Pham

The Irish Contingent 
Mason McGovern, Colin O'Leary and Logan McGovern

Ron Jarosz, Walter Wilson, Ben Martin and Dan Jarosz

Mascot Anthony Sanderson


Team Captains at practice:  Marko Leto,  Brandon Rolli, Chris Sanderson
Nick Furtado - D-Midfield and Walter Wilson -  Midfield 



                                                     Residents and Homeowners

In an ongoing effort to better the Town’s water system, construction will begin on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 on water main installation projects.

This project, which is funded through a zero interest loan program offered by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, will include replacement of portions of water lines on Wonderland Ave and Fairmount Ave, and also Ernest Avenue.

Temporary bypass waterlines will be installed first, followed by replacement of the water main and new copper service lines up to the property line. The excavated portion of the roadway will receive final trench paving.

The contractor that has been awarded the project is Moriarty & Sons, North Andover MA and CDMSMITH is the Town’s engineering firm

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this construction.

Please contact the DPW with any questions.

781-231-4145 or 781-233-2422 (24 Hour Emergency)



Saugus Business Education Collaborative Honors Nine "Unsung Heroes"


The Saugus Business Education Collaborative (SBEC) and Wheelabrator Saugus recently recognized nine Saugus public school students as “Unsung Heroes” during the 10th annual award ceremony. Taking part in the celebration were (front row, left to right) SBEC President and Master of Ceremonies John Smolinsky; Unsung Heroes Connor Ayers, Veterans Memorial School; Emma Gaffey, Oaklandvale School; Isabella Moreschi, Veterans Memorial School; David Woodworth, Waybright School; Tyler Oxley, Lynnhurst School; and Wheelabrator Saugus Plant Manager Eric Lucier. (Back row, left to right) Wheelabrator Saugus representative and SBEC Board member Heidi Choate; and Unsung Heroes Jeanette Giovanangelo, Belmonte Middle School; Amanda Napoli, Belmonte Middle School; Brian Nelson, Saugus High School;  and Stephanie Gaglini, Saugus High School.

     Class of 1954-1957  in Mini Reunion - Verona Cafe, Naples, FL. 



Left to right, Sitting, Frank Coderre, Muriel Bryant Richards, Anne Soper Willson, Standing, Ted Dwyer, Len McCormack, Tom Richards, Cynthia Anderson Dwyer, Carol Danahy McCormack, Moe Carter Coderre, Jane Churchard Galante and Bunky Galante;


                    Selectmen Faiella, Dever, Castinetti
                    and Allan Want Money

   Four selectmen are hoping the sun will shine down on them at the Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 3, 2014.  The four are requesting a legal kitty of $50,000 to contract or expend funds for legal, consulting, professional or services beyond the legal limit of $1,000 per year. Political insiders say they want the money to dismantle both the town manager‘s contract and also to find a legal maneuver to eliminate the present  Saugus Community TV Board of Directors.

In an opinion rendered by Town Counsel John Vasapolli, he stated that, under the town’s Charter, selectmen are only allowed $1,000 per year for an investigation or survey and there is no provision in the town charter which authorizes the selectmen to expend funds for any other purpose.

Vasapolli stated further that, ‘selectmen may only expend sums under this section for investigations or surveys and not for legal, consulting, professional or advisory services – any change in the purpose in this section to authorize the selectmen to expend money for other reasons would require an amendment to the town charter.’ Stay tuned.


        Saugus Military Families Honor Vietnam Veterans

   Members of the Saugus Military Families 'welcomed' home all  returning Vietnam veterans in an impressive and moving program on Saturday, March 29, 2014.  Pastor Bob LeRoe offered the Invocation and then here was a moment of silence in honor of those who were killed in action:

Corporal Michael Allen Deprofio, Private First Class Richard Daniel Devine, Jr, and Specialist Stanley Joseph Egan.

 Presentations were made by Andrew Biggio, Veterans Service officer; Steve Castinetti, Master of Ceremonies, State Senator Thomas McGee, State Representative Donald Wong, Selectman Chairman Ellen Faiella, and Dennis Gould Chairman of the 2015 North Shore Veterans Appreciation Parade.

