Salem

Saugus falls short to Gloucester

By HAROLD RIVERA

SAUGUS — When a pitcher is throwing strikes, it’s usually tough for the opposing team to pull out a win. When a pitcher is throwing strikes and leading the team at the plate, it becomes even tougher.

That was the theme of Gloucester’s 4-2 win over Saugus at World Series Park on Monday. Gloucester starting pitcher Marc Phinney tossed 5 2/3 strong innings and went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.

“He (Phinney) has pitched a lot for us, the way the schedule’s worked out he’s made four starts for us now,” Fishermen coach Bryan Lafata said. “He’s a senior, a captain, three-year varsity player. He doesn’t wow you, but he hits his spots. He definitely was our leader today.”

Monday’s game was tied 2-2 heading into the top of the seventh inning, before Phinney brought home Matt Smith with the go-ahead run. Two batters later, Gloucester added an insurance run with a single off the bat of Jack Sperry, scoring Liam Lyons for the 4-2 advantage.

The loss puts Saugus at 2-5 on the season, and is especially tough on the Sachems given the performance they received from pitcher Steve Ruggiero. Ruggiero threw six innings and fanned seven Gloucester batters.

“Ruggiero pitched a good game,” Sachems coach Joe Luis said. “(In the top of the seventh) they had two righties up to bat, eighth and ninth hitters. Ruggiero was over 100 pitches, so we brought in relief.

“He tossed a good game but at 100 pitches, we can only let him go so far,” Luis added. “We can’t let him throw much more than that, it’s a long season.”

The Fishermen took the first lead of the game, 1-0, thanks to an RBI single from Matt Heckman in the top of the second inning. Sal Costanzo led off the inning with a single and advanced to second after Jeremy McCollum was hit by a pitch. Costanzo then took third on a passed ball and scored on Heckman’s RBI single.

Saugus tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the frame. Nick Dascoli reached first base on an error to start the rally. A pair of walks drawn by Jimmy Alcott and Justin Horvath loaded the bases for Paul Stamatopoulos, who tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Sachems threatened for more, but Phinney forced a 6-4-3 double-play to end the inning with no further damage.

The game remained tied at 1-1 until Gloucester reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth. Ryan Strescino singled to start the inning. Pinch-runner Nate Young advanced to second after a single from Heckman. A double-steal placed runners on second and third, with no outs, for Phinney. The pitcher’s sacrifice fly to center scored Young to give Gloucester a 2-1 edge.

A solo home-run from Dascoli in the bottom of the sixth gave Saugus life and tied the game at 2-2. Dascoli’s blast cleared the fences in left-center, good for his first home run of the season.

“That was big,” Luis said. “We had a chance, possibly, to get the winning run in the seventh if we hold them in the top of the inning, but it is what it is.”

Gloucester scored twice in the seventh for the 4-2 win.

“Normally it’s good to win close games,” Lafata said. “Unfortunately every game has been like that for us this year. We’ve had two extra-inning games. Our reliever, Liam Lyons, that’s his third win this season. Marc’s pitching well but he hasn’t gotten the wins. That’s the funny thing about it.”

Both teams are back at it on Wednesday when Gloucester (5-2) battles Salem and Saugus clashes against Danvers.

Things going well with Donovan at Salem State

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Al Donovan, the new baseball coach at Salem State, says things are going well in his first season at the helm.

By HAROLD RIVERA

 

SALEM — During his days with the Lynn Tech baseball team, Al Donovan was a standout pitcher.

A 1984 graduate, Donovan, compiled a 21-3 record on the mound in his three seasons as a Tiger.

Now Donovan’s tackling a big role just five miles north of his hometown. Last August, Donovan was named head coach of the baseball team at Salem State University after two seasons as pitching coach.

With Donovan at the helm, the Vikings are off and running this season. Salem State started the season with a spring trip to Arizona, where the Vikings matched up against a slate of top competition from around the country.

The games in Arizona gave the new head coach an early indication of what his team will look like this year. That indication, Donovan said, was one that he liked.

“Things are pretty good (this season),” Donovan said. “We had a successful trip to Arizona. We went 7-4 and played some great competition. It was tough for our pitching staff to stay intact during that stretch but they did well. Our bats left with five home runs, so we hit the ball well. It was a successful trip.”

Since returning from Arizona, the Vikings have gone 8-8, placing them at 15-13 on the season.

They earned a big 5-3 win over Endicott earlier this week, after losing to the Gulls, 4-0, in the Vikings’ first game of the season.

“I’m happy with the way we’re playing ball,” Donovan said. “We just need to be a little more consistent in what we do from hitting, to pitching and fielding. If we’re a little more consistent, we’ll be in good shape.”

The Vikings won the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) in each of Donovan’s two seasons as pitching coach. Donovan foresees a competitive set of conference games ahead.

“It’s going to be a tough conference this year,” Donovan said. “Everyone’s improved this year: Worcester State University, Mass Maritime, Framingham State. It’s going to be a battle. Everyone comes to play. It’s going to be a tough road. Every year it comes down to pitching and defense. We need to go out and battle every single week.”

In adjusting to his new role as head coach, Donovan has noticed that leading the program comes with new responsibilities. Time management has been key as he tackles those responsibilities.

“There’s a lot that goes into being the head coach from trying to raise money to support your spring trip, to making sure you have everything in compliance, to scheduling,”

Donovan said. “You have to be able to manage your time. Time management is important.”

Luckily Donovan has had two full seasons with the Vikings to lean on, meaning he didn’t come into the role without familiarity with his players.

“It’s a good part of it, being here the past two years with the pitching staff,” Donovan said. “I’m able to know the individual players and their strengths and weaknesses.”

Joining Donovan on the coaching staff are former Vikings catcher Mike Lamothe, Angelo Salustri and John Sheehan.

Among the many conversations that the coaches have had together is one about the handful of local players on the team. Salem State carries 11 players from the North Shore area on its roster, including Lynners Nick Day, Joe Kasper and Matt Stanley. Also among the locals is a trio of pitchers from Peabody in Tyler Fitzgerald, Steve Leavitt and Andrew McLaughlin, as well as co-captain Teghan Malionek from Salem.

Donovan credited the pack of local talent on his team to the high school coaches in the area who have developed successful programs.

“I’ve talked to my assistant coaches about this, I’m a big believer that the North Shore is rich in high school baseball,” Donovan said. “That’s to the credit of the coaches in the area. A number of these coaches are outstanding coaches and do a great job developing players. If we can keep these guys at home, we’ll have a great program. It’s a great aspect.”

As the Vikings move into conference play, Donovan’s goal is for his team to improve on a daily basis. If the team finds the right combination of pitching, hitting and defense, Salem State should be right back in the thick of things in MASCAC.

“We’re trying to improve every single day to be the best possible team we can be,” Donovan said. “The kids are working very hard. Progression is starting to take its place. As we’re progressing, we need to get to a point to where we’re doing it consistently. I couldn’t ask for a better group of kids that are working hard.”

Warren: Unless we fight, they won’t believe us

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren rallies the crowd at Salem High School.

By LEAH DEARBORN

SALEM — “I’m going to say something really controversial — I believe in science,” said U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren to a packed auditorium at Salem High School Thursday night.

Warren was answering one of about 80 questions submitted by attendees to a town hall forum. The inquiry was about how Environmental Protection Agency budget cuts will affect the North Shore, an area with a long history of industrial pollution.

“We need to be thinking about how we are going to keep ourselves going in a world that’s changing around us,” said Warren, who advocated for doubling down on science and infrastructure funding.   

Many of the forum attendees were from Salem, Marblehead, and Nahant, but a few came from as far as Lawrence to ask their questions.

Warren gave a particularly passionate response to a question about how the Democratic party can send a unifying message to voters. The answer lies in action as opposed to a change in branding, she said.

“The reality is, unless we’re going to get out there and fight … no one’s going to believe us,” said Warren. “Why should they believe us?”

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The topic of universal health care came up, which Warren called a basic human right. She acknowledged the existence of issues with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, but said the constant initiatives to repeal it have stood in the way of making critical adjustments.  

Marblehead resident Jason Mondale brought up a bill Warren introduced with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to decrease the cost of hearing aids.

Warren described the bipartisan bill as an example of a small crack in the law where legislators were able to work for an effective change.  

National issues such as the recent decision by the Trump administration to attack Syria were addressed by Warren, who assured the crowd that the president cannot take additional military action without the approval of Congress. She said if he wants a shot of getting that approval, he will need to explain his plan of action in detail first.

“We are safer when people in other countries are safer,” said Warren. She said in many instances, building partnerships can be more effective than deploying weapons.  

A vocal critic of the Trump administration, Warren is up for re-election next year.

Swampscott sizes up rail trail plan

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A map shows the path of the planned Swampscott Rail Trail. 

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT — Residents got a chance to sound off on plans to convert abandoned railroad tracks into a community rail trail on Thursday night with opponents citing safety, privacy, wildlife and cost concerns. Proponents say the trail provides health benefits and a safe, alternative mode of travel.

Residents packed a room at Swampscott High School for an informational meeting on the rail trail, with heated comments and questions fielded by Peter Kane, director of community development, who started off the discussion with a presentation.

Elizabeth Pappalardo, an abutter of where the trail would be, said her concern was not just about privacy with people making use of it near her property. Her backyard has become home to wildlife, she said, and she sees deer, foxes and skunks. She said she was concerned for the animals who would be displaced.

Pappalardo said she and other neighbors may not be comfortable having swing sets in their backyards, with people cruising through Salem and Marblehead, as the trail would link to the ones in those two communities. She was worried about safety, saying she wouldn’t be able to have her kids in the backyard by themselves any more.

“We’re asking for your help to protect our children, privacy, safety and our town,” Pappalardo said.

Jonathan Leamon, a Swampscott resident, said he is in favor of the trail. As a bicycle rider, he said it’s pretty much a downer when the trail comes into Swampscott and just ends. He argued that the incidences of crime along the rail trails is actually down.

“My goal is to have a rail trail in my lifetime,” Leamon said. “Now that I’m retired, I’d really like to ride on it while I can still ride a bicycle.”

Town Meeting members in May will be asked to approve a warrant article requesting $850,000 to be used for the design and engineering of the trail location within the National Grid corridor, as well as the legal fees and costs for acquisition of the easement rights, as previously reported in The Item.

The Town Meeting funds would not be for construction of the trail, which would be paid for by donations, grants and private funds, officials said.

Kane said $240,000 of those requested funds would be used to hire professionals for design and engineering costs. About $610,000 would for acquisition of easement rights, where the town would work with the property owners (National Grid and/or other parties) to secure the rights. This may be done through eminent domain, with compensation for owners, or by donation/gift of the land.

Town officials met with National Grid representatives in 2014 and 2015, who were believed to be the sole owners of the easement wanted by the town for the trail. Officials said the town had previously been in discussions to acquire the easement from the company for little to no cost, but it has since been learned that National Grid doesn’t appear to own all of the land. Through a title process, numerous owners have been identified, which could include abutters.

The two-plus mile trail would run from the Swampscott Train Station to the Marblehead line at Seaview Avenue connecting with the Marblehead Rail Trail, which also links to trails in Salem. The 10-feet wide trail would cross Paradise Road, Walker Road and Humphrey Street and then go into Marblehead, officials said.

The rail bed, where National Grid power lines run to Marblehead, has been vacant since the 1960s, when the Marblehead railroad branch shut down. It was sold to National Grid’s predecessor.

The town has full rights to the area that separates the ballfields behind the middle school and the middle school. The town would have to acquire the remainder of the easement for recreational use.

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Brian Maloney said he was one of the abutters who thinks that he owns land on part of the easement the town is looking to acquire. He said he has legitimate concerns about crime at his house. There have been breaking and enterings up and down the path, he said. Another abutter, who didn’t want to share his name, said he had been robbed three times, and the way the people got access was through the trail.

Maloney said he was also a father of three children and said “I never would have bought this house if I knew this was the case.” He had also grown up in the house, which has been in his family for three generations.

Town Meeting has voted for the creation of the trail on four separate occasions, including three times since 2002, Kane said. In 2009, Town Meeting gave the town the authority to use eminent domain for a recreational easement, but didn’t allocate the funds for that process.

“After 17 years, we sit here tonight,” said Paul Dwyer, an abutter. “We’re going to bet $850,000 that we may be able to finish this with donations.”

Not all abutters were against the trail.

“I don’t have any concerns,” said Frances Weiner. “I welcome the trail.”

Weiner said she was not afraid of being killed on the rail trail. She said she was more afraid of being killed on her bike riding to the rail trail.

Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Ruggiero denied Peabody superintendent post

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Debra Ruggiero answers questions during an interview for the superintendent position.

By ADAM SWIFT

PEABODY — Interim Superintendent Herb Levine will likely serve one more year as the head of the school district.

The search for a new superintendent came to a temporary end Wednesday night, when the Peabody School Committee voted to request a waiver from the state’s Department of Education allowing Levine to stay on for another year because of a critical shortage of qualified superintendent candidates.

The vote means Debra Ruggiero, the principal of Lynn’s Harrington School and the last finalist standing in the committee’s superintendent search, will not be offered the Peabody position.

Committee members praised Ruggiero, but the members were united in saying they were disappointed there were no candidates brought forward with the kind of central office experience they believe Peabody needs. The two other finalists, John Oteri and Arthur Unobskey, were offered the top school jobs in Malden and Wayland, respectively, and withdrew from consideration in Peabody.

“I think the three finalists we had were excellent people, I just think they lacked the district experience,” said School Committee member Tom Rossignoll. “We want somebody with district experience, and that was not offered to us.”

Several committee members also said they believed the search process, which was overseen by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, started a little too late this year to bring in enough qualified candidates.

“I think one of the problems with starting a little late is that candidates were scooped up quickly,” said School Committee member Brandi Carpenter. “If we’re going to do it again, we need to start earlier and we need to think outside the box.”

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Carpenter also said she felt Ruggiero was an excellent candidate, but that she and the other finalists lacked the budget and contract negotiation skills needed in such a large district.

“I too, although it was not the fault of the candidates, was disappointed in the pool,” said committee member Jarrod Hochman. “This is a quasi-urban community with over 6,000 students, over 1,000 employees, and a $72 million budget. We had candidates who did not have experience with collective bargaining, and not one candidate had experience formulating a budget beyond the building or department level.”

Committee members noted that the process next year should wrap up by March, rather than April, in an effort to get a jump on the best candidates.

For Levine, the 2017-18 school year will be his third year in a row as interim superintendent in Peabody. The former Salem school chief was also the interim superintendent in Peabody during the 2011-12 school year.

Levine said he is willing to stay on in the interim position for another year, but that he was drawing a line in the sand.

“I’m not going to work beyond that; I’m going to be 70 years old,” he said. “I’m proud to have the privilege to steer the ship for one more year.”

 

Next steps for Swampscott rail trail

SWAMPSCOTT — Plans to convert abandoned railroad tracks into a community rail trail will be outlined in a public forum at the Swampscott High School cafeteria Thursday at 7 p.m.

A second informational meeting on the rail trail will be Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in room B129 at the high school.

“It’s just to learn more and to also be part of the next step of bringing the rail trail to town,” said Peter Kane, director of community development.

Town officials said in a press release it’s been years in the making, but the next big step to making the Swampscott Rail Trail a reality will take place during Town Meeting May 15.

The Board of Selectmen have unanimously sponsored a warrant article requesting $850,000 to be used for the design and engineering of the trail location within the National Grid corridor, as well the legal fees and costs for acquisition of the easement rights, as previously reported in The Item.

The Town Meeting funds would not be for construction of the trail, which would be paid for by donations, grants and private funds, officials said.

