Shuts Out Chicago 2-0
DiOrio debacle continues
Submitted by Paul J. Zermani
Why has the complete story been keep undercover? Yes,
there have been intermittent news articles that scratch
the surface of the story, but they never seem to answer
some of the more important questions. The former
superintendent Langlois when questioned would stop short
of any real in- depth explanation by throwing out the
“personnel issue” statement, thereby ceasing to
elaborate on the story. Like wise for the School
committee personnel who also seem to acquiesce once they
hear “personnel issue” statement. Shouldn’t the School
committee, our voted in governing body, have the right
to know? Doesn’t Langlois work for the school committee?
Do they know, but refuse to discuss? It seems that
school personnel, administrators, elected town officials
have adopted a “no ask no tell” policy. Whatever
happened to transparency in government?
Don’t the parents of Saugus High School students along
with the taxpayers have a right to know the exact reason
why DiOrio was put on administrative leave and what was
determined by audit? If DiOrio was cleared of any
criminal wrong doing, and that seems to be the case as
the newspaper articles indicate, then why has he not
been reinstated as principal? Why is he working in the
admin building and at what capacity? What is his rate of
pay? Are the taxpayers footing the bill at a rate of pay
commensurate with his current duties or at a principal’s
And what about the administrative leave process? Why has
he been allowed to go on leave at full compensation
while the matter was investigated? Is his time off
charged to him or does it get swept under the rug and
when he retires or leaves, he is paid for all unused
vacation, sick leave, etc. Why was he allowed to seek
other job opportunities while on paid leave?
As stated above, there are quite a few unanswered
questions that the residents of Saugus have a right to
know. It is incumbent on the school committee to address
the issues at hand and let the public know what the real
Agganis Special Olympics
Honors a Very Special Family
The Agganis Family at a Special Olympics Game 2007
The Agganis Special Olympics was started in 2006 to
honor Steve Agganis for the major contribution he made
in building World Series Park in Saugus that has become
a premier facility for playing baseball. Creating more
opportunity for the youth of Saugus to play baseball was
always the goal in building the park and Steve has been
a major player in making this happen.
Holding a Special Olympics fundraiser each year is a
commitment of World Series Park.
Steve’s son Gerry, who is a special needs young man, was
the inspiration for Agganis Special Olympics. Gerry,
along with his other sons Nikolas and Kosta, who started
playing baseball at the park this year, his wife Rena,
his parents, sister and brother, in-laws and extended
family have been involved in the event every year. The
Agganis family has made the event what it is. In the
previous years a total of over $130,000 has been raised.
The 8th Annual Agganis Special Olympics Day will take
place Saturday, September 14 from 8:30am to 4pm at World
Series Park. In addition to the usual softball
tournament there’ll be a flag football tournament.
Participating in both will be Special Olympics teams
from the area. These are both officially sanctioned
Special Olympics events. A Special Needs obstacle course
will also be conducted. The opening ceremony will take
place at 11:30am and will include a parade of athletes
and Olympics celebrities.
The main-stage will come alive starting at 12:30pm with
the Senior Tones, featuring Howie “Satchmo” Conley. Tom
Rosa & Company, the Brady Academy of Irish Dancing, Beat
ConnXtionz Dance Company, Slurred Vision Band and the
Sons and Daughters of Alexander the Great Greek Dancers
will be performing as well. The whole day will take on a
festival atmosphere that will include various booths,
costumed characters and a large variety of food and
drink. Eddie Palladino, announcer for Boston Celtics
games, will once again be the master of ceremonies. The
public is invited and encouraged to attend. (The Senior
Tones will be performing at Prince Restaurant in Saugus
July 18 7:30-9:30pm.)
All funds raised will go to support a Saugus chapter of
Special Olympics that will be administered by Special
Olympics Massachusetts. This will allow any Special
Needs person from Saugus to participate in the many
sports activities offered by Special Olympics. The
Saugus chapter will also be in partnership with the
Saugus Public Schools to refer any Special Needs
students to the various programs.
Pledges from businesses and individuals can be made
prior to that day and will be acknowledged at the event.
