Saugus

Benny Coviello: ‘The mayor of Stop & Shop’

PHOTO BY ALENA KUZUB
Benedetto “Benny” Coviello stops for a moment inside Stop & Shop to pose for a portrait during his morning shift.

By MICHAEL CONWAY

SAUGUS — Suppose it’s been one of those days … You’ve wrenched your back at noontime Pilates and the in-laws are coming for dinner. You grab a bag of frozen peas, forgo the back and apply it to your head. Later, one lemon shy of Nana’s Chicken Piccata recipe, and knowing your mother-in-law will surely make note, you hop in the car for a trip to the store.

At Stop & Shop, you scope out a parking space, but somebody steals it. Then, you hear a booming voice: “How are ya, honey?” Suddenly, you’re smiling.

Meet Benedetto “Benny” Coviello, 77, who has been a carriage handler at the Saugus Stop & Stop for more than 25 years. His happy-go-lucky spirit and memorable greetings put smiles on those passing by. He can turn the grumpiest of grumpy adults into playful children.

“Benny is one of the hardest working, kindest people I’ve ever met,” said Bill Cacciola, of Stop & Shop’s customer service staff. “At his age, I don’t know if I’d be able to do what he does. Benny’s the nicest guy.”

Benny’s only sibling, Toni Gillis, agrees.

Benny always looks forward to going to work. He gets along well with the customers. He’s received greeting and thank-you cards from them. One of Benny’s most prized possessions is a wall clock he received after working at Stop & Shop for 25 years,” said Gillis. “He’s very easy to get along with, he’s sociable and kind. Someone always recognizes him.”

Benny lives in his sister’s home on Bristow Street. Toni, whose husband Jon, a former town police officer who recently passed away, is the primary person who helps Benny deal with life issues, helps him shop and do errands. He goes out with friends, goes for coffee, loves movies, photo albums and family. And he loves to walk after work. Benny is a devout Catholic who regularly attends Mass at Saint Margaret’s in Cliftondale Square.  

“He loves Stop & Shop,” added Gillis. “Sometimes he gets anxious before work. He’ll say, ‘I don’t want to be late.’ He’s always finding things in the carriages, like pocketbooks. He always returns them.”

She also reports that Benny never returns from work frazzled. “He is easygoing. He comes home and tells me ‘Someone said hello to me.’ He is very positive.”

Benny is proud of his Italian heritage. Every year, he and his family attend the North End feasts, enjoy the food and visit Saint Leonard’s Church to light candles.

Gillis said Benny also loves music. “In December, we saw a beautiful concert with Andrea Bocelli, one of his favorite singers. But for more than 50 years, Connie Francis has remained Benny’s favorite. He saw her in concert many years ago. There was a meet and greet afterwards. He kissed her on the cheek and had his picture taken with her.”

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At Stop & Shop, Benny reports directly to Front End Manager Lachana Lozano. “He’s outstanding in his work ethic. He’s the friendliest to customers,” said Lozano. “He goes above and beyond. He’s like the mayor of Stop and Shop,” she says.

Benny is often on the move; trying to catch up with him can be tough. But, face to face, you will first notice his piercing blue eyes and then sense a calm demeanor.

Anxious to return to work after a break, Benny fidgets with his jacket. “I like it here. It is a good job.The people are good to me,” he said, heading for the parking lot.

Wearing a reflective vest, cap and hood, Benny gathers more carriages and fosters camaraderie.

Suppose you’re back at home cooking the Chicken Piccata. You think of Benny, skimp on the lemon and smile. Fortunately … it’s been one of those days.

Police log: 3-25-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Tomas Barillas of 65 Baker St. was charged with larceny over $250, assault and battery, conspiracy to violate drug law and distributing a Class B substance on Friday at 12:55 p.m.

Fatima Alrai, 21, of 82 Judge Road was charged with the operation of an unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 11:56 a.m. Friday.

Deivi Castillo, 20, of 55 Rockaway St., was charged with violation of parole at 6:09 a.m. Thursday.

Vincent Gerardi, 32, of 3 Alfred Road, was charged with possession of a Class B drug substance at 12:47 p.m. on Thursday.

Ocean Gonzalez, 20, of 97 Prospect St., was charged with driving with a suspended license, operating under the influence of drugs and possession of drugs to distribute on Thursday at 7:35 p.m.

Robert Ross of 35 Hampshire Street, Peabody was charged with receiving stolen property and larceny under $250 on Friday at 1:48 p.m.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:08 p.m. Thursday at 269 Union St.; at 5:59 p.m. Thursday at 793 Lynnfield St.; at 7:31 p.m. Thursday at Lynn Vocational Technical School at 80 Neptune Boulevard; at 8:01 p.m. Thursday at Empire and Essex streets; at 9:38 a.m. Friday at Chestnut and Essex streets; on Friday at 8:28 a.m. on Franklin Street.; at 11:43 a.m. Friday at Hanover and Whittier streets.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 6:18 p.m. Thursday at Boston and Grove streets; a report of a noise on Thursday at 8:01 p.m. at 96 Henry St., Apt. 2.

Police log: 3-24-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Lights, Camera, Action

Location manager from Netflix went to the police station on Thursday at 1:41 p.m. to report they will be in the area scouting houses in the Preston Beach neighborhood for a comedy they will be filming. Netflix will be in town until 5 p.m. and possibly on Friday. They will not be speaking to homeowners. But if they see a home they are interested in, they will leave a flyer with contact info.

Suspicious Activity

Male caller reported he saw a car parked in front of his home on Lafayette Street on Thursday at 5:27 p.m. He heard a thump and saw people running down the street. He forgot all about it until the he came home that night and saw eggs had been tossed at his home.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a hit and run auto accident at 5 Andover St. on Friday at 12:15 p.m., operator left the scene, but other party managed to get license plate number; motor vehicle accident at 164 Washington St. and 2 Swampscott Ave. at 2:28 p.m. Thursday, no injuries, parties exchanged paperwork.

Complaints

Report of a disturbance at Brookstone on Andover Street on Thursday at 2:47 p.m. Caller said female employee was terminated and was not happy; Employee from North Shore Clinicians Group called from Newbury Street to report a mother had alcohol on her breathe and was trying to pick up her daughter at 3:19 p.m. Thursday; Party waked into the station to report the theft of speakers and brakes from her vehicle at Gaeta Enterprises Inc on Newbury Street at 5:40 p.m. Thursday. Police said the item were in the back seat of the car.


SAUGUS

Well Being Check

A female caller reported a suspicious black vehicle with tinted windows on Maple Street at School Street on Thursday at 1:59 a.m. Officer was dispatched but could not find a vehicle matching the description.

 

Police log: 3-24-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Vincent Gerardi, 32, of 3 Alfred Road, Saugus, was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession at 12:47 p.m. Thursday.

John Lluberes-Munoz, of 172 Broadway, Revere, was arrested on warrant charges of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, possession of a burglarious instrument, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and trespassing at 5:52 p.m. Wednesday.

Manfredo Macario Solis, 30, of 30 High St., was arrested and charged with OUI liquor, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and marked lanes violation at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Jordy Mata, 18, of 6 Richard St., was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of personal injury and learner’s permit violation at 10:23 p.m. Wednesday.

Jaymes Price, of 6 Quincy Terrace, was arrested on warrant charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny from person and uttering a false check at 2:28 p.m. Thursday.

Israel Vasquez, 38, of 177 Lewis St., was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession and disorderly conduct at 9:05 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 2:21 p.m. Wednesday at 240 Western Ave.; at 9:37 p.m. Wednesday at Walmart at 780 Lynnway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:09 p.m. Wednesday at Liberty and Willow streets; at 7:02 p.m. Wednesday at Harwood Street and Western Avenue; at 10:19 p.m. Wednesday at 44 Cherry St.; at 7:56 a.m. Thursday at Commercial and South Common streets; at 1:11 p.m. Thursday at 43 State St.; at 2:49 p.m. Thursday at 422 Chatham St.; at 2:50 p.m. Thursday at Baker and North Common streets; at 2:590 p.m. Thursday at Broadway and Sweetser Terrace.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 11:24 a.m. Thursday at 326 Boston St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 8:20 a.m. Thursday on North Common Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 3:52 p.m. Wednesday at 187 Washington St.; at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at 8 Saint Clair St.; at 10:58 a.m. Thursday at 128 Empire St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at 8 Lander Ave.; at 10 p.m. Wednesday at 50-52 Newhall St.; at 2 a.m. Thursday at 7-Eleven at 50 Western Ave.; at 3:01 p.m. Thursday on Holyoke Street.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 2:53 a.m. Thursday on Hanover Street.

Theft

A report of a robbery at 3:50 a.m. Thursday at Congress Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a larceny at 3:03 p.m. Thursday at 35 Washington St.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at 24 Estes St.

Police log: 3-23-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of a pole that fell on a car at 4:01 p.m. Wednesday on Pitman Road. Police reported a telephone pole came down on a car and there was no power. The light department responded. Another pole up the street was still standing, but was snapped in half.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday at Physical Therapy North at 2 First Ave.; at 2:59 p.m. Wednesday at Lowell and Foster streets; at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Best Gas at 129 Newbury St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:53 p.m. Wednesday at Northshore Mall at 210N Andover St.; at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday at 48 Driscoll St. and 2 Walsh Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 4:17 p.m. Wednesday at 64 Foster St. A neighbor reported yelling and screaming in the apartment. Police reported the residents were working on a science fair project; at 5:02 p.m. Wednesday at MSPCC at 63 Andover St.; at 4:36 a.m. Thursday at 14 Foster St.; at 4:55 a.m. Thursday at Walgreens at 229 Andover St. A caller reported JRM picking up at Walgreens against the city ordinance; at 11:47 a.m. Thursday at Holiday Inn at 1 Newbury St. The front desk clerk reported she was approached about a disturbance in Room 426. She was told that the resident reported an unwanted person that tried to kick in her door. The resident then sprayed what was believed to be pepper spray in the hallway and the room. Police reported they gained entrance to the room and identified the man; at 12:09 p.m. Thursday at Hampton Inn at 59 Newbury St. A manager reported a man smoking weed in the room and being confrontational to a desk worker.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 6:53 p.m. Wednesday at Holiday Inn at 1 Newbury St. A stolen cell phone was reported.


REVERE

Arrests

Patrick A. Blake Jr., 21, of 133 Dickinson St., Springfield, was arrested on a warrant at 9:13 p.m. Wednesday.   

Antjuan Verner, 23, of Illinois, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 5:41 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:03 a.m. Wednesday on Jordan Street; at 12:27 p.m. Wednesday on North Shore Road; at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday at 7-Eleven on North Shore Road; at 4:32 p.m. Wednesday at Sunoco on North Shore Road; at 8:12 p.m. Wednesday at Darque Tan on American Legion Highway.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 1:14 a.m. Wednesday on Emanuel Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 11:32 a.m. Wednesday on Bellingham Avenue; at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday on Revere Beach Parkway.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at Revere Housing Authority on Eliot Road; at 10:17 p.m. Wednesday at Woody’s Liquor on Broadway.

A report of kidnapping at 6:11 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway Towers on Broadway.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 9:16 a.m. Wednesday on Garfield Avenue.

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 11:54 a.m. Wednesday at Pizzeria Uno on Squire Road.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:26 p.m. Wednesday at Walnut and Central streets.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:48 p.m. Wednesday at Sears/Square One Mall at 1325 Broadway.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday at York Ford at 1481 Broadway. The manager reported one of the vehicles was broken into and tools were removed.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday at Victoria’s Secret at 1277 Broadway. An employee reported a past theft of more than $1,500.

Joan M. O’Neill, 73

SAUGUS — Mrs. Joan M. (Koscielecki) O’Neill, age 73, died on Tuesday, March 21, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose. She was the loving wife of John M. O’Neill with whom she shared 54 years of marriage.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Felix and Beatrice (Dushinski) Koscielecki. Joan was a devoted homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her extended family and friends on Cape Cod every year for the past 40 years.

In addition to her husband, she leaves her beloved children, Jon M. O’Neill, Jennifer O’Neill and her husband Sean Barr; three cherished grandchildren, Kacey, Kaley and Connor O’Neill. Survived by sister-in-law Gina Cronin and her husband Daniel, brother-in-law William O’Neill and his late wife Marion. Also adored by many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister Carol Hanlon.

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 11:30 a.m. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For directions and condolences visit BisbeePorcella.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Saugus reservation on display in Melrose

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Joanne Micozzi and her daughter Jessica Micozzi look at Joanne’s photograph which won second place.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

MELROSE Winning photographers from Breakheart Reservation’s Winter Photo Contest gathered for a gallery opening at Hunt’s Photo & Video Wednesday night.

Their images have been matted and framed and are on display inside the Melrose store. After a week, they will be moved to Breakheart’s Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center for guests to view.
The second annual Winter Photo Contest was sponsored by the Friends of Breakheart Reservation, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Hunt’s Photo. Nature enthusiasts and photography lovers were encouraged to capture the beauty of the park through their own lenses.

Winners were chosen from more than 110 entries in three categories: Wild Breakheart, Seasons of Breakheart and People and Pets. Judges included members of the Friends, DCR and Hunt’s employees.

Anthony Bonanno took first place for Wild Breakheart; Richard Robinson for People and Pets, and Lin Bell for Seasons of Breakheart.

Second and third place winners included Richard Robinson, Sean McGrath, Joanne Micozzi, Luis Flores, Kerri Domohowski and Joey Ferrara.

Roy Pescatore garnered an honorable mention for the Seasons of Breakheart with his photograph of a lake at the park. The photo was taken during a drought, which left visible water lines on the surrounding rocks. Pescatore, who has been taking pictures for fun for nearly four decades, said he’s particularly fond of the picture because of the reflections in the water.

Excellence on full display at Breed Middle

Ferrara, 11, is the youngest-ever contest winner. His photo is a view of leaves on the walking trail from a low angle.

“I go up to Breakheart with my grandparents,” he said. “We walk the dog. We were walking and I saw the leaves and thought it would make a good picture so I borrowed my mom’s phone. I thought the angle looked cool.”

Ferrara, a fifth-grader at Arthur T. Cummings Elementary School in Winthrop, said he doesn’t have any prior experience with photography but the competition sparked an interest.

Others were drawn to enter a photo because of their love for the world around them.

Bell, a winner for the second year in a row, said she was drawn to photographing nature after struggling with serious health issues. Domohowski took up the art while living in California. While the state was beautiful, she said she missed the views of the changing seasons in Massachusetts.

Bill Dalton, Breakheart park supervisor, said he hopes to see the contest grow and continue for many years.


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

Burgers and fries are safe in Saugus

By LEAH DEARBORN

SAUGUS Five Guys Burgers and Fries was awarded a Common Victualer’s license for their 180 Main St. location on Wednesday.

Owner Greg Vasey attended the Board of Selectmen meeting and apologized for not keeping up with the licensure paperwork.

Representatives of the restaurant failed to show up at previous Board of Selectmen hearings to renew their license.

“It wasn’t treated with the seriousness it deserved,” said Vasey. “We just managed to overlook our license this year.”

Vasey clarified that although he is the owner, there is an additional day-to-day manager on site who did not fulfill his duties to renew the license.  

Malden reflective of Community N’ Unity

Board Chair Debra Panetta said via email before the meeting that neglecting to renew the license wouldn’t cause the restaurant to immediately close.

She added that if a representative didn’t show up for Wednesday’s hearing, however, the board could potentially take their seating away.

The motion carried 5-0 with little commentary from the board.


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

A never-ending story in Saugus

On the surface it doesn’t look like a big deal: A housing development proposed to include 28 homes now has 21 built and occupied. People call Saugus’ Bellevue Heights home but town officials view the subdivision as an incomplete project, 18 years after its initial construction.

Planning Board members say developer John Mallon is responsible for paying a $10,000 electric bill to keep street lights on in Bellevue Heights. They are not alone in their complaints: At least one subdivision resident said a panoramic view of Saugus is marred by jersey barriers and construction equipment sitting on an undeveloped lot.