Kane said the meetings will give a history of the rail trail process, what the actual process is going forward, show the plan of the relative location of the trail, and discuss how the money will be used.

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The two-plus mile trail would run from the Swampscott Train Station to the Marblehead line at Seaview Avenue, connecting with the Marblehead Rail Trail, which also links to trails in Salem. The 10-feet wide trail would cross Paradise Road, Walker Road and Humphrey Street and then go into Marblehead, officials said.

The rail bed, where National Grid power lines run to Marblehead, has been vacant since the 1960s, when the Marblehead railroad branch shut down. It was sold to National Grid’s predecessor.

The town has full rights to area that separates the ballfields behind the middle school and the middle school. The town would have to acquire the remainder of the easement for recreational use.

The trail was identified as a priority in the Open Space & Recreation Plan in 2013 and last year in the Master Plan process. Town Meeting has approved the creation of the trail on three separate occasions, officials said.

Visit www.swampscottrailtrail.org for information on the rail trail and Town Meeting warrant article.

 

Divers search Foster Pond for evidence

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Authorities are on scene at Foster Pond in a search for evidence.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SWAMPSCOTT Divers took to Foster Pond to recover evidence from a home invasion that occurred in Salem about a month ago.

Swampscott Police Sgt. Tim Cassidy said detectives from the department are working with the Salem Police Department to search the pond. Authorities believe someone threw an item, which he declined to identify, into the pond following the invasion.

“They received information that something was in there,” Cassidy said. “That someone had thrown something, maybe evidence, in there.”

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Several residents, including Fisher Avenue resident Chris Miles, were initially alarmed by the large truck labeled Salem Police Special Operations and police in diving equipment. Miles said he asked a police officer on scene.

“He said the neighborhood is safe and that they were helping Salem investigate a case,” he said.

Cassidy said police will return later in the week to continue the search.

“It was a little murky today so (divers will) try to go back,” he said.


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Peabody has say in statewide conversation

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Patrick Maguire talks to Massachusetts state senators about real estate.

By LEAH DEARBORN

PEABODY — It was the North Shore’s turn to host a Commonwealth Conversation in the form of a Town Hall Forum at the Higgins Middle School on Tuesday night.

Commonwealth Conversations began as a way for members of the Senate and local government to hear citizen concerns in nine areas of the state.

Members of the audience were given two minutes to stand before legislators and speak their minds on whatever issue they wished to address.

State Sen. Joan Lovely of the Second Essex District was one of nine senators present for the forum, along with State Rep. Thomas Walsh (D-Peabody).

Earlier in the day, the legislators visited Roca in Chelsea, attended a forum regarding transportation at the Lynn Museum and took a development walking tour of Malden.

“You’re going to see something very unusual. Twenty-five percent of the state Senate not saying a word,” said State Sen. Michael Rodrigues.

A few topics, such as climate change, the privatization of the MBTA, and animal cruelty came up several times throughout the night, but the concerns of citizens ran a wide gamut.

Patrick Maguire, president-elect of the North Shore Association of Realtors came to the podium to talk about housing affordability, which he said faces barriers in local zoning laws and could be addressed through the passage of Bill S.94.

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Carl Nellis, a Gloucester resident who works in Peabody, was at the forum on behalf of political group Essex County #6 Indivisible in support of the Safe Communities Act, designed to prevent local law officers from becoming involved with immigration enforcement.   

Others in the audience sought support for carbon pricing bills as a means of cutting carbon emissions in the state. Sue Kirby of Salem endorsed the incremental raising of the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021.

“No one should work full-time and make so little that they can’t make ends meet,” she said.

The town hall forums are part of the process by which the Senate sets its agenda. Commentary provided in the forums was written up in a report at the end of the senators’ previous tour.

Higgins named principal at South School

By ADAM SWIFT

PEABODY – A familiar face is returning to the South School as its new principal.

Mark Higgins, a former South School assistant principal who has been principal at the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School in Salem for the past decade, has been named to replace Monique Nappi at the South School.

Nappi is retiring effective June 30, and Higgins will take the reins on July 1.

“Dr. Higgins brings a wealth of educational and leadership experience to this position, as he has been a very successful principal in Salem for the past 13 years and recently earned his doctoral degree as well,” interim superintendent Herb Levine stated in a letter to the school committee. “I know Dr. Higgins to be a wonderful human being, someone who loves kids and has superb interpersonal skills as well. I am certain that Dr. Higgins will be a great fit for the terrific South School community.”

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Levine said Higgins was the one finalist moved forward by a screening committee of parents, teachers, and school administrators and community members. Levine said he and Higgins were able to quickly agree on a contract.

Higgins is a Peabody resident, and said he is happy to be coming back to the community where he lives and his three children go to school.

“It’s nice to come back and to not be a stranger,” said Higgins. He said that while he does know a number of people in Peabody, he is looking forward to meeting the new students and families of the South School community.

While Higgins said he is happy to return to Peabody, he appreciated the years he spent in Salem.

“I went to Salem 13 years ago from the South School,” he said. “I loved my time there, and Salem was my hometown, so it worked out great.”

There will be a meet and greet with Higgins for members of the South School community at the school on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.

“I hope that as many of the South School community as possible will be able to join us in welcoming Dr. Higgins to the Peabody Public Schools,” Levine said.

 

William G. Potter, 95

William Goodwin Potter, 95, of Danvers and Hamilton, died peacefully at home on April 10, 2017. Husband of Mary Theresa Potter who predeceased him, he was the son of the late William G. and Margaret Potter.

Born in Salem, Bill graduated from Salem High School in 1939. He worked as a lifeguard at Forest River Park, was active at the Salem YMCA and hiked and skied in the White Mountains. Before volunteering for military service with the U.S. Marine Corps in WWII, Bill was on the track team and graduated from Boston College in 1943 and, upon completion of his military service, he graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1948.

He served as a USMC paratrooper in the Pacific Theater before being reassigned to the 5th Marine Division, 26th Marine Regiment, which led the invasion of Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. military history. The 5th Marine Division sustained the highest casualty rate among the three Marine divisions involved in the invasion and Bill received the Purple Heart for wounds he received there. He also received the Presidential Unit citation, the Asiatic Pacific theater citation and the National defense and service awards for his military service. Bill was recalled to active duty service during the Korean conflict and was assigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C. Bill ended his military service with the rank of Major.

Although Bill thought he was going to work in the legal field following his graduation from Georgetown University Law School, he soon realized that his professional life and personal interest was in the field of education so he returned to school and obtained a Master’s degree in Education from Salem State College. He then spent his next very satisfying decades teaching civics and history at Danvers High School.

A month ago and after 70 years of marriage, the love of Bill’s life, his wife Mary, died. Bill was inconsolable; he died of a broken heart. The two of them, Bill and Mary, had been inseparable; if you saw Bill, Mary would be at his side, and together they relished the challenges of raising a large family. In retirement, they enjoyed spending time at their cabin in the Mt. Washington Valley, N.H., and at their residence in Florida as well as their travels abroad, especially to Ireland.

Bill is survived by his 11 children Julie Zohn and her husband Bob of Boston, Adria Lancaster and her husband Bill of Walpole, Judy Potter of Al Wakrah, Qatar, Bruce Potter and his wife Anita of Danvers, Suzanne Allison and her husband Bob of Topsfield, David Potter and his wife Liz of Danvers, Mary LeBlanc and her husband Mike of Danvers, Mark Potter and his wife Ginny of Hamilton, Shawn Potter and his wife Barbara of Hamilton, Richard Potter and his wife Helen of Hamilton, William Potter and his wife Margo of Middleton and New York City. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Salvo of Salem, Gratia Milliken of Windham, N.H., 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sisters Margaret MacDonald and Pauline Papalardo.

The Potter family would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the nurses, aides and chaplain from All Care VNA and Hospice who provided professional and compassionate care to their father.

Service information: Visitation will be held at the CAMPBELL Funeral Home at 525 Cabot St., Beverly on Tuesday, April 11, from 4-7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Annunciation Church at 24 Conant St., Danvers. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Information, directions, condolences at Campbellfuneral.com.

Big names at fundraiser for Northeast Arc

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Tom Gould, owner of Treadwell’s Ice Cream and Peabody city councilor-at-large, and Gabriella Foley of Swampscott are just two of the participants in Northeast Arc’s fashion show fundraiser.

Swampscott’s Kim Carrigan, host of the Boston.com Morning Show on WRKO-AM,  will host Northeast Arc’s “An Evening of Changing Lives” fundraiser on April 29 at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers.

For the first time, the event will feature more than a dozen local celebrities, dignitaries, and business leaders in a fashion show.

Each of these volunteers will be paired with individuals whose lives are changed as a result of the community’s support of the Northeast Arc’s services. They will walk the runway in clothes supplied by Brooks Brothers and the Gap at the Northshore Mall; J. Mode in Salem; Infinity Boutique in Swampscott; and lululemon.

Northeast Arc is a Danvers-based nonprofit that helps children and adults with disabilities become full participants in the community.

The event will also serve to honor Jeffrey Musman of Nahant, a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

“Jeffrey has been a longtime supporter of the Arc, serving as an instrumental member and past president of our board,” said Jo Ann Simons, CEO. “Jeff’s firm has been at the forefront of employing individuals with disabilities.”

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The evening will include a wine tasting by Kappy’s Fine Wine & Spirits, dinner, and an auction. Hank Morse of the Loren & Wally Show on 105.7 WROR will serve as auctioneer.

Fashion show participants include Jay Ash, Massachusetts secretary of housing and economic development; Lauren Beckham-Falcone of the Loren & Wally Show; RoAnn Costin, president of Reservoir Capital Management; Jim Ellard, CEO of New England BioLabs; Tom Gould, owner of Treadwell’s Ice Cream and Peabody city councilor-at-large; Elisa Holt, 2015 Mrs. Massachusetts; Mitch Holt of Liberty Mutual; Steve Immerman, president of Montserrat College of Art; Chris MacKenzie, office managing partner at RSM Boston; Daniel Miller, anchor and reporter at FOX 25; Quincy Miller, president of Eastern Bank; Kendra Petrone of Magic 106.7; Marty Willis, chief marketing officer of TIAA; and Mikki Wilson, director of marketing and business development at Cabot Wealth Management.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets to the event are available.  For more information, contact Susan Ring Brown at srbrown@ne-arc.org or (978) 624-2487.

Union Hospital to shut down by 2019

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An aerial view of North Shore Medical Center Union Hospital is seen in this August 2016 file photo.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — Union Hospital’s days are numbered.

Dr. David J. Roberts, who took over as president of the North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) this week, said the city’s only hospital will be shuttered in the fall of 2019 and sold.

Its closure will coincide with the opening of a $210 million campus in Salem. The new building will include an emergency room and two dozen medical/surgical beds. The Spaulding building will be renovated and become a mental health center. “The new NSMC facility will be completed in October of 2019 and at that point the Union campus will close,” he said.

Today Union Hospital offers an ER, inpatient pediatric and geriatric psychiatry,  intensive care units and a medical floor for patients recovering from orthopedic surgery.  

Last year, they served 20,000 ER patients and averaged about 50 medical/surgical patients.

Roberts said it’s still unclear what kind of urgent care will remain in Lynn.

Union Hospital could close earlier if demand for service continues to dwindle, he said.

“We are seeing fewer people using the hospital since we announced plans the closure,” Roberts said.

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As Partners HealthCare, which operates NSMC, struggles financially, it recently eliminated 166 positions or 5 percent of its workforce.

“We are a financially challenged,” he said. “I don’t think patients are feeling significant effects of it because it was mostly administrative positions.”

Partners posted the biggest annual operating loss in its 22-year history in 2016 when it reported $108 million in losses on operations in the year that ended Sept. 30.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com.

 

Swampscott gives the Green(wood) light

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT — Town officials are moving forward with a proposal from Groom Construction to redevelop the shuttered former Swampscott Middle School on Greenwood Avenue.

On Wednesday night, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a proposal from Salem-based Groom Construction, which had submitted two concepts. The town will now enter into negotiations with the company.

The first concept, for 28 apartments or condominiums, adhered to the zoning approved at Town Meeting last spring. In lieu of not offering any affordable housing, Groom would contribute $150,000 to the town’s affordable housing trust. The second concept was for a 60-unit Chapter 40B affordable housing project, with 25 percent of the apartments or condominiums allocated as affordable.

Groom submitted a response to the most recent Request for Proposals issued by the town. It gave developers an option to submit a plan that conformed to the zoning approved at Town Meeting last spring for a single structure with 28 units on the site that had to adhere to an affordable housing component, or for a Chapter 40B affordable housing project. Developers also had the option to present proposals for both options.

The selectmen approved the proposal with the 28-unit building as the primary, and the 60-unit 40B project as an alternative, if there was litigation from the neighbors for the primary concept, according to Naomi Dreeben, chairwoman of the board of selectmen.

“I would very much like to proceed with the 28-unit building,” said Dreeben. “As much as I want to see more affordable housing in the town, I think 60 units and a larger building is not something I would like in that location. I would like to see it smaller.”

Neighbors have expressed concern that a 28-unit structure would be out of character with the existing neighborhood. They, along with other residents with an interest in the project, filed a citizen’s petition for Town Meeting in May, hoping to reuse the building. Citizens of Swampscott for Adaptive Reuse, want to privately fund $60,000 for a feasibility study to investigate all possible uses for the site. Residents urged the selectmen to delay their vote on the proposal before the article could be voted on.

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“A vote tonight is going to strip, in my opinion, it will strip the Town Meeting members’ right, as a legislative body, to vote on a pending matter,” said Benjamin Agoes, an abutter.

Agoes said the “soul of Swampscott is going to be decided by what ultimately sits on the top of Greenwood Avenue,” and the town’s civic pride, commitment to its Master Plan and respect for zoning bylaws was at stake.

“I’d like to see that (building) serve some public purpose,” said Richard Frenkel, who filed the citizen’s petition. “It’s a personal preference, but that’s the way I feel about it.”

Agoes questioned why the selectmen were representing Groom versus “the people,” with other residents in attendance saying it was blackmail.

“I’ve heard that numerous times,” said Dreeben. “We’re elected officials. We are charged with doing what we believe is in the best interest of the town, and the town is a whole entire town. We understand that our town has numerous neighborhoods and that people in different neighborhoods have different interests and priorities. And so, it is on our shoulders to look at the full picture of the town and take a balanced approach to development and preservation. And so, we must make that decision.

“That is what we must do and I have worked very hard to mitigate the negative impact of what I thought was too big a development without enough consideration for neighbors originally. But for arguing about whether you individually or 20 people are the people, versus the 14,000 people who live in the town, that’s not an argument I’m going to enter into.”

Laura Spathanas, board vice-chair, said the selectmen’s job is to honor Town Meeting votes, and “we haven’t done that.”

“This has been a long process,” Spathanas said. “I feel like it has not been rushed … We’ve tried to listen to everybody’s wants in the town … We are going to honor the Town Meeting vote. I agree that the smaller unit is something that would fit up there.”  

The proposal price from Groom is $1.2 million. Director of community development Peter Kane said the company requested that they be credited for costs associated with the demolition and abatement costs, which Groom estimated around that $1.2 million figure. He said the town has not agreed to that request, which will be part of negotiations.

In January, the selectmen decided to act upon the advice of Town Counsel and issue another RFP with both options. The board had been slated to either approve or deny a proposal from Groom Construction to convert the former middle school into 28 luxury apartments or condominiums, with three garage outbuildings on site.

Selectman Peter Spellios said at the time that Town Counsel recommended reissuing the RFP because the neighbors had been clear that they were intending to again bring litigation against the town if it went forward with Groom’s proposal. A 40B project, in which 25 percent of units would have to be affordable, would give the town protection against a potential spot zoning lawsuit from neighbors, as it is exempt from zoning, and therefore, harder to appeal, he said.

