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The History of the Saugus War Memorial
By Janice K. Jarosz
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
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
Saugus High School - 1946
The Plaque at the Monument Picture
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
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
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
Town Managers Norm Hansen and Richard Cardillo with
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 -
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
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
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 -
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
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)
Business Education Collaborative Honors Nine "Unsung
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 rec.org.
Wong Launches his
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
Former RESCO Manager Jim McIver, Charlie Thomas,
Gene and Arlene Decareau
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
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
Left to right: Lois and Charlie Thomas, Bill and
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
Each new firefighter signed into the town's record book
License Renewal Time for your
Best Friend is April 1st
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
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!”
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
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
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
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.
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.