Mallon’s nearly two decade-long fight with the town over his project is not beyond resolution. He told board members outstanding work will cost $65,000 to complete. The town is holding a surety bond worth $50,000 on the project and officials say it will be seized and applied to completion costs if some sort of middle ground can’t be staked out with Mallon.

Now is the time for someone with persuasion skills and some knowledge of construction and development to broker a deal between the board and Mallon. Maybe the bond can be combined with money provided by Mallon to pay for the project’s completion.

Maybe the town can meet Mallon halfway on his requests to take possession of a lot he wants to develop and negotiate his request to get the bond reduced.

Shaky ground in Bellevue Heights

The town’s impatience with Mallon is understandable: 18 years is a long time to wait for a developer to finish a project. Then again, Mallon has argued that a retaining wall collapse and the economic and housing market collapse in 2008 threw obstacles in his way when it came to finishing Bellevue Heights.

Anyone who has ever negotiated a contract or brokered a deal knows there comes a time when the potential cost of disagreeing exceeds the expense of compromising. The time for compromise over Bellevue Heights has arrived. If they cannot strike a deal, the next stop for the town and Mallon will be a courtroom and an expensive legal battle.

Mallon’s credibility as a local developer has already been damaged by the Bellevue Heights battle, meaning he has the most to lose if he cannot reach a resolution over the subdivision’s problems.

Saugus, on the other hand, is not interested in jumping into the development business and spending money on tying up Bellevue Height’s loose ends. It is time for a town leader to step up and bring the project to completion.

 

Police log: 3-23-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Gil Diroche, 18, of 20 Park St., was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Christina Lupoli, of 30 Franklin St., was arrested on a warrant charge of Class A drug possession at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday.

Brandon Ong, 19, of 24 Rogers Ave., was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Hector Velazquez, 30, of 54 North Franklin St., was arrested on a courtesy booking at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday at 395 Essex St.; at 4:34 p.m. Tuesday at Elmwood Avenue and West Neptune Street; at 2 a.m. Wednesday at 39 Fayette St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:52 p.m. Tuesday at 35 Washington St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 Bellevue Road.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 10:32 a.m. Wednesday on Laurel Street; at 11:31 a.m. Wednesday on Oxford Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 2:42 p.m. Tuesday at 10 Kings Beach Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday at 43 Rockaway St.; at 9:52 p.m. Tuesday at 139 Cottage St.; at 2:38 a.m. Wednesday at 39 Amity St.; at 2:52 a.m. Wednesday 147 Franklin St.; at 3:44 a.m. Wednesday at 150 Lewis St.; at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday at 7 Liberty Square; at 6:36 a.m. Wednesday at 300 Washington St.; at 9:04 a.m. Wednesday on Union Street; at 9:22 a.m. Wednesday at 16 Border St.; at 11:39 a.m. Wednesday at 78 Central Ave.; at 11:56 a.m. Wednesday at 18 Herbert St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday at 42 West Baltimore St.; at 11:56 a.m. Wednesday at 98 Boston St.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 8:26 a.m. Wednesday at 38 Marion St.; at 11:21 a.m. Wednesday at 221 Essex St.; at 11:46 a.m. Wednesday at 2 Fosdick Terrace.

Police log: 3-22-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of a computer virus scam call at 8:37 a.m. Tuesday on Stonybrook Road. A caller reported he received a call on his home phone from someone claiming there was a problem with his computer. He stated he told the caller he knew it was a scam and was going to hang up. He said the caller said “I’m going to put chemicals on you and no one will recognize you.” The call came from 705-743-3369 and the caller ID said “J. MacDougall.”

A report of a disturbance at 4:19 p.m. Tuesday on Creesy Street. A caller reported she could hear what sounded like a domestic going on. She was concerned as “there are two boys that live there who are bullies to everyone including their parents.” Police reported the boys were rough housing while playing video games.

A report of threats at 4:47 p.m. Tuesday on Carna Road. A caller reported she is renting a room from a man who has been “threatening her.” She stated that this morning, they got into an argument where he stated “you’re going to get it.”

A report of an open door at 5:02 p.m. Tuesday on Atlantic Avenue. A caller reported he went to the service station to check on his car. Once there, he discovered an open door with no one around.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 2:19 p.m. Tuesday at 26 Gardner St. The driver was taken to Salem Hospital.

Complaints

A report of a wire down at 12:41 p.m. Tuesday at 12R County St. Police reported part of the roof at 12R was blown off. The roof knocked out power lines and damaged the building at 12B. The building inspector responded. Vehicles were also damaged.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 8:14 a.m. Tuesday at Phil’s Towing & Recovery Service at 65 North Central St. Property damage to a fence was reported. Police reported the prior night, a vehicle struck the gate and left the area. The vehicle was described as a Volvo station wagon.


REVERE

Arrests

Marcel Becker, 27, of 24 Carleton St., was arrested on a warrant at 6:28 a.m. Tuesday.

Gino Robert Ciano, 19, of 8 Oak Tree Lane, was arrested on a warrant at 4:23 p.m. Tuesday.

Ihenetu Chisom, 32, of 1365 Canton Ave., Milton, was arrested and charged with operating after a suspended license or right to operate at 6:53 a.m. Tuesday.

Kaitlyn M. Colvin, 19, homeless, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday.

Redouane Laalioui, 22, of 143 Trenton St., Apt. 1, Boston, was arrested and charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer and negligent operation of a motor vehicle at 1:22 a.m. Tuesday.

Ramone Pinnick, 26, of 135 East Cottage St., Boston, was arrested and charged with distributing/cultivating a Class D substance, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and marked lanes violation at 1:53 p.m. Tuesday.

David Allen Ravesloot, 30, homeless, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday.

Ariel O. Velasquez, 23, of 52 Abruzzi St., was arrested on a warrant at 2:36 p.m. Tuesday.

Michael J. Young, 50, of 27B Lufkin St., Essex, was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession and unregistered motor vehicle at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 5:12 a.m. Tuesday at Commonwealth Auto Body on Lee Burbank Highway; at 1:56 p.m. Tuesday on Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:53 a.m. Tuesday on Squire Road; at 1:31 p.m. Tuesday at Select Logan Airport Valet Parking on VFW Parkway; at 2:52 p.m. Tuesday on Newhall Street; at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday on Brown Circle; at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday on Cambridge Street; at 7:37 p.m. Tuesday at Gore and Squire roads.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday at Dunkin’ Donuts on Bennington Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 6:28 a.m. Tuesday at Broadway Convenient Mart on Broadway; at 1:37 p.m. Tuesday at Beach Street and North Shore Road; at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday on Tuttle Street; at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday on Bennington Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 11:56 a.m. Tuesday on Crescent Avenue.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 10:32 a.m. Tuesday on Fenno Street.


SAUGUS

Arrests

Michael T. Cappiello, of 39 Summit Ave., was arrested and charged with daytime building breaking and entering for a felony, larceny, larceny by false pretense, malicious destruction of property and receiving stolen property at 2:38 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday at LA Fitness at 1450 Broadway.

Complaints

A report of wires down at 2:11 p.m. Tuesday at 25 Mountain Ave. A caller reported a JRM recycle truck took down some wires.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 11:51 a.m. Tuesday at 2428 Founders Way. A caller reported her gold necklace was missing and thinks she knows who took it.


SWAMPSCOTT

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 2:38 p.m. Tuesday at 44 Beach Bluff Ave.

Classical doesn’t dance around prom safety

By LEAH DEARBORN

LYNN — Parents were briefed Tuesday night at Lynn Classical High School about ways to make prom season a safe season.

The Prom Parent Initiative, which began nearly a decade ago, is aimed at educating parents about underage drinking leading up to and during prom.

“If you can’t keep them safe, you don’t have anything,” said Superintendent Dr. Catherine Latham about the importance of student security.

A large portion of the presentation was given by attorney Judy Wayne, who spoke about the Social Host Law that concerns liability.

“Parents beware. You are responsible,” she said.

Wayne said there are just as many consequences from drinking as other intoxicants. Adults who allow underage drinking at home or in a controlled space risk significant fines and jail time, said Wayne, even if they’re just trying to make the experience safer.  

She brought up the case of Saugus couple John and Josephine Penza, who were sentenced to nine months in the Middlesex House of Correction for serving alcohol to minors.

“This is a per se law. It’s non-negotiable,” said Wayne.  

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Michelle Lipinski, director of the Northshore Recovery Hospital, also spoke during the program about how substance abuse can affect the adolescent brain.

“Whatever we’re doing, we’re not doing it well enough,” said Lipinski, stressing the importance of honest conversations between youth and their parents or guardians.

Officer Oren Wright of the Lynn Police Department said that every Lynn student will be tested for alcohol before they’re allowed to enter prom.

The Prom Parent Initiative is supported by Girls Inc. of Lynn, North Shore Medical Center, Dr. Latham and former Police Chief Kevin Coppinger.

Parents from Lynn Classical High School and Lynn Tech were given $20 off prom tickets for attending Tuesday’s event. Interested parties can go to a second Prom Parent Initiative scheduled for March 29 at 6 p.m. at Lynn English High School.


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

Shaky ground in Bellevue Heights

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — When Hitching Hill Road residents Ferruccio and Joanne Romeo bought their home in 2001, they never imagined they’d be fighting for the road, curbing and sidewalks to be installed 16 years later.

But that’s what they’re doing.

John Mallon committed to constructing the Bellevue Heights subdivision nearly 18 years ago. The project is yet to be completed.

Conceived as a 28-lot subdivision with panoramic views from single-family homes, Bellevue Heights hit a snag when a retaining wall collapsed in 2008. The timing of the collapse could not have been worse for a private developer with the economy and housing market sinking, said Mallon. Since then, 21 houses have been built and are occupied.

Last October, Planning Board and Board of Selectmen officials voiced frustrations with Mallon and the never-ending project at a public meeting. Mallon is expected to complete the project by the end of June. Should he miss any of the deadlines, a surety bond of $50,000 will be seized to finish the work. Mallon estimates it will cost about $65,000.

At a meeting last week, Mallon was expected to outline his target dates for the remaining work that needs to be completed. Instead, he told board members he wanted a lot that has not been developed yet to be released to him and his bond to be reduced.

Planning Board Chairman Peter Rossetti said bonds have been reduced in the past when developers have completed an adequate amount of work. Town Manager Scott Crabtree and Town Counsel have been notified of the request.

“I told him that we would not entertain either of those questions without more board members present,” Rossetti said. “ I didn’t feel it was fair to the missing board members who are familiar with the project to make any decisions until we had them back at the next meeting. (Mallon) had certain obligations he was supposed to meet. He says he has met those obligations and we disagree. It’s in the hands of Town Counsel now.”

Among ongoing issues with the site, the electricity bill has been unpaid for about a year, said Rossetti. If left unpaid, the electric company will stop providing power for the street lights and cause a safety hazard for the 21 families who live in the subdivision, he said.

Rossetti estimates that about $10,000 is owed to National Grid. He told Mallon that if the town had to step up and pay for the electricity, which is Mallon’s responsibility until the site is released to the town, they would pursue legal action.

“Get that bond reduced and I’ll pay it,” Mallon told the board. “I poured more money into it and (a request to reduce the bond) was denied. I’m not doing it again.”

Students reinforce pride in Nahant

Rossetti told residents that the goal was to finish the project by the June 30 deadline, even if the town had to pay for it.

“If he were not to finish the job, potentially the town could take his lot and use the funds for that to finish the project,” he said.

Rossetti said the lot is at least 10,000 square feet in size. It’s located across the street from the Romeos’ home.

Their bird’s-eye view of town is obstructed with construction equipment, boulders and half-placed Jersey barriers, which were never put in place properly.

“We were the first to move in,” said Joanne. “We moved here thinking this was a wonderful development. I wanted to live on a cul de sac and I was told this would be one. I’ve never heard of a development taking 18 years. If anyone came to me and said ‘what do you think about us moving (to the newly constructed homes),’ I’d say don’t.”

Ferruccio said all he cares about is whether the road, sidewalk and curbing is completed.

“We just want it finished,” he said. “We’re not looking to cause problems.”


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

Police log: 3-22-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Thomas Abraham, 29, of 69 Norman St., Everett, was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, failure to change name/address and failure to wear a seat belt at 7:32 p.m. Monday.

Kendall Bridges, 27, was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and marked lanes violation at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Wilson Garcia, 30, of 22 Parkland Ave., was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, special speeding violation and marked lanes violation at 5:24 p.m. Monday.

Isaiah Lee, 19, of 24 Surfside Road, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation and on warrant charges of malicious wanton property defacement, shoplifting by asportation, trespassing, larceny from person, assault and battery, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace at 11:13 a.m. Tuesday.

Jaime Nevarez, of 333 Chatham St., was arrested on a warrant charge of assault with a dangerous weapon at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Erika Rosario, 25, of 10 Veterans Memorial Drive, Peabody, was arrested and charged with assault and battery, disorderly conduct and on warrants at 3 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:45 p.m. Monday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 577 Walnut St.; at 4:14 p.m. Monday at 51 Light St.; at 5:04 p.m. Monday at 129 Brookline St.; at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday at 510 Western Ave.; at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday at Essex and Johnson streets.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:02 a.m. Tuesday at 51 Edwards Court.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 1:59 p.m. Monday on Rogers Avenue; at 9:17 p.m. Monday on Spring Street; at 9:28 p.m. Monday on Trinity Avenue; at 12:43 p.m. Tuesday at Broad and Dexter streets

A report of an assault and battery at 5:22 p.m. Monday on Willow Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 9:04 p.m. Monday at 15 Union St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:51 p.m. Monday at Curwin Circle and Holyoke Street; at 3:50 p.m. Monday at 13 Pacific St.; at 6:11 p.m. Monday at 360 Washington St.; at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Walgreens at 841 Western Ave.; at 7:35 p.m. Monday at 47 Estes St.; at 7:35 p.m. Monday at 500 Essex St.; at 8:17 p.m. Monday at 33 Hawthorne St.; at 9:08 p.m. Monday at 5 Gardiner St.; at 10:12 p.m. Monday at 69 North Common St.; at 10:54 p.m. Monday at 110 South St.; at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday at Chestnut and Union streets; at 1:44 a.m. Tuesday at 77 Parkland Ave.; at 9:13 a.m. Tuesday at 19 Pinkham St.; at 9:49 a.m. Tuesday on Essex Circle; at 10:14 a.m. Tuesday at 10 High Rock St.; at 11:27 a.m. Tuesday at 145 North Common St.

A report of a gunshot at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday at 63 Franklin St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 8:32 p.m. Monday on Walnut Street; at 9:33 p.m. Monday on Cottage Street; at 11:01 a.m. Tuesday on Neptune Boulevard.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 4:37 p.m. Monday at 5 Lander St.; at 9:45 p.m. Monday at 41 Light St.; at 9:53 a.m. Tuesday at 32 Market Square; at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at 9 Roseville Square; at 1:27 p.m. Tuesday at 8 Chase St.; at 2:33 p.m. Tuesday at 10 Milton Ridge Road.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday at 77 Green St.  

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 3:20 p.m. Monday at 67 Silsbee St.

A report of vandalism at 5 p.m. Monday at 8 Rantoul Ave.; at 6:54 p.m. Monday at 12 Rantoul Ave.

Police log: 3-21-2017


LYNNFIELD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:27 a.m. Friday on Condon Circle; at 8:17 a.m. Friday at 379 Summer St. and 11 Crest Road; at 12:37 p.m. Friday at 360 Walnut St. and 1 County Club Drive; at 4:18 p.m. Friday on Condon Circle.

Complaints

A report of a suspicious auto at 10:58 p.m. Saturday at Lynnfield Senior Center at 525 Salem St. A caller reported a light colored four-door sedan in the parking lot with two men walking in and out of the tree line. Police reported kids who live across the street taking selfies in the parking lot.