The board decided to table the proposal from Groom, leaving the option open for them to respond to the new RFP. The town is already in the midst of pending litigation with Groom, which originally won approval for a 41-unit condominium project on the site in 2012. That suit has to be settled before the town can proceed with the sale of the property.

The lawsuit stemmed from an initial zoning change approved at Town Meeting, which allowed for a multi-family unit on the parcel. That was overturned in Massachusetts Land Court after neighbors filed suit in 2014, and zoning reverted back to single-family housing.

Selectman Donald Hause said the town was trying to prevent the possibility of a much more dense 40B development than the one proposed. If there is no legal settlement and Groom wins the lawsuit, the company could proceed with the 28 units zoning allows or build a much larger 40B project, where the town would not have the same control.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

 

Fenwick wins clash of CCL rivals

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Fenwick’s Colbi Flickinger and St. Mary’s Nikki Bendickson vie for a loose ball.

By KATIE MORRISON

PEABODY — The Bishop Fenwick girls lacrosse team took the lead early and never relinquished it on its home turf, taking down visiting Catholic Central League rival St. Mary’s, 12-5, on Tuesday. Molly Camelo had a big offensive game for the Crusaders (2-0) with five goals, while a total of six Fenwick players found the back of the net.

“We started out the game how we wanted, then leveled out for a bit there, but we made the adjustments we needed to,” said first-year Fenwick coach Bridget Dullea. “We possessed the ball longer and did a much better job in the second half, and I was happy with that.”

Fran Carpinella had two goals and one assist, while Hannah Durkin and Maddy Bethune each had one goal and two assists. Meg Carney and Brigid Waldron each scored one goal and Colbi Flickinger had one assist.

For the Spartans (1-1), Codi Butt led the way with two goals, while Liz Weisse had one goal and one assist. Sarah Ryan had one goal and Riley Lynch had one assist.

St. Mary’s, who was coming off a big 17-6 win over CCL foe Arlington Catholic in which seven players scored, didn’t quite have the offensive firepower in its second game, but coach KC Butt still liked what she saw from her team.

“I’m pretty happy with how the girls played today,” said Butt, who was missing some players due to injury. “We have some new girls out there who haven’t really played the game before, and to see what they were able to do against a quality program like (Fenwick) makes me really excited for what’s to come. We’re just going to build on this.”

The Crusaders came out firing to open the game, with Camelo notching two goals within the first 1:15 of action. The Spartans answered back with a goal from Ryan, but Fenwick put up two more goals over the next two minutes to keep the lead at two goals. With about 14 minutes left, Butt got the Spartans on the board and then put another one in six minutes later to cut it to 4-3 and give the Spartans some momentum. But Fenwick was able to slow the momentum when Bethune scored on an assist from Durkin with just over a minute to play in the half, putting the score at 5-3 going into the break.

“We made a lot of good plays early to keep ourselves in it, but turnovers hurt us in the end,” said Butt. “We turned it over, didn’t win ground balls, and couldn’t make some of the small plays that we needed to make to win this one. We’ve still got plenty to work on.”

The second half is when the Crusaders were able to pull away. They came out hot again to start the half when Waldron put one in the net less than two minutes in. After St. Mary’s scored again to make it 6-4, Fenwick went on a 5-0 run over the next 12 minutes of play to blow the game open. Turnovers got the better of the Spartans and Fenwick was able to take advantage, running away with its second win of the year.

“This is how we wanted to start off the year and this definitely helps with our confidence,” Dullea said of the team’s solid start. “Hopefully we can keep this going through our week of practice and into our game on Friday and then beyond.”

Up next for the Crusaders will be a home game against Mystic Valley on Friday afternoon, while the Spartans will take on Salem on Saturday afternoon.

Adamantia Lagonakis, 77

SALEM — Mrs. Adamantia (Kastrinakis) Lagonakis, age 77, of Salem, died peacefully on Tuesday in Massachusetts General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, after a lengthy illness. She was the beloved wife of Nondas Lagonakis, with whom she shared nearly 56 years of marriage.

Born and raised in Sgourokefali, Crete, Greece, she was the daughter of the late Vasilios and Ourania (Maragakis) Kastrinakis. She came to the United States at age 14 and lived in Lynn for several years. She had resided in Salem since 1970.

Adamantia and her husband Nondas were co-owners of Bill & Bob’s Roast Beef in Salem for 48 years. Throughout her life, she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, including her employees, many of whom referred to her as “Mom.” Her signature gift of joy, shown through her beaming smile, laughter and humor, will never be forgotten. Her strength and business aptitude were notable, as was her ability to quietly empower her children and husband to make important decisions, never desiring to be in the spotlight. She was warm, friendly, giving, sincere and honest. She adored her family and cherished every moment they spent together, especially while doing what she loved most: gardening, playing with her grandchildren or spending winters in Marco Island, Fla. Adamantia left for the world a graceful example of a life well lived.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four adoring children, Marina Kargakis and her husband George, Valerie Gerontis and her husband Emmanuel, Angelo Lagonakis and his wife Heather and Maria Lagonakis-McNulty and her husband Conor; 11 grandchildren, Stefan and his fiancé Monica, Nondas and Jason Kargakis, Katerina and Constantinos Gerontis, Alexandra, Nondas and Demitrios Lagonakis and Arianna, Donovan and Logan McNulty; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late George Kastrinakis.

Service information: Her visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Route 1A), Lynn, and on Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. in St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 54 S. Common St., Lynn. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Adamantia Lagonakis to the Massachusetts General Hospital Allergy & Clinical Immunology Unit. Please make checks payable to Massachusetts General Hospital and can be mailed to: Massachusetts General Hospital Allergy & Clinical Immunology Unit, c/o MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA  02114. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.

 

Bringing back the R&B beat

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Local DJ Jay Brown is pictured outside Bruno’s Bar + Burger.

By DAVID WILSON

LYNN — You may never see Ryan Seacrest walk the city streets, but you may see Jay Brown at the Stop & Shop on Washington Street.

Brown, one of the newest voices of Boston-based radio station The New 97.7, can be spotted all over. At 6 feet 4 inches, in a black newsboy cap, he’s hard to miss.

Thursday afternoon, at Bruno’s Bar + Burger on Western Avenue, the Lynn resident gives a quick history of R&B.

The genre started in the 1940s, but it would be a few decades before the “R&B era,” as he calls it, begins.

The New 97.7, which launched in January, plays R&B from the 1970s to today: Stevie Wonder to Drake; Al Green to Ne-Yo. Coming on board the first weekend of March, Brown can be heard from 3-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

His station is one that, he says, is returning R&B to the masses. “Turn on 97.7 and (people) feel the difference,” he said. “They can actually hear the difference … their kids love it because they’re hearing songs that they know, and the parents are liking it because they’re hearing songs they know.”

In a small booth at Bruno’s, Brown speaks about the “musical journey.” Think of it as time-travel: a trip from decade to decade, and back again.

“Music is endless; the possibilities are endless with music. If you can connect a memory with a song, that’s part of the musical journey,” he says.

The 38-year-old wants to help bring the musical journey to Lynn. He will be deejaying an “old-school” night, beginning 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 at Bruno’s, 858 Western Ave.

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Brown says he grew up in Salem and moved to Lynn about 20 years ago. His love of music appears to have started early, following him through most of his professional life.

“When I was in eighth grade, I was deejaying in a club, which was a college night,” Brown said; yes, he says he was over 6 feet then, too. “I had experiences that the average eighth-grader wouldn’t have experienced.”

In the early ’90s, R&B faded as hip-hop became more prominent, Brown said. But some of today’s hip-hop has taken a dive with talk of drugs, violence and “things that nobody wants in their community,” he said.

You won’t hear anything like that on Brown’s station. “Not at all; there’s not even a song we would play that has a word that would need to be bleeped out,” he said.

It’s a family-friendly, out-in-the-community, live-and-local station, Brown said; it’s something a lot of other Boston radio stations lack.

“It’s incredible to be on the radio in Boston, and be able to entertain everybody not only in Boston, but also on the North Shore; family, friends,” he said.

And after less than a month on 97.7, Brown says he gets recognized all over the place. He’s bound to see someone wherever he goes: Boston, Lynn, Salem, he said. But he’s always shocked when he’s asked for his autograph.

“Who am I? I don’t make a million dollars,” he says. “But I love what I do at the end of the day.

“A million dollars, to me, is putting a smile on people’s faces when they hear the music.”


David Wilson can be reached at dwilson@itemlive.com.

Lynn murder suspect held without bail

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Pictured is the memorial on Bowler Street for Mohammadreza Sina Zangiband.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN — The New Hampshire man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old pizza deliveryman was held without bail on Thursday.

Brian Brito, 21, of Manchester, N.H., pleaded not guilty to murder during his arraignment at Lynn District Court. He is scheduled to return to court May 3 for a probable cause hearing.

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Murder suspect Brian Brito is taken into Peabody District Court.

Brito is accused of killing Mohammadreza Sina Zangiband, a deliveryman for Atha’s Famous Roast Beef.

Zangiband, of Salem, was delivering food for Atha’s when he was shot multiple times on Bowler Street, near St. Pius V. School, a Catholic elementary school, on Monday. He was found dead in his vehicle shortly before 6 p.m., authorities said.

Zangiband’s girlfriend, Luxana Perez, of Lynn, said she’ll remember him as a nice person and a hard worker. She said Zangiband was studying to become a pilot, his dream job. “That’s all he ever wanted to be and he was working so hard to achieve his goal, 20-year-old Perez said.

“He was an extremely nice and friendly person with everyone. He never did bad things or have problems with anybody. He had a heart of gold. I still can’t believe he’s really gone. It’s been so hard for me and everyone.”

Brito stood behind a chalkboard out of sight during his arraignment on Thursday, at the request of his defense attorney, Rebecca Whitehill. He was also out of sight behind a door during his Peabody District Court appearance on Tuesday, when he was arraigned on firearm and motor vehicle charges stemming from his arrest by State Police four hours after the shooting.

“There is a potential for an issue as to the identification of the shooter,” Whitehill said. “I am not saying that is the defense. I’m just saying there is that potential and I do not want to have an identification, a suggestive identification, made that would compromise the defendant’s defense.”

In the affidavit filed by State Police Trooper Thomas J. Sullivan IV in Lynn District Court, a male witness, an off-duty firefighter, described the shooter as a clean-cut Hispanic male in his late 20s to early 30s, standing approximately 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 8 inches, with a medium build.

The firefighter said the man exited the Audi, walked around his car, back toward the Hyundai and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the driver of the Hyundai, identified as Zangiband, and shot him four to five times, Sullivan wrote.

Shooting victim ‘quiet, yet always had a smile’

Zangiband was found dead with at least one gunshot wound to the head, inside the 2012 Hyundai Sonata, which was pulled to the side of the road in front of the St. Pius School. The Hyundai was shifted in reverse and Zangiband’s foot was still on the brake pedal. Police found four spent 9mm shell casings outside the driver’s side door of the Hyundai, Sullivan wrote.

Video surveillance from homes in the area seemed to corroborate the firefighter’s account. He said a dark-colored Audi came from behind the Hyundai on the left, overtook it and forced it to pull over, blocking the vehicle in before the shooting. The videos “have led officers to postulate that the basis of the confrontation between the two motorists may have been the result of a road rage incident,” Sullivan wrote.

Brito was arrested while driving the gray Audi sought in connection with the homicide, and police said an illegal firearm was found in his possession. The firefighter had been able to relay information about the New Hampshire license plate to authorities, Sullivan wrote.

After his arrest by state police in Peabody, Brito was linked to the description of a suspect wanted by North Andover police in connection with an armed robbery and sexual assault in that community less than an hour before he was pulled over, state police said.

Brito is accused of entering a Richdale store with his face concealed by a mask, ordering the female clerk at gunpoint to lock the doors, and taking her to a back room where she was sexually assaulted. The gunman then emptied the cash drawer and took numerous lottery tickets before fleeing in an unknown direction, according to a North Andover police statement.

Brito is expected to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court Monday on those charges of aggravated rape, armed robbery while masked and kidnapping.

A gofundme account called “a loving son taken too soon” is set up to help Zangiband’s family pay for funeral expenses.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

NEC-GBL merger begins this spring

By STEVE KRAUSE

When the spring sports season gets into full swing next week, the new Northeastern Conference-Greater Boston League merger — approved last year — will officially be in effect.

The Northeastern Conference has absorbed the four remaining teams from the GBL (Everett, Malden, Medford and Somerville).

For the spring, teams in each sport will be placed in one of two divisions, called North and South. The breakdown for baseball and softball is: North: Peabody, Revere, English, Classical, Beverly, Marblehead, Everett and Medford; South: Danvers, Salem, Gloucester, Saugus, Swampscott, Winthrop, Somerville and Malden. All teams within the merged league will play each other once.

In boys and girls tennis, the breakdown is: North: Malden, Everett, Peabody, Danvers, English, Classical, Revere and Beverly; and South: Medford, Somerville, Salem, Swampscott, Marblehead, Gloucester, and Winthrop. All teams will play each other once.

In track, Beverly, Danvers, Everett, Gloucester, Malden, Marblehead, Peabody and Revere are in the North; and Classical, English, Medford, Salem, Saugus, Somerville, Swampscott and Winthrop are in the South.

The Lynn Jets boys lacrosse combine will be in the South division.

N.H man charged with Lynn shooting death

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Murder suspect Brian Brito is taken to Peabody District Court.

LYNN A Manchester, NH man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery man on Monday.

Brian Brito, 21, will be arraigned on one count of first degree murder in Lynn District Court tomorrow.

“This was a brazen, senseless act that not only took the life of a hard-working young man, but also frightened community members,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a statement.  “I am grateful to the many law enforcement officers who worked so diligently to obtain this warrant so that we may begin the process of securing justice on behalf of Mr. Zangiband and his family.”

Shooting victim ‘quiet, yet always had a smile’

Brito is currently held without bail in Middleton House of Corrections following his arraignment in Peabody District Court yesterday on a firearms charge.  North Andover Police have charged him with aggravated rape, armed robbery while masked and kidnapping.  He is expected to be arraigned on those charges on Monday, April 3 in Lawrence District Court.

Sina Zangiband, 24, of Salem, was delivering food for Atha’s, when he was shot multiple times on Bowler Street, near St. Pius V. School, a Catholic elementary school. Zangiband was found dead in his vehicle, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

 

Shooting victim ‘quiet, yet always had a smile’

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An officer returns to the scene of a fatal shooting on Bowler Street. 

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN A quiet residential neighborhood became a crime scene after Sina Zangiband, a 24-year-old deliveryman for Atha’s Famous Roast Beef, was shot to death early Monday night.

Zangiband, of Salem, was delivering food for Atha’s, when he was shot multiple times on Bowler Street, near St. Pius V. School, a Catholic elementary school. Zangiband was found dead in his vehicle, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

Brian Brito, 21, of Manchester, N.H., was arrested by State Police while driving a car sought in connection with the fatal shooting, and was ordered held without bail following a Peabody District Court appearance Tuesday.

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Brito, who remained behind the door out of sight during his arraignment. Judge Richard Mori ordered him held until April 10 when he will be appear in court again for a dangerousness hearing.

WBZ-TV

Brian Brito is taken to Peabody District Court in a screenshot provided by WBZ-TV.

Brito, a “person of interest” in the Lynn homicide, was arraigned on unrelated charges filed by State Police, including carrying an unlicensed firearm and motor vehicle charges.

