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A new chapter for Saugus author

Michael Coller is running for Saugus selectman.


SAUGUS — A private investigator and author of two controversial books is seeking a spot on the Board of Selectmen.

Given his law enforcement and investigation background, Michael Coller said he feels confident he can thoroughly research anything that comes before the board and make a well-informed decision in the town’s best interest.

“If you all have the same feelings to vote as one body, what’s the difference between having five different selectmen or just one,” said Coller. “I’m not challenging anyone on the board but I think finer points could be brought out. I’m hoping to create a little more degree of independence.”

Coller is on the Conservation Commission and Library Board of Trustees. He was born and raised in Saugus and graduated from Bridgewater State University with a degree in management.

He has worked as a security professional for 23 years, focusing specifically on large retail firms, criminal investigations, asset protection, and firearm licensing.

In his spare time, he enjoys writing. He takes pride in a series of books he’s working on, the Bruno Johnson series. He’s currently working on the third installment, which follows the main character, a private investigator, as he returns home to uncover political wrongdoings in local government.

Characters in the second book “Bruno Johnson: Against the Grain,” include Missiles, known for her “voluptuous breasts years ago (which) were worthy of being dipped in bronze. However, they now look like tube socks with baseballs sunk in the bottom;” Alisa, “a tiny peanut sized gal with what appeared to be fried eggs for breasts;” and Sue the Moo, who is “as big as a cow with four wrecking balls attached to her body. Two stuck on her chest and the other ones jammed in the seat of her pants.”

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Coller maintains that while the plot of the books may mirror local politics, the similarities are “purely coincidental.” He admitted he changed the names of characters in his book to protect the identities of real people but called his work fictional.

Like himself, he said Johnson is a character who refuses to knock on doors; he just opens them.

“I surely have the creativity to research what I need to research to come to a sound decision that will benefit the town,” he said. “This town shouldn’t be a stepping stone. I’m looking for a balance between property taxes and commercial taxes. As far as a new high school, it’s only going to help our property values. I don’t have children in the schools but I support a new high school. It’s going to help our town.”

If elected, Coller hopes to contribute to the revitalization of the town’s waterfront and Cliftondale Square.

“I went to Saugus High School with some of the people who own businesses (in Cliftondale Square),” he said. “It’s not as prominent as Saugus Center with the library and Town Hall. I think it’s gotten kind of dreary while Saugus Center is more welcoming. It needs some work. When I grew up here, it was as busy or busier than Saugus Center.”

Last year, a study of the square using a $10,000 Massachusetts Downtown Initiative grant found that 72 percent of the square’s businesses are independently owned. With more than 192,000 square feet of commercial space, the 66 existing businesses are underutilized, with some retail stores seeing fewer than 30 customers a day.

Coller worked as a commercial fisherman in Saugus, Gloucester, and Boston while putting himself through college and said he has an understanding for the importance of improving the waterfront area.

Town Clerk Ellen Schena said potential candidates can take out papers to run for office in July. Board of Selectmen candidates will be required to obtain 50 signatures and return the papers by Sept. 19.

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

Michael F. Wishart, 61

SAUGUS — On May 15, 2017 Michael Francis Wishart, son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away after a brief illness surrounded by his family at the young age of 61.

Born in 1955 to the late Charles W. Wishart Sr. and Patricia (Abbott) Wishart, Mike always called Saugus his home. He graduated in 1974 from Saugus High School then soon afterwards enlisted in the USAF. After basic and specialist training, Mike spent the balance of his tour at Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota as a protective coating specialist.    

In 1979 Mike returned to Saugus and plied his many talents being a jack-of-all-trades contractor right up to the end. His artistic skills can be attested to by those who were gifted with a personalized, hand-made engraved walking stick from Mike.

Mike was a loving son, brother and uncle. He had a tight and long-lasting friendship with many. He was a hard worker, had a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. He enjoyed woodworking, camping, golf, hiking and exploring the great outdoors. He also enjoyed his alone time sitting about a campfire exploring the stars.  

Mike is survived by his mother, Patricia Wishart of Lincoln, N.H.; two brothers, Charles Wishart Jr. and wife Phu of North Woodstock, N.H., Thomas Wishart and wife Sharon of Rock Hill, S.C.; and three sisters, Mary Normandin and husband Grant of Merrimack, N.H., Rose Tully and Tricia Wishart, both of Lynn. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Service information: Mike will be entombed in the Veteran’s Columbarium at Riverside Cemetery in Saugus on Monday, May 22 at 1 p.m. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held afterwards at the Italian-American Club, 1 Beachview Ave., Saugus. In lieu of flowers Mike would like donations made to the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home.

Riley offers new point of view in Saugus

Pictured is former School Committee member Corinne Riley.


SAUGUS — Former School Committee member Corinne Riley is vying for a seat on the Board of Selectmen.

“Watching Board of Selectmen meetings and other committee meetings, I feel that at times there’s not that many different point of views during discussion,” said Riley. “I think that more people can be represented in town.”

Riley hopes to bring a different perspective. As a volunteer at many different capacities for several years, she said she has seen the needs and heard the concerns of different community groups.

She has served as the chair of the Saugus War Monument Committee, a member of the Belmonte Renovation Steering Committee; Belmonte School Council; Belmonte Parent Teacher Organization; an executive board member, league manager, and coach for Saugus Softball Little League; a religious educator at St. Margaret Parish in Saugus for eight years; co-chair of the Saugus Coalition for the Homeless; and campaign manager for the re-election of state Rep. Donald Wong.

“One of my strong points is my ability to work with all groups,” Riley said. “I have dealt with many personalities especially while volunteering. You have to be able to give and take and negotiate, for lack of a better word, to get things done. I’m an independent thinker but I have the ability to change my mind if someone has a better argument.”

While serving two terms on the School Committee, she advocated for salary increases for teachers and paraprofessionals that work with special education students, for new science labs, and proposed to lower extracurricular user fees. She worked with the Saugus Chamber of Commerce to bring back the student job fair at Saugus High School in 2014, which has since become an annual event.

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When she learned the Ballard Early Education Center was the only school with a defibrillator, she advocated for private donations to fund defibrillators in each school, she said.

“There are other things that could be addressed that, at this time, people don’t seem to want to discuss,” she said.

Riley said the new combination high school and middle school project is a priority for her. But she also sees strong needs in other parts of the town. She strongly believes the Fire Department needs to expand to include a third station on the west side of town.

“With all the development and planning for Route 1, we really do need another fire station,” she said. “That’s really something I would like to pursue. Route 1 will be invaded with more traffic and more people.”

It’s also imperative to conduct a more thorough census, she said.

“I really think this town would benefit from a town-wide, door-knocking census,” she said. “We need to be interviewing people and talking to them and getting the real numbers.”

Higher numbers could qualify the town for additional state financial aid, she said. It would also support the notion that an additional fire station is necessary.

Bridget Turcotte can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Saugus promotes new vision for schools


SAUGUS — Town officials are organizing a June election in which residents will be asked “to support and invest” in a sweeping local school reorganization featuring a middle-high school district-wide facility.  

The plan, tentatively discussed to date with town educators and parents, proposes several significant changes. A grade 6-12 middle-high school is at the center of the plan.  Belmonte Middle School would be established as an “upper elementary school” for grades 3, 4 and 5, and Veterans Memorial Elementary School would become a “lower elementary school” for pre-kindergarten to grade 2.

“This is a real opportunity for the Town of Saugus to meet the goals of its educational plan,” said Town Manager Scott Crabtree. “Challenging our students to reach their full potential necessitates that our schools have the resources and facilities to meet the academic needs of all students and prepare them for success should they pursue higher education or compete in today’s workforce.”  

The proposed middle-high school complex will total 270,000 total square feet including a 12,000 square-foot gymnasium and capacity for 1,360 students in grades 6-12. There will be state-of-the-art science labs and technology classrooms, fine and performing arts classrooms and a 750-seat auditorium.

In addition, the proposal includes a new sports complex and outdoor track, walking paths, outdoor classrooms, and student gardens. Veterans Memorial Elementary School and Belmonte Middle School will also receive construction updates.

A town statement outlining the proposed school changes emphasized their potential to move the Saugus public school system’s status under state education rankings from from a Level 3 to a Level 1 school district.

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The statement says the proposed reconfiguration is also intended to provide fair and equal access to all students enabling them to reach their highest potential and to continue to prioritize education.

The proposal’s school building improvements are also intended to maintain accreditation with New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and address address health and safety issues including identified deficiencies in fire protection, sprinkler systems, and disability access compliance.

“Providing our students and staff with resources and facilities that achieves the vision of our Town’s educational plan is critical,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. David DeRuosi. “This solution will facilitate a shift from teacher-centered to student-centered instruction, and an emphasis on the critical thinking, communication and technology skills needed to enhance 21st century skills our students need to be successful.”

The proposal’s additional elements include new science labs that meet state educational and safety standards. Building designs include work spaces for student collaboration and project-based learning in all subject areas; and shared instructional resources and opportunities for increased teacher collaboration.  

The town statement lists no specific June date for bringing the proposal before voters.

“This middle-high school district-wide solution is critical for the residents of Saugus because it will enhance our children’s education and change the way education is valued and delivered in the community,” said Jeanette Meredith, School Committee chairwoman and Saugus High School Project Building Committee.

Saugus’ Alcott is a true Sachem

Saugus’ Jimmy Alcott brings a sense of community pride to the Sachems baseball team. 


SAUGUS — Saugus High’s Jimmy Alcott is what you could call a true blue Saugonian — even if the school’s color is bright red.

Alcott was a star player on Saugus American Little League’s last district champion all-star team, back in 2012. He came through the ranks of various youth hockey programs. Yet unlike other aspiring athletes with stars in their eyes, Alcott was only interested in being a Sachem, as opposed to going to any number of private schools that surround the town.

“I never thought about going to any other school except Saugus High,” said Alcott, a senior pitcher/shortstop for the Sachems. “Mostly because of pride for the town. I really didn’t see the point of going to a private school. It’s not really me.”

Of course, he acknowledges, some of that had to do with his father, Jim, who is not only a Saugus High graduate, but a member of the school’s Hall of Fame.

The older Alcott went on to play college hockey for Merrimack in the late 1980s, and was on the school’s baseball team in 1984 that won the Division 2 North title. He made it in pro hockey to play for the Virginia Lancers in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.

His son’s goals for the moment aren’t that lofty. He’s not looking to play hockey in college, although as a co-captain and a defenseman for this year’s Saugus hockey team, he helped the Sachems return to the Division 2 state tournament for the first time in several years.

“It was my first time in the tournament and I was certainly excited about it,” he said. “I loved it. We worked hard and had some great coaching along the way.”

Not only did Saugus make the tournament, the Sachems beat Methuen and Lynnfield before falling in the North semifinal to eventual state champion Lowell Catholic.

“Honestly, I like hockey probably better than baseball, but if I go on to play in college it’ll probably be baseball.”

If he does, he’ll be the first to tell you that former coach Steve Freker has a lot to do with that.

“Before high school,” Alcott said, “I wasn’t even much of a fan of baseball. But he made me love the game. He made it a lot more fun than it had been. He taught me some pitching techniques, how to field ground balls differently, and a lot of other points as well.”

He’s quick to add, however, that current coach Joe Luis, while perhaps a different sort of person than Freker, is equally knowledgeable. And Alcott is sure that the team will rebound from its 2-5 start and have a successful season.

“We’re all still getting used to each other,” Alcott said. “We’ve been in every game we’ve played. I think things are going all right.”

Alcott is mainly a pitcher, but on days he’s not on the mound, you can find him at shortstop. However, if it were up to him, he’d be on the mound all the time.

“I definitely like pitching better,” he said. “It’s more interactive, and you have more control.”

He also likes the mental aspect of it.

“You have to have a calm presence,” he said. “You can’t show too much emotion. You have to keep your composure, and you can’t let the other team know they’re getting to you.”

Actually, Alcott is fortunate that he’s able to pitch — and to even play. In Little League, he was plagued with migraines (something that he apparently has outgrown). Two years ago, while riding in a car to school after an early-morning hockey practice at Kasabuski Rink, the vehicle hit a patch of ice and overturned. It turned out that a homeowner on Lynn Fells Parkway had drained water into the street, creating a patch of black ice.

While no one was badly hurt in the crash, the incident had a profound effect on Alcott, who said he shuddered last winter when two hockey players from Falmouth died in a similar accident coming home from hockey practice.

Alcott also missed his sophomore season due to having elbow surgery in his pitching arm.

“It was on the ulnar nerve,” he said. “There was some kind of muscular transposition where the nerve slipped into the elbow joint and caused my fingers to go numb.

“They don’t know for sure (how that developed),” he said. “They said it could be hereditary, but I don’t know anyone in my family where that happened, so I don’t know.”

All he knows is that the injury is behind him.

“No more problems,” he said.

These days, he’s focused on his next game — and his next stars, which he hopes is tonight (7) at Fraser Field against Lynn Classical. He wants to go to Salem State, and he, his father, and Vikings coach Al Donovan have already been talking, he said.

And now that the Bruins are gone, he is seriously pulling for the New York Rangers — for one very big reason: his father played hockey with Rangers rookie Jim Vesey’s dad at Merrimack and the two are friends.

“Our family is good friends with their family,” Alcott said. “Big Jim’s helped us out a lot.”