A report of an animal complaint at 7:38 a.m. Sunday on Liberty Lane. A caller reported a coyote in the area who was following people and was not scared by loud noises. She stated she was out walking her dog and the coyote was following her. She was unable to scare him off. Police reported checking the area and not finding the animal.


MARBLEHEAD

Arrests

Jeremy C. Kiley, 33, of 13 Reed St., was arrested and charged with possession of a burglarious instrument, Class A drug possession and on a warrant at 2:25 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:22 p.m. Monday on Atlantic Avenue.

Complaints

A report of an egg thrower at 1:49 p.m. Monday on Ocean Avenue. A caller reported that the passenger of a passing motor vehicle threw an egg and almost struck her.


PEABODY

Arrests

Mark C. Swencki, 50, of 2 Beverly Commons Drive, Apt. 27, Beverly, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor second offense and marked lanes violation at 7:46 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:46 p.m. Monday on Route 128 North; at 4:49 p.m. Monday on Pinewood Road; at 5:44 p.m. Monday at 126 Lowell St. and 2 Kosciusko St.; at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday at Chandler’s Ice Cream at 86 Andover St.; at 11:23 a.m. Tuesday at Kinder Care at 520 Lowell St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:11 a.m. Tuesday at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates at 2 Essex Center Drive; at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday at Stop & Shop at 19 Howley St.; at 10:59 a.m. Tuesday at Lahey Health & Medical Center at 1 Essex Center Drive.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 3:26 p.m. Monday at Mobile Estates at 286 Newbury St. A neighbor who was watching the trailer while the owner was away reported a window was broken and someone appeared to have broken into it. Police reported the exterior pane of a double paned window was broken, but that the interior pane was intact. No evidence of entry to the unit was found. Neighbors reported the resident’s stepdaughter was seen in the vicinity and thought she may have attempted entry.

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 4:16 p.m. Monday at Bob Bonsaint and Sons at 94 Foster St. A caller reported a break-in to a vehicle on the property over the weekend. Police reported approximately $600 of tools were taken.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 4:16 p.m. Monday at 19 Bradford Road. A neighbor reported a woman walked through his yard with a tire iron and entered her home. The suspicious activity had happened about an hour before the call. Police reported a verbal dispute between a man and a woman; at 7:36 p.m. Monday on Veterans Memorial Drive. A caller reported her son was being threatened by neighbors; at 11:33 p.m. Monday at Community Living Units at 509 Lowell St.

A report of a road rage incident at 4:32 p.m. Monday on Summit Street. Police reported being flagged down for an assault/road rage incident. Tremani Steve Woodson-Hunter, 18, of 200 Lynn St., Apt. 2106, was summoned for assault and battery and threat to commit a crime.

A report of OUI liquor at 7:46 p.m. Monday on Lynn Street. A car swerving in the road was reported. The vehicle was stopped at Washington and Colfax streets. Mark C. Swencki, 50, of Beverly, was arrested for OUI liquor.

A report of an animal complaint at 12:38 p.m. Tuesday at 26 Ravenwood Road. A caller reported the owner of the dog from the address walks his dog off-leash and lets it defecate on his lawn without cleaning up after. A notice of complaint, copy of the leash law and copy of the waste ordinance was issued the owner.

Overdose

A report of a heroin overdose at 3:27 p.m. Monday on Aborn Street. The person was taken to Salem Hospital.

A report of an overdose at 10:31 a.m. Tuesday on Crowninshield Street. The medical examiner’s office was notified to accept the body.


REVERE

Arrests

Sandro D. Anaya, 22, of 1729 North Shore Road, Apt. 2, was arrested and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and on warrants at 11:12 a.m. Monday.

Walter C. Cruz, 23, of 1021 Arboretum Way, Canton, was arrested and charged with OUI drugs and carrying a dangerous weapon at 11:12 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:17 a.m. Monday at Walgreens on Broadway; at 2:53 p.m. Monday at Shell on Broadway; at 7:43 p.m. Monday on Copeland Circle; at 8:34 p.m. Monday at Four Points Sheraton on Squire Road; at 11:27 p.m. Monday on Malden Street.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 12:10 p.m. Monday on South Avenue; at 12:34 p.m. Monday at Roseland Properties on Overlook Ridge Terrace; at 6:10 p.m. Monday on Broadway.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 6:13 p.m. Monday on Roosevelt Street; at 8:08 p.m. Monday on Centennial Avenue.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:14 a.m. Monday at Firestone on Squire Road; at 2:11 p.m. Monday on Beach Street; at 3:52 p.m. Monday at Lee’s Trailer Park on Revere Beach Parkway; at 5:10 p.m. Monday on Lincoln Street.

Theft

A report of auto theft at 12:19 p.m. Monday on Beach Street.

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 1:22 p.m. Monday at Public Storage on Ward Street.

A report of a robbery at 9:50 p.m. Monday on Brown Circle.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 12:06 p.m. Monday at Oaklandvale Elementary School at 266 Main St.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 11:38 p.m. Monday at 302 LIncoln Ave. A caller reported his wife tried to go into the Richdale store, but when she approached the store, a man ran out and said “we are closed.” Police reported everything appeared fine; at 6:57 a.m. Tuesday at 2 Pinecrest Ave. A caller reported a vacant home with an open front door. She didn’t see anyone in the area of the home. Police reported the door wasn’t properly secure, but nothing was taken. Police were able to secure the door.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 12:47 p.m. Monday at 4133 Scotts Mill Court. A caller reported his company vehicle was damaged overnight.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:31 p.m. Monday at 990 Paradise Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 1:34 p.m. Monday at 22 Monument Ave.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 2:30 a.m. Monday on Blaney Street.

Edward J. McHugh Jr., 75

SAUGUS — Mr. Edward J. McHugh Jr., age 75, formerly of South Boston, died on Tuesday, March 21 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice Home in Reading. He was the loving husband of Mariane (Gill) McHugh, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Edward McHugh Sr. and Mildred (Kelly) Boodro. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He moved to Saugus when he married Mariane in 1971.

Mr. McHugh was a teacher at Lincoln Technical Institute where he taught IT and networking and he was a former youth soccer coach for Saugus and Revere teams.

In addition to his wife, Mr. McHugh leaves two beloved sons, Edward J. McHugh III of Woburn and South Boston, John W. McHugh of Westerville, Ohio. Ed was the brother-in-law of Ms. Joanne Gill of Saugus, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gill of Lynn. He also leaves nieces Suzanne Gill of Hawaii, Danielle Moffett of Pennsylvania and nephew Joe Gill of Lynn.

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 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus at 10 a.m. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For directions and condolences BisbeePorcella.com.

Police log: 3-21-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Amanda Bard, of 77 Green St., was arrested on a warrant charge of Class A drug possession at 1:08 p.m. Monday.

Emmanuel Rodriguez, 19, of 23 Sheridan St., was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, violation of the city knife ordinance and carrying a dangerous weapon at 9:57 p.m. Sunday.

Joshua Tarantino, of 435 Essex St., was arrested on warrant charges of four counts of nighttime breaking and entering for a felony, four counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of larceny, larceny from a building, larceny from person, drug possession with intent to distribute, Class A drug possession, Class E drug possession, assault with a dangerous weapon, attempt to commit a crime and possession of a burglarious instrument at 10:14 p.m. Sunday.

Desire Thornton, 20, of 304 Essex St., Swampscott, was arrested and charged with violation of the city knife ordinance at 9:33 p.m. Sunday.

Derek White, 49, of 16 Bow St., Beverly, was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and passing violation at 7:29 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 12:26 p.m. Sunday at Ashton Terrace and Chestnut Street; at 11:47 p.m. Sunday at 560 Western Ave.; at 12:59 a.m. at Union and W Green streets; at 9:41 a.m. Monday at 181 Beacon Hill Ave.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:14 p.m. Sunday at Essex and Rockaway streets; at 6:28 p.m. Sunday at 12 Ocean Terrace; at 10:19 p.m. Sunday at 50 Boston St.; at 8:22 a.m. Monday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 577 Walnut St.; at 8:30 a.m. Monday at CVS at 65 Boston St.; at 9:11 a.m. Monday at 555 Western Ave.; at 10:04 a.m. Monday at Essex and Johnson streets; at 12:40 p.m. Monday at 29 Tremont St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 6:53 p.m. Sunday at Essex and Mt Pleasant streets; at 7:57 p.m. Sunday on Federal Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:56 p.m. Sunday at Waitt and Western avenues; at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at 31 Franklin St.; at 5:55 p.m. Sunday at Stop & Shop at 35 Washington St.; at 6:40 p.m. Sunday at 5 Western Ave.; at 7:04 p.m. Sunday at 17 Morton Hill Ave.; at 7:44 p.m. Sunday at 18 Nicholson St.; at 1:39 a.m. Monday at 22 Lawton Ave.; at 9:53 a.m. Monday at 11 Market Square; at 10:29 a.m. Monday at 15 Coolidge Road; at 1:15 p.m. Monday at 108 Union St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 7:58 p.m. Sunday on Essex Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 4:17 p.m. Sunday at 11 Clarendon Ave.; at 9:53 a.m. Monday at 234 Chestnut St.; at 12:40 p.m. Monday at 145 Lewis St.

A report of a robbery at 4:35 p.m. Sunday at 114 Eutaw Ave.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at 589 Essex St.

A report of vandalism at 8:35 a.m. Monday at St. Pius School at 215 Maple St.

Police log: 3-20-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:13 p.m. Sunday on Pleasant Street.

A report of a pedestrian accident at 7:24 a.m. Monday on Jersey Street. A man told police he was passing a trash truck, and struck one of the workers with his mirror in the process. He stated the worker claimed he had little to no injury.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 3:13 p.m. Sunday on Lafayette Street. A caller reported his garage and vehicle were broken into and thought some small items from his car were missing. Police reported it appeared to be a breaking and entering to a garage across from St. Andrew’s.


PEABODY

Arrests

Ketly Megie, 62, of 36 Beacon Hill Ave., Apt. 1, Lynn, was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and on a warrant at 5:03 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 3:09 p.m. Sunday at 34 Keys Drive; at 8:46 a.m. Monday at Tannin Corporation at 65 Walnut St. An employee reported the fence was also damaged.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:45 p.m. Sunday at 91 Endicott St. and 137 Lowell St. A woman was taken to Lahey Hospital; at 6:43 a.m. Monday on Route 128 South. One person was taken to Union Hospital; at 9:33 a.m. Monday at 23 Central St. and 2 Hardy St. Police reported a telephone pole was struck and damaged; at 11:52 a.m. Monday at 172 Washington St. and 2 Dustin St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 11:28 p.m. Sunday at 236 Lynn St.; at 3:04 a.m. Monday at 8 North Central St.; at 5:03 a.m. Monday at Emerson and Martinack avenues. A caller reported an unknown man in a blue minivan going through trash cans making lots of noise and tearing open trash bags, making a mess. Ketly Megie, 62, of Lynn, was arrested.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 1:32 p.m. Monday on Sylvan Street. A caller reported a man passed out in the middle of the roadway in a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was arrested by State Police for OUI drugs.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 4:58 p.m. Sunday at 30 Ellsworth Road. A caller reported a rock was thrown through her front door glass the prior night; at 7:20 a.m. Monday at 55R Lynnfield St. A caller reported her daughter’s vehicle was egged. There are no suspects; at 7:34 a.m. Monday at 11R Mason St. A caller reported vandalism to vehicles on his property and stated he had the event on camera; at 12:25 p.m. Monday at Bishop Fenwick School at 83 Margin St. Vandalism to the side door was reported; at 12:38 p.m. Monday at 2 Honey Lane. A caller reported his house was egged on Saturday.


REVERE

Arrests

Jose Israel Alfaro-Duran, 21, of 180 Main St., Apt. 3, Everett, was arrested on a warrant at 5:40 p.m. Sunday.

Isreal Delarosa, 31, of 191 Cooledge St., was arrested on warrants at 6:21 p.m. Sunday.

Joshua E. Jean-Francois, 28, of 148 Bremen St., Apt. 2, East Boston, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 10:51 p.m. Thursday.

Trung Phanlam Le, 44, of 17 Sydney St., Dorchester, was arrested and charged with two counts of larceny of a credit card and larceny at 9:14 p.m. Sunday.

Phillip Masciulli, 26, of 17 Lamson Court, East Boston, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 10:51 p.m. Thursday.

Bernard McGovern, 25, of 15 Revere St., Winthrop, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 4:18 p.m. Sunday.

Sabrina A. Williams, 38, of 418 Revere Beach Parkway, Apt. 115, was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 12:49 p.m. Friday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:15 a.m. Friday at Grover and Augustus streets; at 5:24 p.m. Friday at Beach Street and Cary Avenue; at 2:11 a.m. Saturday at Squire Lounge on Squire Road; at 2:54 a.m. Saturday at Dunkin’ Donuts on Beach Street; at 3:47 a.m. Saturday at USA Auto Repair on Revere Beach Parkway; at 1:13 p.m. Saturday on Copeland Circle; at 2:18 p.m. Saturday at Ward Street and Lynn Marsh Road; at 5:16 p.m. Saturday on Brown Circle; at 2:23 a.m. Sunday on Lee Burbank Highway; at 11:02 a.m. Sunday at John Mooney Road and Beach Street; at 1:31 p.m. Sunday on Fenno Street; at 2:07 p.m. Sunday at Speedway on Lee Burbank Highway; at 2:32 p.m. Sunday on Squire Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 1:19 p.m. Friday at Stop & Shop on Furlong Drive; at 5:18 p.m. Sunday on Squire Road.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 12:49 p.m. Friday on Pratt Court; at 12:41 a.m. Saturday on Overlook Ridge Drive.

A report of an assault at 8:29 p.m. Friday at Centennial Avenue and North Shore Road; at 9:18 p.m. Friday on Campbell Avenue; at 9:23 p.m. Friday on Washburn Avenue; at 4:11 p.m. Sunday on Squire Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:18 a.m. Friday on Endicott Avenue; at 9:25 a.m. Friday on Larkin Street; at 11:18 a.m. Friday on Cushman Avenue; at 12:01 p.m. Friday at Revere Housing Authority on Cooledge Street; at 2:05 p.m. Friday at Lee’s Trailer Park on Revere Beach Parkway; at 2:40 p.m. Friday at Mobil Gas Station on Broadway; at 3:50 p.m. Friday at Nick’s Bistro on Squire Road; at 4:45 p.m. Friday at Revere Housing Authority on Eliot Road; at 10:45 p.m. Friday on John Mooney Road; at 12:05 a.m. Saturday at Lee’s Trailer Park on Revere Beach Parkway; at 1:29 a.m. Saturday at BK’s Bar & Grille on Ocean Avenue; at 5:38 a.m. Saturday on Yeamans Street; at 12:56 p.m. Saturday on Ocean Avenue; at 5:38 p.m. Saturday at Price Rite on Squire Road; at 5:57 p.m. Saturday at Vanguard at Water Front Square on Ocean Avenue; at 6:19 p.m. Saturday on North Shore Road; at 7:58 p.m. Saturday at Revere Housing Authority on Hichborn Street; at 10:11 p.m. Saturday at Speedway on Squire Road; at 12:33 a.m. Sunday at Moose Club on Broadway; at 12:55 a.m. Sunday on Centennial Avenue; at 2:31 a.m. Sunday on Revere Beach Parkway; at 11:04 a.m. Sunday at Oak Island Convenient on North Shore Road; at 9:14 p.m. Sunday at Flaming Grill Buffet on Furlong Drive.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose at 3:49 p.m. Friday on Freeman Street; at 6:01 p.m. Sunday on Freeman Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 5:08 p.m. Friday at Stop & Shop on Squire Road; at 9:25 p.m. Sunday at Stop & Shop on Furlong Drive.

A report of auto theft at 9:20 a.m. Saturday on Park Avenue.

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 3:54 p.m. Sunday on Rumney Road.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 1:56 p.m. Friday on Shirley Avenue.