State Police said Brito was driving the gray Audi that was the subject of a police alert broadcast after the fatal shooting shortly before 6 p.m.

Police pulled over Brito in Peabody about four hours after the shooting, according to a state police statement, and found an illegal firearm in his possession. Brito was quickly linked to the description of a suspect wanted by North Andover police in connection with an armed robbery and sexual assault in that community less than an hour before he was pulled over.

North Andover officers responding to a Richdale store were told by a female clerk that a man entered the store with his face concealed with a mask, and brandished a firearm. The man ordered the clerk at gunpoint to lock the doors, and took her to a back room where she was sexually assaulted. The gunman then emptied the cash drawer and took numerous lottery tickets before fleeing the scene in an unknown direction, according to a North Andover police statement.

North Andover police issued an arrest warrant for armed robbery while masked, aggravated rape and kidnapping. Brito is expected to be arraigned next week in Lawrence District Court.

Brito’s defense attorney Rebecca Whitehill would not comment on the charges out of Peabody, other than to say “he was arrested and he had firearms, a firearm on his person. That’s about all I could tell you.”

Whitehill said she had not discussed the allegations out of North Andover or Peabody with Brito, and added that she would not share that information with the media if she had.

She requested that Brito remain behind the door during his arraignment, rather than come into the court, which was allowed by Judge Mori.

“If, in any allegations, there is an issue as to his identification, we would hate to have his face plastered all over various media and have an improper suggestive identification,” Whitehill said.

The Lynn homicide is being investigated by the DA’s office, the Essex State Police Detective Unit and the Lynn Police Department.

Police pull over driver of suspect vehicle

Katharine Ruiz, 25, of Lynn, works at the Dunkin’ Donuts next door to Atha’s and said she was a friend of Zangiband.

“He was a hard worker — very quiet, yet always had a smile on his face,” Ruiz said.

Ruiz said Zangiband was not a violent person, but just happened to cross paths with someone who was. From what she has gathered, she said it was a road rage incident that caused his tragic death. Authorities have not released a motive for the homicide.

“I’m not sure if Sina was cut off or vice versa, but the gunman became enraged and got out of his dark Audi with New Hampshire plates, shot Sina as many as three times, close range through the car window, got back in his car and sped off,” Ruiz said. “Sina was on his way from Atha’s to a delivery on Eastern Avenue and cut through Bowler Street around 6 p.m.

“It’s heartbreaking to know that people can take life for a reason most people find silly,” she continued. “He is greatly missed (by) a lot of people, not just his immediate family, but his Atha’s family too.”

Bowler Street residents described the neighborhood as quiet and safe. A spokesman for St. Pius School said the homicide was “unsettling.”

“We are grateful that no one from the school was injured and all of our students, faculty and staff are safe,” said Terrence Donilon, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston. “This was certainly unsettling news.  We are thankful for the tremendous efforts of the Lynn Police and all law enforcement.

“The St. Pius Principal Mr. Maestranzi has been in communication with parents, faculty and staff assuring them of the school’s desire to be supportive of the students as the community comes to grip with this senseless act of violence. The Catholic Schools Office for the Archdiocese has been in contact with the school administration offering support. St. Pius School is a wonderful, safe and vibrant Catholic school. The school extends its expression of prayers for all impacted by this event.”

Sandro Jolibois, 34, a Bowler Street resident, said the neighborhood is pretty quiet.

“It’s frightening because my kids get to see what happened,” Jolibois said. “It’s not what you want for your kids.”

Jolibois said his 7-year-old child saw the victim in the car after the shooting, and said “it’s a healing process,” referring to helping his young children process the incident.

He said the shooting could have happened anywhere, and it wasn’t anyone from the neighborhood. He said one car pulled alongside the other one and “blasted” the other one.

Matthew Krajewski, 73, a Wrentham resident, was visiting his son and daughter-in-law at their home in the neighborhood. He said his son had been living there for 10 years, and nothing similar had ever happened during that timeframe that he could recall, calling it a nice neighborhood.

“We live in an almost rural neighborhood and it could happen there too, I suppose,” Krajewski said.

A Bowler Street resident walking her dog on Tuesday, who did not want to be identified, said she had been living there for 12 years and the street had always been quiet and uneventful. She said she heard shots Monday night, police were there within minutes, along with other emergency responders. When a sheet was put over the vehicle with the victim inside, she said she knew there was no chance of resuscitation.

“It made the whole neighborhood uneasy, but I guess it can happen anywhere,” the woman said.    


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley

Local coaches honored at IAABO banquet

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From left: Wayne Hanscom, Marblehead; Steve Stranahan, friend of Mike Carr and Tom Grassa of Lynn Classical gather for a picture.

By STEVE KRAUSE 

DANVERS — His best friend said Mike Carr was the toughest person he ever knew, but that this toughness didn’t include the ability to speak before people.

“He was tough,” said Steve Stranahan, who accepted the James Young Courage Award presented by Board 130 of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials on Carr’s behalf Tuesday night at Danversport Yacht Club.

Carr, who was struck ill a year ago, rallied from life-threatening sickness to resume coaching the English boys basketball team in December, and did not miss a game until he was forced to go into the hospital in January. He died Jan. 27.

In all that time, Stranahan said, “he never thought about not coaching. He had three things that were important in his life: his wife and kids, his family and basketball.

“I’d be wanting to know how he was feeling, and he’d be wanting to know how the kids were doing, and what we should do about this or that. He was 100 percent dedicated to the kids he coached.

“But he wasn’t one for speaking before people,” said Stranahan. “He couldn’t do what I’m doing now. He was a man of few words.”

Stranahan took over once Carr became too sick to coach, and he eventually finished out the year on the Bulldogs’ bench — helping lead them to a spot in the Division 1 North MIAA tournament.

With Stranahan Tuesday were Carr’s mother, Jeanne; and his children, Rachael and Michael.

Also honored by the board were Classical boys coach Tom Grassa, Marblehead girls coach Wayne Hanscom and sub-varsity referee Steve Almquist from Saugus.

Grassa received the Robert S. Pierce Award for the boys coach of the year. He has been coaching at Classical for 31 years, and helped lead the Rams to the Division 2 North final before losing to eventual state champion Brighton.

“I never saw it as 5-on-7,” said Grassa. “Referees don’t help win games, and they don’t help lose games.”

Regarding the recently-completed season, Grassa said it was “a terrific season.

“In the beginning, we didn’t think we’d end up with the record we did,” he said. “But as it wore along, toward about the halfway point, we realized we had the talent. The kids believed in themselves. Then, it wasn’t just about having a good season. It was about having a championship-caliber team.”

Grassa is the third coach from Classical to win the Pierce Award, joining Herb Brenner, who won the first one; and Lou Falkoff, who won it when he retired.

Hanscom won the John Squires Sr. Award for the girls coach of the year. He is unique among award winners in that he also won the Pierce award when coached at Salem.

Hanscom used the opportunity to thank his longtime assistant, David Byner, who has been with him on various benches for his entire coaching career.

“He’s been with me since Day One,” Hanscom said.

Almquist, who is also the Saugus High softball coach, could not make it to the dinner, as bad weather has forced spring baseball and softball teams indoors, and the Sachems had the gym Tuesday night.

He received the Robert A. Gallagher Award for sub-varsity officials.

Other award winners were Madison Napoli, Amesbury, Roger Alley Award for girls player of the year; Patrick Gavin, Beverly, Edward “Gint” Middleton award for boys player of the year; Hoops for Hope, the IAABO Board 130 President’s Award; Andrew Selima of St. John’s Prep and Mary Erb, Masconomet, the Larry McIntire IAABO Board 130 Classic scholarship winners; Eric Dawes of Amesbury, who also won the Young Courage Award; and Al Naffah, also a Gallagher Award winner.

Dan Cargill received the John J. Mulkern Award; and Dick Taylor the Charles S. Cook Award.

Big Blue have big shoes to fill

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Luke Marshall and the Big Blue will look to be competitive this spring while replacing a number of talented seniors from last year’s team. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

SWAMPSCOTT — The benefit of having a senior-heavy roster is that experience can often drive a team to a run at a state championship.

The downfall is that those seniors need to be replaced the next season.

That’s the challenge the Swampscott baseball team will face this spring.

The Big Blue reached the second round of the state tournament last spring, where it was ousted by Austin Prep in a game played over two days due to lightning. The Blue were leading when the storm hit, but the Cougars rallied the next day.

“It was a tough pill to swallow,” Big Blue coach Jason Calichman said. “We lost a lot of seniors, but it looks like we have a nice mix of underclassmen with older, experienced players.”

Calichman, in his fifth season directing the Big Blue, leads a coaching staff that also includes assistants Brendan Nolan, Kevin Rogers and Robert Serino. All four of the coaches are former Swampscott baseball players themselves.

“All of us played at Swampscott High and we know what it’s like to represent the town,” Calichman said.

For leadership this season, the Big Blue will rely on senior Louis Olivieri, fresh from being among the scoring leaders for the hockey team, who returns at catcher. Olivieri enters his fourth season as a varsity starter.

“He’s the catcher, he has control of the field at catcher,” Calichman said. “We’ll lean on him a lot for leadership and experience. Hopefully he’ll have another great year and lead the way for us.”

Other key returners include seniors Sean Lahrizi at center field, AJ Venuti at first base and David Peterson at left field.

On the mound, Swampscott lost a trio of star pitchers in Cory Bleau, CJ Howard and Gavin Sullivan, but brings back a pair of talented hurlers in junior Luke Marshall and senior Josh Rubin. Calichman will also look to hand the ball to Peterson for some innings.

“If we throw strikes, we’ll be in games,” Calichman said. “If we don’t, it’ll be tough.”

“We’ll really need people to step up and pound the strike zone,” Calichman added.

Aside from that, every other position is up for grabs. Although the vacancies raise a number of question marks, they’ve also created interesting competitions throughout the preseason. Calichman won’t deny that his team lost a lot of talent from last season but eventually every senior gets replaced.

“We’re only four days in but I’ve been really happy with the work ethic and the level of competition through those four days,” Calichman said. “You look at losing all the guys we lost last year. They, at some point, filled in for somebody too. Somebody will step up, it’s just a matter of who. Whether they’re a freshman or a senior, we’ll go with the best player.”

Four days into the preseason, Calichman has also noticed some rust from his players. He’s sure that rust will start to go away once the players get an increased amount of reps in practice and scrimmages.

“You’re looking at kids that are a little rusty,” Calichman said. “We really want kids playing three sports in Swampscott so they’re just getting into baseball now. We’re knocking off some rust, but that’s expected. As far as the approach to one another and the team teamwork, I can’t say enough about them. I’m optimistic that this group can gel together and win some games.”

Swampscott has six scrimmages scheduled, the first of which is slated to take place at Lynn English Wednesday. The Big Blue will scrimmage against the Bulldogs twice, while also battling against St. Mary’s, Manchester-Essex, Salem and Reading.

“I’m really hoping we get them in,” Calichman said. “We need to see the team in action. I’m really looking forward to the scrimmages to see how these guys step up and to find our pitching.”

Swampscott opens the season April 10 against Marblehead.

“Hopefully we’re playing this game the same way up 10 or down 10,” Calichman said. “We represent the town well and that’s my goal. If we’re up 10, we carry ourselves the right way. If we’re down 10, we keep grinding. Competitiveness will be our focal point this season.”

 

Legend’s Salem State visit rescheduled

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John Legend, left, is pictured in a scene with Ryan Gosling in “La La Land.”

SALEM — John Legend fans will have wait a little longer to see their idol.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the award-winning singer-songwriter’s appearance at Salem State University has been rescheduled to May 2. The initial date was March 30.

The May 2 Salem State speakers series event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Rockett Arena. All tickets purchased for the March 30 event are valid for May 2 and may be used for entry. Questions or concerns should be directed to the series box office at (978) 542-7555 or seriestickets@salemstate.edu on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

At Salem State, Legend will perform some of his hit songs in addition to discussing his initiative, the Show Me Campaign, which focuses on education as a key to breaking the cycle of poverty, and the #FREEAMERICA campaign, which is aimed at ending the school-to-prison pipeline. At the event, Legend will receive the inaugural Salem Advocate for Social Justice award from the Salem Award Foundation.

Tickets, $25 to $100, may be purchased at salemstate.edu/series or by calling the box office.

Legend is an award-winning singer-songwriter whose work has garnered him 19 Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe award, and a BET Award for best new artist, among others.

The Salem State series is presented by the Salem State Foundation which was incorporated in 1977 as a 501(c) (3) private, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to help Salem State achieve its goals by raising, investing and distributing private contributions for the benefit of the university. In so doing, the foundation provides the opportunity to meet the needs of the Salem State community not met through public funding.

Denorabilia LLC is the presenting sponsor for this event. The Salem State series is solely funded through corporate sponsorships and individual ticket sales.

US surgeon general visiting Salem State

By THOMAS GRILLO

SALEM Dr. Antonia Novello, the first Hispanic woman to serve as U.S. Surgeon General, will speak at a series of events in Greater Boston next week.

She will speak on making history as the first Latina surgeon general, health care disparities, engaging the next generation workforce, strengthening the Latino pipeline into STEM fields and the vision and voice of women.  

Hosted by the Association of Latino Professionals for America and Salem State University, the 73-year-old native of Puerto Rico will attend events in Salem, Haverhill, Lawrence and Boston.  

During her tenure under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Novello focused on the health of young people, women, and minorities, spoke out on under-age drinking, smoking, drug abuse, AIDS, childhood immunization and improved health care for Hispanics and other minorities.

In 1999, she was appointed commissioner of the New York State Health and was responsible for disaster management following the 9/11 attacks.

During the week of March 20-25, Novello will attend events at Salem High School, Collins Middle School in Salem, Simmons College, Salem State University, Salvatore’s Restaurant in Lawrence, Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Eastern Bank, both in Boston.

“It is a true historic moment to host Dr. Novello in Boston at a time where there is much conversation on health care issues impacting Latinos,” said Enna Jimenez, president of the Association for Latino Professionals For America, in a statement.

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Novello received her B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras in 1965 and her M.D. degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine at San Juan in 1970. She completed her residency in nephrology at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

In 1978, Novello joined the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, her first assignment being as a project officer at the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism and Digestive Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She held various positions at NIH, rising to deputy director in 1986.

Novello earned a masters in public health from John Hopkins in 1982. Novello was appointed Surgeon General by Bush in 1990.

In 2009, Novello ran afoul of the law. She pleaded guilty to a felony charge as part of a plea deal to avoid prison time. The doctor admitted she forced state employees to handle personal chores when she was the New York’s health commissioner. The deal called for community service, $22,500 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. Novello faced up to 12 years in prison if convicted. Investigators said Novello used state workers to chauffeur her on shopping trips and rearrange heavy furniture at her apartment.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.comMaterial from Associated Press was used in this report.

Businesses asked to warm up to summer jobs

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN Despite this week’s blizzard, the first day of summer is just three months away.

Savvy youth are already seeking jobs to fill their vacation months with work and pockets with cash. But they need employers to step up.

Now in its 13th year, FirstJobs is a community-wide effort to provide work experiences for youth in 19 local communities by the North Shore Workforce Investment Board. The Salem-based nonprofit is a one-stop career center with an office in Lynn. They are seeking private sector businesses and nonprofits that can employ youths.

“We are greatly concerned that young people are not working,” said Mary Sarris, executive director. “At one time, the employment rate for teens was more than 50 percent, but it has dropped to below 30 percent.”

The summer employment program is designed to provide first-time summer employment opportunities for youth between the ages of 14-21 for eight weeks during July and August.

Youth are recruited and trained by FirstJobs. They connect local businesses needing summer help with youth seeking employment.