Nancy Walz Paisley,74

PORTLAND, Maine — Nancy Walz Paisley, 74, of Portland, Maine passed away on April 8, 2017, at the Hill House in Bath, Maine after a long illness with Alzheimer’s. She was born on May 3, 1942, in Melrose, daughter of Walter P. and Mary E. (Fenna) Walz. She grew up in Saugus, and graduated from Saugus High School and Burdett College in Lynn.

She worked in Boston for many years prior to moving to Portland. On March 15, 1985, she married Arthur D. Paisley. She is survived by her husband, Arthur; her brother E. Phillip Walz and his wife Barbara of Peabody; her sister Patricia M. (Walz) Shaw and her husband Sidney of Bowdoinham, Maine; and five nephews, a niece, ten great-nephews and four great-nieces.

Service Information: There will be a celebration of her life on May 6, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. at A. T. HUTCHINS Funeral and Cremation Services, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association of Maine, 383 U.S. Route 1 #2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.


Saugus school magic number: $900,000


SAUGUS — The closure of the Ballard Early Education Center is among the proposed cuts to help bridge a potential $900,000 budget gap.

Should the building have to close its doors, the program would move to other public school facilities, said Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi.

“My worst case scenario is on paper right now,” DeRuosi said.

The School Committee voted a $29.6 million budget but the Finance Committee is supporting Town Manager Scott Crabtree’s recommendation for $1.6 million less. After making adjustments to the department’s critical needs, DeRuosi said the district would still face a $900,000 shortfall. Town Meeting will vote on the budget May 1.

At a meeting Tuesday, he proposed cuts that included closing the center and not replacing seven retiring employees, six teachers and a nurse, and cutting one elementary school teacher. Six paraprofessional positions would also be eliminated to save the district between $98,000 and $114,000.

The Ballard Early Education Center has several curriculum-based preschool classes, about five of which are integrated classes of both regular and special education. DeRuosi proposed relocating the more self-contained classes to Saugus High School and the more inclusive classes to Veterans Memorial Elementary School. This year the school has 118 children, though some are half-day and part-time students. Moving the program would save the district between $140,000 and $145,000, he said.

“When you’re spending over $1 million on 45 students, you have to look at how you can do that more efficiently,” said Chairwoman Jeannie Meredith.

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DeRuosi also questioned whether two retiring custodians needed to be replaced and whether a currently open position needed to be filled.

DeRuosi added that as a long-term goal, the master plan includes having fewer school buildings. He and School Committee members shared a vision that high school juniors and seniors could take child development courses and volunteer in classrooms to help prepare them to pursue degrees in fields such as social work and education.

By not replacing teachers, some schools would be faced with larger class sizes of up to 26 students, DeRuosi said. He added that parents would have the option to move their children to another school with smaller class sizes.

School Committee member Peter Manoogian argued that keeping smaller class sizes should be a priority when looking at the budget. Member Arthur Grabowski said he would rather see higher paying positions eliminated than teachers and nurses.

The panel also discussed whether the Belmonte Middle School needed its current two vice principals, three councilors and an adjustment counselor in addition to Principal Kerry Robbins.

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

Paul E. O’Brien, 87

SAUGUS — Mr. Paul E. O’Brien, 87, of Saugusm formerly of Lynn, died on April 2 at the Hawthorne Hill Rehab in Danvers. He was the husband of the late Lorraine (Breau) O’Brien.

Born and raised in Lynn, Mr. O’Brien was the son of the late Thomas A. and Mary (Nagle) O’Brien. Paul was a graduate of Boston College. He was a hockey coach at Saugus High School for 23 years from 1955-79. Mr. O’Brien retired as a guidance counselor from Saugus High School in the late 1990’s where he started as a history teacher in the early 1950’s.

Mr. O’Brien is survived by two sons, Michael P. O’Brien of S. Boston, Timothy P. O’Brien and his wife Kelly of Wakefield; one daughter, Jo-Anne O’Brien Fay and her husband Christopher of Peabody; two sisters, Patricia O’Brien of Lynn, Jaqueline Elsmore of Winthrop; four grandchildren, Meghan, Michael, Matthew, Monica. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Richard O’Brien and sister, Eleanor Scanlon.

In lieu of flowers donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Hathorne Hill Activities Department, Attn: Fran Walker, 15 Kirkbride Dr, Danvers MA 01923.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral from the funeral home on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Margaret’s Church, 431 Lincoln Ave., Saugus. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. For directions and condolences

Michael D. Murphy, 52

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mr. Michael D. Murphy, age 52, formerly of Saugus, died on Wednesday, March 14 at his home in Manchester, N.H.

Born and raised in Saugus, he was the loving son of Mary Ann “Mae” Erickson and her husband Laurence of Saugus and brother of Richard Murphy Jr. of Saugus. Michael was a graduate of Saugus High School. He moved to Manchester, N.H., eight years ago where he worked for Market Basket as a baker.

Michael also leaves his father, Richard Murphy Sr. of Florida; and his half brothers and sister, Ryan, Brendan and Siobhan. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215 or at

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. Funeral from the funeral home on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus at 10:30 a.m. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For condolences


Point of Pines prepares for pounding

Richie Sarro moves a grill in preparations for the heavy snow and high winds.


With dangerous weather conditions expected during today’s winter storm, many communities are taking precautions.

Current forecasts project 12-18 inches of snow across most of the state, high winds and coastal flooding. Snow is expected to fall at a rate of 2-4 inches per hour, causing whiteout conditions.

A snow emergency has been declared in Revere and a parking ban will start at 6 a.m. today. Revere Public Schools and all city offices will be closed.

Ward 5 city councilor John Powers, who represents many of the city’s waterfront neighborhoods, said flooding typically depends on the tide.

“My understanding is that we’re probably going to have a 13-foot tide (today) and that’s above normal, but hopefully not too much above normal,” Powers said.

A tide gate near the train tracks and a system that involves catch basins for storm water and two pump houses are in place to prevent flooding during large storms like today’s, he said.

“Under normal conditions, the gate opens and closes automatically,” Powers said. “It’s closed now for the storm.”

Rice Avenue residents Nicole Capozzi and Richie Sarro said their home hasn’t been flooded in years. Howling winds, however, are another issue.

“The wind here is very very strong,” said Capozzi. “It’s very loud. During the last storm, I looked out the window and the grill was in the neighbor’s yard.”

To prepare for storms, they move their lawn furniture and grill to an alcove where it’s protected from the wind.

Sarro, who grew up in the Point of Pines neighborhood, said he believes the addition of dune grass helps keep the flood water at bay.

“Years ago, I was here during the 1978 storm,” he said. “I remember my mom was putting on her makeup. I looked out the window and there was a wall of water coming down the road. There was a helicopter on the roof asking ‘are you people alright?’ and I remember holding the dog. But we haven’t had anything like that in a long time.”

Cheryl Rebholz, a Rice Avenue resident, said she hasn’t had water in her basement for a few years, but still errs on the side of caution.

“We checked the pump in our basement yesterday,” Rebholz said. “All we can do is hope for the best.”

Lynn school election snowed out

A list of emergency arteries can be found on the Revere Police Department’s website. Cars parked on the emergency roads will be towed. The MBTA Wonderland Garage will be available to residents who don’t have off-street parking for a $5 rate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In a statement, The Revere Department of Public Works, Police Department and Mayor Brian Arrigo’s office asked residents to avoid travel. In addition to high rates of snow, MEMA has advised residents to be aware of the potential for coastal flooding, particularly during high tide at 1:29 p.m.

The city advised residents of the Beachmont, Point of Pines and Oak Island neighborhoods to be cautious.

A parking ban in Lynn began at midnight and all Lynn Public Schools are closed today, according to the city’s website.

All cars are required to be removed from the city’s streets and sidewalks until the ban is lifted. Residents without off-street parking can use the school’s parking lots starting at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Parking is also available at the Ellis Street Municipal lot on the School Street side and at the MBTA parking garage at Broad and Market Streets.

Trash and recycling will not be collected today. Collection will run on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week.

An emergency parking ban went into effect in Peabody at 3 a.m. today. During a snow emergency, blue lights on the city’s traffic poles will flash, indicating that parking on the streets is prohibited.

For residents who do not have off-street parking, alternative parking options may be available. For more information, contact 978-538-6312.

Peabody Public Schools, City Hall and other municipal offices are closed today.

Saugus Public Schools are also closed.

Saugus will  have a parking ban, effective today at 6 a.m., until 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.  Motor vehicles must be moved from streets in order for the town to have roadways cleared, plowed, salted and sanded for public safety and emergency vehicle access. Any vehicles remaining on the streets may be ticketed and towed, according to Town Manager Scott Crabtree.

Parking is available in the Saugus High School lot, located at 1 Pearce Memorial Drive. The upper lot on the left has been designated as parking space for emergency overflow parking.

Crabtree said he’s urging residents to be safe and to check on family members and neighbors during the storm.

Trash and recycling collection will be delayed by one day from Wednesday through Saturday, March 18. Residents can contact solid waste and recycling coordinator Lorna Cerbone at 781-231- 4036 for more information.

Trash pickup is canceled in Marblehead, Peabody, Swampscott and Lynnfield today. In Revere, collection will begin early at 5 a.m. and remain on schedule throughout the week.

The town of Nahant has a winter parking ban that extends from Dec. 21 to March 20. The ban prohibits on-street parking from midnight until 6 a.m. Residents can apply for a parking waiver to be exempt from the ban.

In the event of a snow emergency, all cars must be removed from the street, including those with a parking waiver, or they will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

The Johnson Elementary School is closed.

A parking ban, beginning at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, will last for 24 hours in Swampscott, according to Department of Public Works director Gino Cresta.

Swampscott Public Schools and Swampscott Town Hall are closed.

School is canceled in Lynnfield. The town will follow its normal winter parking ban, which prohibits cars from being parked on the road from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Keolis Commuter Services, operator of the MBTA Commuter Rail, said Monday that it will be operating at “Blue” level of service today. This means the normal weekday commuter rail schedule will be reduced by one-third and express trains will make local stops. Passengers should expect delays of between 15 and 25 minutes across the system.

“Extremely fast snowfall rates will create dangerous roadway conditions and we urge everyone to be prepared to stay off the roads, take public transit if necessary and work from home if possible,” said Gov. Charlie Baker in a statement.

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

Ryland J. Hines, 89

SAUGUS — Mr. Ryland J. Hines, age 89, died on Wednesday, March 8, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. He was the husband of the late Jean (Acker) Hines.

Born in Lynn and raised in Saugus, he was the son of the late James and Hilda (Kearney) Hines. He was a graduate of Saugus High School and was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. After retiring from National Grid as a lineman he took up golfing on a league with the Blown Fuse Group from National Grid. He frequently traveled to Florida to visit with family and friends, and to golf. Ryland enjoyed his trip to Nova Scotia with his daughter Nancy and son-in-law John. He loved to putter around his house doing projects and he could fix just about anything.

Ryland leaves his loving daughter Nancy Hines-Suarez and her husband John of Saugus; his beloved grandson Jonathan Hines and his wife Sophia of Reading. Also survived by his daughter-in-law Joanne Hines of Peabody. He is predeceased by his son John Hines, brothers and sisters Al Hines and his wife Margaret, Donald Hines, Helen Melillo and her husband Carmine, Gwen Walters and her husband Kenneth, Florence Paragona and her husband Anthony.

Donations in Ryland’s memory may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Friday 4-8 p.m. Funeral service in the funeral home on Saturday at 9 a.m. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Saugus.

For directions and condolences

Saugus tabs Nalen as new football coach

Anthony Nalen was named the new football coach at Saugus High on Friday. 


Anthony Nalen is familiar with the rich tradition that sports hold within the Saugus community. This upcoming fall, he’ll have the chance to be a big part of it.

Nalen was named the new head football coach at Saugus High, the school announced on Friday. The 29-year-old native of Everett replaces former Sachems coach Mike Broderick, who led the football program at Saugus High for over 10 years.

Nalen said he’s looking forward to having the opportunity to lead the program.

“I’m excited,” Nalen said. “I’m looking forward to working with the Saugus community. I was fortunate enough to live in Saugus for four years before I moved to Malden. It’s a wonderful community. I’m looking forward to working with the program and the administration.”

A former three-sport athlete at Pope John in Everett, Nalen had a successful athletic career before moving into coaching. After starring at Pope John, Nalen took his talents to Springfield College where he quarterbacked the school’s football team. Nalen graduated from Springfield College in 2010 and jumped into the coaching realm shortly after.

He landed his first head coaching role at Matignon High School in 2013. Nalen’s head coaching career also includes stints at Bishop Connolly in Fall River, and, most recently, Randolph High School. He spent the 2016 season coaching the Randolph Blue Devils.

As he looks towards the upcoming fall season in his new role with the Sachems, Nalen said he’s hopeful that the players at Saugus will buy into his coaching system and his goals for the team.

“I feel like I’m a player’s coach,” Nalen said. “I work well with my players. I want them to buy into our product and our coaching staff. I’m looking for kids that will buy into the program. I think the school is hungry for success. I think having the ability to change the culture and having kids that are willing to do that will be a big key for us to have that success.”