Reverend Wayne Shirk, Pastor of the New Hope Assembly of God Church,  offered the closing prayer.


President Diane Blengs welcoming the veterans
Back row: Selectmen Ellen Faiella, Maureen Dever and Steve Castinetti

Medals on Display

Rose Lee Vincent, Committee Members Joanne Rappa, Lynne Cardinale, and Ruth Berg


State Senator Thomas McGee with Selectman Debra Panetta

Stan King and Bill Boomhower

Melody, Susan and Peter Smith family members of the late Richard K. Smith Jr.


Vietnam veterans Rick Lovett, Gordon Shepard along with friend Larry Giantonio


               World Series Trophy Visits Saugus



                              SHS Class of 2017


       Left to Right:  Rachael May, Alexandria Lembo, Askley Rolli, McKayla Allan, Alyssa Filippone, Emily Kay and Alex Almquist

   Saugus High School Class of 2017 celebrated the visit and held a benefit raffle for their class on Saturday, March 22, 2014 while lines of students and fans of the Boston Red Sox got a first hand look at the World Series Trophy.


           Mr. Gabriel Valerio, Spanish teacher at Saugus High School couldn't have been more proud of the Boston Red Sox and enthusiastically raised his hands and said, "We Did It!"



                       Coach Paul Petkewich of the Saugus Athletic League (SAL) and new athletes are clustered  around the Red Sox World Series Trophy.  A free baseball clinic is being offered by the Saugus Youth and Recreation and the SAL at the Saugus High School Gym, March 22, 29, April 5 and April 12, 2014 It's FREE!!!  Wear comfortable clothes, sneakers, and bring a baseball glove and water.  Please NO CLEATS.  Mr. Paul Petkewich, coach, along with several high school ball players will offer instruction to new athletes.   To fill out consent form go to www.saugusyouthand   


   Wong Launches his Re-election Campaign


Kick-Off Held February 24, 2014

                             Some of the campaign supporters include:  Selectmen Paul Allen, Maureen Dever, Ellen Faiella and Steve Castinetti, School Committee members Jeannette Meredith and Corinne Riley, Former Town Moderator Bob Long, Town Meeting Members Jean Bartolo, Gene Decareau and  Jeff Moses, Finance Committee Members George DeDomenico and Ken DePatto.


Candidate for Congress Richard Tisei, State Representative Donald Wong and Campaign Coordinator Ellen Faiella

Former RESCO Manager Jim McIver, Charlie Thomas, Gene and Arlene Decareau




 Saugus Welcomes Ten New Firefighters



                Left to Right:  Firefighters Anthony Arone, John Carozza, Michael Cross, Michael Ferreira, Michael Leary Congressman John Tierney, Fire Chief McQuaid, Town Manager Scott Crabtree, Steven Morando, Ryan Poussard, Kenneth Powers, Cory Rutledge, Dennis Sanjurjo.

Saugus, MA: On St. Patty's Day, March 17, 2014, Town Manager Scott Crabtree swore in 10 new fire fighters to the Saugus Fire Department.  All ten new members are residents of Saugus. 
    Mr. Crabtree  welcomed those in attendance and  stated, "approximately three years ago a grant was written to bring the department up to 12 members per group but we didn't qualify.  Last year Congressman John Tierney suggested we re-apply and with his assistance,  Chief Don  McQuaid and myself we re-submitted it  and the results are here today, all ten of them!!! Ten brand new firefighters to not only protect our present firefighters but Saugus is now safer for all of us."
    Fire Chief McQuaid welcomed the new members and commented that  it's a great day for Saugus!!!



Congressman John Tierney


Firefighter Anthony Arone

Firefighter John Carozza

Firefighter Michael Cross

Firefighter Michael Ferreira


Firefighter Michael Leary

Firefighter Steven Morando

Firefighter Ryan Poussard

Firefighter Kenneth Powers

Firefighter Cory Rutledge

Firefighter Dennis Sanjurjo


Proud Family Members

                                               Left to right:  Lois and Charlie Thomas, Bill and Valerie Cross 

    Retired Captain Charles Thomas of the Saugus Fire Department and retired Captain Bill Cross of the Chelsea Fire Department were on hand to witness the swearing in of their family members; For Lois and Charlie it was grandson Michael Ferreira and for Bill and Valerie Cross it was son Michael Cross.