The cost is $1,760 to hire a teen to work 20 hours per week in July and August at minimum wage, $11 an hour.  

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For employers unable to hire a teen, they are asked to consider a tax-deductible contribution to the program. Donations allow them to place teens at nonprofits.

Job readiness workshops are required of participants applying to grant-funded positions and recommended for all youth. The job readiness workshops prepare them for skills needed to succeed once they gain employment.

“We teach them about dress codes, what to do if they’re going to be late or absent, things important to know for their first job,” Sarris said.  

Last summer, the program provided 597 youth with jobs at 180 private sector and nonprofit employers. Among the companies to offer teens work were: Dunkin’ Donuts, North Shore Animal Hospital, Empire Loan, Hampton Inn and Starbucks.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com.

Breaking new ground for veterans

Peabody deserves praise for Veterans Services Director Stephen Patten’s initiative to provide free legal services for men and women who served their country.

Porcello Law Offices in Salem is Peabody’s new partner in a campaign to help veterans and their families navigate the legal system. The effort to connect veterans with the legal help they need starts with a Porcello attorney spending two days a month at the Torigian Community Life Center, a Peabody location that counts many veterans among its residents.

The legal aid program represents a progressive approach by Patten and the city to reach out to veterans and it is a tribute to Porcello, a firm founded by a veteran.

Patten’s initiative mirrors the collaboration by Lynn doctors and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure local veterans have a convenient local source for medical care. Instead of driving to a Veterans Affairs hospital out of town, veterans can get health care in the local Boston Street clinic.

The facility is an enduring tribute to former U.S. Rep. John Tierney who fought to get federal money for the clinic after vowing he would ensure no veteran living in the Sixth Congressional District had to travel more than 15 miles from home to receive care.

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton has worked to provide support for the clinic and fellow veterans who use its services, including mental health counseling and other help available in part through interactive technology connecting the clinic with other medical offices.

Patten’s efforts and the Lynn clinic’s success buttresses work by the Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development to end homelessness among local veterans. Combine these efforts  with strong commitments to veterans in surrounding communities, including Saugus, Swampscott and Revere, then it is clear strong potential exists to do more for veterans.

This potential is only limited by the imagination and drive of veterans old and young, women and men, representing the full spectrum of veterans.

New efforts on the part of veterans can begin with Moulton obtaining the federal resources needed to conduct a valuable “hyper survey” of Lynn area and North Shore veterans. This study can assess in detail and accurately gauge the needs and challenges facing veterans.

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So much more can be done on behalf of veterans.

Lynn English High School’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets can be harnessed to provide services to veterans beyond the good work the students already perform under Sgt. Major Ken Oswald’s leadership.

Older veterans need companionship assistance and there is a historic need for young people to assist in oral history projects aimed at preserving the memories and experiences of the few remaining World War II veterans as well as Korean War veterans.

There is also a compelling need for younger veterans to have opportunities to define and shape the services and assistance they need. They can work with Moulton, Patten and other veterans affairs experts, including Lynn Veterans Service Director Michael Sweeney, to outline long-range veterans assistance plans.

Veterans have done their share for their country. But the work to be done on their behalf is just beginning.

Swampscott gets reel about addiction

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Swampscott Police Chief Ronald Madigan addresses the crowd in the Swampscott High School auditorium.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT — If only I had checked on him sooner, maybe I could have saved him, Swampscott Firefighter Chris DiPietro told a crowd of town residents about his brother Ryan, whom he lost to a drug overdose a year ago.

“If Only” was also the title of a short film shown to residents at Swampscott High School Thursday night, which highlights the dangers of prescription drug and opioid misuse and abuse. The film was presented by the Mark Wahlberg Foundation, and was produced by Executive Director James Wahlberg, who also spoke about his recovery from addiction.

The screening was followed by an interactive discussion about drug use and addiction, featuring a panel of local experts, a licensed physician, people in recovery from addiction and those who have a family member struggling with the disease. Outside of the panel, DiPietro was one of the few featured speakers who spoke about losing a family member to an overdose.

DiPietro said his brother, Ryan, enjoyed sports, music, comic books, hanging out with friends and loved his family. At some point in his life though, he said Ryan took a wrong turn that led him down a path of destruction and ultimately, his death. He said many people don’t realize the impact addiction has on families, the fighting and yelling, and countless sleepless nights where a mother and father wait up for their child to come home. Often, they don’t.

He said he found his brother after a fatal overdose on Feb. 16, 2016, the day before his birthday. DiPietro had gone with his wife and son to visit Ryan at his parents’ house. As he entered the house, he said he could smell a faint odor, but couldn’t explain what it was. First, he checked in the bedroom after calling out for Ryan, and then the TV room, where he could see him on the floor, more than likely dead for a few hours.

DiPietro attempted CPR and then called 911. First responders arrived within minutes. He said he goes on and on about that day, asking what he could have done differently.

“I like to go on and say as a professional firefighter and first responder, I’m trained in overdose response,” he said. “However, no training could prepare me for the loss of a loved one, such as my brother.”

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Bryanna Snow, 27, a Swampscott resident, lost her 22-year-old brother, Eric, almost two years ago to a heroin overdose. It was his first relapse. Nine months later, she lost her mother to addiction. She spoke to be courageous on her family’s behalf and try to prevent another family from suffering like hers.

When Snow lost her grandfather to cancer, she said the family received lots of support. When her brother died, it was a different story. Nobody called, she said, and nobody came by. People wouldn’t make eye contact with her in public.

“And I thought, this agony I’m feeling — how can anyone treat me this way and not understand how much this hurts, how much I want to hear his name, how much I want to feel connected with the world, because when this happens, you don’t feel human anymore,” Snow said. “You feel like you’ve lost a piece of your heart and you’ll never get it back.”

Toby Channen, a Salem resident, said she was one of the lucky ones. Her son, Jacob, who she didn’t know at the time was a part-time marijuana dealer in college, got hooked on opioids after a drug transaction went wrong. He was led down a dark path in the woods one night with a gun to his head, thinking that he was going to die. Instead, the people took the gun to beat Jacob to a pulp, breaking every bone in his face, except for his jaw.

Channen said receiving that 4:30 a.m. call was what she thought was her worst nightmare. She picked him up, took him home and to a doctor. He was given opioid pain pills and got hooked. He went back to college to finish out his freshman year and switched his major from criminal justice to becoming an opioid addict. He flunked out and for the next three years, she said, the family didn’t know what his problem was, until one of Jacob’s friends broke the code of silence among peers and told her that her son was doing more than smoking pot.

“Would you as a peer be willing to risk your friendship to save your friend’s life like my son’s friend did?” Channen said. “I hope you too can be a hero.”

From then on, Channen said a long road of recovery began. Jacob did get into treatment, after she gave him an ultimatum, but he relapsed 20 months later. Fortunately, he went right back into treatment, and the family went down to surprise him for his one year of sobriety last month. Before he got into treatment, she said she spent every waking moment being paralyzed with fear that she was going to find him dead from a heroin overdose.

“We can only live one day at a time,” she said. “One day at a time. Will I ever be able to breathe again? No, of course not, but that doesn’t mean we can’t live effectively and healthy. I will, however, be able to exhale now.”

Maureen Cavanagh, of Magnolia New Beginnings, a panelist, spoke about the importance of delaying first use of drugs to prevent the likelihood of addiction. Dr. Jeffrey Gold, another panelist, spoke about how mental illness often underlies addiction, whether it is ADHD or bipolar disorder. He spoke about the importance of continually checking on the wellbeing of kids, and just letting them be kids, when they’re under so much pressure.

Alex Costa, a recovering drug addict, said it was important to stop prescribing opioid pain medication for instances such as getting wisdom teeth pulled or for an injured wrist. Michael Duggan, CEO of Wicked Sober, and recovering drug addict, said he got hooked on pain medication after injuring his wrist. That morphed into heroin addiction. He said the real drug dealers are the pharmaceutical companies.

In Swampscott, in the past 24 months there were 42 overdoses and 13 of those were fatal, according to Police Chief Ronald Madigan.

The Overdose Response Team in town was formed by the police department in 2016. Members include police officers, school and town officials, and fire officials.

Following overdoses Detective Rose Cheever, Officer Brendan Reen, and Mary Wheeler, of Healthy Streets Outreach Program, go to residences to conduct “door knocks,” or follow-ups with the families afterward.

Madigan said work has been done to turn away from drug use as simply a crime and recognizing it as the problem of addiction. The focus instead has shifted to getting people help and into treatment, he said.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley

 

‘We are celebrating by being here to serve’

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Dr. Alina Reznik, an optometrist at Lynn Community Eye Care Services, talks about International Women’s Day.

By LEAH DEARBORN

LYNN — Solidarity for International Women’s Day took many different forms on Wednesday.

Women were encouraged to take the day off from work, avoid shopping and wear red as part of A Day Without a Woman, an offshoot of the Women’s March that drew out thousands of protesters in January.

For many women across the North Shore, however, taking a break from the daily grind wasn’t an option.

“I think if we weren’t here, women would suffer and that’s not contributing to the cause,” said Cindy StegerWilson, director of marketing and communications at Lynn Community Health Center. “We are celebrating by being here to serve the women in our community.”

Lynn Community optometrist Dr. Alina Reznik said she sees too many patients to even consider taking a day off.

Instead, Reznik urged that women honor the event by taking care of themselves and their health.  

Education coordinator Teresa Martinez of North Shore Family Daycare in Lynn said she didn’t know of any employees who elected to stay home.

“There’s a better way to show support other than by calling out,” she said.

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A few businesses in the area did opt to keep their doors closed.

“By ensuring that women have pay equity, a livable wage and paid leave, businesses can demonstrate that their long-term actions align with the values we are standing up for on this day,” said a Facebook post by Salem diner The Ugly Mug.

Others, such as Deanne Healey, president of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce, were less sure of the ideal way to mark the occasion.  

“I have conflicted feelings,” said Healey. “I applaud the point they’re trying to make. It’s just difficult to pull off. It’s even harder as a small business.”

Diane Calver, owner of DiHard Fitness in Peabody, employs almost entirely women.   

She said that while everyone came into work on Wednesday, the business will host an all-female spin class dedicated to International Women’s Day on Friday.

“I’m a hardworking female myself,” said Calver. “Anything to do with helping women, I’m all for.”

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Leah Dearborn can be reached at ldearborn@itemlive.com.

Geraldine C. Agocs, 92

WAKE FOREST, N.C.Geraldine C. (Sobocinski) Agocs, age 92, of Wake Forest, N.C., former longtime resident of Lynn, Salem and Hamilton, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh, N.C.

She was born on Jan. 11, 1925 in Salem, the daughter of the late Constantine and Aniela (Zawacka) Sobocinski. She was raised and educated in Salem and graduated from Salem High School, Class of 1942.

She worked as a secretary at Hytron in Salem and later at John Hancock in Lynn.

She lived in Lynn for 38 years, moving to Hamilton in June 2000 to live with her son, John and his family. Together, they moved to Wake Forest, N.C., in 2008. Jerri was a parishioner of St. Pius V in Lynn, St. Paul’s in Hamilton and St. Catherine of Sienna in Wake Forest. She will be remembered by her family as a very pious and compassionate woman who loved her family very much.

She was predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Lewis A. Agocs in 1986. She is survived by her three sons, Alan Agocs and his wife Kim of Brownfield, Maine, David Agocs and his wife Sandy of Lynn and John Agocs and his wife Abbie of Wake Forest, N.C.; her four grandchildren, Robert Agocs, Bob Esbjorn, Daniel Agocs and Rebecca Agocs, as well as her four great-grandchildren, Brianna Esbjorn, Cameron Esbjorn, Ella Agocs and Lilah Agocs also survive her.

Service information: Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at CUFFE-MCGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, MA 01904. Her funeral will begin on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 8 a.m. at the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian burial to follow at 9 a.m. at St. Pius V Church, 215 Maple St., Lynn, MA 01904. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery on Boston Street in Lynn. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to St. Pius V Religious Education, Attn: Deborah, 215 Maple St., Lynn, MA 01904. Please visit Cuffemcginn.com for directions or to sign the online guest book.

Bertha Sweeney, 89

LYNN — Bertha Rose Marie (Bedard) Sweeney, of Lynn, died Sunday, March 5, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, in the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Kenneth E. Sweeney.

Born in Salem on Feb. 7, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Ida (Plourde) Bedard. She was raised in Lynn and Salem, and had lived in Lynn for the greater part of her life. She was a graduate of St. Jean Baptiste High School in Lynn. In 2015, she moved to Brookdale Assisted Living in Danvers, and was very happy being part of the community there. She loved the connections she made there with staff and residents alike.

A homemaker, Bertha had worked at Lynn Hospital in her earlier years. She was a communicant of St. Pius V Church, Lynn. She enjoyed knitting, bingo, and going to casinos. She took frequent trips on the casino boat out of Lynn, and enjoyed monthly get-togethers with her friends. She was devoted to her family, and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her nine children and their spouses; Richard Sweeney and Jan Whalen of Lynn, James and Ann Sweeney of Lynn, Patricia and Edmund Poole of Fitzwilliam, N.H., Catherine and Glen Davis of Lynn, Edward and Geraldine Sweeney of Derry, N.H., Elizabeth and Thomas Daley of Georgetown, William and Ana Sweeney of Peabody, Mary and Daniel Vienneau of Groveland, and Margaret and Robert Conway of Lynn; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews; and her siblings; Rena Bastarache of Lynn, Roland Bedard of Lynn, and Henry Bedard of Danvers. She was predeceased by her siblings; Lucille Melanson, Lucien Bedard, Rita D’Entremont, Muriel Kennedy, Louis Bedard, and Irene Despres.

Service information: Her funeral will be held on Thursday at 8 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt. 129), Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Pius V Church, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Terry G. Koutsos, 91

SALEM — Terry G. Koutsos, age 91, of Salem, formerly of Lynn and Saugus, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 3, 2017 at the Abbott House. He proudly served in the U.S. Army with the 127 Company B Engineer Corp. from August 1943-April 1946. He received three battle stars, a good conduct medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Theatre, and American Campaign Ribbons, as well as the Victory Medal. Terry worked for the United States Postal Service for 35 years and never took a sick day. He even walked to work during the Blizzard of ’78.

Terry loved to read, dance, and spend time with his family and he had quite the sweet tooth. He also enjoyed vacationing in St. Martin and on the Cape. Terry was a good man with a kind heart and he will be missed.

He is survived by his beloved wife Eugenia (Loupis) Koutsos, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage, and was the cherished father of Tina (Koutsos) Jordan and George T. Koutsos. “Papou” was “Superman” to his five grandchildren, Alexandra Koutsos, Kristiana Koutsos, Katharine Jordan, Emily Jordan, and Michael Koutsos. Terry was devoted to his family which also includes his sister-in-law Paula Paragios and her husband Kosta, sister-in-law Aphrodite Mihalakis, son-in-law James Jordan, and daughter-in-law Ruth (Boudreau) Koutsos, his sister Helen O’Donnell, his brother Nick Johnson, his nieces and nephews; Peter Mihalakis; Elina Mihalakis; Chris Paragios, his wife Georgia and their daughter Chrysa; Brian O’Donnell and his wife LeeAnne, Kevin O’Donnell,  Soula Loupis and family, Eugenia Loupis, many close friends  and the wonderful people who cared for him at Abbott House. He is predeceased by his brothers Louis and Andy Koutsos, brothers-in-law Frank O’Donnell, Andonis Loupis, and Nicholas Mihalakis; and his parents Constance (Harritos) and George Koutsos.  