The new role doesn’t come without its share of challenges. The Sachems finished the 2016 season 1-10, but Nalen is excited to face the tasks ahead of him. In a competitive Northeastern Conference, Nalen’s looking to move the team towards a new direction.

“I know they had Coach Broderick for a long time,” Nalen said. “I know they’ve had some success and some up and down years. I know there are tough kids there and tough football players. They play in a tough Northeastern Conference where there’s no weeks off. It’s a school that’s excited about going in a different direction. That’s something that I’m excited to be a part of.”

Nalen had the opportunity to gain a sense of familiarity with the Saugus High sports fans when he attended Friday night’s boys hockey game, a 5-2 Division 2 North state tournament win over Lynnfield at the Ned O’Brien Rink in Woburn.

“I was fortunate to be at the Saugus hockey game on Friday night in Woburn and it was exciting to see how much the town roots for its sports,” Nalen said. “My two older kids played in Saugus youth sports. You can tell there’s a lot of pride and commitment within the Saugus community.”

After coaching stints in different settings, Nalen believes that his background and experience will serve to prepare him for the job at Saugus. The Malden resident is confident that he’ll be able to relate to his players.

“I think the fact that I’ve coached in different settings has allowed me to come into this position and really be able to relate to the players no matter what their background is,” Nalen said. “It allows for us to build better relationships with the kids. It serves a larger purpose in allowing our kids to become young men and in regards to getting into college and growing up.”

Nalen hasn’t had the chance to meet his new players, but will get the opportunity to do so this week. From there, the team will move forward with an offseason workout program to prepare for the fall.

“I met with the (Saugus High) principal (Michael Hashem) on Wednesday,” Nalen said. “He gave me a tour of the facility. On Tuesday, I’ll meet the the team and we’ll get into starting our strength and conditioning program to see what areas we need to improve on.”

Paul F. Sullivan, 75

SAUGUS — Paul F. Sullivan, 75, a lifelong resident of Saugus, died Sunday, Feb. 26, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Winthrop, June 17, 1941, he was the son of the late Raymond J. and Gertrude J. (Phillips) Sullivan. Paul was a graduate of Saugus High School, class of 1960 and the Mass Military Academy, Class of 1964.

He went on to serve in the Army National Guard. Paul was a 30-year veteran of the Saugus Fire Department, retiring with the rank of lieutenant in 1998.

He was one of the founders of Santa’s Ride in Saugus, which has become an annual event on Christmas Eve. Paul, along with his family, founded and operated Sullivan’s Ole Fashion Cider Stand at the Topsfield Fair for the past 30 years.

Paul was the beloved husband of Sharon L. (Dunham) Sullivan for 50 years. He was the loving father of Carolyn Sullivan of Saugus, Colleen Sullivan of Revere, Maureen Sullivan of Wakefield and Michael Sullivan of Saugus. Brother of Elizabeth Fisher of Peabody, John Sullivan of Nashua, N.H., Robert Sullivan of Wenham, Michael Sullivan of Arizona and the late Richard Sullivan. He was the  grandfather of Joshua Sullivan and Olivia and Owen Tamborini. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Service information: His funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield, on Friday at 10 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDONALD Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be private.

Joan M. Orlando, 80

PEABODY — Joan Marie (Peterson) Orlando, age 80 and longtime resident of Saugus, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at Pilgrim Nursing Home in Peabody.

She was born on Sept. 24, 1936 in Lynn, the daughter of the late Norman and Tuerena (Banks) Peterson. She was raised and educated in Saugus and graduated from Saugus High School, Class of 1956.

Joan was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her family. She had also worked at Prince Pizza on Route 1 for several years. Her specialty was the salad bar.

Joan was a spiritual person who enjoyed painting. She also loved music and dancing. Joan’s love for the ocean brought her many hours of serenity. Her children and grandchildren brought her enormous joy. She was also very patriotic and proud to be an American. Joan was known for her love of hosting parties at her home. She liked nothing more than enjoying large gatherings of family and friends throughout the year, and always had an “open door” at her home.

Joan is survived by her sons, Craig Orlando and wife Cherilyn of Saugus and Douglas Orlando and wife Linda of Litchfield, N.H.; her daughter, Diana DiPesa and husband Anthony of Saugus; her brother, William Peterson of Maine; her grandchildren, Casey, Caroline, Jake, Luke, Derek and Nathan. Many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive her. Joan was predeceased by her sister, Norma LaClair and husband Richard and her sister-in-law, “Betty” Peterson.

Service information: Calling hours are Friday, March 3, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at CUFFE-MCGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, MA 01904. Her funeral will begin on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus, MA 01906. Donations may be made to North East Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. Please visit for directions, or to sign the online guest book.

Rev. James A. Cann, 64

WESTFORD — Rev. James Allan Cann, age 64, died on Feb. 20, 2017 at Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.

He was born in Hampton, Va., on Sept. 10, 1952 and raised in Saugus, son of the late Harry W. and Ernestine A. (Rogers) Cann. He was married to Barbara (Caffarella) Cann for 38 years. He was greatly loved by his family. He graduated from Saugus High School, Asbury College and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

He served honorably in the United States Air Force. He was ordained in the Southern New England Conference of the United Methodist Church and was the pastor at six churches across his 38 years in ministry in Byfield, Saugus, Reading and Plymouth, Rochester, N.H., and most recently at the United Methodist Church of Westford in Westford. He was actively involved with service groups throughout his life, including Emmaus, Chrysalis, the Foundation for Alcohol Education and Habitat for Humanity.

As all of his friends and congregations will attest, he had the gift of humor and was able to bring people together through laughter. He learned to repair electronics, always kept up with the latest technology, enjoyed fun camping trips and played guitar since he was a teenager.

He is survived by his children, Bethany Castillo Cann and David Cann; grandson Luke; sisters Mary (Cann) Vigasin and Debbie (Cann) Manning; nieces Jennifer and Melissa, and his nephews David and Jimmy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell (, New England Organ Bank ( or the Preachers’ Aid Society of New England (

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Westford. For directions and condolences

Saugus has a new view on cable access TV


SAUGUS — The Board of Selectmen signed a five-year contract with Saugus Community Television, which includes an agreement that the panel will oversee cable access station spending.  

“There has been quite a bit of turmoil over the access of the PEG (Public, Educational and Government) access channels,” said Special Town Counsel Ira Zaleznik. “With that turmoil in mind, we set out to draft an agreement that is hoped will end the turmoil and will provide the appropriate level of supervision of this board.”

Rather than cash coming from Comcast and going straight to SCTV, it will go through the Board of Selectmen for appropriation. Budget proposals and requests for funds will be made by SCTV.

Each piece of equipment will be itemized and listed so selectmen will know the cost of the equipment “to ensure the money is spent in the manner that it was intended,” Zaleznik said.

The SCTV board of directors includes five newly appointed members; Fatima Allan, Al DiNardo, Donna Sordello, Bill Williamson and Tom Lucey.

“One of the problems, and I would say it was probably done with the best intentions, was (former SCTV board members) were utilizing the funds for the operation of the channel for causes and measures that were not within their mandate and the scope of what they were supposed to be doing,” said Zaleznik.

As an example, Zaleznik said the board used funding to award a scholarship to a Saugus High School student.

In 2012, the selectmen declined to renew the 2007 agreement between the town and SCTV, a private television station operated separately from the town, and instead formed Saugus Cable Television Station, a for-profit entity funded by the town that operated under the direction of the Board of Selectmen.

The vote to make the change was later rescinded, but then that vote was rescinded, leaving the duties to SCTS.

Problems extended to include fraudulent court documents, unauthorized money, accusations of open meeting violations, and several lawsuits from and against the town, all of which have now been dropped or resolved.

“It took a long time to unravel everything but now it’s unraveled,” said Debra Panetta, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen.

By using the existing nonprofit, the new SCTV board can use business mechanisms already in place, such as payroll and other accounts, Zaleznik said. As an alternative, dissolving the existing nonprofit and creating a new one would have been a lengthy and costly process.

“It’s easy for them to start up the operations rather than starting up a brand new nonprofit,” he said.

Selectman Jeff Cicolini said he was pleased the agreement included that the board could conduct performance reviews up to four times should they feel it’s necessary.

“That’s a very big piece, in my opinion,” he said. “If the people in the town aren’t getting what they expect out of it, I like the idea that that can be assessed once a year or as needed. It gives us a little extra oversight.”
Crabtree said the town’s staff spent more than 100 hours resolving the problems.

“Things happened and you don’t expect them — it became complex with politics and many personalities,” said Crabtree. “I’m hopeful this will allow the town and cable entity to move forward so we can all focus on what we should be focusing on.”

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

Vets organize competition for Kasabuskis


SAUGUS — In an event to honor veterans, the 10th Mountain Division Wounded Warriors sled hockey team will play at the Kasabuski Arena Friday night.

“The rink is named after the Kasabuski brothers who were killed in World War II,” said Board of Selectmen member Scott Brazis. “They were part of the 10th Mountain Division. (The Warriors) wanted to become an active participant in anything having to do with that arena. They’re coming all the way from upstate New York to be there.”

John and Walter Kasabuski were killed in 1945. John was hit by a grenade. Walter was with him when he died. Twelve days later, Walter was shot. The brothers have side-by-side grave markers at Riverside Cemetery.

“The Warriors are very much looking forward to honoring Walter and John Kasabuski who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for the 10th Mountain Division in Europe in the closing days of WWII,” said coach Mark McKenna, in a statement. “It will be our honor to play in an arena named after the brothers.”

A city in mourning

Hosted by Saugus-Lynnfield Youth Hockey, the event will begin at 4:50 p.m. Two hours of sled hockey with the Warriors will follow. Finally, the Lynnfield High School and Saugus High School teams will face off at 8:20 p.m.

Disabled veterans and children are invited to play in the game. Adaptive sleds will be available for different abilities that can either be pushed or self-propelled. The league will make an effort to accommodate all players.

Saugus-Lynnfield Youth Hockey will donate a new ice hockey sled to the Warriors with an estimated value of $2,500.

Blades the Bear from the Boston Bruins will be in attendance. There will be a ceremonial puck-drop, a Color Guard presentation and a performance of the National Anthem.

Those interested in playing or supporting the event should contact Bob Belyea at 781-233-8230.

Bridget Turcotte can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Luis “looking forward” to new role at Saugus


SAUGUS — Saugus High School announced on Thursday that Joe Luis has been named as the new varsity baseball coach for the Sachems.

Luis, a Peabody native, is excited to begin his new role as he takes over for former coach Steve Freker.

“I’m looking forward to the season,” Luis said. “I wanted the job so when I got it, it put everything in perspective. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Luis was a star on the diamond in his days at Peabody High as a catcher. He went on to become a  four-year starter and team captain for the baseball team at UMass Lowell.

His professional career included a three-year stint, from 1991-1993, in the minor league system of the Boston Red Sox.

“You don’t see too many coaches that were catchers,” Luis said. “As a catcher, you see that whole field in front of you. You know where people are and should be moving. You’re also in the bullpen, listening to pitching coaches all the time. Those are the things that I’ve learned and I’ll teach to the kids at Saugus.”

After his stint with the Red Sox came to an end, Luis returned to his alma mater as UMass Lowell’s catching and pitching coach in 1994. He remained in that role until 1998, but has coached baseball at multiple levels since then. Overall, Luis has 32 years of coaching experience on the diamond.

As a Peabody native, Luis has gained a sense of familiarity with the Saugus community and a good understanding of what the town’s baseball tradition is like.

“Being from Peabody, I grew up playing against Saugus my whole life,” Luis said. “Saugus was always a competitive city that had great teams. Through the tradition of the Little League World Series and coaching a lot of players at my facility (Extra Innings), I always knew it was a competitive town. They take it serious.”

At Saugus, Luis inherits a team that includes talented returners in Jim Alcott, Mike Mabee, Brendan Ronan, Steve Ruggiero and Nick Rusconi.

He’ll also walk into a tough Northeastern Conference that is both competitive and well coached.

“The league is very competitive,” Luis said. “A lot of teams have coaches that have been around for a long time. Dave Wilbur (Beverly), Joe Caponigro (English), Roger Day (Danvers), Mark Bettencourt (Peabody), those guys are all mainstays.”

Luis will begin his new role at Saugus on March 20, the team’s first day of tryouts. The overall goal, Luis said, is to clinch a spot in the state tournament while building a strong program in the long run.

“We’ll start working hard, with learning the fundamentals of the game,” Luis said. “I’ll start teaching baseball 101, like it’s a course, and we’ll go day by day until our first game on April 10.”

Luis added, “We want to build up a program that starts in Little League, up through the Babe Ruth program and then translates into Saugus High School. That’s my goal in general, to make kids in eighth grade come into the program and know they’ll get a good education and have fun in athletics.”

Robert A. Trahan, 69

LYNN — It is with tears in our eyes and heaviness in our hearts, that we inform you, that Robert A. Trahan, age 69, of Lynn, passed away Feb. 10, 2017 after having fought a heroic battle with bladder cancer. Bob left the world a better place for having been here. He was born in Saugus on March 16, 1947, the son of Alfred and the late, Tessie Trahan. Bob was raised and educated in Saugus and graduated from Saugus High School, Class of 1965.

Bob served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged. He was employed by Herb Com Machine Shop and General Electric for 35 years. He was truly one of the best people at living life to the fullest. Bob enjoyed family, fishing, gardening, traveling, driving his Corvette and helping others. He was a member of Clipper City Corvette Club and the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Lynn.