Anyone who would like to make a monetary pledge can
contact Bob Davis at 781-233-4555. Donation checks
should be made payable to Special Olympics Massachusetts
and mailed to World Series Park 8 Holden Ave. Saugus, MA
The new walking
/ bike trail on site of the old railroad bed
A long-time Saugonian sent this picture along with
It is a joy to walk.. Much credit to
those whose vision and work saw it to fruition.. And
continued thanks to those who volunteer to maintain the
A few days ago there was a big tree that was teetering
dangerously behind the junior high.. As you can see it
was promptly removed by the Department of Public Works
after being reported to the Police.
The Boy Scouts and DPW and many other
volunteers deserve credit from the many of us who so
enjoy it. Thank you all!
Saugus Board of Selectmen
June 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Auditorium, 298 Central Street, Saugus, MA
1. Call to order.
2.) Invited Guests: Hannaford’s Employees
3.) Approval of minutes: May 30; and June 4, 2013
4.) Citizen’s Forum.
5.) Continued hearings: 7:40PM SAHAR Corporation, 173
Main Street for S-2 (From 6/4/13)
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, 114 Broadway
7:40 PM Correction to notice printed on: 5/16 & 5/23/13
SAHAR Corporation d/b/a Auto Excellence Group, for
Special Permit (S-2) to allow storage of vehicles for
sale, to be located at 173 Main Street. Application is
also made for Class II Auto Dealer’s License.
7:50 PM J. Pace & Son Downtown, Inc. d/b/a Rosaria’s,
190 Main Street, Unit B, Joseph Pace, manager, for
change in description of licensed premises / alteration
by reducing interior seating and including outside
1.) Annual review of Selectmen’s schedule of fees.
2.) Town Clerk re: request for appointment of Poll
3.) Appointment of Veterans’ Graves Officer.
4.) Town Manager re: information technology agreement
between Saugus & Melrose.
5.) Board proposal to change the name of the Cable
Commission to the Saugus Cable Advisory Board.
6.) Saugus Youth Soccer re: request for banner.
7.) Selectmen’s proposed meeting schedule.
8.) Ms. Budrose re: land donation of 23 Rear Oak Point
9.) Sully C’s, 168 Broadway re: request to extend hours
of operation on Entertainment License.
Tree Overshadows Civil War Memorial
The Saugus Board of
Selectmen are accepting applications for appointment of
Board of Directors for Saugus’ television cable station.
These are volunteer / non paid positions for Saugus
residents. Those interested may submit letter of
interest / resume no later than July 1, 2013 to:
Saugus Board of Selectmen
Saugus Town Hall
298 Central Street,
Saugus, MA -01906
by Wendy Reed, Clerk BOS
Saugus Fans Love the Bruins
Society Strawberry Festival June 15
What is so rare as a day in June? Then if
On Saturday, June 15 the Saugus Historical Society will
hold its annualStrawberry Festival. There will be a
craft, plant, and bric-a-brac fair from 8 AM - 2 PM on
the Roby School Lawn (facing Main Street) and the
grounds of the American Legion Hall beside it (fronting
on Taylor Street). See the work of local crafters and
find bargains on yard sale items! You will be sure to
find some wonderful things. Booklets, historic maps,
Saugus postcards, "Welcome to Saugus" magnets, and many
more local gifts and souvenirs will be for sale. Many
local organizations will be participating, including the
Saugus Garden club and the American Legion post.
An artist will be present to paint you or your child on
the spot. There will be a silent auction featuring an
Underground Railroad wall quilt made by renowned Saugus
quilter Marjorie Berkowitch - supporting documents for
the quilt include the legends and symbolism surrounding
the Underground Railroad squares.
Our delicious old-fashioned Strawberry Shortcake will be
served from 10 AM - 2 PM inside the Legion Hall at 44
Taylor Street. The price remains at $4.00 per shortcake.
Hot dogs, chips, and soda will also be available.
Across the street at 30 Main Street, there will be an
open house at the Saugus Historical Society. The
exhibit, "Saugus in the Civil War" will be open, and Len
Hart will have his Model A on display as well as his
lantern and bottle collection. Visitors will also be
able to view Jack Packer's diorama of the Saugus
The event will be held rain or shine.
Saugonian Donald Junkins Pens 'Buster's Book'
By Tom Sheehan
Because of our resent Memorial Day
Celebration, I have to mention the book compiled by
Donald Junkins, a Lynnhurst boy from way back. who
compiled Buster’s Book, about all the messages from
family and the combat zone between his brother (and
others) that went via the mail during the great wars.