SAUGUS

Arrests

Jose I. Alfaro Duran, of 18 Chelsea St., Apt. 4, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant at 5:02 p.m. Sunday.

Robert Silvia, 50, of 21 Walden Square Road, Apt. 674, Cambridge, was arrested and charged with nighttime building breaking and entering for a felony, attempt to commit a crime (larceny from a building), speeding, marked lanes violation, red light violation, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender, possession of a burglarious instrument and receiving a stolen motor vehicle at 3:02 a.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:28 p.m. Friday at Stocker and Winter streets; at 10:32 a.m. Saturday at 1500 Broadway. A two-car accident was reported. All occupants of the vehicles declined treatment; at 1 p.m. Saturday at 383 Essex St. A three-car accident was reported; at 4:17 p.m. Saturday at Home Depot at 564 Broadway; at 2:59 p.m. Sunday on Main Street. An officer reported being rear ended in the area of the Main Street overpass. There were no reported injuries.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 4:14 p.m. Saturday at 71 Summer St. A caller reported a two-car accident. One car struck another car while it was parked and also caused damage to the garage at the address. One person was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Walgreens at 1228 Broadway.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 3:02 a.m. Sunday at Santoro’s Sub-Villa at 259 Essex St. The alarm company reported a commercial burglar alarm. Police reported a confirmed break-in and witnessed a U-Haul truck leaving the scene. Police attempted to stop the U-Haul truck on Walnut Street, but the vehicle took off. The vehicle passed by Lynnhurst School at speeds of 50 mph with very light traffic and later ran a red light at the 7-Eleven on Summer Street. Police reported the vehicle entered over the bridge at Route 107 on the wrong side of the road, and went through the rotary at 50 mph onto Ward Street. The U-Haul hit a Revere Police cruiser, blocking the street and crashed into Gulino’s Auto Body in Revere. Police reported the truck and building were on fire. The suspect went into the building, where he was found and placed under arrest. Robert Silvia, 50, of 21 Walden Square Road, Apt. 674, Cambridge, was arrested; at 3:19 a.m. Sunday at Fuddruckers Restaurant/Boland Group at 910 Broadway. The alarm company reported a commercial burglar alarm. Police reported a confirmed breaking and entering, with theft attempted on an ATM.  

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 4:29 p.m. Friday at Pro Collision Center at 233 Hamilton St.; at 1:13 a.m. Saturday at 44 Auburn St.; at 7:10 p.m. Saturday on Walnut Street. A possible drunk driver was reported; at 4:57 p.m. Sunday at Walmart at 770 Broadway. A caller reported a man he thought was intoxicated was giving him a hard time; at 5:37 p.m. Sunday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 1204 Broadway. An employee reported possible injuries after a fight in the parking lot.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 11:55 a.m. Sunday at Pink at 1201 Broadway.

A super decision is facing Malden

By STEVE FREKER

MALDEN — After a year’s absence from the halls of Malden High School, former long-time Principal Dana Brown is planning a return.

Brown is a finalist for school superintendent, one of four candidates initially selected with interim Superintendent Dr. Charles Grandson added as a fifth finalist.

Moving forward, the five remaining candidates will be interviewed publicly in the coming weeks and the timetable calls for a new superintendent to be named by April 1.

Brown served as Malden High School principal from 2003 to 2016, resigning last June at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. He took a new position as executive director of high school and Community Partnerships at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) in Charlestown near the end of last summer.

Malden High is one of many schools in the region with a vibrant educational alliance with BHCC.

Grandson was named interim superintendent 10 months ago to take the reins from former Superintendent David DeRuosi who is now Saugus’ superintendent.

A 5-4 School Committee vote last Thursday got Grandson included on the superintendent finalist list.  

The other finalists are East Haven, Conn., Superintendent Portia Bonner, Holbrook Superintendent Patricia Lally and Somerville High School Principal John Oteri.

The finalists were selected from an initial pool of 14 candidates. Eight candidates were interviewed privately by the search committee earlier this month and the finalists named Thursday.

Oteri has been principal at Somerville High since 2012 and worked in that school system as an assistant principal and teacher since 1999. Lally has been superintendent of the Holbrook Public Schools since 2013. Bonner has been superintendent in East Haven for the past three years.

Grandson served as high school principal in Springfield and as an administrator in New York and also in the Boston Public Schools before taking the interim superintendent position in Malden last May.

Police chase ends with crash into building, fire

PHOTO BY PAULA MULLER
Gulino’s Auto Body at 1062 Broadway, Revere, was damaged when a suspect fleeing from police crashed a U-Haul truck into the building early Sunday morning.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SAUGUS — A Cambridge man was arrested after allegedly breaking into a Saugus sub shop and leading police on a chase that ended with him crashing into a building in Revere on Sunday morning, Saugus police said.

Robert Silvia, 50, was charged with nighttime breaking and entering into a building for a felony, attempt to commit a crime (larceny from a building), failure to stop for police, operation of a motor vehicle with a revoked license, speeding and other motor vehicle violations.

Saugus Police responded to a burglary alarm alert from Santoro’s Sub-Villa on Essex Street shortly after 3 a.m. Before the alarm, an officer saw a 2017 Ford U-Haul truck parked outside of the business, police said.

Responding officers found that the restaurant had been broken into and the glass front doors had been smashed, police said.

Officers then saw the U-Haul truck exit from Route 1 onto Walnut Street. Police tried to pull the truck over, but the driver, Silvia, allegedly took off speeding, police said.

When Silvia failed to stop for police, he was pursued from Lynn and then back into Saugus. As it was entering Revere on Route 107, the truck struck a Revere police cruiser, and then crashed into Gulino’s Auto Body at 1062 Broadway, police said.

Silvia allegedly left the U-Haul and ran inside the building. Police found him inside, where he was arrested.

After the truck crashed into the building, it immediately caught on fire, with the blaze extending into Gulino’s Auto Body. The fire was extinguished by responding fire crews.

There were no injuries. The Revere police officer was not inside his cruiser when it was struck, and was able to move out of the way.

Silvia is scheduled to be arraigned in Lynn District Court on Monday.

The incident is under investigation by Saugus police, who are also investigating whether Silvia was involved in a break-in that occurred earlier Sunday morning at a business close to Santoro’s Sub-Villa.


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

Charlotte A. Reid, 78

SAUGUS — Mrs. Charlotte A. (Cefalo) Reid, 78, of Saugus, died on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Rubin Thompson Assisted Living Facility in Saugus after a long illness. She was the wife of Mr. Fergus F. Reid with whom she shared 56 years of marriage.

She was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Louis and Rose (Botticelli) Cefalo. She was raised in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School. She was also a graduate of Emmanuel College. She lived in Saugus for the past 55 years.

Mrs. Reid was a teacher in the Lynn school system and taught in the Washington, Tracy, Breed, Callahan and Ford Schools. She was a member of the Lynn Teachers Union. She enjoyed her students, and traveling with her family, especially the Disney World trips. She loved her family above all and was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and wife.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Edward Reid and his wife Elizabeth of Saugus, Steven Reid of Saugus, Christopher Reid and his wife Monica of Peabody, a daughter Kathleen Aiello and her husband Richard of Saugus, a daughter in law Sandra (Pedrotty) Reid of Middleton. She is the mother of the late Kevin Reid. She also leaves 14 grandchildren; Ryan and his wife Amanda, Bret, Samantha, Alexandra, Mikayla, Tyler, Kaylie Rose, Caroline, Kimberly, Josh, Timothy, Jessica, Kevin and Kiana, and a great-grandchild, Caiden Finnigan. She also leaves a sister-in-law Madeline Cefalo of California, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is the sister of the late Louis Cefalo, and Camille Messinger.

Service information: Her memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rte. 129), Lynn, followed by a Mass in Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus, at 12:30 p.m. Burial in Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Memorial visiting hours are on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the TargetCancer Foundation, 955 Massachusetts Avenue, #343, Cambridge, MA 02139. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

 

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 www.joslin.org.

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 www.BisbeePorcella.com.

 

Swale tale in Saugus

COURTESY PHOTO
Pictured is a rendering for the $100 million development planned for transforming the Hilltop Steak House site.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — AvalonBay Communities thinks it has found solutions to a flooding problem behind the 14-acre Hilltop Steak House site.

The AvalonBay developers briefed town residents living near the Route 1 site about ways to keep a swale behind the property from overflowing. Potential flooding is a major concern for abutters, and swales are wetland areas, sometimes artificially created, capable of retaining water.

“We’re looking at retaining more of the water that falls on this site,” said David Gillespie, vice president of development for AvalonBay. “The amount of impervious area is being reduced. Even if we had the same amount, which we don’t, just by splitting it up, that reduces the volume and the rate. The swale needs to be cleaned up so it functions the way it’s supposed to.”

Water runoff from the site ends up in a swale behind homes on Laurine Road, which connects to Crystal Brook. Stephen Martorano, senior project manager at Bohler Engineering, said the swale was 3-feet deep at one point but sediment and leaves have reduced it to about a foot in depth.

“We want to clean the swale up so it does what it’s intended to do,” Martorano said.

Developers plan to dredge the swale to help alleviate the problem and work with the Department of Public Works to determine how it should be maintained, he said.

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The developers have visited with Laurine Road and Gilway Street residents to see the problems they are experiencing on at least two occasions.

One acre of landscaping will be strategically spread throughout the $100 million mixed-use development. The added vegetation will help address water drainage concerns, create a sound buffer and improve the air quality. Landscaping at the back of the property will absorb some of the excess water. It cannot be redirected towards Route 1 because of Massachusetts Department of Transportation requirements.

Development plans call for one story of retail space and three four-story residential buildings in the rear. The residential space will have a total of 280 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, and a one-story clubhouse with an outdoor swimming pool.

The development team maintained that plans to construct the residential and retail community include reducing stormwater runoff, not adding to it.

“The amount of impervious area is being reduced,” Gillespie said. “In general, it will reduce the amount of water that comes off the site and onto Forest Street. We’ve reduced it to a fair degree.”

The water will be treated to remove sediment accumulating in water runoff.  

Gillespie stressed to residents that the sewage and water runoff problems were two separate issues. He suggested residents seemed to be lumping them together in voicing their concerns.

Once the project is completed, it is expected to generate about 130,000 gallons of sewage each day, about 25 percent of the existing system’s 500,000 gallon capacity.

Repairs were made to the sewerage system in 2014, after the Hilltop closed, and Dennis January, former CEO of Hilltop, was made aware of an issue caused when the restaurant was built, said January.

“That’s why you don’t have that problem anymore,” he said. “That was a problem (created by) the initial builder.”

Saugus staking out a Hilltop vision

January said he listened to the audio from the last meeting two weeks ago and found it to be disturbing. He was bothered by one neighbor in particular’s use of profane language, he said.

At the meeting, neighbors interrupted the developer’s presentation countless times with outbursts. AvalonBay representatives were unable to finish their presentation.

Gilway Street resident Patricia Battaglia boisterously asked questions and demanded that they not add any water to the brook. She argued that dredging the swale will result in water moving to Crystal Brook more quickly.

“These are old time people who know that brook,” said Battaglia.

Resident Jill Moriello pointed out that a lot of the questions should be directed at the DPW, rather than the engineers for AvalonBay.

“We could always request a meeting with the DPW,” she said.

AvalonBay will make the presentation to board members in April.


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

Residents aim to shape Saugus open space

By LEAH DEARBORN

SAUGUS — Residents are pitching in to formulate a plan for the future use of open space in town.

An Open Space and Recreation Plan Community Forum was held at Town Hall Auditorium on Thursday night, presenting an opportunity for residents and business owners to discuss their hopes and concerns regarding public recreation areas.

Emma Schnur, regional land use planner for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), said that once adopted, a formal Open Space Recreation Plan (OSRP) will be valid for seven years. The process for drafting a new one began in October.

One of the benefits of an approved plan, she said, is that the town will become eligible for state funding. The most recent OSRP spanned the years of 2005-2010.

Schnur took some time at the beginning of the forum to outline the definition of open space and where it exists in town. She said the majority of open space in town is permanently protected.

Breakheart Reservation, Rumney Marsh, the Saugus Iron Works and Prankers Pond were all part of the presentation, as well as Vitale Park, Stackpole Field, Veterans Memorial Elementary School Playground and Stocker Playground.

“Stocker Playground could use a facelift,” said Schnur after noting the recent improvements to the playground at Veterans Memorial.

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Following the presentation, attendees were encouraged to share their comments in writing or by leaving stickers on several charts outlining possible goals.

Allen Panico came to the forum to suggest Stocker as a potential site for a skate park. Melanie Ebert said she’s particularly interested in seeing improvements to some of the playgrounds.

“I travel for work, so I see all these great playgrounds in other towns … Then to come here, it’s very depressing,” she said.

Written requests asked for trash barrels and pavement on the bike trails, or complained that too many people smoke around the parks.

Some of the charts showed interest in increasing access to open space for people with disabilities and expanded water-based recreation, such as kayaking or swimming.   

Joan Fowler said she probably would’ve attended the forum even if she wasn’t on the Conservation Commission. She said that of the conservation space in town, she’s particularly fond of Breakheart, but she doesn’t have a stake in a particular future use for any of the sites.

“Whatever Town Meeting decides,” she said.


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

Police log: 3-18-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Kevin Fernandez of 16 Tilton Place was arrested on warrant charges of driving a vehicle with a suspended license and speeding at 12:27 p.m. Friday.

Kristi Hill, 34, of 47 Hilliard in Old Town was arrested for driving a vehicle with a suspended license at 11:13 p.m. Thursday.

Antoine Kelly of 77 Green St. was arrested on a warrant charge of distributing Class B drugs at 2:23 p.m. Friday.

Rachael Kennedy, 28, of 78 Sweetwater St. in Saugus was arrested for trespass at 10:13 a.m. Friday.

Michael Kenny, 54, of 32 Lowell St. was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at 11:38 p.m. Friday.

Constantin Perju, 72, of 14 Sherman Ter. was arrested for larceny over $250 and possession of a Class B drug at 6:26 p.m. Thursday.

Wayne Smith, 26, of 720 River St. in Mattapan was arrested on warrant charges of receiving a stolen credit card, credit card forgery, improper use of a credit card, a harassment prevention order, trespass, possession to distribute drugs and carrying a dangerous weapon at 11:17 p.m. Friday.

Charles Spaneas, 60, of 77 Green St. was arrested for shoplifting by asportation at 1:22 p.m. Friday.

Manuel Valette, 28, of 126 Hamilton Ave in Dorchester was arrested for operating a vehicle with a suspended license at 10:58 p.m.

Jason Zion, 23, of 93 Woodman St. was arrested on warrant charges of assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon and a default warrant at 1:55 a.m. Friday.    

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 11:07 a.m. Thursday at 105 Adams St.; at 1:27 p.m. Thursday at Victory Road and Western Avenue; at 2:45 p.m. Thursday at 322 Broadway; at 2:58 p.m. Thursday at Lawton and Western avenues; at 3:07 p.m. Thursday at South and Summer streets; at 7:36 a.m. Friday at Johnson Street; at 9:39 a.m. Friday at Lynnfield Street .

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run at 12:49 a.m. Friday at 3 Alice Ave. #2.

A report of a police motor vehicle accident at 10:54 p.m. Thursday at Burns Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 12:49 p.m. Friday at 179 Euclid Ave.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 12:16 p.m. Thursday at 235 O’Callaghan Way.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 10:33 a.m. at 20 State St. Thursday; at 2:01 p.m. Thursday at 117 Western Ave.; at 2:01 a.m. Friday at 44 Estes St. #18.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 7:04 p.m. Thursday at Franklin Street; at 3:30 a.m. Friday at Clarendon Avenue.