Service information: His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Rte. 1A), Lynn, followed by a Funeral Service at 10 a.m. in St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Burial with military honors will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Tuesday 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 54 S Common St., Lynn, MA 01902. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com,

Murder suspect known to stay in Lynn

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Pictured is murder suspect David Michael Grossack.

BOSTON — A 47-year-old man who has committed violent offenses in Massachusetts and California is now wanted on a murder charge, according to the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section.

David Michael Grossack, described as a 6-foot-2 inch, 175-pound white male with brown hair and hazel eyes, is being pursued by the Middlesex County State Police Detective Unit and the Everett Police Department. He also has three active warrants in Massachusetts for unrelated charges.

Grossack is believed to be homeless, and has frequented shelters in Boston, Lynn and Salem, police say. He also has reported ties to Beverly, Norton and Saugus.

Police say Grossack’s criminal history includes convictions for carrying a dangerous weapon-knife, assault and battery, violate abuse prevention act, breaking and entering, and disorderly conduct / solicit lewd act.

Grossack has a small tattoo on the back of his left hand near the knuckle of his index finger, and may have access to weapons, police say. Nationwide extradition has been authorized.

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Cook-off to help fund sergeant’s run

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Peabody Police Sgt. Jim Harkins poses with his three children, Natalie, James and Rachel.

By DAVID WILSON

PEABODY — Peabody Police Sgt. Jim Harkins is quick to acknowledge he’s not a natural runner.

But on April 17, the 37-year-old father of three will tackle the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon; it’s a leap for someone who has only participated in half-marathons.

Something special will keep him pushing one foot in front of the other, he said: He’s running for Massachusetts-based charity Cops for Kids with Cancer.

As an official charity partner of the marathon, Cops for Kids with Cancer opens the race to those who may not have a fast enough qualifying time.

All Harkins needs to do to run, is raise $10,000 for the charity. As of Thursday night, he’s at $1,920.

Harkins, who has been with the Peabody Police Department for about 10 years, said that officers notify Cops for Kids with Cancer of a family that has a child with cancer. After a verification process, the charity provides families with $5,000; they can do whatever they like with the money.

The charity aims “to remove some financial burden so all their energies can go to helping their child beat cancer and live a healthy life,”  says their website.

To help reach his fundraising goal, Harkins planned a chicken wing cook-off for Friday at the Holy Ghost Society, 20 Howley St. in Peabody. More than 15 restaurants from Beverly, Danvers, Lynn, Peabody and Salem will be participating, he said.

Harkins said the restaurants will cook their chicken on their premises, and bring it to the facility.  The cook-off begins at 6 p.m. and goes until all the wings are finished or “until everybody leaves,” he said.

Tickets are $25 at the door. Harkins said he has already sold 150, and hopes to sell an additional 100-200 Friday night.

Cook-off guests will turn in their tickets to receive a ballot. After tasting, they will vote on the  top-three chicken wings. The winning restaurant will receive a certificate and, later, a trophy, Harkins said.

There will be about 35 raffles that cook-off guests can enter. Among the prizes are gift cards, gift baskets, electronics, and even firearm education classes for four, Harkins said.

There will also be a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia.

So, why chicken wings, one might want to ask Harkins. The self-described “buffalo-wing nut” explains, simply, they are his favorite food.

In fact, Harkins quickly says he has driven to Philadelphia just to try some extraordinary wings.

Wait; you repeat that to him: Philadelphia, just for wings?

He pauses. “I cannot confirm or deny that report,” he says with a laugh.

Visit https://copsforkidswithcancer.org/runners/jim-harkins/ to learn more about Harkins, or to donate toward his total.


David Wilson can be reached at dwilson@itemlive.com.

Restaurant owner announces city council bid

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Taso Nikolakopoulos is the latest candidate for councilor-at-large.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN Taso Nikolakopoulos is the latest candidate to throw his hat in the ring for an at-large seat on the City Council.

“I see a lot of disconnect between the council, the mayor’s office and the community,” said the 47-year-old owner of John’s Roast Beef & Seafood. “We need more of a collaborative effort and I really think I can change things.”

Married with two children, Nikolakopoulos said he will focus his campaign on a handful of issues that promise to advance the city.

“The key is economic growth,” he said.

First, the city must invest in a planning department, he said.  While other communities like Salem and Somerville have robust planning divisions that guide development, he said Lynn is lacking.

“When you call the city of Salem and tell them you plan to invest $2 million, you get someone who will guide you through the process,” she said. “Within a few steps, you know where you stand.”

On how the cash-strapped city would pay for a new department, he said, “I think we can find $300,000 in a $300 million budget.”

The other thing needed to spur growth, he said, is streamlined permitting.

“It still takes as much as four times longer to get permits in  Lynn than competing municipalities,” he said.

Figueroa for stronger community connections

Nikolakopoulos would also update the city’s plans for the Lynnway and add manufacturing to the mix of allowed uses on the non-waterside section of the busy road.

“My idea is to create a unique overlay district for manufacturing to bring in revenue,” he said.

On schools, he favors the controversial ballot question scheduled for March 14 to support construction of two new middle schools at a cost of $188.5 million.

“I am voting yes,” he said.

If approved, a 652-student school would be built near on Parkland Avenue and a second facility to serve 1,008 students would be constructed on Commercial Street. While parents in the Pickering Middle School district support the project, there’s opposition from many Pine Hill residents who oppose the new school on Pine Grove Cemetery land near Breeds Pond Reservoir.

Nikolakopoulos said he also favors teaching trades at Lynn English and Classical high schools.

“Teaching trade skills at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute is not enough,” he said. “We need to offer it at the other high schools. Not every family can afford a four-year college.”

On how to pay for expanded services, he suggested returning  parking meters to the downtown as a way to generate revenue.

Nikolakopoulos emigrated to the U.S. from Kalamata, Greece in the 1970s with his parents at age 4 during a time of political unrest in the southeast European nation.

He was enrolled in a Greek bilingual program at Washington Elementary School, attended St. Mary’s High School and later graduated from the College of St. Joseph’s, a small Catholic school in Vermont, where he was soccer captain.

After graduation, he worked a few jobs at the State House, including as a research analyst for the Joint Committee on Transportation. All the while, he helped his family at the restaurant.

“I’ve been working more than 70 hours a week since I was 22,” he said. “I don’t have free weekends, unless I go away.”

Nikolakopoulos joins what is expected to be a crowded field that includes incumbents Brian LaPierre, Buzzy Barton, Hong Net and Daniel Cahill. It’s unclear whether Cahill, who was elected as a state representative last year, will seek reelection.

In addition, Jaime Figueroa, a 28-year-old Suffolk University student, hopes to be the city’s first Latino councilor and Brian Field, who works at Solimine Funeral Homes, said he is considering a run.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com.

Peabody murder story gets grislier

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Murder suspect Wes Doughty appears for his arraignment at Peabody District Court.

BY GAYLA CAWLEY

PEABODY — The second man charged with the first-degree murders of a man and woman in a Farm Avenue home on Feb. 18 was ordered held without bail Tuesday morning.

Wes Doughty, 39, pleaded not guilty and was ordered by Peabody District Court Judge James Barretto to return for a probable cause hearing on April 6.

Doughty, of Danvers, was on the run for a week after the bodies of Mark Greenlaw, 37, and Jennifer O’Connor, 40, were found at 19 Farm Ave.

Murder suspect Wes Doughty captured in S.C.

Authorities released the cause of death for both victims following the arraignment. Greenlaw died after he was shot in the head and his girlfriend, O’Connor, was killed after she was stabbed in her neck and torso, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

Kenneth Metz, a 64-year-old grandfather, told reporters that Doughty carjacked him outside a Middleton restaurant last Wednesday, before he was able to escape three hours later in Boston. Metz told reporters last Thursday that Doughty confessed to the double murder, saying that he killed the couple because they had given heroin to his godfather.

Authorities say Doughty drove more than 900 miles to South Carolina where he was arrested last Friday after being questioned for panhandling. Investigators there learned that he was wanted for a double homicide in Peabody and carjacking in Boston.

Carjack victim: Murder suspect confessed

John Apruzzese, of Salem, defense attorney for Doughty, spoke briefly with reporters following the arraignment.

“Everyone has heard the Commonwealth’s version of events,” said Apruzzese. “Today, the defense investigation begins. As more facts come out, we’ll let you know what’s going on.”

Doughty is expected to be arraigned in Salem District Court on Thursday on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person 60 or older, armed carjacking and kidnapping in connection with the alleged carjacking last week, according to the DA’s office.

Michael Hebb, 45, the other suspect in the double homicide, was arraigned on first-degree murder charges on Feb. 21. He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. He is scheduled to return to court March 28 for a probable cause hearing.

Barretto has ordered that all files associated with the investigation be impounded, at the prosecution’s request, including arrest warrants for both Doughty and Hebb, and all search warrants, including the one for the bungalow-style home at 19 Farm Ave.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the DA’s office, said everything was impounded to protect the integrity of the grand jury investigation.

Monahan said no family members were present for Doughty’s arraignment, but that they are being kept informed.

City health officials have since condemned the scene of the killings on Farm Avenue, and a vacate order was issued to the property owners. Authorities initially had difficulty determining the number of victims because they described the home as being in poor condition and messy. The bodies were somewhat concealed and X-ray machinery was used to make that determination.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Marblehead doctor to co-chair cancer walk

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Pictured is Dr. Allyson Preston of Marblehead.

By BILL BROTHERTON

MARBLEHEAD – Dr. Allyson Preston will serve as co-chair of this year’s North Shore Cancer Walk on June 25.

Dr. Preston, a Marblehead resident, has lived and worked on the North Shore for 30 years. She joined North Shore Medical Center as a staff physician and became chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2006. She graduated from George Washington University Medical School and trained at the University of Pittsburgh in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Preston has taken part in the Cancer Walk for many years. She began participating when her children were in strollers; now her 9-year-old granddaughter is participating for the second time. She stepped up as co-chair because, as a physician and breast cancer survivor, she knows firsthand what North Shore Medical Center and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center mean to the community.

For more than two decades, the North Shore Cancer Walk has brought together mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors, co-workers, businesses, teachers and students all focused on raising funds for cancer care on the North Shore. To date, this community has raised $22 million. That mission will be celebrated again this year, as walkers wind their way along the 10K (6.2 mile) route through Salem. Brittany Isherwood of Newburyport is co-chair.

“As a physician, I’ve been proud to be part of a team at NSMC that delivers world-class, locally based medical care to thousands of patients each year. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, I had all of my treatment – from testing to surgery to chemotherapy – at North Shore Medical Center and Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center,” said Dr. Preston. “Stepping through the door as a patient that first day was unnerving, but I immediately felt wrapped in a blanket of caring and competence. The high level of care didn’t at all surprise me, but it had new meaning, as a patient.”

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Proceeds will support oncology services at North Shore Medical Center and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center. In the past, contributions have supported new technologies, renovations, clinical trials, wellness services such as massage and acupuncture to help alleviate pain and nausea, as well as supportive care programs for patients and their families.

Registration is now open for the 2017 North Shore Cancer Walk. To learn more or to register, go to www.northshorecancerwalk.org.

 

Rebellion: a North Shore tradition

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Rev. Barnard (portrayed by Jeff Barz-Snell, Minister of the First Church of Salem), left, addresses the crowd, while Lieutenant Colonel Leslie (portrayed by Charlie Newhall of Salem) instructs his troops during a reenactment of Leslie’s retreat on Sunday.

By LEAH DEARBORN

SALEM — Resistance was in the air on Saturday, with surly Colonists invited to take part in a reenactment of Leslie’s retreat, a historic event with wide-reaching repercussions.

“Leslie’s retreat is kind of a big one,” said event organizer Stacia Kraft. “Somebody needs to do something about this every year. North Salem people have always been aware and attached to this story.”

On Feb. 26, 1775, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Leslie and the 64th regiment led the advancement of British troops from Marblehead to seize ammunition stored near North Bridge in Salem.

Once there, they met with resistance from local men who refused to lower the bridge and let them pass. A compromise was eventually struck without any fatalities, and Colonel Leslie retreated with his men.

The confrontation marked the first armed resistance to royal authority by colonists, according to a plaque on the bridge commemorating the event.

“It was the first place where they resisted the crown, which just wasn’t done,” said Craig Burnham, a self-described North Salem local. “The crown went where the crown wanted.”

Residents of what is now known as Peabody, formerly part of Danvers, were involved as well.

Salem city historian Jim McAllister said the Danvers regiment followed Leslie’s troops as they marched back to Marblehead playing “The World Turned Upside Down,” a tune later made famous by the British surrender at Yorktown.

“There’s a lot of different stories about Leslie’s retreat,” said Jane Arlander, who attended the event in the character of her ancestor, Mary Mulliken Sanderson.

Reenactment participants gathered at Hamilton Hall and the First Church on Essex Street in Salem before converging at the corner of Federal and North streets.

When a group of individuals wearing red and holding fake weapons approached in the guise of British troops, they were greeted by loud boos and at least one shout of “lobster-coated scallywags!”

After a heated discussion between Colonel Leslie, portrayed by Charles Newhall of Salem, and Colonial leaders, an agreement was reached and the fake weapons were lowered.

“I personally like the angle that it was peaceful,” said organizer Michael Selbst, a sentiment shared by Kraft.

“It was a grassroots effort,” said Kraft while sipping one of George Washington’s favorite beverages, Fish House Punch.

Kraft emphasized the timeliness and importance of nonviolent dissent in regards to why the history of Leslie’s retreat is still so relevant today.

“People are turning from being consumers to being citizens,” she said.

The reenactment is one of a series of upcoming events celebrating the area’s revolutionary history, including a resistance ball at Hamilton Hall on April 8.

Garlitz helps St. John’s have stellar wrestling weekend

READING – Ryan Garlitz of St. John’s Prep made it to the finals of the 113-pound weight class, but then dropped a 6-3 decision to Jake Ferri of Shawsheen, in the All-State wrestling tournament, held on Friday and Saturday at Hawkes Field House in Reading.

Garlitz trailed by just one point entering the third period, but Ferri – the defending New England champion at 106 pounds – scored on an escape and then a takedown in the final minute of the match.

Malcolm Mitchell finished third in the 126-pound division and Zach Alexander was fourth in the 132-pound weight class to lead St. John’s Prep to a 3-way tie for eighth place in the team competition, one spot behind Danvers, which was led by Quintin Holland’s second place finish at 170 pounds.

In the first round, Garlitz pinned Mike Titus of Saugus/Winthrop in 1:10, then defeated Marshfield’s Jacob Garcia, 16-1 by technical fall, and then beat Woburn’s John Lafferty by the same 16-1 score in the semifinals.

Mitchell defeated Wilson Ordonez of Marlboro, 6-3, in the first round and then beat Eddie Marinilli of Canton, 4-2 in the quarterfinals. After losing to Jack Perry of North Andover, 3-1, in the semifinals, he beat Mohari Miller of Springfield Cathedral, 3-2, before defeating Marinilli, 10-7, in the third place match.

Alexander topped Adrian Polanco of North Andover, 10-8, in the first round and then pinned Cameron Anzuino of Wayland in the quarterfinals before losing 15-2 in the semifinals to Burlington’s Josh Lee, the eventual champion at 132 pounds.

Alexander defeated Nashoba’s Brevin Cassella, 1-0, before losing to West Springfield’s Josh Bergeron, 9-7, in the third place match.

For Danvers, Holland lost, 13-11, in the finals to Josh Bechen of Catholic Memorial. Colby Holland finished third in the 145-pound division, losing to Jeremy Su of Natick, 6-5, in the semifinals before defeating Xzander Chapman of Putnam, 5-3, in the third place match.