Buster’s Book is on Amazon.com as a soft cover and as a
Kindle book, and I wrote a review of it that says, “Here
is part of our history you’ll not read elsewhere: from
Ground Zero, from the warrior’s place in the middle of
combat to the hearths at home that bred our warriors.
This is a family story of the first order that you will
not read elsewhere. Take a month to read it, take two
months. Digest it. Know first-hand the midst of combat
and the hearth at home where worries are constant
interfaces with each day of separation. Junkins, a
master poet, a master story teller, becomes a master
editor as a compiler of war’s episodes where they
inevitably change life.
He brings the vital experiences of Buster’s Book to
these pages, from both ends of our wars, with all the
emotions from combat zones to kitchen anguish. I have
been at both ends. This is an enormous piece of history
and all the historians, all the veterans, and all those
who carried on at home, for all their wars, ought to
read. Here is the basic richness of family life. Junkins’
introduction, as well as his wife’s, is one of the
warmest I have read, broad history at the family level,
our core, right where history shakes itself loose from
fiction and becomes us at our best.
Letter from a Soldier
This letter was found in my
great grandmother Mrs. Emma Josephine (Parker) Penney’s
bible. I do not know why this was kept but perhaps the
Rowe’s were friends with my family at the time. Janice
Sunday, November 3, 1917
Somewhere in France
Dear Mother and
Well, dear folks,
this is Sunday in France, and I wonder what you all are
doing at home now. How I would like to see all your dear
faces once more. How is Harold getting on? Keep that
little fellow in good health until I return. How I miss
him- in fact, all of you!
Warren, I hope is
still working and doing his bit to help the family out
in their hard struggle to keep things going while this
Great War continues. Let us all hope and pray that some
day it will end, and then enjoy all the joy and
happiness that remain in this world.
News is very scarce
over here, and I would appreciate any amount of news you
could give about the happenings in and around Everett
and Boston. If possible, send the Everett Herald and a
Boston paper as often as possible, but don’t put
yourself at any extra expense, as I know you need every
cent you earn.
Tobacco is another
want over here. I have been without it for almost two
weeks now so send any amount of it and I will see that
you don’t lose anything by it, also reading matter such
as magazines and any kind of literature.
Give my regards to
Mr. Greenwood of the bible class. We have one Y.M.C.A.
here which is doing wonderful work for all the boys over
here. My best regards to all of your friends and tell
them that I am in the best of health, not having been
sick once since leaving Westfield. Of course I have had
minor things such as colds and headaches, sore feet, but
nothing to speak of.
One more word about
the Y.M.C.A. If it wasn’t for them at the present time
we would have one hard time getting along in the way of
Well, how are you,
mother? Gee whiz! How I miss you, your warm suppers and
the many words of consolation I used to get from you. I
can see your peaches and all your preserves on the
shelves in the cellar but what is the use of thinking
those things – they make you homesick, so amen to those
I want to get a
letter individually from you all. I hope you haven’t
forgotten me. In the first two loads of mail I didn’t
receive one letter from any of you, and you can bet I
felt pretty blue at the time, hearing all the other
names called off and nothing for E.M. Rowe.
Well, I’ll stop
now, as I’ve got a cramp in my neck. With love and
thoughts always of you all I remain,
Your loving son,
Edwin M. Rowe, Co M, 104th Regiment, A.E.F.
Memorial Day Parade - May 25, 2013
Veterans Council, under the direction of Commander Steve
Castinetti, paid tribute to and honored all veterans who
served in the Military with a Memorial Service at
Riverside Cemetery and a Memorial Ceremony at Saugus
Despite the disappointing weather, many Saugonians and others attended
both the services and parade on Saturday to honor those
who served and gave their lives so that we can live in
freedom. Public officials in attendance were State
Representative Donald Wong, Selectmen Michael Serino,
Debra Panetta, Steve Horlick and Julie Mitchell. Also
School Committee members Wendy Reed, Corinne Riley and
Rick Doucette. Pastor Bob LeRoe offered both the
Invocation and Benediction at the town hall ceremony.