Bob is survived by his cherished spouse of 16 years, Susan (Ostaski) Trahan, his father, Alfred Trahan, his sister, Ann O’Brien and her significant other, John Pumphrey, his daughters; Danielle Desilets and her husband, Rick and Michelle Zayac and her husband, Jeff, his “adopted” son, Brad Dick and his spouse, Lori, his grandchildren; Hannah and Madison Desilets, Kaitlyn and Deanna Zayac, Jameson and Austin Robert Dick. He loved and was loved by his nieces; Kerry Hile and her husband, Steve, and Megan and Emily Russo. Bob is also survived by his loving in-laws; William and Patricia Ostaski, his sister-in-law Bridget Russo and her significant other, Paul Coss, his brother-in-law, William Ostaski Jr. and his wife, Muguet. He also leaves his God son, Brian Comeau, his great niece, Callie Hile and his great-nephew, Spencer Hile. His aunts, Jean Woods and Marion Chatterton as well as many cousins, also survive him. Bob was predeceased by his mother, Tessie Trahan, his son, Brad Trahan and his sister-in-law, Kathryn Ostaski.

Service information: Calling hours for Mr. Trahan will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, from 3–8 p.m. at CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, MA 01904. A graveside service will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery on Boston Street in Lynn at a later date. Please visit for directions, or to sign the online guestbook.

Wallace has a message for her Lynn community

Lisa Wallace during an interview with The Item in her home in Lynn.


LYNN — Despite being clean for more than a decade, Lisa Wallace, 40, remembers vividly what is what like to struggle with heroin addiction on a daily basis.

She remembers the feeling the disease would give her, like she didn’t fit in with other people, or experiencing the insecurity that somehow others were better than her. “Fake it until you make it” was one of the phrases instilled in her during counseling and rehabilitation. She began picturing herself as the soccer mom, married with children. Later on, that became a reality.

Wallace, a Lynn resident, said she didn’t ever think she’d get to that point. On top of a happy marriage to Joe, whom she calls Shugg, and five children, including one they had together, Wallace is in the midst of living in her second home, and also has a vacation house in Florida.

But before that, the Saugus native found herself prostituting and doing drugs. She didn’t start off as a heroin addict. She started off as the typical kid, smoking weed and drinking.

“I spent the majority of my life fighting a lot to survive,” Wallace said. “When I met my husband, he’s kind of like, what’s that movie, Pretty Woman. He’s my Richard Gere. He doesn’t have that kind of money, but he was the one person who didn’t look at me as just being the person who sold herself on the street or whatever. He actually liked me and paid attention to me. From the first day I met him, it’s 18 years later. He hasn’t left my side.”

Wallace said Shugg knew she had a problem, but she was good at hiding things. He started catching on and one day told her to get help because he loved her too much. She ended up overdosing that week and wound up in the hospital. Leaving wasn’t an option, as it was court-ordered. She spent 14 days in the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital psychiatric ward.

Wallace said she thought at the time the care was stupid, because she didn’t realize she was an addict and that there was something wrong with her. She just wanted to get home. Then one of her bunk mates left the hospital, but came back before Wallace’s stay was up, because she had almost died. That’s when it sank in.

“That could happen to me,” Wallace said. “All the situations I put myself in, I was like, oh my God. I got real scared. It started to sink in when they were telling me, you have a disease. This is not like your choice.”

Wallace went on to get treatment and counseling at BayRidge Hospital in Lynn, where she was taught that she was not her disease and that it was just something she had. She also went to Alcoholics Anonymous in Beverly. She said she quit cold turkey and remembers the pain of withdrawal. The methadone clinic didn’t appeal to her as a treatment option, but she brings friends there to get treatment.

“I went through withdrawal,” Wallace said. “It’s the worst. I don’t wish that on anybody. That type of pain — my legs were kicking involuntarily. I would just be sitting there. You’re cold and hot at the same time. What the hell is that? You’re throwing up but hungry. You’re dizzy and tired and it drains you of everything. It’s the worst thing to go through, withdrawal.”

With all the pain that addicts go through, being dependent on a chemical and loathing themselves for it, and then going through the pain of withdrawal with trying to get clean, Wallace said she found herself angry when she saw the comments people were leaving on a Lynn Police Facebook post last weekend. The post alerted the community that there had been three fatal apparent heroin overdoses in a two-day span.

She especially found the use of the word “junkie” insulting, which she said is the worst thing someone can call an addict, and could send them spiraling back into using again. In reaction, Wallace wrote a post on her own Facebook wall, detailing her own story and urging people to think of her the next time they judge an addict harshly.

Following the Lynn Police Facebook post, the fatal overdoses continued. According to police and the Essex County District Attorney’s office, there were six fatal apparent overdoses within a five-day span from Feb. 3-7, including five from suspected opioids and one from suspected crack cocaine.

“Everybody just needs to leave everybody alone,” Wallace said. “And as a community, we need to start helping and shut up. If you’re not going to help an addict, don’t hurt them. If we’re all worried about the whole drug epidemic thing happening, why would you put somebody down?”

Now clean, Wallace said there’s always a chance of relapse for any addict. She’s seen heroin and opioid addiction kill lots of former classmates from her Saugus High School graduating class of 1994. She thinks to help the problem, people should focus on treating the addiction and the person. Drugs are always going to be there, even if people try to take them away. She said she doesn’t agree with legislation from Gov. Charlie Baker that limits the amount of opioids a doctor can prescribe.

“You don’t limit doctors from writing prescriptions, because then people that are sick, like children that have cancer, can’t get medication and the opioids for their kids to be able to fight to live,” Wallace said. “You’re making it hard for them. You gotta treat the disease. Because if you didn’t have the addict to want the drug, you wouldn’t have the problem. So, you don’t stop the drug. Drugs are always gonna be here, no matter if it’s heroin, no matter if it’s weed.”

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

Eyes on the skies for snowfall

Lynn’s fleet of snow plows are ready for the storm.


If you live on the North Shore, you’ve probably heard the news that snow is coming.

The storm could bring upward of 12 inches of snow to areas throughout the state, said a Wednesday press release from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).   

“The weather forecast is calling for snow to begin before the morning commute on Thursday, become heavy quickly, and continue throughout the day, decreasing visibility and braking time,” Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin said in the release.

Even as commuters and residents monitor news stations about forecasts, city officials urge them to check local municipal websites, paying particular attention to emergency parking bans and school cancellations.

In Lynn, an emergency parking ban was scheduled to go into effect at midnight Wednesday, the city website said.

Vehicles that park on a public street or sidewalk may face a $155 tow fee and a $35 storage fee in addition to parking tickets. Parking is available at the Ellis Street Municipal Lot (School Street side) and the MBTA garage at Broad and Market streets with a charge of $4 per vehicle, the website said.

Lynn Public Schools are also closed on Thursday. Parking is available but limited at all school lots, and residents are advised by city officials to remove vehicles after the snow ban to avoid ticketing and towing.

“There’s no need for a list; it’s simply all schools,” the mayor’s chief of staff John Krol said about parking in school lots during the storm. “We don’t want any confusion.”

Icy-road crashes mark morning commute

The Peabody Police Department announced an emergency parking ban to be in effect at 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to an email from the department.

In Lynnfield and Saugus, residents were advised that trash and recycling pickup will be delayed due to the anticipated snowstorm.

Lynnfield trash and recycling scheduled for Thursday of this week will be picked up Friday; trash and recycling normally picked up Friday will be picked up Saturday.

“We’ve got salt, we’ve got plows ready to go,” said Lynnfield DPW Director John Tomasz.

The town of Saugus issued a parking ban, effective at 6 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, the town website said.

Parking is available in the Saugus High School upper lot on Pearce Memorial Drive.

Saugus Youth and Recreation announced on Facebook that all of their events will be canceled Thursday. This includes after-school club, youth wrestling and basketball.

In Swampscott, schools will be closed for the day, according to a message sent out to parents by Superintendent Pamela R.H. Angelakis. DPW Director Gino Cresta said he plans to put an emergency snow ban into effect at 2 a.m. Thursday.

Cresta recommends that residents try to stay off roadways during the storm.

“We’ll be out there as soon as the first snowflake hits,” he said.

Nahant Police Lt. J. Paul Manley said a regular winter parking ban is already in place and all vehicles should be removed from town streets.

The snow parking ban in Revere will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday and apply to specific streets listed on the city website, said DPW foreman Paul Argenzio.

Revere Public Schools are also closed Thursday, according to the city’s official Facebook page.


Saugus poets have eyes on the prize

Jhoom Jain recites a poem called “The Ocean” in the Poetry Out Loud competition at Saugus High School.


SAUGUS — The winner of Saugus High School’s Poetry Out Loud competition, a national poetry recitation contest, will be revealed today.

More than 25 sophomores, juniors and seniors faced off Wednesday afternoon, performing everything from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Ocean” to “Famous” by Naomi Shihab Nye.

“This is our sixth year so we get to see kids grow as students and become more confident,” said English teacher Michelle Lee. “We encourage them to pick a poem that speaks to them in some way and piques their interest. It’s nice because it shows us an aspect of their person that we don’t typically get to see.”

The poems were recited in front of a panel of judges; English teachers Lee and Robert Breau, and school librarian Kate Payne. Brendon Sullivan, director of humanities, served as an accuracy judge.

Two students, Colette Webster and Rachel Virgin, chose “Cartoon Physics Part 1” by Nick Flynn, a poem about the innocence of a child who enters the adult world and is faced with reality.

Nathaniel Igoe, a junior, said he was initially attracted to the competition for the offer of extra credit for participating. Then he realized that there was an incentive for doing well.

“The prize at the national competition is $20,000,” he said. “It would really help my family out; my family is having a hard time right now.”

Igoe recited “In Praise of Pain” by Heather McHugh and said he did a lot of research about the poem’s analysis to ensure he could do it justice with his performance.

Junior Hayden Costa said the event is beneficial for improving public speaking skills. He argued that if it were really about the poetry, students would recite their own work.

Saugus High’s winner will move on to a regional, semifinal competition on Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5. Semifinal winners will compete in the state finals on March 12 at the Old South Meeting House at 310 Washington St. in Boston.

State finalists will vie for the chance to travel to Washington, D.C. for the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. First-place winners of the national competition receive a $20,000 prize. The second-place prize is $10,000, third place is $5,000 and the six remaining finalists will each receive $1,000.

The annual contest is sponsored by Huntington Theatre Company, The National Endowment For The Arts, The Poetry Foundation and The Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Police sweep for safety

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Home Depot nails down learning cafe in Saugus

Steven Bagnera from Home Depot installs a new ceiling in a section of the lunch room at Saugus High School.


SAUGUS — Students will line up Monday morning for the grand opening of a new Learning Cafe at Saugus High School.

The Home Depot is converting a vacant space within the school’s cafeteria into a place that will benefit life skills students and encourage collaboration with traditional learners. The project is estimated to cost the store about $2,000, including labor and materials.

The life skills program serves 13 students with intellectual disabilities in two groups: high-schoolers and postgraduate learners. It focuses on functional academics, which teach students how to succeed in real-life situations at home, school, work and in the community.

“Our goal is to help students become more independent in their everyday lives,” said life skills teacher Amy DeAvilla.

The teenagers learn about cooking, how to do laundry and the basics of keeping a job. Students visit work sites such as the Saugus United Parish Food Pantry, the YMCA and Wahlburgers in Lynnfield for an hour at a time throughout the week.

The new cafe will offer a lesson on running a business from start to finish without having to leave the building.

“This is theirs — they own it,” said DeAvilla. “They are going to be fully responsible for it. Obviously we have staff that are going to oversee it but this is student-run and we’ll have it be their project and let them be successful with it.”

Her students will work alongside traditional students to operate the cafe as if it is a real business. They will order snacks from the district food provider, Whitsons Culinary Group, and offer specialty items, such as Dippin’ Dots ice cream.

“It’s something here that they can focus on and are solely responsible for,” she said. “We can really work on every skill from math, social skills, reading comprehension, budgeting, how to order food, inventory, customer service, personal hygiene. We can pretty much incorporate everything into this little store.”

The space, which was originally used for returning food trays to cafeteria staff, has been used by the town for storage for several years. DeAvilla said she has been slowly trying to clean it out for more than three years. She wrote to the staff at the Home Depot to ask if they would consider donating a few cans of paint to help the project along.

Christina Lopresti, general manager at the Saugus Home Depot, said she visited the school to get a feel for how many gallons of paint would be needed.

“When I saw the room, I thought ‘we could do a lot more,’” she said. “It looked like a good project that we wanted to do. We try to pick a project every quarter in the communities that we serve.”

Many projects are completed for local military veterans but LoPresti said she also recognized the financial needs of the schools that don’t get a lot of funding.

Home Depot employees installed new hardwood floors, updated the paint, replaced broken ceiling tiles and added shelving, she said. Over the next few days, crews will add molding and fine-tune small details of the room.

Swampscott admin signs four-year agreement

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Making GOALS realities in Saugus


SAUGUS — Students are getting extra help to reach their goals thanks to a Saugus High School alumnus.

Jonathan McTague, a 20-year-old senior at Suffolk University, is volunteering to help motivate students through a program focused on setting and achieving personal accomplishments.