Theft

A report of larceny at 1:07 a.m. at 50 Boston St. Thursday; at 8:03 a.m. at Federal Street Thursday; at 11:58 a.m. at 19 Union St. Thursday; at 31 Franklin St. #10 Thursday; at 12:50 p.m. 264 Essex St. Thursday; at 3:43 p.m. Thursday at 217 Curwin Circle; at 8:56 p.m. Thursday; at 10:37 p.m. Friday 28 S. Elm St.

A report of a motor vehicle theft at 6:16 a.m. at 9 Beacon Hill Ave. Thursday.  

A report of a robbery at 4:22 p.m. Thursday at 42 Market St.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 10:35 a.m. at 570 Western Ave. Thursday.

Police log: 3-17-2017


 

PEABODY

Arrests

Amy T. Atkins, 46, of 10 Valley St. in Salem was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of property damage and negligent operation of a motor vehicle at 12:50 a.m. Friday.  

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:10 p.m. Thursday at 19 Howley St.; at 4:41 p.m. Thursday at Andover Street; at 5:53 p.m. Thursday at 122 Main St.

Complaints

A report at 8:48 p.m. Thursday of a disturbance at 16 Crowninshield St.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of an accident at 2:22 p.m. Thursday at 61 Burrill St.

Theft

A report of larceny at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at 153 Humphrey St.

A report of lost art at 7:57 p.m. Thursday at 2 Stonecleave Ave.

Saugus battles over bucks

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — The school department is preparing to pinch pennies after meeting with the Finance Committee about the budget.

“The budget is a moving target right now,” said Jeannie Meredith, chairwoman of the School Committee. “I think it’s a little early in the game to say ‘the sky is falling.’ I feel confident that we’re working with a qualified superintendent. We’ll get through it like we do every year.

“Budget season in Saugus and in every district is always a contentious time,” she said. “There’s only one pot of money and it has to be divided. As School Committee chair, I always want to see more for the kids. As a realist, I realize we need to budget for all the departments. Working together I think we can try to come to a mutual agreement.”

Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi defended the School Committee’s vote for a $29.6 million budget in a presentation to the Finance Committee on Wednesday. The request is up from a $28.1 million spending plan last year. Earlier this month, the Board of Selectmen voted on a $28.4 million school department budget, $1.6 million less than the appropriation the School Committee requested.

“My goal was to present a budget that reflects how a school budget is actually built,” said DeRuosi.

His intent was to put meaning behind the numbers being requested at each line item of the budget.

“It doesn’t have to do with believing in the numbers or not believing in them,” said Kenneth DePatto, chairman of the Finance Committee. “It has to do with sustaining it. We can’t keep on growing at this level. I’m really concerned with the level of growth.”

The increase requested by DeRuosi and the School Committee will reinstate Spanish as a requirement, rather than an elective, a cut that was made for last year’s budget. An allocation of $82,000 will fund Chromebooks, which will be necessary next year when MCAS testing will require a computer.

The biggest hit to the wallet, DeRuosi said, is meeting the needs of the district’s changing demographics.

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In 2012, the district had 88 ELL students. Last year, that swelled to 126. Children in Saugus Public Schools now speak 23 languages other than English, he said. About 40 percent of students are considered low-income and qualify for a free or reduced price lunch program. They are also eligible to ride to school at no cost, he said. The homeless population has increased steadily over the past five years and reached 40 students in 2016.

As of Wednesday, 165 students had elected to attend charter schools rather than staying in the district. “This is a red flag for me,” DeRuosi said “If we’re losing these numbers, we’re going to feel the financial impacts. I want this bar to go down. We want to keep these kids.”

Out-of-district special education costs pay for services for any Saugus child who the district cannot meet the needs of. The students sometimes attend residential or daytime residential programs that can cost the school department hundreds of thousands of dollars, he said.

“My fear is that this is not a sustainable number,” said DePatto. “I’m looking at your contractual needs and your critical needs. Eight to nine percent growth — that’s a level of growth I don’t think is sustainable, looking at the needs of the schools, according to the superintendent and School Committee.

“There’s only so much money that comes into this town,” said DePatto. “We need to find savings within the operating budgets or go to the people and tell them we want a general override.”

By April, DeRuosi will outline in detail the impacts of the $872,000 deficit created by only appropriating the district an increase of $300,000. He will create two additional budgets for a scenario where the department instead receives $400,000 and $500,000, with deficits of $772,000 and $672,000.

The full committee will begin meeting for budget workshops to talk numbers by the end of the month. They have not yet started discussions about what will be cut to make ends meet, said Meredith.

“The Finance Subcommittee was created to go over the financial reports and see if there are any questions throughout the year,” she said. “The first budget workshop will be when the five-member committee will be meeting for the first time to discuss any budget changes. My personal opinion — I don’t want to see teachers laid off. I’m not looking to cut any teachers this year.”


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

MBTA could cut some local bus stops

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Pictured is a low-ridership bus stop at the corner of Lynnfield Street and Great Woods Road.

By THOMAS GRILLO

SAUGUS — The MBTA plans to ax 13 local bus stops and others in Lynn and neighboring communities, claiming they are rarely, if ever, used.

The T surveyed more than 7,500 bus stops in its system to determine how often they are used, identify barriers to accessibility, determine if the locations meet safety guidelines and whether capital improvements are necessary.  

If the transit agency approves the changes, Saugus stands to lose the most in The Item coverage area. Other stops on the cut list include four in Swampscott, two in Nahant and one each in Lynn, Peabody and Revere.

But if they go, it appears they won’t be missed. In nine of the 22 stops, the T found that the average number of daily boarding was zero. In all the others, fewer than two people boarded the buses each day.

Still, Michael Serino, the Saugus liaison to the transit agency, said he can’t understand why the T would choose to drop any stops.

“It doesn’t make any sense to me because they have to drive by them any how,” he said. “There are a couple on Broadway and on Walnut Street that should not go. We’re still looking at and evaluating the list.”

Buses serve more customers than any individual train line, according to MBTA data. In fiscal 2015, there were about 113 million MBTA bus trips, compared to about 88 million on the Red Line, the busiest subway line.

On a recent morning, there was no one waiting at the Lynnfield Street at Great Woods Road stop, the only one in Lynn that made the list. The same was true for a pair of stops in Saugus at 153 and 221 Main St. that are also targeted for elimination.

The MBTA said its goal is to improve service by making bus stops accessible, convenient and safe for boarding and disembarking.

If stops are eliminated, typically there is another within 750 feet of the stop proposed for elimination, the T said.

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In terms of handicap accessibility, the T identified several examples of  “critical” bus stops including one on Walnut Street opposite Birchwood Avenue in Saugus. The bus stop sign is behind a guardrail next to a body of water and riders must board in the breakdown lane.

A review of bus stops throughout the T’s system identified 209, less than 3 percent, where there is no accessible path to board from a sidewalk so that passengers must get on and off the bus in the street.

Laura Brelsford, the MBTA’s assistant general manager for accessibility, said 133 of those stops are very strong candidates for elimination, with 99 percent of them serving fewer than 10 riders per day.

The agency said it won’t take any action until it hears from communities. It wants to know if a municipality has road projects underway to improve accessibility at bus stops or if there are other factors that local officials would like the MBTA to consider before final decisions are made.  

The MBTA is hoping to receive feedback from cities and towns by April so it may take steps during construction season to eliminate bus stops no longer needed or unsafe, improve signs or make capital improvements to increase accessibility and improve customers’ experience.

Bus stops proposed for elimination

Lynn: Lynnfield Street at Great Woods Road

Nahant: Nahant Road, opposite Little Nahant Road, One Nahant Road

Peabody: Lynn Street, opposite Spring Pond Road

Revere: North Shore Road at York Street

Swampscott: Salem Street opposite Stanley Road, Salem Street, opposite Aycliffe Road, 212 Salem St., opposite 58 Humphrey St.

Saugus: 221 Main St., Main Street, opposite Harmon Road,  Winter St opposite Riverside Park, opposite 190 Main St., 153 Winter St., Main Street at Harmon Road, Winter Street at  Johnson Road, Walnut Street, opposite Birchwood Avenue, Walnut Street, opposite Great Woods Road, Walnut Street, opposite Fairmount Avenue, Walnut Street at Elm Street, Broadway at Osprey Road and Broadway, opposite Osprey Road.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com. State House News Service contributed to this report. Source: MBTA.

Police log: 3-17-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Nina Burns, 22, of 16 Essex Ave., was arrested on a warrant charge of larceny at 7:53 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 5:01 p.m. Wednesday at 524 Lynnfield St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:31 p.m. Wednesday at 25 Adams St.; at 12:46 a.m. Thursday at 198 Holyoke St.; at 7:02 a.m. Thursday at Speedway at 120 Liberty St.; at 11:07 a.m. Thursday at 105 Adams St.; at 1:27 p.m. Thursday at Victory Road and Western Avenue; at 1:55 p.m. Thursday at Ingalls Elementary School at 1 Collins St.; at 1:58 p.m. Thursday at Eastern Avenue and Victory Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 10:03 p.m. Wednesday at 2A Adams St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 12:16 p.m. Thursday on O’Callaghan Way.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 4:04 p.m. Wednesday at 27 Union St.; at 5:53 p.m. Wednesday at 25 Hamilton Ave.; at 5:59 p.m. Wednesday at Richdale at 573 Chestnut St.; at 8:59 p.m. Wednesday at 498 Essex St.; at 11:06 p.m. Wednesday at 525 Lynnway; at 8:52 a.m. Thursday at Lahey Landscaping at 56 Sanderson Ave.; at 10:33 a.m. Thursday at Salem Five Bank at 20 State St.; at 2:01 p.m. Thursday at Mass Recovery at 1117 Western Ave.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 5:29 p.m. Wednesday at 54 Webster St.; at 1:07 a.m. Thursday at Planet Fitness at 50 Boston St.; at 8:03 a.m. Thursday on Federal Street; at 11:58 a.m. Thursday at 19 Union St.; at 12:40 p.m. Thursday at 31 Franklin St.; at 12:50 p.m. Thursday at 7-Eleven at 264 Essex St.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 6:16 a.m. Thursday at 9 Beacon Hill Ave.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 10:35 a.m. Thursday at 570 Western Ave.

Police log: 3-16-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Essex Street.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:59 p.m. Wednesday at Leggs Hill Road and Tedesco Street.

Complaints

A report of a bomb scare at 1:29 p.m. Wednesday on Pleasant Street. Police reported vandalism/graffiti at Marblehead Veterans Middle School and that it was a bomb threat. There was allegedly writing on the bathroom wall and it wasn’t clear how long it had been there. Marblehead School officials released an emergency alert that writing had been discovered on a wall in one of the boys’ bathrooms at the Veterans School. The message prompted school officials to contact police and fire to investigate the message. Students were sheltered in place and then moved to the performing arts center of the school as a safety precaution after a search there was completed. Police and fire continued the search, and state police were also called to respond. The message made nonspecific references to bombs. “Marblehead Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin (etc)…as defined and required by state and federal laws,” the notice from school officials said. Students were later dismissed for the day without incident. A teacher reported an unusual backpack in one of the classrooms, but police found no issue.

A report of suspicious activity at 6:07 p.m. Wednesday on West Street. A caller reported a suspicious man wandering the area for a few hours. He was wearing glasses and was carrying some kind of iPad. Police reported he was with MassPirg.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at 133 Newbury St. and 295 Forest St.; at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday at 98 Forest St. and 17 Centennial Drive.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:33 a.m. Thursday at 19 Bradford Road; at 9:55 a.m. Thursday at 5 Dalton Court; at 12:03 p.m. Thursday at 111 Foster St.; at 12:37 p.m. Thursday at D’orsi’s Bakery and Delicatessen at 197 Washington St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 9:04 a.m. Thursday at 44 Tracey St.

Fire

A report of a car fire at 4:12 a.m. Thursday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 3 Central St. The fire was extinguished and the car was towed.


REVERE

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:07 a.m. Wednesday on Ford Street; at 9:39 a.m. Wednesday on American Legion Highway; at 11:56 a.m. Wednesday at School Street and Broadway; at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday on Amasa Street; at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday at Blanchard’s Liquors on American Legion Highway; at 6:39 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Burbank Highway and Revere Beach Parkway.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 4:49 p.m. Wednesday at Price Rite on Squire Road. William Raymond Quill, 39, of 70 Waite St., Apt. 2L, was summoned for assault and battery.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 4:26 p.m. Wednesday on Eliot Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 11:27 a.m. Wednesday at 7-Eleven on Shirley Avenue; at 1:27 p.m. Wednesday on Sears Street; at 3:11 p.m. Wednesday on Sears Street; at 9:14 p.m. Wednesday at Park Avenue Apartments on Park Avenue; at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday on Beach Street.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday on Adams Court.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 8:11 a.m. Wednesday at Market Basket on Squire Road.


SAUGUS

Arrests

Robinson Manuel, of 130 Central St., Chelsea, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise and heroin/morphine/opium trafficking at 2:32 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:51 a.m. Wednesday at 24 Staaf Road.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 10:51 a.m. Wednesday at 11 Hampstead St. A caller reported a vehicle through the fence at her residence.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 10:02 a.m. Wednesday at McGarvey Towing at 1481 Broadway. A caller reported an irate customer trying to get his car back. Police reported the man would not be taking his vehicle from the lot due to not having an active license. The towing company requested that the man be trespassed from the property and that a licensed operator take custody of his vehicle.

A report of property damage at 2:11 p.m. Wednesday at The Residences at Stevens Pond at 1 Founders Way. A caller reported that two youths had set off a smoke bomb in the clubhouse on Monday. Police spoke with the two youths and cleared the issue up.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:47 a.m. Wednesday on Tulepo Road; at 7:06 a.m. Wednesday on Burpee Road; at 7:09 a.m. Wednesday at London Hair Design at 150 Humphrey St.; at 3:51 p.m. Wednesday at 933 Humphrey St.; at 4:34 p.m. Wednesday at 51 Essex St.; at 9:21 p.m. Wednesday at 58 New Ocean St.

Police log: 3-16-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Kendall Bridges was arrested on a warrant charge of trespassing at 12:47 p.m. Wednesday.

Amanda Elwell, 34, of 26 Winter St., Saugus, was arrested and charged with two counts of shoplifting by concealing merchandise at 4:02 p.m. Wednesday.

Robert Nunes, 35, of 26 Washington St., was arrested on warrant charges of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, assault and battery, failure to stop for police, Class A drug possession, Class B drug possession, resisting arrest, failure to stop/yield, trespassing, disorderly conduct and special speeding violation at 5:23 p.m. Tuesday.

Jonathan Roy, 30, of 1 Loring Ave., Swampscott, was arrested on warrant charges of two counts of larceny, breaking and entering nighttime for a felony and receiving stolen property at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:42 p.m. Tuesday at 35 Washington St.; at 12:54 p.m. Tuesday at Boston and Federal streets; at 2:02 p.m. Tuesday at 29 Eastern Ave.; at 3:02 p.m. Tuesday at 244 Lynnfield St.; at 3:53 p.m. Tuesday at 444 Broadway; at 4:19 p.m. Tuesday at Compare Supermarket at 2 Adams St. Extension; at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday at Eastern Avenue and Essex Street; at 5:31 p.m. Tuesday at 16 City Hall Square; at 6:14 a.m. Wednesday at Nina’s Market at 51 Essex St.; at 7:08 a.m. Wednesday on Western Avenue; at 9:04 a.m. Wednesday at 223 Den Quarry Road; at 12:47 p.m. Wednesday at 391 Chatham St.; at 2:31 p.m. Wednesday at 43 Magnolia Ave.; at 2:57 p.m. Wednesday at Bay State Road and Calledare Way

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 3:26 p.m. Tuesday on Elm Street; at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Eastern Avenue and Essex Street; at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday on Chase Road.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday at 182 Chestnut St.; at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Mt Pleasant and Ridgeway streets.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:03 p.m. Tuesday at 7 Willow St.; at 4:08 p.m. Tuesday at 43 State St.; at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday at 103 Broad St.; at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at 116 New Park St.; at 1:55 a.m. Wednesday at 20 Sigourney St.; at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday at 30 Waverly St.; at 1:16 p.m. Wednesday at 101 North Common St.; at 2:48 p.m. Wednesday at Mall Street and Western Avenue.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 2:39 p.m. Wednesday on Sanderson Avenue.