Commander Castinetti welcomed everyone. thanked all who
contributed to the efforts and read off the names of
former veterans who passed recently. The late Cpl
John (Jack) Penney's name was inadvertently left off the
Saugus Veterans Council Commander Steve Castinetti with
Logistics Officer Rick Fail
Saugus Police and Fire Departments
Saugus Military Families
Saugus Town Manager Scott Crabtree
Graves Registration Officer Randy Briand with troops
Saugus Lions Club - Charlie Thomas and Mike Murphy
Saugus Girl Scouts
Saugus Boy Scouts
Fist Congregational Church hosted a breakfast for Norm,
a parishioner and Grand Marshall
Officer Frank Manning, Keynote Speaker LCDR Stephen R.
Harris, Grand Marshall Norman Hansen, Operations
Officer Arthur Grabowski, and Town Manager Scott
Crabtree, and Soloist Victoria Rose Johnson
Soldier and Long Time Saugonian Larry Goyette - World
Soloist Victoria Rose Johnson
Please keep the following in mind this
Our European Resting
of our dead
France... A total of
2. The American
A total of 5329
3. The American
A total of 4410
England - American
Cemetery... A total
England... A total
6. Epinal, France -
A total of 5525
7. Flanders Field,
Belgium... A total
Italy... A total of
Belgium... A total
10. Lorraine ,
France... A total of
total of 5076
A total of 14246
total of 8301
France... A total of
France... A total of
16. Rhone, France...
A total of 861
17. Sicily, Italy...
A total of 7861
18. Somme, France...
A total of 1844
19. St. Mihiel,
France... A total of
France... A total of
Apologize to no one.
Remind those of our
sacrifice and don't
with leadership. The
And we have to watch
apologizes to Europe
Middle East that
our country is
HOW MANY FRENCH,
BRITS ARE BURIED ON
OUR SOIL... AFTER
AGAINST OUR ENEMIES?
WE DON'T ASK FOR
BUT WE HAVE
ABSOLUTELY NO NEED
Most of the
DO THINK ABOUT THIS.
Submitted by Bill
Familiar Faces of Past Memorial Days
Jack Penney, Fred
Quinlan and Ray Defranzo
George Trahan Post
210 and VFW Life Member Mr. Gillis
Mario Fanti and
Martha Coombs Fanti
Saugus Resident Publishes Novel about Nicaragua
Good Adventurers, a novel
by former Saugus resident Sandra George set in 1991
Nicaragua, tells the story of three courageous women –
two from Massachusetts and one Nicaraguan - who forge
ahead with life and love within the aftermath of
post-war Nicaragua where the cruelty of war and want has
impacted their lives. A blend of
fact and fiction, it is based on the experiences of Ms.
George, who has
traveled and lived in Nicaragua for over 25 years during
which time she has witnessed compassion and courage in
response to incredible hardships and violence. In
1992 she and her husband were captured and threatened by
insurgent bandits near Nicaragua’s border with Honduras.
Published by Open Door
Publishers, The Good Adventurers is
available or can be ordered at area bookstores. It is
also available in paperback and eBook through the
opendoorpublishers.com and on
Amazon.com where it has received excellent reviews. Ms.
George’s Saugus roots extend to her grandparents, the
Smith family who lived on Farrington Avenue after they
immigrated to the U.S. from Nova Scotia.
A number of relatives still live in Saugus.
currently available for book readings and or signings
and can be contacted at
Happy 108 Birthday to Erva!!!
By Judi Alabisio
Pictured is Erva LaMere
(1923) Lynch and Peter Orlando (1957). Evra, who
was born in 1905, will be celebrating her
108th year on June 8, 2013.
She is an incredible, very alert lady living in
Summerfield FL with her daughter Carol (Lynch)
Robertson (1958) and Son- in- law Rob. Peter
and Toni visit them on their drive home to Lowell
where they also stop in Georgia to visit
Peter's uncle Frank. Wishing Erva the happiest of
birthdays and thanking Peter Orlando for sending a
Erva was my mother's best friend...wish she was still alive to
see this picture...you both look great! Judi
Harrington Captures Winter Street through a Lens
"The light was good on the house today and
Spring colors are going strong."
By Jim Harrington
The long arm of the Crane
gets its tree
Is the Town Better Off Today than a Year Ago?
This is the 'Question'
Saugus Town Meeting Members'
Votes on the 'Question'