“A lot of times we look at others and what they do when in reality we have to look at what success is to us,” he told two dozen freshmen Tuesday.

McTague is a double major in government and economics and a Town Meeting member in Precinct 9. He works part-time for both Suffolk and the Giggles Comedy Club at Prince Restaurant.

The GOALS program, which he originally created as a final project for a summer internship in Washington, D.C., is an initiative for high school freshmen intended to provide additional guidance and support to help students learn skills needed to succeed throughout their high school careers and life beyond.

The name of the program is an acronym for gaining opportunity, access, leadership and success. Rather than form a hypothetical plan, McTague used Saugus’ actual data and student needs to create a tool to help at-risk students.

“I did it off real numbers and statistics so I thought why not bring it to the students who deserve it most,” McTague said. “If we can help one student achieve what they are setting out to do, it will be worth it.”
In the first of several sessions that will occur weekly from now until April 25, McTague led students in a series of exercises. They were divided into small clusters and joined by upperclassmen who served as mentors.

He asked each student to identify what they are most passionate about, what they excel at and what drives them to be successful.

Split into groups, the students discussed their answers and encouraged each other to follow different paths while in school.

Tori Johnson, a freshman, expressed interest in athletics but wasn’t clear on how to get involved with sports or extracurricular activities. Her mentor, senior Mackenzie Murray, encouraged her to stop by Tuesday’s field hockey practice.

The best part of Murray’s high school years were spent involved with school programs, she said.

“We’re helping the freshmen with their first year here,” she said. “Looking back, as a freshman it was really important to get involved.”

Participants will identify a goal and work together within the next few weeks, using project-based learning activities to achieve it. As a capstone to the course, a networking event will be held in the spring to introduce the teenagers to professionals in the community.

“The goal is to help students who are potentially at risk,” said McTague. “We want to catch them before they fall by providing them with resources that can benefit them before it’s too late.”

Success part of the drill for Lynn English JROTC

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

Coming attractions

Rachel Estapa will bring her More to Love yoga workshop to Lynn.
SWAMPSCOTT — In observance of Black History Month, The First Church in Swampscott will present “The Gift of Song: Voices of Black America” on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 40 Monument Ave.

All are welcome to this powerful and poignant celebration of the proud heritage of African-American poets and composers in words and music. With poetry interwoven among the songs, this recital explores the “gift of song” through the voices of 15 composers and 15 poets, male and female. 

The six gifted musicians and actors in this program include baritone Robert Honeysucker, internationally renowned opera and concert singer; reader Samuel Martinborough, performer and theater educator; tenor Antanas Meilus; soprano Kynesha Patterson; organist Andrew Soll; and pianist and artistic director, Beverly Soll. An interfaith choir will also participate in the performance.  

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The program will include songs of freed slaves as presented to the world by the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University in the years immediately after the American Civil War. In addition, there will be lullabies, spirituals and art songs, including those influenced by the blues. Also, reflections and poetry dating from times of slavery, the civil rights movement and the present day are among the literary works presented in this special performance.  

This concert is presented by the First Church Soli Deo Gloria Concert Series, and funding is provided by the Kay Jauron Fund, audience donations and a grant from the Swampscott Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The concert is free and open to the public; free-will donations will be accepted. Child care will also be provided. In the event of a snowstorm, the concert will be rescheduled to Sunday, Feb. 26. For more information, call 781-592-6081 or visit

More to Love yoga

LYNN — Curious how to make yoga work for your unique body? Want to explore a variety of poses safely and comfortably? Soul City Yoga, 271 Western Ave., Lynn, will host a “More to Love Yoga Essentials” workshop on Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. A series of classic postures and practical modifications will help you practice yoga with confidence, no matter your size. Lynn native Rachel Estapa will share her award-winning More to Love lessons on body acceptance — these refreshing perspectives will help you appreciate your body on and off the mat. This class is excellent for beginners, those working with injuries/limitations, as well as those seeking more depth in their practice. For details, go to

Art show at the Cloister Gallery

MARBLEHEAD — The Cloister Gallery at St. Andrew’s Church, 135 Lafayette St., is featuring an exhibition by renowned Boston-based artist Bren Bataclan. The show will open with a reception on Sunday, Feb. 5 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and runs through March 30. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays from 9-10:30 a.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, please call 781-631- 4951 or visit

Sachimes and friends at Saugus High

SAUGUS — The Saugus Sachimes, Saugus High School’s coed a cappella group, will host a fundraising concert tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Sachimes will be joined by Salem High School’s Witchpitch?!, Wakefield High School’s She Major and Fermata Nowhere from UMass-Lowell. The Sachimes are fundraising to complete efforts in purchasing new sound equipment. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available at the door. The performance will be at the Lemoine-Mitchell Performing Arts Center at Saugus High School.

Stopping the brain drain in Saugus

Pictured is Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi.


SAUGUS — A group of educators, coaches and youth group leaders are collaborating to strengthen Sachem pride and keep student-athletes in Saugus Public Schools.

Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi hopes improving pride in attending Saugus High School while children are younger will help keep them within the school system. Instilling the same message in students across all activities, including sports, the arts and other educational programs will help children share values and learn skills that will help them succeed, he said.

“Our focus is how do we keep our children in Saugus so they’re not leaving to play sports elsewhere,” said school committee member Elizabeth Marchese. “We’re being proactive. What can we do right now to build a better program here in town for our athletes?”

The school system lost about 100 middle and high school students this year to vocational, charter and private schools, about the same as the year before. DeRuosi said the reason the students chose to leave the district is unclear, but athletics played a role for many.

“Anytime a student opts out, for whatever reason, it impacts the district,” he said. “There is an impact, financially, of those students leaving. The goal is to build a program that keeps kids with you.”

The school district pays a fee to each charter or vocational school a student leaves the district to attend, negatively affecting the school budget.

A new face at Summer Street Elementary

A group of about 30 people has met three times to identify gaps and brainstorm solutions that will result in a stronger athletic program with better student-athletes and ensure all students are putting academics before any extracurricular activities.

The group, which includes high school coaches and coaches at younger levels, has discussed holding sports clinics. A high school coach and players would spend a weekend teaching their sport, strategies and language to the children, fostering a relationship and offering potential role models.

Familiarizing Pop Warner players with high school coaches could increase excitement about one day playing for Saugus High School, Marchese said.

“We’re all working together to send the same message to do the right thing, that academics are important,” said Marchese. “Hearing that in the minor leagues when you’re six or seven — that message is embedded in you. It’s all about getting better at what you do.”

But the focus is not limited to athletics. DeRuosi hopes to collaborate with the fine arts and drama programs, as well as any other afterschool activities.

“Our goal is to keep kids engaged with solid adults sending a positive message,” DeRuosi said. “We have the capacity to change Saugus through multiple vehicles. I think our motto will be ‘one town, one team — building a better community.’”

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

Francis J. McNulty, 85

LYNNFrancis Joseph McNulty, a long-time resident of Lynn, passed away on Friday evening, Jan. 13, 2017, in the Life Care Center of the North Shore in Lynn at the age of 85. Born in Saugus on Aug. 9, 1931, he was the son of the late Daniel B. and Mary A. (Hurley) McNulty. Frank was raised and educated in Saugus and was a graduate of Saugus High School. After school, Frank enlisted into the U.S. Navy. He entered into to active duty on Nov. 18, 1948, and served until Aug. 13, 1952. The very next day, Aug. 14, Frank joined the U.S. Army to help fight for our country during the Korean War. He served bravely until his honorable discharge on Aug. 6, 1954. Upon his discharge, Frank had attained the rank of Corporal and was awarded the Korean Service Medal, a Bronze Service Star, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Frank was a long-time laborer with the Teamsters Union and had worked for many years at General Builder’s Supply in Norwood before moving on to Nonantum Lumber Yard in Watertown from where he retired. Frank leaves his children: Kenneth F. McNulty of Kingston, N.H., Francis J. McNulty Jr. and his wife, DoriAnn of Lynn, Daniel J. McNulty and his wife, Dawn of Beverly, Maureen DeMello of N.C., Marjorie A. Macarelli and her husband, Edward of Groveland, Carol A. Brady and her husband, Shawn of Lynn, Deborah A. McNulty of Lynn, Nancy A. McNulty of Lynn, Dawn M. McNulty and her husband, Charles Self of Lynn, and JoAnne L. Castellarin and her husband, David of Middleton. Frank also is survived by his 19 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren as well as his brothers; Raymond McNulty of Florida and Ed McNulty of Chelmsford.

Service information: At the family’s request, services will be held privately. Frank’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the wonderful staff at Life Care Center of the North Shore for all of their exceptional care and compassion. Arrangements are under the direction of CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn.

Robert J. Grella, 85

HOOKSETT, N.H. — Robert Joseph Grella, 85, of Hooksett, N.H., formerly of Lynn and Saugus, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 at Catholic Memorial Hospital in Manchester.

Born in Everett, he was the son of the late Anthony and Joan (Chrisafulli) Grella, and former husband of Margaret (Ramsdell) Grella and is survived by his longtime companion Gail Restalli of Hooksett, N.H. He attended Saugus schools and graduated from Saugus High School where he played hockey and participated with duties on the football team.

He was employed by General Electric prior to his enlistment in the United States Navy where he was stationed in San Diego, Calif., prior to deployment to Guam during the Korean War. He was known as “Popeye.” He also worked for the United States Postal Service prior to retirement and worked locally as a self-employed mason.

Coach Grella participated in the development of Lynn and Nahant Youth Hockey where he coached and mentored the city’s youth, teaching them how to skate at the hockey clinic, while coaching traveling teams and in-house teams. Robert also coached Central Little League and Babe Ruth in the city of Lynn, and played hockey in the General Electric City League.

Robert is survived by his three sons, Robert Grella and his late wife Sharon of Beverly, Kevin Grella of Lynn, Michael and his wife Cecilia of Saugus and former wife Josephine; three daughters, Kathie Porter and her husband Rusty, Debbie Grella and her companion Patrick O’Connor, Karen Watler and her husband Harold; his brother, Tom Grella of Amherst, N.H.; his sisters, Dolores Caggiano and Patricia Copeland, both of Saugus; 12 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend Bob’s memorial service on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 12 p.m. in the NADWORNY Funeral Home, 798 Western Ave., Route 107, Lynn, MA 01905. Interment in Riverside Cemetery in Saugus. Visiting hours will be before the service from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For directions and guest book A celebration of life will be held after the graveside service at the Knights of Columbus, Lynnfield Street, Lynn.


Robert M. Butler, 64

LYNN — Mr. Robert M. “Bob” Butler, age 64, of Lynn, died on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at North Shore Medical Center, Salem Hospital, following a lengthy illness. He was the husband of the late Carol (Bedard) Butler, who predeceased him in 2005.

Born in Saugus in 1952, he was the son of the late Alfred and Eloise (Bumgarner) Butler. Bob was raised in Saugus, attended Saugus Public Schools and graduated from Saugus High School, Class of 1970. Following high school, Bob went on to Boston State College where he studied education. He moved to Lynn and has been a resident of the city since 1974.

He worked as an inspector at the General Electric River Works Plant in West Lynn for many years and was a shop steward for IUE-CWA Local 201. He also worked as an EMT and manager at Atlantic and the former Nordstroms Ambulance. He enjoyed collecting coins and was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan.  

Bob was the loving father of Katie Thornell and her husband Todd of Beverly and the beloved grandfather of Tynan Thornell. In addition, he is survived by his father-in-law, Roland Bedard and his late wife Catherine of Lynn, his brother-in-law, Robert Bedard of Lynn, his sister-in-law, Maureen Gilleberto and her husband (Paul) of Peabody, his niece, Jenny Shirley and his nephew, Michael Gilleberto.

Service information: A funeral service will be held on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9 a.m. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road #200, Framingham, MA 01701 or at Directions and online guestbook at


Quinlan reunites with hockey at Fenwick

After a long hiatus, Jim Quinlan is back to coaching as he leads the Fenwick Crusaders. 


Jim Quinlan took his lengthy coaching hiatus after the 2005 season because the words of his mentor, Chris Serino, echoed in his head.

“Christie taught me so much about coaching,” said Quinlan, who played for the late Serino while at Saugus High and later coached with him at Malden Catholic. “And Christie always said that family came first.”

Quinlan had just finished a brilliant run at Saugus High during which he led the Sachems to Division 2 state championships in 2003 and 2004, and lost to Boston Latin in double overtime in the ‘05 title game.

By then, he was ready. He’d already coached his son, Eric, who had completed a year of prep school and later played for UMass Dartmouth. His daughter, Erin, played Division 1 soccer in college, and his youngest daughter, Emma, was a college athlete too.

“I am fortunate that I was able to watch my kids play in college,” said Quinlan. “And I ended up traveling all over the country.”

But he never lost the itch for hockey. He worked with the Saugus Hockey Alumni Association, and helped implement a middle school team in the town. But by then, he’d moved to Boxford. And after talking things over with his wife, who encouraged him to return to coaching (“she said it was my passion, and that I should get back into it. And she’s right,” Quinlan says), he went for the job that opened up at Triton.

He didn’t get it, but it just whetted his appetite and when current Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci told him about an opening at Bishop Fenwick, Quinlan hustled to get his application in on time. After two interviews with athletic director Dave Woods, he got the job.