Theft

A report of a robbery at 5:08 p.m. Tuesday at 526 Western Ave.; at 5:14 p.m. Tuesday at Washington Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a larceny at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday at 108 Boston St.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 9:39 a.m. Wednesday at 98 Western Ave.

Police log: 3-15-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of a tree/branch down at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday on Ocean Avenue; at 12 p.m. Tuesday on Pleasant Street; at 12:27 p.m. Tuesday at Maverick Street and Maverick Court. A caller reported a large tree had come down across Maverick Street where it splits to the left. The tree department was notified. Electric Light was notified as the limb was entangled in the wires. No power was reported from Fox Run. Power was later restored to the area; at 12:38 p.m. Tuesday on Pleasant Street; at 12:54 p.m. Tuesday on Lime Street. A caller reported a tree limb down just past the Charter School. Police reported the road was impassable, but people were going over the wire, which appeared to be a cable wire. Cones were placed; at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday on Foss Terrace; at 1:06 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Vernon and Abbot streets. Police reported the road was impassable a water department plow attempted to push the limb out of the way. The tree department couldn’t get to it for hours; at 1:16 p.m. Tuesday on Flint Street; at 1:19 p.m. Tuesday on Flint Street; at 1:22 p.m. Tuesday on Fader Place; at 1:26 p.m. Tuesday on Prince Street; at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday on May Street; at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday on Pickwick Road; at 2:09 p.m. Tuesday on Weston Road; at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday at Humphrey Street and Winthrop Avenue; at 3:08 p.m. Tuesday at Atlantic Avenue and Casino Road; at 3:36 p.m. Tuesday on Beacon Street; at 4:08 p.m. Tuesday at Roundhouse Road and School Street; at 4:17 p.m. Tuesday on Trager Road; at 4:44 p.m. Tuesday at Gerald Road and Atlantic Avenue.

A caller reported her chimney cap was blowing off at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on Prospect Street, and she had to move her car, but she didn’t know where to move it. She was told it was OK to park it on the street.

A report of a cable wire down at 1:04 p.m. Tuesday on Atlantic Avenue. A cable wire across the road was reported and cars were driving across it; at 1:11 p.m. Tuesday on Beacon Street; at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday on Arnold Terrace.

A report of service riped off the house at 1:43 p.m. Tuesday on Devereux Street. The road was blocked and electric light responded. The meter was ripped off of the house. Police later reported the service was back on the house and energized, but the residents were advised to contact an electrician.

A report of a tree hitting a house at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday on Charlotte Road. A caller reported a tree just struck the side of her house and was unsure if there was any damage. Electric Light responded as some limbs were on the wires, but passed by the house and reported no damage to it. There was reportedly a limb on the front of the house and it was a town-owned tree. The tree department responded.

A report of a wire down at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday on Baldwin Road; at 4:18 p.m. Tuesday at Warwick Terrace and Everett Paine Boulevard; at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday on Beacon Street; at 6:17 p.m. Tuesday on Gregory Street; at 2:29 a.m. Wednesday on Atlantic Avenue

A report of a tree on wires/roof at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on Gerry Street. A caller reported a tree came down in the bicycle storage area. Some of it was on the roof resting on the electrical service that comes into the station and was also putting “tremendous” pressure on the phone poles. It was removed by the light department.

A report of a tree against a house at 4:06 p.m. Tuesday on Shorewood Road.

A report of neighbors arguing at 4:21 p.m. Tuesday on Orchard Circle. Police reported an ongoing issue between neighbors arguing about snow. The caller reported it happens every time it snows and the police never do anything about it.

A caller reported a pole snapped and came down at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday on Front Street. Police reported it was next to the bathroom up in the park, and the whole pole came down with wires attached.

A caller reported large “boulders of snow” left behind by plows that will freeze overnight and the road will be impassable at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday on Harris Street.

A caller reported at 10:27 p.m. Tuesday on Orne Street that the next door neighbor had people over snow blowing her driveway and she is elderly. Police told him that it was not unreasonable during a storm to snow blow.

A caller reported his neighbor was using his snowblower too late at night at 12:04 a.m. Wednesday on Mohawk Road.

The Marblehead fire captain called at 6:07 a.m. Wednesday that she had received a direct call from a plow operator stating that he needed a jump start. She told him the department doesn’t jump cars and recommended that he call dispatch. When he asked if it was a police dispatch, and she replied that it was, he suddenly hung up the phone.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:47 p.m. Tuesday at 52 Central St. and 2 Warren St.; at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gardner Apartments at 22 Pulaski St.; at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday at Lowell Street and 373 Corinne St.; at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday at New England Meat Market at 62 Walnut St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 9:58 p.m. Tuesday at 122 Lowell St.

Complaints

A report a tree down at 2:26 p.m. Tuesday at 780 Lowell St. The fire department reported a tree had fallen that knocked down some power lines. Police reported the tree was removed and the wires were secured; at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday at 19 Jefferson Road; at 3:27 p.m. Tuesday at 55 Perley Ave. A tree came down on wires; at 3:34 p.m. Tuesday at 12 Shillaber St. A tree, telephone and cable wires were reported down. The street was coned off; at 3:58 p.m. Tuesday at 60 Winona St. A utility pole was reported down in the area. Police reported the street was blocked off; at 4:44 p.m. Tuesday at 3 Judith Road. The tree reportedly fell on a truck; at 5:47 p.m. Tuesday on Arielle Lane.

A report a wire down at 3:36 p.m. Tuesday at 15 Hancock St.; at 5:16 p.m. Tuesday at 32 Lake St.; at 12:44 p.m. Tuesday at 12 Shillaber St. Low wires and a possibly cracked pole were reported.

A report of a neighborhood dispute at 5:32 p.m. Tuesday at Tremont Auto Sales at 97 Tremont St. An employee reported a neighbor shoveling snow onto his property. A tree also fell and struck a “junk” vehicle in the parking lot.

An Eisenhower Road caller reported at 6:33 p.m. Tuesday that her husband’s fingers were severed in a snowblower accident. He was taken to Lahey Hospital in Burlington.

A coyote stuck in a trap was reported at 7:01 p.m. Tuesday at 20 Farnham Ave. Police reported the coyote left prior to their arrival.

An elderly couple reported that someone was snow blowing their sidewalk in at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at 34 Harris St. Police reported there didn’t seem to be an issue; the sidewalks were never taken care of and it didn’t appear that anyone had snow blowed recently.

Fire

A report of a fire at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday at 62 Russell St. A transformer on fire was reported. Police reported the transformer was sparking upon arrival, but had stopped and no flames were showing; at 6:28 p.m. Tuesday at 154A Shore Drive. A caller reported a sparking transformer in the area.


REVERE

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:32 a.m. Monday on Park Avenue; at 9:55 a.m. Monday at Foster Street and Park Avenue; at 12:34 p.m. Monday on Brown Circle; at 12:51 p.m. Monday on Broadway. Diana Cruz-Dubon, 26, of 19 Cottage St., Chelsea, was summoned for allowing an improper person to operate a motor vehicle. Dany Antunez, 33, of 19 Cottage St., Chelsea, was summoned for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; at 1:16 p.m. Monday at North Shore Road and Dehon Street; at 2:40 p.m. Monday at Beachmont Train Station on Winthrop Avenue; at 3:26 p.m. Monday at Malden Street and Gore Road; at 6:14 p.m. Monday on Broadway; at 10:14 p.m. Monday at Speedway on Lee Burbank Highway; at 12:37 p.m. Tuesday on Endicott Avenue; at 12:39 p.m. Tuesday on Revere Street; at 1:17 p.m. Tuesday at Cronin Rink on Revere Beach Parkway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 1:32 p.m. Monday on Brown Circle.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:16 p.m. Monday on Crest Avenue; at 6:59 p.m. Tuesday on Reservoir Avenue.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 11:02 p.m. Monday on Proctor Avenue.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 9:26 a.m. Tuesday on Reservoir Avenue.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:14 a.m. Monday at Rumney Flats on Ward Street; at 4:12 a.m. Monday at Revere Housing Authority on Hichborn Street; at 7:07 a.m. Monday at Bank of America on Squire Road; at 12:37 p.m. Monday at Susan B. Anthony School on Newhall Street; at 2:02 p.m. Monday on Cooledge Street; at 5:08 p.m. Monday at Revere Beach Train Station on Shirley Avenue; at 1:11 a.m. Tuesday at BK’s Bar & Grille on Ocean Avenue; at 10:16 a.m. Tuesday on North Marshall Street; at 12:04 p.m. Tuesday on Lucia Avenue; at 10:25 p.m. Tuesday on North Shore Road; at 10:34 p.m. Tuesday on Wave Avenue.

A report of a tree down at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday on Waldemar Avenue.

A report of a wire or pole down at 2:26 p.m. Tuesday on Fenley Street; at 2:32 p.m. Tuesday at Washington Avenue and Malden Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 11:03 a.m. Monday on Reservoir Avenue; at 12:06 p.m. Monday at Prospect House on Reservoir Avenue; at 2:23 p.m. Monday on John Mooney Road; at 8:11 a.m. Tuesday at Market Basket on Squire Road.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose at 9:41 p.m. Monday on Revere Street.


SAUGUS

Arrests

Anthony Leon Tate, of 2 Rogers Ave., Apt. 42, Lynn, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise third offense at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:02 p.m. Tuesday at Wheelabrator at 100 Salem Turnpike. A three-car accident in the area was reported. Police responded and reported it was a single-car accident into a Verizon pole was no substantial damage to the pole. The car was towed with heavy front end damage; at 7:07 a.m. Wednesday at Patty’s Auto on Salem Turnpike. A four-car accident was reported on Route 107 near the auto shop.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday at 78 Hesper St.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 10:51 p.m. Monday at 480 Lincoln Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 3:16 p.m. Monday at Saugus Karate Kung Fu at 304 Central St.; at 10:20 p.m. Monday on Water Street. A caller reported two cars racing up and down the roadway; at 5:06 p.m. Tuesday at Red Roof Inn at 920 Broadway.

A report of wires down at 12:43 p.m. Tuesday at 50 Westland Ave. A wire on the front porch and driveway of the home was reported; at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at 25 Prospect St. A caller reported tree limbs blocking the roadway and hanging off of the wires in front of his house; at 1:58 p.m. Tuesday at 5 Ballard St. and 82 Lincoln Ave. The fire department reported three cable wires in the road making it impassable; at 2:37 p.m. Tuesday on Morton Avenue. The fire department reported a large branch down with multiple wires pulled off of 1 Morton Ave.; at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday at Home Depot at 564 Broadway. A caller reported power lines and blown transformers in the area of the business; at 2:56 p.m. Tuesday at 392 Central St.; at 3:44 p.m. Tuesday at 2 Venice Ave. The homeowner reported power lines down in the driveway. The wires were secured.  

A caller reported a tree limb down in front of his home at 12:48 p.m. Tuesday at 9 Warren Road.

A report of a neighborhood dispute at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday at 6 Columbus Ave. A caller reported a plow truck driver was plowing snow onto his front lawn.

Fire

A report of an outside fire at 2:47 p.m. Tuesday at 2 Rice St. A caller reported a light pole on fire due to a tree limb on the lines. Emergency responders reported power loss to all of the buildings in the area.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 4:30 a.m. Monday at 47 Gates Road. A caller reported his vehicle had its tires slashed by an unknown person that took off in an SUV towards Ballard Street.


SWAMPSCOTT

Arrests

Gary Lucia, 37, was arrested and charged with two counts of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended registration and uninsured motor vehicle/trailer at 2:16 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:43 p.m. Tuesday at Capen Road and Essex Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 8:32 p.m. Tuesday at 45 Salem St.

Saugus keeps open mind about open space

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS Saugus is keeping an open mind about it’s green space.

Working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, town officials are developing plans to improve and maintain Saugus’ open space.

A forum for residents to voice their opinions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall. Town Manager Scott Crabtree said business owners and public officials are also invited to attend and engage in the planning process of improving open space and recreational fields in town.

“The forum will bring light to what the community seems to value,” said Town Planner Krista Leahy. “We want to hear about what open spaces they view as priorities versus places they don’t see a vision for yet. That’s important because, while we have all these open spaces designated, some are protected, some need improvement (and) some are underutilized parks.”

Since Saugus has a lot of natural open space, the Planning and Development Department wants to hear about what areas might be underutilized, and what can be improved, expanded and created to better suit the needs of the community, she said.

As an example, Leahy said Prankers Pond has some pathways in the back, but could use improvements.

“It’s a beautiful pond,” she said. “People in town have such nostalgia for it. People have said they wish there were more level pathways or some sort of water access.”

While some already use the pond for fishing, there’s potential to attract the town’s youth for more activities, like boating, and all residents for walking, she said.

“Then there’s always Socker Playground, a park right around the river that desperately needs attention,” Leahy said. “We hope to generate some ideas and brainstorm how we could transform that space into a place people want to be.”

Lynn students punching away at fitness

With the input from the meeting and from the Open Space and Recreation Committee, the department hopes to develop a five-year plan to tackle the many open space goals of the town, she said.

The plan will serve as an update to an outline drafted in 2011, which was an update to a 2005 plan. Leahy stressed the importance of looking back at the goals that have been met and the ones that haven’t. As the demographics of the community change over the years, the priorities may change too, she said.

During the forum, attendees will split up into smaller groups to brainstorm and compile a list of ideas to share with the larger group. Handwritten suggestions can also be submitted. Once the plan is finished and submitted to the MAPC, the town’s eligibility for open space grants and matching funds will be improved, Leahy said.


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

 

USPS delivering on jobs in Lynn

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — Despite a 27 percent reduction in employees nationwide since 2006, the region’s U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is hiring.

John Meuse, Lynn’s postmaster, said he plans to employ as many as three dozen letter carriers over the next 18 months to replace retirees.  

“There’s a need because the post office is short-staffed,” Meuse said. “Through attrition, that’s the avenue we have and more people are scheduled to retire soon.”

These so-called non-career positions, known as city carrier assistants, start at $16.06 an hour with immediate health benefits, available overtime and leave time. Within a year, these carriers are eligible to apply for a career position with improved benefits including a federal pension.

“It’s a good and very rewarding career,” Meuse said. “If you do your time, you have the opportunity to move into a career position with better benefits.”

Candidates must be 18, a legal U.S. resident and have two years of driving experience. Positions are also available as auto mechanics and truck drivers.

Meuse said in addition to six immediate openings for carriers in Lynn, more positions are coming up in Nahant, Swampscott and Saugus.  

On trial: Hallmark Health v. Malden

In an agreement with Amazon.com, postal carriers deliver parcels on Sunday. Under the terms of the deal, the online retailer delivers packages from its warehouses to USPS sites late Saturday or Sunday and the agency drops them at customers’ doorsteps.

The best candidates have an excellent driving record and are willing to work outdoors, he said.

The USPS is the nation’s second largest employer and one of the nation’s biggest employers of veterans. Its shipping and packages business experienced strong performance last year with revenue growth of $2.4 billion, or 15.8 percent, according to filings.

But it was offset by a decline in first class mail revenue of $925 million, or 3.3 percent. After accounting for $5.8 billion in retiree health benefits, the USPS posted a net loss of $5.6 billion in 2016.

The Postal Service’s shrinking workforce and increased reliance on non-career employees has stemmed from the dramatic decrease in Americans’ mail usage, according to Government Executive, an online news service which did an analysis of the job losses. As revenues dropped, management turned to personnel costs which represented 78 percent of operating expenses in fiscal 2014, to bring the organization out of the red.

Between fiscal years 2010 and 2014, more than 55,000 postal employees accepted separation incentives ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 per person. Nearly all of the other job losses have stemmed from attrition: simply not filling a vacancy when an employee retires or leaves.