                                      Each new firefighter signed into the town's record book





                         License Renewal Time for your
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Crabtree and Cross Bring Home One Million to Saugus


     Left to Right:   Blue Cross Blue Shield Representatives Adam Thornton, Mark Meunier and  Lawrence Croes, Town Manager Scott Crabtree, PEC Representative Bill Cross, and Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association Representatives Ann Ludlow and Larry Terso.

                                    Manager Receives Municipal Blue Innovation Award

Representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield paid a special visit to Saugus on Thursday to recognize the  efforts of Town Manager Scott Crabtree in being the first town in the state to leave the state run health care program, keep the same services and, in the process, save the Town $1 million.

Many Saugus department heads, including Inspectional Services, Fire Department, Police, Youth and Recreation, Recycling, Health Agent, along with town employees and friends, were in attendance and publicly applauded the efforts of Mr. Crabtree in accomplishing such a major endeavor.

In accepting the plaque and a $5,000 grant, Mr. Crabtree stated, “Without the efforts of Bill Cross and the Public Employee Committee (PEC) this never would have happened.  While collaborating with the union and Blue Cross and after a lot of time, effort, and meetings,  we were able to develop a health plan that was superior to what the state offered while still maintaining the same benefits and, in the process,  save our town  1 million dollars!”

                              Saugus Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting


                  Left to right:  Congressman John Tierney, State Senator Tom McGee, Prince host Steve Castraberti, Chamber Chairman Denise Selden and Vice Chairman John Smolinsky.


                    Town Manager Scott Crabtree greets members of the Saugus Chamber of Commerce               


                         Attorney Chris Finn with Doreen Correnti, of Geriatric Assistance, Saugus, MA


                           Joanne Fortunato with others enjoying the breakfast

   The Saugus Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual meeting on February 25, 2014 at the Prince Restaurant. Congressman John Tierney explained the proposed minimum way increase along with State Senator Tom McGee.  Mr. Jon Hurst of the Retailers Association of Mass and Steve Clark of the Mass Restaurant Association presented their case in opposition to the increase.  The meeting provided Chamber members informative information on the issue.

                             Their 70th Anniversary Photo



                                                                                                          Submitted by Bill Shubert       

                                                    God Bless them All

They once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United States. There were 80 of the Raiders in April 1942, when they carried out one of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation's history. The mere mention of their unit's name, in those years, would bring tears to the eyes of grateful Americans. Now only four survive.

After Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, with the United States reeling and wounded, something dramatic was needed to turn the war effort around.

Even though there were no friendly airfields close enough to Japan for the United States to launch a retaliation, a daring plan was devised. Sixteen B-25s were modified so that they could take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. This had never before been tried -- sending such big, heavy bombers from a carrier.

The 16 five-man crews, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who himself flew the lead plane off the USS Hornet, knew that they would not be able to return to the carrier. They would have to hit Japan and then hope to make it to China for a safe landing.

But on the day of the raid, the Japanese military caught wind of the plan. The Raiders were told that they would have to take off from much farther out in the Pacific Ocean than they had counted on. They were told that because of this they would not have enough fuel to make it to safety.
And those men went anyway.

They bombed Tokyo and then flew as far as they could. Four planes crash-landed; 11 more crews bailed out, and three of the Raiders died. Eight more were captured; three were executed.

Another died of starvation in a Japanese prison camp. One crew made it to Russia .

The Doolittle Raid sent a message from the United States to its enemies, and to the rest of the world: We will fight. And, no matter what it takes, we will win.

Of the 80 Raiders, 62 survived the war. They were celebrated as national heroes, models of bravery. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a motion picture based on the raid; "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," starring Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson, was a patriotic and emotional box-office hit, and the phrase became part of the national lexicon. In the movie-theater previews for the film, MGM proclaimed that it was presenting the story "with supreme pride."