Also from Danvers, Jack Anderson finished fourth in the 160-pound division, losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Ahmed Sharif of Putnam, 5-2. He then lost to Westford’s Cam Eldridge in the third place match, 3-1. Max Leete also captured eighth place for the Falcons at 113 pounds.

For Swampscott/Marblehead, Stephen Hopkins lost his first match, 7-4, to Brett Kimball of Milford in the 138-pound division, but then rallied to win a pair of consolation matches, defeating North Attleboro’s Zach Gould, 14-1, and Ronnie Oliver of Carver, 4-3, before being pinned by Marshfield’s Neil Ryan.

Before losing to Garlitz, Titus defeated Dan Cooper of North Attleboro, 7-2, in the round of 32. He lost, 5-2, to Leete in his first consolation match. Also for Saugus/Winthrop, Dominic Clark was pinned in his first match by Shaun Mears of Whittier Tech and then lost his first consolation match to Chris Waslaske of Athol, 6-1, in the 170-pound division.

Nick Shairs of Beverly finished seventh in the 195-pound division. He pinned Jordan Correia of the Josiah Quincy School in the first round, and then lost, 13-8, to Travis Manick of Methuen in the quarterfinals. After splitting two more matches, he pinned Correa in the seventh place match.

Also for Beverly, Ameer Alshafri lost two matches in the 182-pound weight class.

For Salem, Calvin Dalton finished in eighth place in the 103-pound division. After losing his first match to Patrick Hughes of Chelmsford, Dalton won a pair of matches in the consolation round before being defeated by Trevor Nugent of Masconomet. He then lost the seventh place match to Brady Folan of North Andover, 7-1.

Minnechaug won the team title with 84.5 points.

The top seven finishers in each weight class advance to the New England Tournament, which will be held in Providence, R.I., on Friday and Saturday.

Lynn boys basketball teams prep for tourney

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Javonte Edwards and the No. 14 Lynn English boys basketball team will visit No. 3 Central Catholic on Tuesday night. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

The MIAA boys basketball state tournament pairings were released on Friday, and all four Lynn teams will compete for a shot at a state title.

In Division 1 North, English (10-9), the No. 14 seed, will visit No. 3 Central Catholic on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs boast a talented nucleus led by Tommy Rijo and Ivy Lopes. Javonte Edwards is a strong presence in the paint and gives English a boost when he knocks down his mid-range jump shot. Calvin Seng runs the offense and is capable of catching fire from the three at anytime. English qualified for the tournament with a win in its final game of the season at Swampscott.

In Division 2 North, Classical (18-3) drew the third seed and will host No. 14 Salem on Monday night. The Rams finished the season with three wins a row, giving coach Tom Grassa a reason to feel his team is coming into the state tournament on a good note.

“The fact that we’re coming off a win against Marblehead has to be helpful,” Grassa said. “We beat Beverly, English and Marblehead to give us three wins in four days to end the season. That should certainly give us some momentum coming into the tournament.”

Salem is no stranger to Classical. The two talented Northeastern Conference teams battled it out earlier in the season, with the Rams grabbing a 54-43 win.

“They’re a dangerous team,” Grassa said of the Witches. “They’re probably the best three-point shooting team, maybe in the league. They were down 20 points to Marblehead and managed to cut that down to two points in the fourth quarter.”

Salem boasts a handful of talented outside shooters, meaning the Rams will have to be strong on defense to get the win.

“They can be an explosive team,” Grassa said. “It’s easy to defend a team that has one shooter. They have five guys on the perimeter that can hit three-pointers.”

After being knocked out of last season’s tournament in the first round with a loss at Arlington, Classical is coming in hungry this time around.

“We certainly do not want to get knocked out in the first round,” Grassa said. “I think getting beat by Arlington last year may serve as a heavy motivational point to survive.”

In Division 3, Tech drew the No. 15 seed and visits No. 2 Newburyport on Monday. The Tigers (7-13) finished the season on a four-game win streak and clinched the Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small in the process. Coach Stevie Patrick said his team is feeling good after achieving the goals it set in the preseason.

“We did everything we said we were going to do,” Patrick said. “We won the CAC, we’re in the state tournament, and we have a few players who might be all-stars.”

Patrick said the team’s solid ending is a good sign moving into the tournament.

“We’re coming in with a four-game winning streak,” Patrick said. “I don’t think we can ask for anything better. We’ve been practicing extremely hard.”

The Tigers didn’t play against Newburyport during the regular season, but Patrick scouted the Clippers last week and came away impressed.

“I had a feeling we were going to be playing them so I watched them a week ago against Mystic Valley,” Patrick said. “They’re smart, they play together very well and they have athleticism. They’re similar to us and they play together.”

In Division 4, St. Mary’s, the No. 3 seed, has a first-round bye. The Spartans will host the winner of Tuesday’s matchup between No. 6 Maimonides and No. 11 Winthrop on Thursday.

The Spartans are off until Thursday’s game, meaning it’ll be a one-week layoff between games for St. Mary’s. Although some teams prefer to avoid long breaks, the Spartans will use the week to heal up.

“We had some injuries up until a week and a half ago,” St. Mary’s coach Dave Brown said. “We played very well in the Spartan Classic and the consolation game of the Comcast Tournament, so I was pleased to see that.”

Brown added, “We played our last five games in six days. The kids will be able to rest and heal up their injuries. We’ll get some shooting in, some sprints and we’ll be ready to go.”

Brown, who used to coach at Winthrop, said it would be a neat opportunity to clash against the Vikings. A few of Brown’s former players are currently on the Winthrop coaching staff.

 

Plenty of local teams in state tourney

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Chris Canela and the No. 9 Peabody Tanners will visit No. 8 Lawrence on Monday night. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

There’s no shortage of local teams that will participate in this year’s MIAA boys basketball state tournament.

In Division 1 North, No. 5 St. John’s Prep will host No. 12 Revere on Tuesday night. The Eagles finished the regular season at 15-5, led by strong play from Matt Relihan, Tommy O’Neil and Brett McNiff. Revere won 8 of its final 10 games to finish at 13-9 under first-year coach David Leary. Players to watch on the Patriots side include Mass Joof and Curtis High.

Peabody (13-7) drew the No. 9 seed in Division 1, earning the Tanners a trip to Lawrence to play the No. 8 Lancers on Monday night.

“I’ve had a chance to get an initial scouting report on them (Lancers), we’re familiar with them,” Tanners coach Thad Broughton said. “They’re a terrific team and they play in a tough conference but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Peabody will have to stick to its strengths to come out of Lawrence with the win.

“We went up there for the state tournament two years ago,” Broughton recalled. “It was a great atmosphere. We need to do all the things that got us in the tournament, which are take care of the basketball, rebound and defend.”

Also in Division 1, No. 7 Malden (14-6) hosts No. 10 Somerville on Monday.

In Division 2 North, No. 2 Marblehead (19-1) hosts No. 15 Wakefield on Monday. The Magicians put together a strong season led by Patrick Bugler and Derek Marino. Bo Millett has served as a strong rebounder for the Magicians down the stretch.

“Wakefield’s a tough team,” Magicians coach Mike Giardi said. “Their record is very deceiving. We saw them in our Sheridan Tournament. They play really hard and it’s going to be a tough game for us.”

Although the Magicians had a great regular season, Giardi and his players understand that the tournament is a different story.

“We’re fortunate that we’ve played very well in key moments,” Giardi said. “We overcame some adversity. When you’re in the tournament, it’s one game at a time.”

Division 2 features a battle between two talented NEC powerhouses in No. 3 Classical (18-3) and No. 14 Salem (10-8), at Classical on Monday. The Rams and Witches met in the regular season, with Classical notching a 54-43 win at Salem. The Witches feature a number of outside shooters who are capable of heating up from the three. Nate Lebron and Henny Vlaun are two names to watch for Salem in the tournament.

Also in the Division 2 North bracket, No. 12 Beverly (12-8) visits No. 5 Brighton and No. 10 Malden Catholic (13-7) is at No. 7 North Andover. Pat Gavin is the player to keep an eye out for on the Beverly side.

In Division 3 North, Lynnfield and Saugus will look to make noise.

The No. 4 Pioneers (16-4) put together a great regular season. They’ll host No. 13 Stoneham on Monday. Lynnfield is anchored by its two leading scorers, Louis Ellis and Billy Arsenault.

Saugus (7-13), which made the tournament under the Sullivan Rule, drew the No. 14 seed in the bracket. The Sachems will hit the road for a matchup at No. 3 Weston on Monday.

Sachems assistant coach Mark Bertrand said the tough NEC schedule has prepared Saugus for what the team will see in the tournament.

“We knew as the season progressed that we’d likely be on the road,” Bertrand said. “That’s the great thing about the NEC, we’re battle-tested.”

Bertrand added, “As much as we would’ve liked to have won more games, the NEC gets you ready.”

Saugus has seen film on Weston and will continue to study its upcoming opponent as Monday’s game nears.

“We’ve seen them,” Bertrand said. “We have some film and we’ll look at some more over the weekend. They’re really good. They’ll be ready for us.”

Although the Sachems didn’t finish the regular season with as many wins as the team had hoped, the state tournament brings a new beginning.

“We would’ve loved to have been 15-5 but that didn’t happen,” Bertrand said. “Everyone’s 0-0 right now. We know we have a good team and they’re starting to gel. Most teams come together in the second half.”

A pair of local teams are featured in the Division 4 bracket in No. 10 Mystic Valley and No. 11 Winthrop. Mystic Valley  (11-9) will make the trip up to No. 7 Pope John on Monday. The Vikings (8-12) will visit No. 6 Maimonides on Tuesday. The winner of the game will clash against No. 3 St. Mary’s (15-5), last year’s Division 4 state champion, at Conigliaro Gym.

Lynn teen says he was attacked by 3

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN A 13-year-old boy from Lynn told police he was assaulted and robbed by three males Wednesday night on North Common Street.

Lynn Police responded to a children’s hospital in Salem to speak with the teenager, who told officers he had been assaulted in the area of the Commons, and had scratches, bruises and swelling to his head and face, Lynn Police Lt. Rick Donnelly said.

Donnelly said the alleged assault happened at approximately 8 p.m., when the boy was visiting a friend’s house on North Common Street. The boy told police three males between 16-20 years old jumped him from behind, and began punching him.

The assailants, who were wearing all black clothing and had bandanas on their faces, allegedly threw him to the ground, where they punched and kicked him several times, Donnelly said.

The boy had his phone stolen, but didn’t see what direction the assailants fled to, Donnelly said.

The incident is under investigation.

Police log: 2-24-2017


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley

 

Frances Cohen, 99

SALEM — Frances (Callum) Cohen, of Salem, formerly of Lynn, entered into rest on Feb. 21, 2017, at the age of 99.

Frances was born in Boston to the late Samuel and Minnie (Levine) Callum. She moved to Lynn and resided there for nearly 50 years. She graduated in 1936 from Lynn Classical High and went on to work as an insurance clerk prior to retiring.

Frances was the beloved wife of the late Herbert H. Cohen. Devoted mother of Ronald H. Cohen of Salem and Steven B. Cohen and his wife Michelle of North Andover. Loving sister of Marion Levine of Lynn. Dear grandmother of Kristen Palumbo and her husband Kevin and Justin Cohen and his wife Beth. Great-grandmother of 10. Frances is predeceased by her siblings; Merrill Callum, Barry Callum and Richard Callum.

Service information: Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. at STANETSKY-HYMANSON Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St., Salem, MA 01970. Interment will be held at Pride of Lynn Cemetery, 89 Lakeshore Rd., Lynn, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frances’ name may be made to The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Joseph R. Turcotte, 86

SALEM — Mr. Joseph R. Turcotte, 86, of Salem, beloved husband of the late Ruth Marie (Furey) Turcotte, died peacefully Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Telesphore and Bertha (Dupuis) Turcotte. He was raised and educated in Salem and attended the former St. James School.

An honorably discharged veteran he served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War. He was very proud of his military service and honored to have defended his beloved country.

Mr. Turcotte had been employed as the general foreman of the City of Salem Water Department for 37 years until the time of his retirement in 1991.

A truly prideful and proud gentleman, Joseph was dedicated and devoted to his family. He had a colorful, vibrant and outgoing personality that endeared him to many. If you met Joe once you never forgot him. He was quick with a smile and joke and loved to make others laugh.

Family was paramount in his life and he showed his fondness for those he loved liberally. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and through his actions and words taught his family to always stick together through thick and thin and forever be proud of who they are and of whom and where they come from.

He loved animals, traveling, dining out, games of chance, sun worshiping, spending time at the lakes of New Hampshire and traveling to Florida. He could often be found in the stands exuberantly cheering on his children and grandchildren in their endeavors as he wore his heart on his sleeve and showered those he loved with affection. His legacy of pride, love and humor will live on through the generations.

Joe is survived by his children, Joseph R. Turcotte Jr. and his wife Linda of Peabody, John Turcotte of Salem, Deborah Phelan and her husband Brian of Salem, Ellen Hanson and her husband Scott of Salem, Sharon Hickman and her husband John of Newburyport, Ruth Grube and her husband Dennis of Peabody, James Turcotte and his wife Christine of Beverly and Thomas Turcotte and his wife Catherine of Salem, his grandchildren, Lindsay Willard and her husband Ben, Danny and Corey Phelan, Christopher Hanson and his wife Amber, Emily and Gary Hanson, Taylor, Sean, Nathan and Anna Hickman, Alexandra, A.J. and Zachary Grube, Jamie Martin and her husband Sean, and Ruth, Sara and Joseph Turcotte, his five great-grandchildren, Christopher, Jamison, Delilah, Maggie and Ava, his sister Rita O’Day of Salem, his brother, John “Brud” Turcotte and his wife Darcie of Salem and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Bertha Jalbert and Henry and Robert Turcotte.

Service information: His funeral will be held from The O’DONNELL Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (At Salem Common) Salem, Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 9:15 a.m. followed by his funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Hawthorne Blvd., Salem at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 4-8 p.m. Donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, P.O. Box 845257, Boston, MA 02284. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit Odonnellfuneralservice.com.

Carol A. Bannister, 80

SALEM — Carol Audrey (Turcotte) Bannister, 80 years old, passed away Feb. 14, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Daughter of the late Jere and Juliette (Cyr) Turcotte, and wife of the late Robert James Bannister, Carol was born and raised in Salem. She worked for Parker Brothers and EG&G until her retirement.  

Carol had a true zest for life. She was a loving and a devoted mother and wife.  Her greatest pleasure in life was her children and grandchildren. She and her husband enjoyed spending their summers with their children at the family cabin on Lake Winnipesaukee. After her retirement, Carol became a snowbird and spent her winters in Florida where she had a great group of friends. She loved playing cards and competing in friendly games.  

Carol is survived by her son, Robert Bannister of Salem; her daughter, Julie-Ann Carrick and her husband Matthew of Peabody, her daughter, Nadene LaChance and her husband Kenneth of Peabody, her son, Mark Bannister and his wife Judith McCormack of Salem; her grandsons, Brett Carrick and his fiancé Kara, Shaun Carrick and his wife Laura, Michael LaChance, James Bannister and granddaughter Macayla LaChance. She also leaves her three great grandchildren, Chloe, Caleb and Mellani Carrick; and her sister, Francine (Turcotte) Pike and her husband Richard of Estero, Fla.

Service information: Visiting hours for Carol will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 from 3-7 p.m. at the MURPHY Funeral Home, 85 Federal St. (corner of North Street), Salem, MA 01970. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas Church on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at 1 Margin St., Peabody, MA 01960. Interment will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery, 57 Orne St., Salem, MA 01970. In lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial contribution in Carol’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062. For additional information or online guestbook please visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com or call 978-744-0497.