And he’s very happy to be back in the game.

“It’s going good,” said Quinlan, hours before the 3-4 Crusaders took to the ice at Connery Rink to play St. Mary’s. “I’m a whole different kind of coach than these kids have had. They’ve had three coaches in three years, and I feel bad for them in that situation.”

The Quinlan-Fenwick marriage has been a steep learning curve for both.

“It’s been a case of them learning my ways and me learning theirs,” he said. “It’s taken us a while.

“But I see it coming around,” Quinlan said. “We’ve been having good practices and I think they’re starting to buy into my ways. I could see it in their faces yesterday. They were focused. And that’s what I’m about. Focus and discipline.”

Of course, to know Quinlan is to know that he is one of the area’s elite coaches. He inherited the Saugus High program after the 1999 season from Lou Finocchiaro, who’d coached the Sachems to a state championship before he resigned (Finocchiaro is now coaching Austin Prep, a perennial Super 8 school). It didn’t take Quinlan long to bring Saugus back into hockey prominence. Saugus won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004 and came within a few unlucky bounces of a three-peat in 2005.

“I’ve been to five state finals,” said Quinlan. “Three with Saugus as a head coach, and two as an assistant. I’ve been there, and I know how to get there. It’s a tough road. Some guys coach all their lives and never get there. I’ve been fortunate.”

Right now, he just wants his players to learn from his knowledge of the game and his experiences as a coach.

“We’re 3-4 as we speak,” he said. “It’s not bad, considering I lost nine seniors off last year’s team. One of my senior captains, Jim Moore, has been out sick. He was injured first, then he got the flu. He’s had a tough senior year.

“But,” he said, “we’re getting healthy now. Finally, maybe next week, I’ll have my full squad back … the team I picked. We haven’t had much luck.”

Quinlan is optimistic that his players are getting it.

“These kids have shown a lot of character,” said Quinlan. “That’s the biggest thing with me. What I like is that the kids ask me questions. They want to learn, and they want to get better.

“That makes me feel good,” he said. “They’re listening to me. They’re buying into what I’m saying. That’s all I can ask for. Eventually, it’s going to click.”

Quinlan is one of three old-time coaches in their second lives at Fenwick. Doug Anderson, a veteran of three decades of coaching, has taken over the girls hockey program. And Kevin Moran, who brought a Division 4 boys basketball state championship to St. Mary’s’ in 2012, is in his first year coaching the sport for the Crusaders.

“I love it,” said Quinlan. “I see Kevin sometimes and we talk about what it’s like to come back after being away. And, of course, there’s nobody like Doug.”

He is grateful for Woods for giving him the opportunity to do what he truly loves.

“I’m truly humbled to get this job,” Quinlan said. “I can’t say enough about Dave, and that’s why all I want to do is give him, and the school, 100 percent.”

Steve Krause can be reached at 

Delgado leads Classical to win

Classical’s Irianis Delgado led all scorers with 16 points on Tuesday night. 


Prior to Tuesday night’s game against Saugus, Classical girls basketball coach Tom Sawyer said his team would have its hands full against a talented Sachems group. Perhaps the Rams play best when their hands are full.

Behind an offensive display that saw seven different Classical scorers, the Rams rolled to a 60-37 win over the Sachems at Saugus High.

“Most impressive was that they pressed us and we handled their press,” Sawyer said. “Against Saugus, it starts with being able to handle their pressure. We were terrific tonight. Jeylly Medrano, running the point, was unbelievable handling their press. It all starts there.”

Classical seized the momentum in the early goings of the game. Paris Wilkey missed her first few shots, but the junior drained a pair of three pointers in the first quarter. Irianis Delgado muscled her way to a pair of buckets in the paint, and the Rams led 18-6 at the end of the first.

The Sachems carried their struggles into the second quarter. Classical ran a stingy 2-3 zone defense that gave Saugus issues throughout the first half.

“Classical did a good job,” Saugus coach Mark Schruender said. “They did a good job, they sped us up. I think when they started speeding us up, everybody started to take it upon themselves to come back from a poor start.”

Saugus committed three turnovers in the first two minutes of the second quarter. Classical capitalized on those mistakes with a 6-0 run that ended when Alessia Salzillo nailed a jump shot to get the Sachems back on the board. Classical led 34-12 at the half.

“Coach (Helen) Ridley and I talk before every game,” Sawyer said. “We both agreed that in this particular game we should play zone because Saugus is extremely active on offense. We gave up 12 (points) in the first half, so we stuck with it.”

Down 22 points at the start of the second half, Saugus was in need of offense. The Sachems began to hit their shots in the third quarter as a pair of free throws by Krissy Italiano slimmed Classical’s lead to 18 points at 36-18. The Rams held their end of the bargain and made a handful of buckets to carry a 48-23 advantage into the fourth quarter.

By the start of the fourth quarter, the game was in Classical’s bag. The Rams (7-3) rolled to their seventh win of the season.

Classical had three scorers in double figures. Delgado led all scorers with 16 points.

“Irianis had a terrific game tonight,” Sawyer said of the junior forward. “She’s a little banged up, had an ankle injury and didn’t know if she was going to be able to play. She’s a tough kid though, she said she wanted to play. We needed her.”

Medrano contributed with 13 points while Wilkey scored ten.

“What this shows is that we played our best game of the year,” Sawyer said. “It was an unbelievable effort by everybody, up and down our lineup. We’ll celebrate it tonight, it’s hard to win in this league.”

Classical will aim to stay on the win column when the Rams visit Gloucester on Friday.

On the Saugus side, Molly Granara led the Sachems with ten points.

“She (Granara) just competes,” Schruender said. “She’s a freshman that doesn’t know she’s a freshman. She works really hard in practice and yesterday I got on her in practice about defense. She responded really well.”

Salzillo had a strong performance of her own, with eight points.

The Sachems (6-2) will look to shake off the loss by correcting their mistakes. Saugus has a quick turnaround as the Sachems host Somerville tonight.

“Tomorrow’s a new day,” Schruender said. “We’re a game to game team. These kids are tough.”

Harold Rivera can be reached at 

Students wrapping up charity in Saugus

Saugus High School students Gaby Marquez, Alilyn Minayn and Krissy Italiano wrap presents at the Square One Mall in Saugus.


SAUGUS — With mere hours until the end of their class fundraiser, Saugus High School seniors are only a few hundred dollars away from reaching their goal.

Gift wrapping has been a Saugus tradition for more than 20 years. Richard Lavoie, one of two senior class advisors, said he remembers wrapping at the mall when he graduated in 1995. Back then, the students occupied the information booth and worked alongside mall employees. In recent years, classes have raised as much as $15,000 and operate on six tables.

The teenagers have been taking turns wrapping gifts at the Square One Mall in four-hour shifts since the season-long fundraiser kicked off on Black Friday. It concludes tonight at 6 p.m.

In November, student Emily Kay said the class set a lofty goal to raise $10,000 to cover costs of special programs, such as prom and Color Day competitions. Money will also be set aside for Senior Week, when the graduating class will likely visit an amusement park, attend a Red Sox game and throw an after-prom party.

Lavoie said the group reached the $9,000 level on Thursday.

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“The other class advisor, Kate Payne, and I have been working with this group of kids for four years,” Lavoie said. “Seeing the kids grow up and learn that sense of responsibility — in addition to everything else we have going on — they’re essentially running a business for a month. Seeing them work out the thought process in their heads is really kind of cool.”

The gift-wrapping kiosk is located on the lower level outside Toys ‘R’ Us and Macy’s. Prices range from $3 for a small- or average-size clothing box to $10 for an extra-large gift. The students learned how to juggle the costs of supplies, renting the kiosk and other expenses.

Students in other grades could opt to volunteer at the wrapping booth to fulfill community service hours. Seniors who volunteered were rewarded with reduced prices on prom tickets, Lavoie said.

“One of the things that amazed me, beyond just the kids, is the amount of folks who aren’t affiliated or part of the high school anymore but still volunteered,” he said. “We have a mom whose youngest daughter graduated in 2013 but she still volunteers. As rewarding as any of the money that comes in, I think the kids were overwhelmed by the generosity.”

Some customers would have two to three packages wrapped and leave an additional donation with the students, he said.

“In the last few weeks, it has really picked up,” Lavoie said. “It’s hard work and it’s tiring but it’s worth it.”

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

Robert L. Plassmann, 61

LYNN — Robert Leon Plassmann, age 61, of Lynn, passed away with his family by his side, on Dec. 18, 2016, at Tufts Medical Center Neurological ICU in Boston. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Ernest and Barbara (Bowen) Plassmann. He grew up in Winthrop and Saugus. Following his graduation from Saugus High School, he trained as an electronic technician and worked at Western Electric in North Andover. After relocating to Alexandria, Va., for more than 10 years, he returned to the North Shore. Bob’s hobbies were canoeing, tennis and camping. He is survived by two brothers, Joseph Plassmann and his wife Cathie (Stamos) of Peabody and Charles Plassmann of Peabody; his six nephews, Forrest Plassmann and his wife Roopa (Shah) of Arlington, Shawn Plassmann and his wife Karla (Sullivan) of Bradford, Joey, Cory, Matthew and Michael Plassmann of Peabody, his nieces, Lali and Julia and his nephew David, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in the greater Connecticut area. He was predeceased by his sister Julia and his brother Edward.

Service information: Services will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. GOODRICH Funeral Home of Lynn.


Saugus High seniors put a bow on service

Saugus High School student Emily Kay works at the gift wrapping counter at the Square One Mall. All money collected at the gift wrapping counter will go to the senior class.


SAUGUS —  Shoppers can have their gifts wrapped while supporting a good cause at the Square One Mall.

Black Friday kicked off a season-long fundraiser for the Saugus High School senior class. From now through Christmas Eve, students will wrap gifts to raise money for their class.

Funds raised will cover costs of programs such as prom and Color Day competitions, when the senior class faces off against the other classes in different events, said Saugus student Emily Grant.

Customers can visit the kiosk located on the lower level outside Toys ‘R’ Us and Macy’s. Prices range from $3 for a small or average-sized clothing box to $10 for an extra large gift.

“We’re hoping to raise $10,000,” said senior Emily Kay. “My brother’s class, in 2014, brought in $15,000.”

The teenagers will take turns covering four-hour shifts during mall hours. Two students will be in the booth until the busy season picks up and then the staff will double. An adult will be with the students at all times.

“Some people who aren’t good at wrapping can talk to the customers and handle the money,” said Kay.

The students had two customers in the first 15 minutes of opening on Friday morning.

Marina Iannaco, area director of marketing and business development for Square One, said the mall was as busy as in previous years.

The fundraiser has been held annually for about 10 years, Iannaco said. The mall leases the kiosk to the school for a discounted price, which she declined to disclose.

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

A thousand thanks in Saugus

Michael Fiscale arranges the food bags before they are filled with Thanksgiving dinner meals at the United Parish Food Pantry in Saugus.


SAUGUS — More than a thousand families will sit down for Thanksgiving dinner next Thursday thanks to the generosity of their neighbors.

Volunteers compiled 120 meal kits in the basement of the Cliftondale Congregational Church in Saugus Friday afternoon. The space serves as the home of the weekly Saugus United Parish Food Pantry, but volunteers come from each of the town’s churches.

The pantry has been open for 30 years and is affiliated with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). Wendy Reed, clerk for the Board of Selectmen, stepped up to help when the former director resigned. While the pantry is still seeking a new, permanent administrator to help serve more than 250 people who depend on its services, the volunteers have each taken on added responsibilities to get the job done.

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Two dozen people distribute food on Fridays while others pick up donations from Stop & Shop, Panera Bread and Walmart throughout the week, Reed said. In total, the pantry has up to 40 volunteers to count on.

Families took home turkey, apple cider, vegetables, stuffing and gravy on Saturday morning, said volunteer Charlie Pastorello.

Ernie’s Harvest Time in Lynn provided fresh produce. Items were collected at each of the town’s schools, churches and many medical offices and banks. Unsold bread was donated by Panera at the end of the day and Stop & Shop lended the pantry freezers for storage. Students from Saugus High School prepared boxes and bags to be filled and checked expiration dates, said Reed.

Lynn resident Michael Quintana organized his own turkey distribution on Friday. He purchased 100 turkeys and collected donations for 30 more from Dan’s Auto Body in Peabody, Sammy Guwor and Joshua Castillo, both of Lynn.

Quintana rented a moving truck on Friday and gave more than 60 of the 12- to 14-pound frozen birds to families of Lynn Classical High School students and more than 40 to Lynn English High School students. The remaining turkeys were given to individuals who reached out seeking Quintana’s help.

“I always said that if I was in a position to give back, I would,” Quintana said. “If it’s all gone tomorrow, I’ll feel good knowing what I did with it. Kids need to know that there is assistance out there and not to be ashamed to ask for help. I’ve gone through it, everyone has hard times. I’m very fortunate to be where I am now. But never forget where you came from.”

Shanna Duprey, guidance counselor and homeless coordinator for the school, provided recipes for cooking a turkey to each of the families.

“This is amazing — he is amazing,” Duprey said. “It brings out the spirit of the holiday.”

Catholic Charities, one of the largest providers of social services in the state, and United Way, a nonprofit coalition of charitable organizations, collaborated to provide 6,500 packages of Thanksgiving groceries to families in the Greater Boston area. More than 500 volunteers spent the past week packing and organizing 200,000 pounds of food. Saturday morning, 900 of the meal packages were distributed to families in Lynn.