Megan Brennan, the U.S. Postmaster General, started her career as a letter carrier.

To see openings and to apply go to: http://about.usps.com/careers/.


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

Police log: 3-15-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Carlo Abate, 38, of 12 Brookfield Lane, Saugus, was arrested on warrant charges of assault and battery, shoplifting by concealing merchandise, Class A drug possession, Class B drug possession and operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license at 4:14 p.m. Monday.

Irene Berberena, 32, of 11 Harwood St., was arrested and charged with violation of a harassment prevention order at 6:18 p.m. Monday.

Wendpulumde Bouda, 24, of 12324 Briarbush Lane, Potomac, was arrested and charged with two counts of receiving stolen property at 2:51 p.m. Monday.

Joseph Dulcetta, of 4 Jordan St., Revere, was arrested on a warrant charge of Class B drug possession at 4:44 p.m. Monday.

Ingmar Pojoy, 22, of 18 Lowell St., was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, firearm violation with one prior violent/drug crime, possession of a firearm without a firearm identification card and unlawful possession of ammo without a firearm identification card at 5:28 a.m. Tuesday.

Haydee Quezada, 28, of 856 Western Ave., was arrested and charged with violation of a harassment prevention order at 6:36 p.m. Monday.

Joseph Singleton, 29, of 9 Littles Lane, Peabody, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 11:28 p.m. Monday.

Tamika Wilson, 39, of 111 Washington St., was arrested and charged with trespassing at 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:30 p.m. Monday at 160 Neptune Blvd.; at 4:16 p.m. Monday on Ford Street; at 4:19 p.m. Monday at 381 Summer St.; at 10:47 p.m. Monday at 502 Western Ave.; at 11:32 p.m. Monday at Franklin and Hanover streets; at 12:42 p.m. Tuesday at 35 Washington St.; at 12:54 p.m. Tuesday at Boston and Federal streets.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 12:44 a.m. Tuesday at 97 Broad St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 5:14 p.m. Monday on Lynnway.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 5:10 p.m. Monday at 9 Breed St.; at 7:33 p.m. Monday at 56 Bulfinch St.; at 8:22 p.m. Monday at 4 Adams St. Extension; at 8:42 p.m. Monday at 122 Chestnut St.; at 9:25 p.m. Monday at 119 Lewis St.; at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at 107 Hollingsworth St.; at 2:57 a.m. Tuesday on Federal Street; at 3:44 a.m. Tuesday at 121 Franklin St.; at 4:11 a.m. Tuesday at 104 Ocean St.; at 6:05 a.m. Tuesday at 8 Chase St.; at 7:29 a.m. Tuesday at 26 Essex Circle; at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday at 9 Trenton Terrace.

A report of a bomb threat at 4:01 a.m. Tuesday at 500 Lynnfield St.

Theft

A report of motor vehicle theft at 4:03 p.m. Monday at North Common and Park streets.

A report of a larceny at 4:18 p.m. Monday at 4 Mudge St.; at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 21 Beach Road.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 6:16 p.m. Monday at 106 Timson St.

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 5:37 a.m. Tuesday at Chatham Street and Williams Avenue.  

Police log: 3-14-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A woman reported at 5:43 p.m. Monday on Gerry Street she came into station to drop drugs in the destruction box and thought that she might have accidentally dropped her purse, license and credit cards in the box. She called back to report that she found the purse at home and didn’t drop it in the box.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:22 p.m. Monday at 494 Lowell St. and 2 Priscilla Lane; at 7:07 p.m. Monday at YMCA at 259 Lynnfield St.; at 8:45 p.m. Monday at Eastern Bank at 37 Foster St. A caller reported a car struck the building and a parked vehicle; at 12:36 a.m. Tuesday at 33 Martinack Ave.; at 10:03 a.m. Tuesday at 0 Laurine Road and 14 Lincoln Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:21 p.m. Monday at 1 Ian Circle; at 6:38 p.m. Monday at Sully’s Brand at 119 Foster St.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 3:32 p.m. Monday at 84 Goodale St. A caller reported his children were playing in the fenced in yard and a suspicious man was trying to get the kids to go over to the fence; at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday on Birney Street. A caller reported that two men in a blue Ford Ranger were removing a snowblower from a white box truck. Police reported the generator removed from the box truck was the property of the passenger in the Ford Ranger.

A report of a disturbance at 4:13 p.m. Monday at Extended Stay America at 200 Jubilee Drive; at 8:07 p.m. Monday at Northshore Mall at 210N Andover St.; at 2:03 a.m. Tuesday at 16 Crowninshield St.

Fire

A report of a structure fire at 7:53 p.m. Monday at City of Peabody at 50 Coolidge Ave. A pumping station on fire was reported.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 4:57 p.m. Monday at 12 Wheatland St. A woman walked into the station to report a stolen snowblower.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 10:08 a.m. Monday at 430 Paradise Road.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 10:46 p.m. Monday at 55 Lewis Road.

Todd reps Lynn in the ring

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Khiry Todd, a native of Lynn, is quickly building an impressive boxing career. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

The list of talented athletes who have made Lynn proud is a long one. Thanks to rising stars like Khiry Todd, that list continues to grow.

Todd, a Lynn native, is building an impressive professional boxing career. The 25-year-old welterweight made his professional debut in December. The result was a knockout victory that lasted just 42 seconds.

Two months later, Todd took part in his second professional bout. The result of that one? Another swift knockout victory, this time ending in one minute and 23 seconds.

At 2-0 with two impressive knockout wins, Todd’s career is quickly ascending.

“My career has been great,” Todd said. “I’ve been training since I was 12. I had about 40 amateur fights. I’ve been training, training and training, so this was a long time coming. I trained hard and it has showed in the ring.”

A Lynn English alum, Todd picked up an interest in boxing from watching bouts on television with his father. After watching Micky Ward, a fellow Massachusetts native, fight against Arturo Gatti, Todd found an inspiration.

“My dad always watched boxing at home,” Todd said. “I would always watch boxing fights with him at home. When I saw Micky Ward fight Arturo Gatti it made me realize that if Micky could do it, I could do it. Micky’s from Massachusetts, that’s where I’m from.”

In his pre-teen years, Todd began to follow his boxing dreams.

“I started boxing when I was 12,” Todd said.  “I played all different types of sports growing up but boxing stood out to me. It was all one-on-one and I just had to focus on myself.”

When he brought his talents to the professional ring, his aspirations took a major leap towards his goal of becoming a world champion. Along the way, Todd hopes to serve as a case study for young athletes in his community.

“It looks kind of far but my goal is to be a world champion,” Todd said. “It’s not impossible. Every world champion has two arms and two legs, just like me. I want to be an inspiration to the kids from Lynn, like me, that feel they have a shot.”

Todd’s career holds a promising future, but he didn’t get there without his fair share of sweat and dedication. Five days a week, Todd can be found working on his craft at the Bobby Tomasello Memorial Boxing Gym in Saugus.

The other two days of the week don’t go to waste. On the weekends, Todd focuses on his cardio regimen which consists of a daily 3-4 mile run.

“Cardio is very big,” Todd said. “Especially right now, I’m only fighting four rounds so I have to give everything I have and get it out in four rounds.”

His dedication in the ring has allowed Todd to build a special bond with his trainer, Joseph Ricciardi. The key to their relationship, Todd said, is the trust they share with each other.

“We have a good relationship,” Todd said. “He’s my trainer but he also gives me advice on the right fights to take. He lets me dictate what I want to do. I trust him, and that’s a big thing in boxing. I trust him and he trusts me, so we have a good relationship.”

Aside from Ward, Todd cites a handful of other boxing legends including Muhammad Ali, Arturo Gatti, Marvin Hagler and Mike Tyson as his inspirations. The boxing legend he feels most connected to, however, is Floyd Mayweather.

“I had the opportunity to go to two of Mayweather’s camps when he fought Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao,” Todd said. “It was a good opportunity to see him. To me, he’s my Muhammad Ali. To see that firsthand, I feel that gives me a little bit of an edge.”

Todd’s currently preparing for his next bout, which is set to take place in Rhode Island, at Twin River Casino on April 7. His opponent, Vincent Floyd (1-2-1), is a 28-year-old welterweight fighter from Philadelphia.

“My goal is to win by all means,” Todd said. “If he wants to box it, I can box it. As long as I can get the win, that’s all I’m concerned about. At the end of the day, this is my career. I have to make sure I get the win by all means.”

As he follows the footsteps of the long list of Lynn sports legends, Todd acknowledges the opportunity to represent his community in the ring is one he doesn’t take for granted.

“Representing Lynn definitely means something to me,” Todd said. “People call it ‘the city of sin’ but I call it the ‘city of win.’ I grew up in Lynn. I’m trying to show that there’s good that comes from this city and I’m also representing my family.”

 

Thousands without electricity during storm

NATIONAL GRID POWER OUTAGE MAP
This screenshot from National Grid shows the number of outages at approximately 4 p.m.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, there are 507 power outages across Massachusetts, affecting an estimated 38,144 customers, the National Grid power outage map says.

The outages come as a powerful nor’easter rages, threatening to dump more than a foot of snow in the North Shore area, with strong winds creating the potential of downed trees and power lines.

Across the North Shore area, the outages are in Lynn, Medford, Nahant, Saugus, and on the border of Revere, the map says. At 4 p.m., there appear to be about 1,700 customers affected in Lynn and 4,000 in Saugus. Check here for updates to the map.

To report a local power outage or downed wires, call National Grid at (1-800) 465-1212.

Nor’easter pounds Lynn Shore Drive

Harold J. Ring, 90

SAUGUS — Mr. Harold J. Ring, age 90, died at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Friday, March 10. He was the loving husband of Margaret E. (McGuire) Ring.

Born and raised in Wakefield, he lived in Lynn before moving to Saugus in 1957. He was the son of the late Harold and Laura (Pinto) Ring. He was a graduate of Wakefield High School and Bridgeton Academy. Mr. Ring was a graduate of Northeastern University and worked at Raytheon for 38 years. He loved to golf and bowl and was member of the American Legion and VFW. He was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran and Korean War U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Mr. Ring is survived by his two daughters; Ann Ring of Saugus, and Elizabeth Nassal and her husband Mark of Wakefield. He was the brother of Shirley Wasinor of Wakefield, and the late Arthur Ring, Lois Parr, Robert Ring, Theordore Berns. He is also survived by his grandchildren Troy and Eve.

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Fisher House at www.fisherhouseboston.org. or 1400 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132.

Service information: A memorial service will take place in the funeral home on Saturday, March 18, at noon in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave, Saugus. For directions and condolences BisbeePorcella.com.

Geraldine E. Haley, 103

SAUGUS — Miss Geraldine E. Haley, age 103, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on Thursday evening.

Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Saugus, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Bertha (Smith) Haley. She was a graduate of Boston Secretarial School and attended Emerson College. Miss Haley was a lifelong member of the Church of the Nazarene in Saugus. A field representative for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts for many years, she was a member of the BCBS Sterling Club retiring in 1979.

Miss Haley is survived by her nieces and nephews; Arnold Haley and his wife Norene of Maine, Cynthia Draper and her husband Lawrence of Florida, Judith Davidson and her husband Ronald of Maine, Phyllis Procter and her husband Lawrence of Marblehead, Nancy Sweet and her husband John of New Hampshire. Miss Haley was the sister of the late Paul Haley, Arnold Haley, Herbert Haley and Thelma Haley.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the Church of the Nazarene, 60 Essex Street, Saugus, MA 01906.

Service information: Visiting hours will be held in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Thursday 4-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday in the Church of the Nazarene, 60 Essex St., Saugus, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. For directions and condolences BisbeePorcella.com.

Lynn students punching away at fitness

PHOTO BY SCOTT EISEN
Aidi Domenech of Lynn Classical High School boxes at Title Boxing in Saugus.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SAUGUS — About 40 Lynn Classical High School students took a brief reprieve from classes on Monday to roll with the punches at Title Boxing Club.

The physical education/health students ranged from ninth- to 12th-graders, and from all different fitness levels. When they arrived at the gym in Saugus for their one-hour boxing class, the teenagers had their hands wrapped to prep for the punching bag.

Colleen Peterson, a PE/Health teacher at Classical, said she thought the class would be a hit because there’s interest in boxing at the school, and it’s becoming a trend.

“We do a lot of fitness-based curriculum in our PE classes, so I feel like this is going to really complement it,” Peterson said. “It’s really for lifetime fitness, them seeing this as teenagers, because not everyone that’s in PE right now is an athlete, so I feel like it’s really going to give them exposure to life after high school sports and keeping in shape.”

Peterson said she and the other PE teachers decided to put the idea out there and see if 50 kids would sign up. Forty signed up by the deadline last Friday. Title was doing the class for free, and students only had to pay for their hand wraps. The $10 sign-up fee included transportation by bus. Peterson said it was the first time she and the other PE teachers have done a field trip similar to the boxing class, and she was hoping to do it every semester if it went well.

“It gives them a great cross-training experience,” said Joan Wiendczak, a PE teacher. “We don’t want them to do the same exercise everyday because your body gets used to that. Enabling them to do something like this will cross-train them and use new muscles that perhaps they weren’t using before, and get them out and doing something that would interest them that they otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to.”

Goudreau keeps rockin’ in Swampscott

Wiendczak said the boxing class takes on all fitness levels. She said the whole idea was to get the students to move around and strengthen, so their fitness level continues to go up.

“I just thought it was interesting,” said Eric Lluveres, 18, a senior, about why he wanted to take the class. “I used to box before and I thought it was a good opportunity to get back into it.”

Eric Lopez, 18, a senior, said he came for the experience. He said he has boxed a little bit before, but nothing too serious.

When asked if it provided a nice break from the school day, he said, “It’s not every day you get to come to the gym like this and box.”

Senior Gilley Kabamba, 18, also thought the class would be interesting and was hoping to learn.

Junior Julie Mejia, 18, signed up because she thought the class looked exciting and to get a good workout.

Shakia Warner, 17, a junior, said she usually boxes at home.

“I box all the time with my dad, so I guess I just like boxing,” Warner said.

Lucky Henry, a fitness instructor at Title Boxing Club, said before the class that the students would be taken through a warm-up and then would be shown how to punch. They would engage in shadow boxing and would go through a full-body workout.

After eight rounds of punching and combinations, he said they would do 15 minutes of ab and core work. He said everything in boxing is generated through the core. Kicking, punching, all of it comes from balance, Henry added.

Henry said anyone can take the class.

“It’s not a competition with anybody,” he said. “It’s all based on yourself. What can you do with the amount of time you’re given?”


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

Police log: 3-14-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Edgar Flores, 44, of 45 Rock Ave., was arrested on a courtesy booking at 11:17 a.m. Sunday.

Santiago Macario, 54, of 30 High St., was arrested on a courtesy booking at 1:32 p.m. Sunday.

Mario Moreno-Maldonado, 35, of 357 Boston St., was arrested on a courtesy booking at 10:59 a.m. Sunday.

Juan Osorio, 33, of 61 Watts St., Chelsea, was arrested and charged with drug possession with intent to distribute at 10:43 a.m. Monday.