Beginning in 1946, the surviving Raiders have held a reunion each April, to commemorate the mission. The reunion is in a different city each year. In 1959, the city of Tucson, Arizona as a gesture of respect and gratitude, presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of 80 silver goblets. Each goblet was engraved with the name of a Raider.

Every year, a wooden display case bearing all 80 goblets is transported to the reunion city. Each time a Raider passes away his goblet is turned upside down in the case at the next reunion, as his old friends bear solemn witness. Also in the wooden case is a bottle of 1896 Hennessy Very Special cognac. The year is not happenstance: 1896 was when Jimmy Doolittle was born. There has always been a plan: When there are only two surviving Raiders, they would open the bottle, at last drink from it, and toast their comrades who preceded them in death.

As 2013 began, there were five living Raiders; then, in February, Tom Griffin passed away at age 96. What a man he was. After bailing out of his plane over a mountainous Chinese forest after the Tokyo raid, he became ill with malaria, and almost died. When he recovered, he was sent to Europe to fly more combat missions. He was shot down, captured, and spent 22 months in a German prisoner of war camp. The selflessness of these men, the sheer guts ... there was a passage in the Cincinnati Enquirer obituary for Mr. Griffin that, on the surface, had nothing to do with the war, but that emblematizes the depth of his sense of duty and devotion:

"When his wife became ill and needed to go into a nursing home, he visited her every day. He walked from his house to the nursing home, fed his wife and at the end of the day brought home her clothes. At night, he washed and ironed her clothes. Then he walked them up to her room the next morning. He did that for three years until her death in 2005."

So now, out of the original 80, only four Raiders remain: Dick Cole (Doolittle's co-pilot on the Tokyo raid), Robert Hite, Edward Saylor and David Thatcher. All are in their 90s. They have decided that there are too few of them for the public reunions to continue.

The events in Fort Walton Beach marked the end. It has come full circle; Florida’s nearby Eglin Field was where the Raiders trained in secrecy for the Tokyo mission. The town planned to do all it can to honor the men: a six-day celebration of their valor, including luncheons, a dinner and a parade.

                Saugus Cable Chairman Responds to
      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 selectmen's meeting:

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.


             Lights!! Action!!! Camera!!!!


                                                                                                                                               By Janice K. Jarosz

A 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 for viewing.

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)

Public Meetings

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 provides that:

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.

  Inquiring Saugus 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 raining?



                   The People Have Spoken!!!





             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.

           Michael Downing

       At 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." 

      On 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.

      Steve Horlick commented, "Downing had no authorization to obtain CORI information on anyone and I look forward to the trial in March."    

                 Local 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 years.

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 Concord, Massachusetts.

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 watershed.

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 environment.

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 Blees.

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 Award.

                         Winter Street on a Wintry Day in Saugus

                                                                   (Sent to all of our friends down south)


                                                                                                                                          Photo by Jim Harrington

                                    Happy Birthday to Geraldine Haley!!

             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 01915, 978-922-0649.



            Pictured are Gerry’s nieces (l-r) Phyllis Haley Proctor, 1956 Barbara Dearing Celata, 1957
            Phyllis Essery  McEachern, 1960 Gayle Essery Bicknell and Nancy Haley Sweet.


                                       Saugus 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 activities.

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

                                 Gambling on a Hunch

                                                                                                                            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 bunch’ fare.   



Up 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.

Interested applicants 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 regulation.

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 immediately.

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 Massachusetts.

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 casino license.

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…


                  Saugus High School Daily Program for Seniors - 1908- 1909



                Downing Pretrial Continued

  The  pre-trial 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.


                                                Taken from the Saugus Herald 1917




Remember When?

                           Ambulance Gift 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 selectmen.

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 remain impartial."

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 $1,500.00.

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 $10,000.00.

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 Members.

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 anticipated.”

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.


                          Garabedian and 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 David Cottam.

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 Craig’s List

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 Garabedian ED,, 781-718-3616Cell 781-231-2883 Studio.

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 him/her.

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.