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

A leader of a reader at Saugus High School

Rachel May gets ready for her Stroll for Strays fundraiser, which she organized in June.


SAUGUS Rachel May is an academic, a philanthropist, a leader, and the first high school student to receive the Saugus Public Library Foundation’s annual Readers Make Good Leaders award.

This year’s other honorees are Bob Davis, president of World Series Park; Donna Gould, creator of Saugus Founders Day and the Saugus Friendship Club; Janette Fasano, former chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen; and Bob Long, former town moderator.

“I thought it was a really cool thing,” said May. “Once I got there I realized it was crazy that they considered me on the same level as the people I was being honored with, the founder of Founders Day and the first female Board of Selectmen chairperson. It’s an honor to be in the same caliber as them.”

The Saugus High School senior was nominated by Principal Michael Hashem.

“When the Library Foundation got in touch with me, there was one name that popped into my head right away,” said Hashem. “Rachel is a great kid and a great leader.

“She’s the top student in the senior class, she has provided community services to a lot of organizations. She’s a well-rounded student. She’s in athletics, she does improv. She’s just an outstanding kid.”

May raised $2,000 for the Northeast Animal Shelter by organizing the Stroll for Strays, a fundraising walk held at Breakheart Reservation in June. More than 40 people attended the event.

The shelter is located in Salem and is one of New England’s largest no-kill shelters for cats and dogs. May began walking dogs and cleaning kennels at the shelter to fulfill a service project requirement for the National Honor Society.

“I saw how much the shelter was doing and they needed help raising money for things,” she said. “They transfer animals from kill shelters down south. It’s very costly. I wanted to help raise money for that.”

With the help of her fellow honor society members, May is planning for a second walk in the spring. She also hopes to resume volunteer work at the shelter this winter.

May plans to study biology or neuroscience in college.

The Gala and Silent Auction was attended by more than 100 guests. The Garden Club created flower arrangements that were displayed throughout the library.

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John J. Naples, 76

SAUGUS Mr. John J. Naples, age 76, died on Saturday morning at the Edith Nourse Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford. He was the husband of Rosemarie (Gallo) Naples.

Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late James and Mary (Picano) Naples, raised and a lifelong resident of Saugus, John was a 1959 graduate of Saugus High School playing both football and basketball. He was ultimately inducted into the Saugus High School Sports Hall of Fame. John played semi-pro football for Kenny’s Comets and the Knights. He attended the University of Wyoming then entered the United States Army. Working for many years as a Union Carpenter for Local #218,  John was a member of the Lynn Chamber of Commerce and the Fox Hill Yacht Club. He loved hunting in Vermont and fishing. His most precious time was that spend with his granddaughter Tallulah.

Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters; Cynthia Lovegrove and her husband Vincent of Marion, Dr. Lisa Naples of Los Angeles, Calif., granddaughter; Tallulah. He was the brother of Virginia Fichera of Pelham, N.H., and the late Rose Mellace and Anna Celentano. He will be missed by the several young children who called him Uncle and Grampy.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the David James Hospice Unit, 200 Springs Rd., Bedford, MA 01730.

Service information: An hour of visitation will be held in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., SAUGUS, on Thursday 10–11 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. For directions and condolences

Dennis W. Stamulis, 74

THE VILLAGES, Fla. Dennis W. Stamulis, age 74, of the Villages in Florida, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. He was the husband of Carol (Morin) Stamulis, and the son of Fotine (Solomos) Stamulis of Lynnfield, and the late Thomas T. Stamulis. Born on Jan. 1, 1942 in Lynn, he was raised and educated in West Lynn. His family moved to Saugus, where he graduated from Saugus High School. Dennis was a former member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lowell Tech and a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire. He was a retired computer engineer for Cabletron Systems in Rochester, N.H.

In his earlier days, Dennis drove trucks for his father’s trucking firm. He was a member of the Bethlehem Masonic Lodge in Lynn. Dennis loved his music and in his teens had a large record collection. He also played the trombone and guitar. He loved to tinker; first on his 1962 Corvette and then on his various Harleys. Dennis loved animals, having owned an Arabian thoroughbred horse and his trusty german shepard. He enjoyed flying and obtained his solo pilot license. He was also a lifelong gun enthusiast.

Even after retirement, Dennis stayed very active with his own computer consulting business, passing the Royalton, Vt. Police exam as well as becoming their elected constable, and finishing as a court officer in Dover, N.H. During his lifetime he traveled extensively to the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.

Dennis moved to the Villages in Florida from Stratham, N.H. in 2013. He enjoyed trap and skeet shooting, target shooting and playing golf. He was a member of St. Mark’s Greek Orthodox Church in Belleview, Fla.

Besides his wife Carol and his mother Fotine; he is survived by his two sons, Thomas D. Stamulis of Reston, Va. and George D Stamulis of Rye, N.H.; his daughter Denise M. Stamulis of Bradford, Mass.; his four granddaughters Taylor, Jordan, Amalia and Melina, and his former wives Eva (Constant) Soucy and Diane Hayes. He was predeceased by his brother John Peter Stamulis.

Service information: A memorial visitation will be held in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway, (Rt. 129), Lynn on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, immediately following. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mark’s Greek Orthodox Church, 9926 SE 36th Ave., Belleview, FL 33420. Directions and guest book at

Eric R. Jarosz, 49

SAUGUSEric R. Jarosz, of Saugus, Oct. 3, age 49, was taken into the arms of the Lord after a long illness.

Born and raised in Saugus, Eric graduated from Saugus High School in 1985, Northeastern University and Massachusetts School of Law in 1994. He practiced criminal law out of the Lynn District Court.

He leaves his mother, Janice (Penney) Jarosz; sons Ronald, Daniel and David; brothers Jay of Manchester, Thomas of Saugus; and sister Lisa Parker of Saugus; nieces Haley, Amber and Jessica, nephews Justin, Jay T., Andrew and Tommy. He was also the son of the late Ronald Jarosz. He also leaves his uncles Ralph, Lance and Keith Penney, aunts Justine (Penney) Dolan and Joanne Penney. Also survived by his former wife Barbara (Keene) Jarosz.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Service information: Visiting hours will be held in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Thursday from 2–4 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. Funeral from the funeral home on Friday at 9:30 am followed by a funeral Mass in Blessed Sacrament Church at 10:30 a.m.  Interment Riverside Cemetery. For directions and condolences

Joseph W. Tarasuik, 46

LYNN Joseph “Joey” William Tarasuik, 46, of Lynn, passed away Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, following a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Amber (Stalnaker) Tarasuik. Born in Lynn, he was the son of Joseph and Lynne (Barber) Tarasuik of Lynn. Joey graduated Saugus High School, Class of 1988. He also attended Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla. He was a locksmith, which he enjoyed very much. He bred hamsters and loved them. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his children, KateLynne Rose and Jonathan Wayne Tarasuik of Fremont, N.H., his brothers, Shawn Michael Tarasuik of Andover, Todd Jay Tarasuik of Parish, N.Y., and Ryan Scott Tarasuik of Lynn, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Service information: Visitation will be held in the GOODRICH Funeral Home, 128 Washington St., Lynn, on Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. A celebration of life will follow at the Lynn Volunteer Yacht Club.

Diane Marie Johnson

CASPER, Wyo.Diane Marie (Smith) Johnson passed away recently in Casper, Wyo. She grew up in Saugus and graduated from Saugus High School in 1977. While at SHS, she participated in sports (field hockey co-captain, track and field) and was a member of National Honor Society. As a child, Diane would spend time at her grandparents’ house on Cape Cod and also with friends in New Hampshire. This developed into a lifelong love for the outdoors.

Diane attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and graduated with a BS in Nutritional Sciences. Shortly after college, Diane moved to South Dakota, where she worked briefly with Indian Health Services on the Sioux Reservation in Rosebud, S.D., and in Utah. Diane then moved to Casper, Wyo., and started work for the State WIC Program. Diane was involved with counseling young mothers, and assisted in the implementation of programs to provide better service to WIC members while reducing costs and misuse. Most recently, Diane was Regional Nutritional Supervisor for the Wyoming WIC program.

While living in Casper, Diane met Albert Johnson (formerly of Dorchester) and were married on March 21, 1997. They had two children, Jonathan, a sophomore at Natrona County High School (Casper, Wyo.), and Maya, a freshman at the University of Wyoming.

Diane enjoyed life and helping others. Her family was important to her and she liked spending time with her children. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping with the family and going for walks with her husband Al.

Diane is survived by her husband, Al, and her children. She also leaves three brothers and one sister: Joseph Jr., of Sandown, N.H., Paul, of Arlington, Barbara McClintock, of Gilford, N.H., and Robert, of Melrose.

Service information: A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Church in Saugus. Condolences may be shared at

Wendy M. Hayes, 57

LYNN — Wendy M. (Meninno) Hayes, age 57, of Lynn, died on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at her home, after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of Roland J. “Rolly” Hayes, her husband and best friend of 12 years.

Born in Saugus, she was the daughter of A. Nicholas Meninno of Lynnfield and the late Margaret B. “Peggy” (Grant) Meninno. Wendy was raised and educated in Saugus and graduated from Saugus High School in 1977. She attained an associate degree in hotel management from Endicott College. Together with her husband they owned and operated Rolly’s Tavern on The Square in Lynn.

She started her career at the Bostonian Hotel in Boston, worked in the Caribbean Islands for a number of years managing properties, was manager at Ritz-Carleton Hotel in Naples, Fla., and then worked with Ruby Wines in Boston. Wherever she worked and especially since she and Rolly have operated “Rolly’s Tavern on the Square,” she was much loved and respected for her talents and her beautiful personality.

Besides her husband and father, she is survived by two sons, Ryan Hayes and his wife, Victoria, of Lynn and Tom Hayes and his wife, Sarah, of Aldie, Va., four granddaughters, Ava, Alissa, Madelyne and Charlotte Hayes, three sisters, Dr. Cheryl L. Meninno, Debby Regan and her husband, Tim, Jill Guerriero and her husband, Joe, all of Lynnfield, two brothers, Nicholas Meninno and his wife, Christine, of Swampscott, A. Scott Meninno and his wife, Sandra, of Boxford. Wendy was aunt to Christopher Regan, T.J Regan and his wife, Stephanie, Erica, Amanda and Nicholas Meninno, Jenna Papagni and her husband, Mike, Sara Guerriero, and Anthony and Cindy Meninno. She was niece to Michael S. Grant and his wife, Cheryl, of Haverhill, Charlene M. Kiley and her husband, Danny, of North Reading, Gloria Santangelo and her husband, Fred, of Lynnfield and the late Theresa Ballerini and Lillian Trapasso. She is also survived by many cousins.

Service information: Her funeral will be on Friday, at 10 a.m., from the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 426 Broadway (Route 129) Lynn, followed by a memorial Mass in St Pius V Church, Lynn, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Memorial visiting hours on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Donations are preferred to Girl’s Inc. of Lynn, 50 High St., Lynn, MA 0l902. Directions and guest book at

Jean F. MacDougall, 90

Mrs. Jean F. (Robinson) MacDougall passed away at Rosewood Nursing Home in Peabody on Aug. 20, 2016.  

Jean was born on July 9, 1926 in Saugus, grew up in Cliftondale and graduated from Saugus High School in the Class of 1944. Jean married her Saugus ‘high school sweetheart’, Jim MacDougall, in 1947, after he returned from his tour of duty in Europe during WWII. They built their home in Topsfield and raised three children until his untimely passing in 1961 at the age of 35. Jean returned to her hometown of Saugus in 1961 and, as a self-trained bookkeeper, worked for Quinn Brothers of Peabody, Lappin Industries of Salem and Rent-a-Tool in Revere until her retirement at age 75.

As a single parent, Jean took pride in supporting herself and her family. Jean brought an irrepressible will to overcome adversity with an infectious joy for living. Jean and her lifelong friends Thel MacDougall, Vivien McClintock, the late Phyllis Rossi and the late Irene Sund were central to many years of Friday night revelries at Sunnyside Park. There she was ultimately joined by Howie Long and they both prospered in a special ‘second time around’ relationship.

In her later years, Jean settled at Heritage Heights in Saugus and became active in social and senior center events. An avid reader, game player and traveler; any gathering, party, trip or social event was enhanced by her upbeat spirit, laughter and insight. Even after losing her vision, Jean worked hard to maintain her independent and socially active lifestyle but after several years ultimately placed herself in Rosewood in Peabody where she spent her final days with the support of her loving family.

She is lovingly remembered by her three children, Jay MacDougall and his wife Johnsie of Topsfield, Jim MacDougall and his wife Christina of Topsfield and Jayne Swirka and her husband Stephen of Danvers; four grandsons, Joshua MacDougall and his wife Lorena of Scotch Plains, N.J., the late Benjamin MacDougall, Ian Swirka of San Diego and Cameron Swirka of Boston, and Jean’s great granddaughter, Grace MacDougall of Scotch Plains, N.J.

The family wishes to recognize and thank the staff at Heritage Heights in Saugus and Rosewood Nursing Home for their kindness and professionalism in keeping Jean comfortable, safe and happy.