 

Police nab Marblehead trail assault suspect

By GAYLA CAWLEY

MARBLEHEAD — The GPS bracelet that has already linked Mounir Rhoulam, 39, of Swampscott, to a rash of tire slashings and five alleged assaults against women on the Lynn-Swampscott line, has also tied him to an assault last October on the Marblehead Rail Trail.

On Oct. 26, police received a call shortly after 11 a.m. that a man had exposed himself and tried to grab a woman on the portion of the popular 4-mile trail outside Tower School, a private pre-K to 8 school on West Shore Drive. The trail connects Marblehead, Swampscott and Salem.

Rhoulam was arraigned in Lynn District Court Wednesday on charges of open and gross lewdness, indecent exposure and assault. He was also arraigned on numerous other charges stemming from a Jan. 9 arrest by Swampscott Police. After his arrest, police discovered Rhoulam was already on probation, and a GPS ankle bracelet put him in the area of five alleged assaults against women in Swampscott and Lynn.

Police also believe, through the suspect’s GPS bracelet, Rhoulam was in the area of a rash of tire slashings that began in October and ended in January. A total of 32 people reported their tires slashed in Swampscott alone. There have been no tire slashings in the area since Rhoulam’s arrest. Lynn and Saugus Police also reported similar incidents.

Rhoulam was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Feb. 23.

Police eye Swampscott man in tire slashings

According to court documents, on the date of the incident in Marblehead, the victim told police she was walking alone on the path toward Salem when she saw a man ahead of her on a bike in the area of the Tower School athletic fields. At first, she related, she wasn’t concerned, but became nervous when he got off the bike. She told police the man had exposed and grabbed himself with his right hand, while trying to grab her with his left hand. She jumped back and screamed for help and then the man fled on the bike toward Salem without making physical contact or saying a word, according to the documents.

Several people on the path who heard her yell came to her aid and helped her call 911, but when asked, none of them had seen the incident, according to documents.

Schools were notified of the incident by police, who searched the area with assistance from a Salem K9 unit, but the suspect was not found. Police continued to patrol the rail trail the day after the alleged assault, with no sighting of the suspect the victim described. A woman came forward on the day of the incident after seeing a news broadcast about the alleged assault to relate an odd encounter on the path to police. The woman told police about an encounter she had walking on the path on Oct. 23, when she felt someone behind her and turned to see a man on a bike. She said the man rummaged around in his bag for longer than it should have taken him to find anything, as the bag was very small, and was “panting” while doing so. She was concerned enough to pick up a large rock, and told police she left with the feeling she wanted to tell other walkers or joggers to avoid the trail, according to court documents.

Marblehead Police Sgt. Sean Brady wrote in his report that he spoke with Swampscott Police Sgt. Tim Cassidy on Jan. 12 regarding the arrest of Rhoulam. Brady wrote that Rhoulam, a registered sex offender, is on probation and wears a GPS monitoring bracelet. Police checked Rhoulam’s sex offender registry photo, which matched the description of the suspect from the rail trail assault case, court documents say.

Brady spoke with Rhoulam’s probation officer, who was able to access his whereabouts on Oct. 26. The GPS bracelet placed him in the same location of the encounter with the victim at approximately 11 a.m., according to court documents. The probation officer said Rhoulam had been on probation for a sexual assault conviction out of Revere.

In Lynn, overall crime drops, violence jumps


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley

 

McCarthy scores twice, Magicians down Sachems

PHOTO BY BOB ROCHE
Marblehead’s Aidan Gillis reaches around Saugus’ Brenden Patterson to get the puck. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

SAUGUS — Behind two goals from senior forward James McCarthy, the Marblehead boys hockey team took down the Saugus Sachems, 4-1, at Kasabuski Arena on Wednesday night. The win punched a tournament ticket for the Magicians (10-6-3).

Senior forward Braden Haley notched a four-point night with a goal and three assists, while Drew Cioffi added a goal and an assist. Senior goalie Ronan Cunningham had 18 saves in the win.

“The ice conditions weren’t the greatest out there tonight, but we talked to the guys about fighting through it,” said Marblehead coach Bob Jackson. “Once we got those two goals in the second, I think we were able to carry that momentum through the rest of the game.”

For Saugus (9-5-4), junior forward John Torres scored the lone goal on an assist from senior forward Brenden Patterson. Junior goalie Nick Sanderson had 27 saves.

“I think we competed hard and played well through the first two periods, but in the third I think [Marblehead] wanted it more,” said Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci. “I would’ve liked to see a little more from our guys in that last period, but we just have to keep working.”

Both teams came out flying in the first period, with each recording six shots on goal in the frame. Haley had a great scoring opportunity for the Magicians but missed the post, while Saugus got several good scoring chances on a powerplay midway through the period. But, both goalies stood tall in net and the first period ended as it started, at 0-0.

The Sachems got another powerplay chance early in the second period, but Marblehead’s penalty kill was rock-solid all night and didn’t allow anything close to the net, mainly due to the Magicians’ ability to block shots in the open ice.
Marblehead got on the board first with 7:35 left in the second. Haley sent the puck behind the net to Cioffi, who maneuvered around before flicking a pass out front to McCarthy, who fired a wrist shot from the slot right into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

After yet another unsuccessful powerplay opportunity, the Sachems were able to answer with a goal of their own. After a battle for the puck behind the Marblehead net, Patterson took control of the puck and sent a quick pass to Ronan, who was waiting next to the net. Instead of making a pass or skating out to get a better angle on the shot, Ronan flipped the puck up and scored top shelf on a shot from almost behind the net to tie the score at 1-1.

The tie was short-lived, however, as McCarthy cleaned up a puck in front of the net to take a 2-1 lead with 50 seconds left in the period.

There wasn’t any action in the third period until about four minutes left, when Cioffi grabbed a rebound from a Haley shot and deked past Sanderson to make it 3-1.

Saugus had more powerplay chances in the third period, but once again they could not find the net. The Sachems went 0-for-5 on the powerplay on the night.

“I thought we had plenty of good opportunities, but we just couldn’t finish,” said Natalucci. “Our puck movement was there, but they blocked a lot of shots. And even when we did get the shots through, we’re not going hard enough to the net. So we’ve got to work on it and get better.”

While Jackson obviously doesn’t want his team committing five penalties in any game, he was pleased with the way his guys killed them off.

“Penalties have been an issue for us all year, and we took some dumb ones tonight,” said Jackson. “It’s been a point of focus all year and will continue to be, but the way the guys fought through that adversity was good to see.”

After Saugus pulled its goalie with 1:35 to go, Haley was able to score an empty-netter to seal the win for Marblehead.

The Magicians will finish out the regular season with three more games, starting with a game against NEC foe Swampscott on Saturday at Rockett Arena in Salem.

Saugus will take on North Reading at Kasabuski Arena on Friday night.

End of season tournaments on the horizon

By STEVE KRAUSE 

End-of-season high school tournaments in basketball and hockey will dot the horizon beginning Sunday.

These games serve as a precursor to the official MIAA state tournaments, whose pairings will be announced Friday, Feb. 24 for basketball and Saturday, Feb. 25 for hockey.

The tournaments serve several purposes. Teams look to them as ways to prepare them for the state tournaments. And very often, participating teams need them to win games that will make them eligible for state tournament play.

In basketball, the Larry McIntire International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) Board 130 Classic will be held Sunday and Monday at Beverly High School’s Henry Cabot Lodge Field House.

The tournament is named for the former Big East referee and longtime assigner for several high school leagues and the MIAA North sectional tournament. It returns to the North Shore after being played at North Andover last year. It has also been held at Central Catholic High School and St. John’s Prep.

“We’re very excited to have the tournament in Beverly,” said Board 130 president Peter Dion. “With seven North Shore teams and a first-class venue, we are hoping for big crowds both days.”

The tournament includes both the Bishop Fenwick boys and girls as well as St. John’s Prep.

Also participating are Masconomet and Beverly, which is close to the lineup of the former North Shore Invitational Tournament, for which McIntire served as co-chair, along with Mike O’Brien, who broadcasts area sports on North Shore 104.9.

One boys player and one girls player will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Since starting the tournament in 2011, the board has awarded $24,000 in scholarships. All seniors playing in the tournament were invited to apply for the scholarships.

“We want to be able to help student-athletes while showcasing some great talent,” said Scholarship Committee chairman Dave Margossian.

IAABO Board 130 has more than 400 members who officiate basketball games from the youth to collegiate levels.

St. Mary’s will hold its 12th Spartan Classic, Sunday and Monday for girls; and Feb. 22-23 for boys. Both tournaments are at the Conigliaro Gym at St. Mary’s.

The St. Mary’s girls will vie for their seventh overall Division 3 championship and fifth in a row.

Other teams participating are: Arlington Catholic, Groton-Dunstable, Belmont, Pentucket, Newton North, Bayview Academy, Arlington, Billerica, Latin Academy, Rockland and Coyle-Cassidy.

For the boys, it’ll be St. Clement, Salem, Greater Lawrence and St. Mary’s.

The 22nd annual Newburyport Bank Ice Hockey Classic  will be held from Monday through next Friday at the Henry Graf Skating Rink. Teams participating include Lynn and Danvers for the boys and Marblehead and Lynn/Winthrop for the girls.

For dates and times for individual games, please consult the accompanying schedules.

 

Richard Nagle, 86

SALEM — Mr. Richard Nagle, age 86, of Salem, died on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at his home in Salem, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Richard is survived by his niece, Ann Dostert, nephews, Joseph LaPointe and his wife MaryJo of Lynn, and James LaPointe and his wife Gail of Salem, as well as several grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Nagle LaPointe and his brother William Nagle.

Richard was born on Jan. 7, 1931 in Lynn to William and Mary (Halligan) Nagle. He graduated from St. Mary’s Boy’s High School in 1948. He worked as a control room operator for Massachusetts Electric/National Grid for 48 years until his retirement. He really enjoyed his co-workers and found it difficult to retire.

Service information: His funeral will be held from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn on Friday at 8 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Lynn at 9 a.m. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, c/o Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. Directions and guest book at Solimine.com.

Nancy L. Arons, 71

LYNN — Nancy Lorraine Arons, age 71, of Lynn, died Feb. 13, 2017. She was the devoted, longtime companion of the late David O. Hicks.

Born and raised in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Helen (Cann) Dion.

Nancy was employed for many years as a nurse’s aide at Mount Pleasant Hospital. She enjoyed working puzzles, cooking and taking care of her grandchildren.

She was the mother of Michael Arons and his wife Lisa of Lynn, Kenneth Arons of Lynn, Donald Arons and his wife Kelly of Peabody, Donna Arons of Lynn and the late Debbie Arons and Mark Arons. She also leaves five grandchildren, Michelle Arons of Beverly, Anthony Arons of Haverhill, Victoria Arons of Peabody, Rebecca Arons of Peabody and Katie Knowles of Lynn. She was the sister of Charlie Dion of Beverly, Rick Dion of Peabody and Connie Dumas of Beverly.

Service information: A memorial gathering of friends and relatives will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 from 4-6 p.m. to include a service at 5 p.m., at GOODRICH Funeral Home, 128 Washington St., Lynn.

Local tattoo artists make their mark

PHOTO BY NICOLE GOODHUE BOYD
Meagan Allison of New Hampshire stays still as Owen Loughran works on a tattoo on her back at 7 Deadly Sins. 

By BETHANY DOANE

LYNN Local tattoo artists might have conflicting views on what trends and issues are most relevant, but one thing they can agree on is that tattoos are far from a fad.

“It’s a lifestyle,” said Jared Breault, a tattoo artist for more than 10 years who works at 7 Deadly Sins in Lynn. “To last in this industry, you have to have a passion for it and want to do it for the rest of your life.”

Owned by Jared’s father, Rich Breault, 7 Deadly Sins opened in June 2015. Despite owning the shop, Rich said he doesn’t have any tattoos, and disliked them when Jared got his first at 17.

Rich said his opinion changed after his son experienced prejudice for having tattoos. He now accepts them as part of today’s culture.

“People discriminate against Jared because of his tattoos,” Rich said. “They assume he’s a drug addict, gang member or jailbird because of an old-school mentality that tattoos are related to crime.

“But don’t judge a book by its cover,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Beyond the prejudice, Jared said house artists are the industry’s biggest problem. House artists are people who tattoo from inside their homes without a license from the local board of health, or without sanitary and safety certifications required by law.

Jared said house artistry is unsafe, unsanitary and gives the industry a bad name.

“There are at least 50 house artists in Lynn,” Jared said. “Some (house artists) tattoo people who are underage; some take drugs for payment, and they’re all risking people to infection by not having the same sterile environment as a licensed shop.”  

However, there isn’t a local school or cooperative education program to study becoming a professional tattoo artist, meaning even some licensed artists begin as house artists.

Currently, the only way to train professionally is through an apprenticeship, but opportunities aren’t easy to come by.

“Most of us start as house artists because you have to get lucky to get into a shop, know someone and have a level of skill,” said artist Brian Chukwuanu of Boston Street Tattoo.

Despite the difficulty getting a foot in the door, Chukwuanu said everything is better working in a shop, from access to cutting-edge technology, to friendly competition with co-workers.

“Working in a shop has changed me as an artist; collaborating with colleagues alone changes everything,” he said.

Unlike Jared Breault, Chukwuanu said he doesn’t think house artists are problematic to the industry. In fact, he said 40 percent of Boston Street Tattoo’s business comes from covering up house artists’ work.

But Jared Breault and Brian Chukwuanu agree the industry’s tools are too accessible to the public.

Both said it should be harder to purchase equipment, such as ink or tattoo machines (commonly called tattoo guns) without being a licensed tattoo artist, and that the internet makes it easy for equipment to fall into unskilled hands.

But the internet’s role isn’t entirely bad, especially when it comes to social media, said Joey Uribe, another artist at Boston Street Tattoo. He said social media allows the industry to evolve.

“It helps the quality of art improve because you find artists on social media who are the best in the world right now, and you strive to meet that level of talent,” he said.

Further, Uribe said social media helps shops and artists gain a following.

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The presence of women is another area where the industry is evolving. Though the industry can seem dominated by male artists, Chukwuanu said it’s a misconception that there aren’t a lot of female artists.

At 7 Deadly Sins, artist Sofia Davila is on staff three days a week. Women also own local shops, including Juli Moon of Juli Moon Studio in Lynn, Mulysa Mayhem of Good Mojo Tattoos in Beverly, and Kristin Welch and Kelly Doty of the Helheim Gallery in Salem.

Doty was a recent finalist on the Spike TV show “Ink Masters.”

Technology is another evolving aspect. For decades, the only type of tattoo machine was a loud, heavy device attached to a coil. Now, artists can buy equipment such as a rotary machine, which is cordless, lighter and quieter.

Rotary machines are quicker to use, and cause less scarring, meaning they’re less painful and allow tattoos to heal faster, Jared Breault said. “Some people are ‘loyal to the coil’ and won’t use the newer equipment, but if you don’t keep up with the times, how will you keep improving?”

But other artists think choosing a traditional coil machine over a modern rotary is a matter of preference, not skill. Chukwuanu, who uses traditional and modern machines, said that time and natural talent creates the best artists, not state-of-the-art tools.

At the end of the day though, artists appreciate the freedom to do what they’re most passionate about. “I couldn’t ask for a better job; I love coming into work,” Jared Breault said.

Both Uribe and Chukwuanu said that tattooing is an honor, and they’ll only stop when they physically can’t do it anymore.

Small Valentine’s Day tattoos will be $35 at 7 Deadly Sins from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Artists from Boston Street Tattoo will be at the Boston Tattoo Convention from Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26 at the Hynes Convention Center.