Service information: There will be a private graveside ceremony for family at a later date. In lieu of flowers and at the families’ request, donations may be made to the Friends of the Saugus Town Library in Jean’s memory. For condolences Arrangements by BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, Saugus.

Miriam Diamond, 82

SAUGUSMrs. Miriam (Urquhart) Diamond, age 82, died on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Port Healthcare in Newburyport. She was the wife of the late William L. Diamond.

Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Saugus, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Miriam (Metcalf). Miriam was a 1951 graduate of Saugus High School. She worked at the former Jordan Marsh in Malden until the store closed, then worked at Macy’s in Somerville for over 20 years. She loved to garden and above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mrs. Diamond leaves four sons, Paul Diamond and his wife, Cindy, of N. Billerica, Bill Diamond and his wife, Denise, of Lynn, Richard Diamond and his wife, Joanne, of W. Newbury, Donald Diamond of Limerick, Maine, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, one brother, Fred Urquhart of Maine, one sister, Doris Nelson of Lynnfield. Also survived by her son-in-law, Steven Johnson of Saugus. She was predeceased by her daughter, Deborah Johnson.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Thursday, 11 a.m. to Noon, followed by a funeral service in the funeral home at Noon. Interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc. of MA, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For directions and condolences

Rena A. Russo, 85

SAUGUS Mrs. Rena A. (Hollett) Russo, age 85, died Thursday, Aug. 4 at the North Shore Medical Center, Salem. She was the loving wife of Alfonso Russo, with whom she recently celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Born in Everett and raised in Saugus, she was the daughter of the late Jabez and Mary (MacDonald) Hollett. Mrs. Russo was a member of the Saugus High School Class of 1948. Rena and her husband enjoyed spending winters at their home in Hallandale, Fla.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Russo leaves one son, Joseph Russo and his wife Mary; and one daughter, Cheryl Russo-Masiello, all of Lynn. She was the sister of James Hollett of Virginia and the late Eleanore Ferguson. She was the cherished grandmother of Andrew Russo and his wife Patricia Ridge, Sarah Russo and Christopher and Matthew Masiello, all of Lynn. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Sunday 2-6 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. For directions and condolences

Laurence S. Dyer, 72

LYNN — Laurence S. Dyer, age 72 years, of Lynn, died Thursday at Life Care of the North Shore after a lengthy illness.

Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Russell Dyer and Virginia (Seaman) (Dyer) Hooper. Laurie attended Saugus schools and graduated from Saugus High School, Class of 1963. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Stickell during the Vietnam War. He was employed as a truck driver and worked for Sunoco, B. F. I., and Waste Management until he retired in 1992. He was a member of the Saugus VFW, the Franco American Post, and a lifetime member of Connery American Legion Post 6. Laurie enjoyed politics, television and spending time with his family.

He is survived by one brother, Richard W. Dyer and his wife, Susan Hurley-Dyer, of Lynn, two nieces, Alicia Dedrick of Florida, Shannon Hurley of Lynn, one nephew, Richard T. Dyer of Amesbury, one great-niece, six great-nephews, his girlfriend, Claire McLaughlin of Saugus, and close friend Pamela Arsenault of Saugus.

Service information: Visiting hours will be held at the Parker Funeral Home, 35 Franklin St., Lynn, on Wednesday from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., followed by funeral services at 1 p.m., to which relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Guest book at

Michael Vient, 62

GLOUCESTER — In the afternoon of July 18, 2016, Michael passed away at Beverly Hospital after complications on a long bike ride around the North Shore, pursuing one of his passions of cycling. Michael was 62 years old.

Michael was born in Saugus on Jan. 31, 1954. He was the third child of Jean Kudera and Louis Vient Jr.

Michael spent his life as a favored son of Massachusetts, living in Saugus, Beverly and finally Gloucester. He graduated from Saugus High School in 1972. As a lifelong Red Sox fan, Michael kept the games on in the background of most every night. Michael was always listening to music, loving Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Stones, and most recently, Town Meeting.

Michael loved to travel, whether it was camping along the Kancamagus, cruising to Bermuda, driving through the American West or exploring Australia. Michael enjoyed a passion for cycling, spending his days riding many miles through Northeastern Massachusetts. He loved kayaking in Essex with his wife, Robin, and hiking the tallest mountains of New England with his brothers and sons.

Michael worked over 30 years for Gorton’s Seafood as a warehouse manager. He loved history, and tracked the ancestry of his family tree all the way back to the 17th century. He was a collector of model trains, with a working railroad track along the ceiling of his basement. Michael always had a loyal dog by his side, Derek, Belle, Toby, Cooper and Jax.

Michael will best be remembered by his commitment, responsibility, pride and love for his children, Keith and Nicholas, as well as the rest of the youth of the community. He followed his sons every step of the way, as a Cub and Boy Scout Leader, a Little League baseball coach, and a loyal, passionate, steadfast, generous source of love and inspiration.

Michael was preceded in death by his sister, Denise Vient, his mother, Jean Vient, his stepmother, Ann Healey, and his father, Louis Vient Jr.

Michael is survived by his wife, Robin, his sons, Keith and Nicholas and wife, Lauren Vient, his siblings, Cathy and Dean Adrien, David and Charlene Vient, Dana and Melissa Vient, Peter and Nicole Vient, his step-siblings David Healey, John Healey, Susan and Jack Milton, Mary Ann and the late Pat Cushman his step-children, Chris and Carleen Melanson, Courtney Melanson and Carrie Melanson, his step-grandchildren, Aidan, Vera and Dana.

Service information: A memorial service will be held in his honor on Friday, July 22, at 9:30 a.m., at St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish, on Prospect Street in Gloucester. Family and friends are cordially invited. There are no visiting hours and burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in his honor to a charity of your choosing. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, MA. Online condolences may be given at

Donna M. McCabe, 58

SAUGUS — Ms. Donna M. McCabe, age 58, died on Tuesday, July 19, at her home in Saugus surrounded by her family.

Born and raised in Saugus, she was the daughter of the late George and Esther (Howard) McCabe. She was a graduate of Saugus High School, Class of 1975 and received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Northeastern University. Donna worked as a Registered Nurse in Union and Salem Hospitals.

Donna leaves one daughter, Erin McCabe of Saugus, one sister, Sharon McCabe of Saugus, four brothers, George McCabe and his wife, Sharon, of Pelham, N.H., Michael McCabe and his wife, Teresa, of Stoneham, Kevin McCabe and his wife, Mary, of Saugus, Keith McCabe and his wife, Nollaig, of Saugus. Also survived by nieces and nephews, Michael and his wife, Danielle, Jason and companion, Alana, Melissa and her husband Nick, Colleen, Kian and Finn.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Funeral from the funeral home on Friday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in St. Margaret’s Church, 431 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, at 10:30 a.m. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. Donations in her memory may be made to Feline Hospital, 81 Webb St., Salem, MA 01970. For directions and condolences

Saugus loves its Valentine

The Saugus Wings met former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, middle, at the Cal Ripken Experience week-long tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Since he was fired as manager of the Boston Red Sox four years ago, Bobby Valentine has been busy.

He’s athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. He’s also the owner of the Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy (BVSA) in Connecticut, an intensive program that specializes in teaching baseball skills.

As part of the program, he also manages amateur baseball teams, and took one to the Cal Ripken Experience week-long tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week.

Saugus Selectman Mark Mitchell, who manages the Saugus Wings of the New England Baseball League, also took his team to Myrtle Beach last week. The Wings played Valentine’s BVSA Fury in a game. They lost, but they had the last laugh, as they won the tournament by defeating a team from Columbus, Ohio.

“It was kind of surreal,” Mitchell said, on managing against Valentine. “Obviously, with the storied career he’s had as a manager, we were surprised to see him. We had no idea he was the coach. We were surprised to see him come out to home plate (to exchange lineups).”

The other aspect of the game that gave Mitchell and his players a thrill was that it was on the campus of Coastal Carolina, the team that won the recent College World Series.

“That was pretty cool too,” Mitchell said. “Our kids were really excited to play there. Playing against Valentine just added a little spice to the game.”

The Fury and the Wings were two of eight teams in the tournament, which is for players roughly 16 through 19. Some members of Mitchell’s team go to Saugus High, and others to surrounding high schools.

The game against Valentine’s Fury was part of the preliminary, or “pool,” stage. Once all the teams play each other, four emerge as semifinalists. The Fury and Wings were two of them. Valentine’s team lost in the semifinal to the Ohio team Saugus defeated in the final.

“He was very nice to us,” Mitchell said. “Once he found out we were from Boston, he was very excited. He had a big smile on on his face. And he told us he had a lot of friends in Saugus, so he was happy to see us.”

He took his picture with members of the team, signed autographs and told them that if his team couldn’t win the tournament, he was glad Saugus did.

“This seemed as enjoyable to him as it was to us,” Mitchell said.

His happiness about seeing people from Boston didn’t stop Valentine from being competitive, Mitchell said.

“He was very vocal from the dugout,” Mitchell said.  

“I’m not sure if he was serious or not, but one of our guys had an elbow guard on, and he kind of stuck it out toward a pitch that was inside. (Valentine) yelled ‘if he sticks his elbow out there again, break his elbow.’ His kid was throwing hard, too. In the mid-80s.”

Saugus led in that game most of the way, and was ahead 5-2 before the Wings had a bad inning and the Fury scored seven runs. They eventually won the game, 10-5.

Mitchell said Valentine could also take a ribbing.

Valentine managed the Red Sox for one season, in 2012, taking over for Terry Francona after the club crashed and burned at the end of the previous season. The Red Sox finished last under Valentine, and the manager was the subject of several controversial incidents that season.

The following year, under John Farrell, the Red Sox won the World Series.

“Our kids are old enough to know that the Sox didn’t have a great season the year Valentine managed them and they were razzing him a little,” Mitchell said. He was laughing and joking and giving it back to them. He was very good-natured. Had a smile on his face the whole time.”

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Lessons in and out of Saugus schools

Laurie Golan holds gifts given to her on color day at Saugus High School to celebrate her retirement after 32 years as a math teacher.

SAUGUS — Teachers get credit for inspiring their students, but it’s rare when they can save a life.

“A former student came to my retirement party,” said Laurie Golan, who worked as a math teacher at Saugus High School for 32 years. “He shared a story and said that if it wasn’t for me, he wouldn’t be here today.”

The former student recalled how Golan “was on his case all the time and wouldn’t let him sleep through lessons,” she recalled. After failing her class twice, he took a lower level math class instead.

“I told him he shouldn’t be in a general class, he could do better,” Golan said. “I told him he should get back in my class and try harder. He said that while I was talking to him, he had his hand clenched around a bottle of pills in his pocket. He was going to kill himself that day. He said ‘you saved my life and you probably saved other people too.’”

As longtime teachers retire, they’re reflecting on how their careers became more than just jobs. Golan was among 13 Saugus Public Schools staff members who retired this year.

When Golan took a job as a teacher, she didn’t realize the job meant more than just being an educator. Her college courses prepared her for subject matter, not real life situations.

Throughout her career, she found herself getting actively involved in her students’ lives. For one student, she showed support by going to the Suffolk County Courthouse to witness the student testify in court about being abused.

In 1999, she established Shadow Day, which allows students to spend a day in a career field they are interested in. Golan said she has learned of countless former students who pursued careers in the industry they shadowed, and heard from others who realized after shadowing experiences that they weren’t cut out for a particular career.

Teresa Duffy, a paraprofessional who worked with students on an education plan, retired from the Veterans Memorial Elementary School. She said she feels proud when she runs into her former students while they’re at work.

“I just love them,” Duffy said. “I used to always wonder what would happen to these kids, where they would end up. I’m glad that they went as far as getting a job and being with the public.”

Duffy grew up in East Boston, moved to Revere, then started her career in Saugus. Starting out, she served as a crossing guard and a lunchroom aide. She went on to become a paraprofessional on an on-call basis, working in different Saugus schools from one day to the next.

During that time, she worked with students with disabilities, and learned how to help each child individually. She said she enjoyed doing something different every day.

“There were days that were good and days that weren’t,” Duffy said. “It was the kind of job that was different every day. That was my favorite part.”

She eventually secured a more permanent position and was assigned students to work with throughout the school year. Depending on the student’s needs, Duffy provided extra help.

“There was a time when I was with the same group from third grade through eighth grade,” Duffy said. “I knew everything about them. I see a few at Stop & Shop. One boy is so cute. He will say ‘Mrs. Duffy, how much do you miss me?’ and open his hands wide and say ‘this much?”

Among other retirees, Annette Moorehouse served as a teacher at the Belmonte Middle School for 47 years. Both Moorehouse and Jeannie Barbera began teaching eighth grade on the same day in 1961: Moorehouse in English and Barbera teaching science.

“The two of them came in right at the same time,” said Amy Guider, executive assistant to the superintendent. “They have a joking rivalry going on between the two of them.”

Other retiring teachers include Susan Cronin, after 19 years, Deborah Ward, 19 years, Carolina Leone, 39 years, and Nella Juliano, 11 years. Paraprofessionals Robin Angelo, 14 years, and Karin Brown, 21 years.
Joyce Blais, retired from the Belmonte Middle School after 24 years in a clerical position. Michelle Birritteri, 17 years, Concetta Federico, 15 years, and Susan Forte, 26 years, retired from cafeteria positions.

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