Ernesto Yoc, 27, of 122 Chestnut St., was arrested and charged with malicious wanton property defacement at 4:31 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 10:32 a.m. Sunday at 357 Lynnfield St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:10 p.m. Sunday at 173 Oxford St.; at 5:06 p.m. Sunday at Blakeley and Wilfred streets; at 6:58 p.m. Sunday at Boston and Hamilton streets; at 10:44 p.m. Sunday at 1 Ashton Square; at 7:50 a.m. Monday at 421 Essex St.; at 8:03 a.m. Monday at 127 Bellevue Road; at 10:44 a.m. Monday at Lynn Community Health Center at 269 Union St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:06 a.m. Monday at Victory Road and Western Avenue; at 7:47 a.m. Monday at 421 Essex St.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 12:22 p.m. Sunday at 61 N Federal St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 10:53 a.m. Sunday at 15 Avon St.; at 12:23 p.m. Sunday at 24 Surfside Road; at 2:23 p.m. Sunday at 500 Essex St.; at 2:43 p.m. Sunday at 375 Boston St.; at 4:28 p.m. Sunday at 11 La Grange Terrace; at 4:40 p.m. Sunday at 48 Tucker St.; at 9:50 p.m. Sunday at 20 Pond St.; at 11:56 p.m. Sunday at 25 Magner Road; at 12:55 a.m. Monday at 24 Range Heights Road; at 1:30 a.m. Monday at 41 Light St.; at 3:52 a.m. Monday at 122 Chestnut St.; at 9:54 a.m. Monday at 100 Newhall St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 95 Tremont St.; at 12:09 p.m. Monday at 25 Hamilton Ave.; at 1:37 p.m. Monday at 53 Baldwin St.

A report of a robbery at 11:02 a.m. Monday at Franklin and Hanover streets.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 12:18 p.m. Monday at 7 Chase St.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 10:55 a.m. Sunday at 27 Baker St.; at 5:07 p.m. Sunday at 829 Summer St.; at 9:17 p.m. Sunday at 11 Howard St.

Police log: 3-13-2017


LYNNFIELD

Arrests

Brandon Reynolds, 25, of 35 Hillside Ave., Swampscott, was arrested and charged with Class A drug possession and Class E drug possession at 3:08 p.m. Friday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:49 p.m. Friday at 100 Market St. and 425 Walnut St.; at 4:46 p.m. Saturday at White House Black Market at 1315 Market St.

Complaints

A report of a suspicious person at 5:30 p.m. Friday at 215 Chestnut St. and 1 Bridal Path. A caller reported three kids running down the street, with one possibly carrying a weapon. Police spoke with the youths at their home and reported they had an airsoft gun.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 9:44 p.m. Friday at Fat Biscuit at 335 Market St. A wallet was taken.


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A caller reported at 8:24 a.m. Sunday on Chestnut Street that he had just woken up and noticed a man he didn’t know sleeping in his guest room. He attempted to wake the man up, but he wasn’t responding and was afraid the situation would escalate.

A report of a sparking wire at 7:36 p.m. Sunday on Buena Vista Road.

A tow driver reported at 8:33 p.m. Sunday on Manataug Trail that when the vehicle was in the process of being towed, the owner came out and yelled “wait, wait, I’ll do anything to keep the vehicle,” and proceed to “jump in the car and take off.” The driver stated it appeared that there were children in the house and wasn’t sure if there was anyone else home. A well-being check for the children was requested. The vehicle was later reported to be back at the residence with the home also in the house.

A report of a strobe light at 6:46 a.m. Monday on Atlantic Avenue. A caller reported he saw a strobe light flashing at the community center on Atlantic Avenue and was unsure as to the location. He didn’t think it was the Jewish Community Center. Police reported alarms have been frequent lately.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:22 p.m. Sunday on Andover Street.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:09 p.m. Sunday at 32 Chestnut St. A man reported his tenant crushed his gutter pipe; at 10:07 a.m. Monday at Stop & Shop Supermarket at 19 Howley St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 3:28 p.m. Sunday on Crowninshield Street. A caller reported she was assaulted by another female.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 12:44 p.m. Monday at 19 Farm Ave. Police reported the back door was pried open and a LG 50 inch TV was taken from the residence.

Complaints

A caller reported a car on the curb with a flat tire that was running with a man slumped over the wheel for more than half an hour at 2:56 p.m. Sunday at Holiday Inn at 1 Newbury St. Robert A. Tagliamonte, 24, of 180 Newbury St., Danvers, was summoned for OUI drugs.

A report of a disturbance at 9:36 p.m. Sunday at McDonald’s at 133 Main St.; at 1:28 a.m. Monday at Portuguese-American War Veterans at 103 Tremont St. Two bartenders fighting was reported. Police reported it was a disagreement between them.

A report of graffiti at 9:44 a.m. Monday at New England Meat Market at 62 Walnut St. An employee reported “RIP Mark Greenlaw” was spray painted along the side of the building. Greenlaw was one of the victims of the recent double homicide in the city.

Fire

A report of a structure fire at 12:50 a.m. Monday at 63 Tracey St. DPW was notified that water was running down Tracey Street to Tracey and Walnut. DPW responded with a sander. The fire department reported the fire was knocked down. Police reported the residents refused medical treatment and would stay at 66 Tracey St. for the night.


REVERE

Arrests

Mandjedje Burgo, 28, of 25 Waverly St., Lynn, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for a police officer while operating a motor vehicle and Class D drug possession with intent to distribute at 2:09 a.m. Saturday.

Gregg A. Lacedra, 47, of 118 Pearl Ave., was arrested and charged with assault and battery and strangulation/suffocation at 4:22 a.m. Sunday.

Julian Esteban Mesa-Franco, 31, of 12 Warren St., was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, leaving an accident scene after property damage and negligent operation of a motor vehicle at 3:27 a.m. Sunday.

Nestor Rivera, 31, of 242 Lantern Road, Apt. 33, was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession with intent to distribute and heroin/morphine/opium trafficking at 10:51 a.m. Friday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 7:58 a.m. Friday on Revere Street.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:23 p.m. Friday at Susan B Anthony School on Newhall Street; at 5:33 p.m. Friday on Salem Street; at 5:39 p.m. Friday on Fenwick Street; at 7:01 p.m. Friday on Salem Street; at 9:56 p.m. Friday on Broadway; at 10:36 p.m. Friday on School Street; at 11:18 p.m. Friday at Tedeschi Food Shops on Beach Street. Vinicius Matioli, 28, of 89 Dale St., Apt. 2B, was summoned for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; at 10:25 a.m. Saturday at Vivien Street and Proctor Avenue; at 1:51 p.m. Saturday on Brown Circle; at 6:31 p.m. Saturday at Bridge Pizzeria on Washington Avenue; at 3:27 a.m. Saturday at Revere Beach Parkway and Harris Street. Julian Esteban Mesa-Franco, 31, was arrested for motor vehicle violations; at 9:08 a.m. Sunday at Dunkin’ Donuts on Squire Road; at 10:08 a.m.  Sunday at Blanchard’s Liquors on American Legion Highway; at 10:21 a.m. Sunday on Copeland Circle; at 1:55 p.m. Sunday at Pretzel Time on Squire Road; at 5:56 p.m. Sunday at Broadway and Mountain Avenue.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 11:34 p.m. Friday at Showcase Cinemas on Squire Road.

A report of a breaking and entering at 6 p.m. Sunday on Beach Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:02 a.m. Friday at BK’s Bar & Grille on Ocean Avenue; at 11:32 a.m. Friday at Market Basket on Squire Road; at 12:09 a.m. Saturday on Derby Road; at 2:03 a.m. Saturday at BK’s Bar & Grille on Ocean Avenue; at 5:38 p.m. Saturday on Lechmere Street; at 5:51 p.m. Saturday at Dunkin’ Donuts on American Legion Highway; at 8:40 p.m. Saturday at Rumney and Core roads; at 11:57 p.m. Saturday on Glover Drive; at 7:54 p.m. Sunday on Joey Road; at 10:12 p.m. Sunday on Malden Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 11:21 a.m. Friday on Nahant Avenue.

A report of a larceny to a motor vehicle at 11:27 a.m. Friday at Hampton Inn Revere on Lee Burbank Highway; at 5:08 p.m. Saturday at Slades Mill on Revere Beach Parkway.

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 11:37 p.m. Saturday on Carleton Street.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 12:05 p.m. Sunday at Li-Jo Apartments on Revere Beach Parkway.


SAUGUS

Arrests

Megan G. Elwell, of 43R Rockwell St., Malden, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property at 12:27 p.m. Saturday.

Jazman Danyelle Evans, of 325 Quincy St. Apt. 2, Dorchester, was arrested on warrants at 12:36 p.m. Saturday.

Saulo Enrique Gonzalez, of 39 Rockaway St., Apt. 1, Lynn, was arrested and charged with two counts of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, headlight/wiper law, failure to drive in right lane, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, uninsured motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended registration at 1:43 p.m. Friday.

Pedro Lopez, of 17 Highland Ave., Apt. 2, Lynn, was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding at 1:27 a.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:36 a.m. Friday at YMCA at 298 Main St.; at 6:11 p.m. Sunday at Cliftondale Liquors at 7 Essex St.  

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 2:47 p.m. Friday at Public Safety Building at 27 Hamilton St. A woman came into the station to report she had been involved in a motor vehicle collision on Route 1 South on the ramp from Main Street, and was rear-ended. She reported her passenger, a man, had suffered injuries from the collision and was complaining of head and neck pain in the lobby. The man was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital; at 5:49 p.m. Friday at J. Pace and Sons at 190 Main St. A two-car accident was reported. One person was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital; at 9 a.m. Saturday at 285 Main St. and 172 Lynn Fells Parkway; at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 14 Winter St. One person was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:05 p.m. Saturday at 166 Walnut St. A caller reported she was side swiped on Walnut Street before taking the Route 1 South on-ramp by a green SUV passing on the right. The vehicle reportedly fled the scene.

A report of a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle at 6:20 p.m. Saturday at Petrie’s Flower & Plant Shoppe at 409 Lynn Fells Parkway. Police reported a man was struck and was alert and breathing. He was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital for minor injuries.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 2:56 p.m. Friday at 4 Blueridge Ave. A caller reported the window to her vehicle was broken and her purse was taken. Police reported the purse contained various credit cards, an ID and cash; at 10:08 a.m. Saturday at 20 Columbus Ave. A woman walked into the station to report her car was broken into the previous night and her daughter’s purse was taken; at 4:41 p.m. Sunday at 10 Fabens St. A caller reported her vehicle was ransacked. Nothing was taken, but all of the compartments had been rummaged through; at 11:05 p.m. Sunday at Chestnut Woods at 73 Chestnut St. A caller reported her purse was taken from her vehicle.

A report of a breaking and entering at 7:36 p.m. Sunday at 27 Newhall Ave. A caller reported his home was broken into while he was away. He further stated he had already been through the home and nobody was there.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 1:38 a.m. Friday on Clifton Avenue. A caller reported hearing his back door slam and his dog barking wildly. He thought someone broke into his house. Police searched the house and found no one inside, with no signs of forced entry; at 11:15 p.m. Saturday at Saugus-Everett Lodge of Elks at 401 Main St. A caller reported seeing a few youths jump the fence onto the field and possibly take something. He then saw them get into a vehicle.

A report of a forgery at 12:53 p.m. Friday at Webster First Federal Credit Union at 448 Lincoln Ave. Police reported Eddie Portelle attempted to pass a forged check, but left the scene. The check was recovered. Police are seeking a warrant for the man’s arrest.

A report of a suspicious motor vehicle at 5:23 p.m. Friday on Lincoln Avenue. A caller reported a vehicle struck a taxi cab on the Revere/Saugus line and continued into Revere. The caller further stated the driver struck more cars in Revere. Police checked the area for the taxi cab and for any vehicles that may have been struck and the area was clear.

A report of a disturbance at 8:20 p.m. Friday at 1201 Broadway; at 9:40 p.m. Saturday at Roller World at 425 Broadway. A group of three to four males were arguing in the building and then out in the parking lot. Police reporting dispersing the group from the parking lot; at 9:58 p.m. Sunday at 2435 Founders Way. A caller reported loud noises and power tools coming from the unit above her. Police reported speaking with the neighbor and the resident was advised on town bylaws and also about using power tools late at night.

A caller reported at 2:01 p.m. Saturday at LA Fitness at 1450 Broadway that a dog was locked inside a vehicle that was not running and appeared to be in distress. Police reported speaking with the driver and told her that it was improper to keep an animal locked in a vehicle in these conditions.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 2:34 p.m. Friday at Target at 400 Lynn Fells Parkway. Loss Prevention reported a series of larcenies at their Target and Marshalls stores in Saugus.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 4:30 a.m. Monday at 47 Gates Road.

Storm postponements, cancellations

ITEM FILE PHOTO

Washington Street was clear of vehicles in Lynn during a snow storm.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

A parking ban in Lynn will begin at midnight tonight and all Lynn Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, according to the city’s website.

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

All cars will be 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 Tuesday. Collection will run on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week.

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

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.

An emergency parking ban will go into effect in Peabody at 3 a.m. on Tuesday. 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, alternate parking options may be made available. For more information, contact 978-538-6312.

Peabody Public Schools, City Hall and other municipal offices will be closed Tuesday.

Saugus will  have a parking ban, effective Tuesday 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.

Saugus Public Schools will be closed.

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 canceled on Tuesday in Saugus. Collection will then 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 also cancelled in Marblehead, Peabody, Swampscott and Lynnfield on Tuesday. 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 annually. 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 will be closed.

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

Swampscott Public Schools and Swampscott Town Hall will be closed Tuesday.  A parking ban will last from for 24 hours, beginning at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, according to Department of Public Works director Gino Cresta.

 

Check back with itemlive.com for updates.

 

Malden hopeful for new recovery center

By STEVE FREKER

MALDEN — When someone struggling with opioid addiction checks out of a detox or rehabilitation facility, their options can be limited to, “what next?”

Many return to the situation they were in before they sought detox or rehab. The cycle often continues, according to Paul Hammersley, president of Malden Overcoming Addiction (MOA).

That is why MOA is pushing for the creation of a recovery center  that could potentially serve as a hub for recovering addicts in communities across the region.

“There’s a recovery center in South Boston and there’s another one in Lawrence; that’s it,” Hammersley said. “There is just nowhere else for people to go for guidance, counseling or assistance directly related to getting their lives back together.”

Let the transformation begin in Malden

MOA officials say there are many communities the Malden recovery center could assist, including Everett, Lynn, Medford, Melrose, Revere, Saugus, Somerville and others in Greater Boston and the North Shore.

Local and state officials strongly back the potential for a recovery center in Malden, Hammersley said. Malden Mayor Gary Christenson has been a steady supporter at every step so far, he said.

State Sen. Jason Lewis and the Malden House delegations of Reps. Paul Donato, Steve Ultrino and Paul Brodeur have also endorsed the proposal, Hammersley said.

Lewis has joined with the Malden legislative delegation to lobby for a state budget inclusion of $1.5 million to provide funding for several of these centers in the region. Funding would come from the state Department of Public Health.

“It is still very, very early in the process, but we are very excited with the strong support we have gotten initially,” Hammersley said, adding that a 5,000-square-foot site has already been identified in Malden. The recovery center would be named the Bridge Recovery Center.

“This would not be just a meeting place and would have no residential aspect,” Hammersley said. “It would be an active, multifaceted hub where people in recovery could get services that could help them in the process.”  

Hammersley said he and other officials, including Christenson, Donato, and Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis toured the Devine Recovery Center in South Boston as part of the planning. They were impressed with the vibrant, upbeat atmosphere, Hammersley said.

“We got there at 11 o’clock in the morning and over 50 people had already signed in; that tells you the need for these types of services,” he said.

Hammersley also said the recovery center would be a natural base for the 30 recovery coaches MOA expects to have trained by the end of April. They would be on site and could be called in when needed, he said.

Hammersley also said that MOA has worked to establish support partnerships with local health and service agencies such as Cambridge Health Alliance, the Malden YMCA and others to serve as links to a future recovery center.

“It is still very early and too soon to tell if this can be a reality,” he said. “But we can really help people and save lives if this comes here.”

Police log: 3-11-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Misael DeLeon, 21, of 61 Elm St. was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, a marked lanes violation and reckless operation of a motor vehicle on Friday at 9:14 a.m.

Calvin Ebieshuwa, 23, of 36 Flint St., was arrested on a series of charges including carrying a loaded firearm, conspiracy, breaking and entering, attempt to commit a crime, operation of a an uninsured and unregistered motor vehicle and with a suspended license, at 6:32 a.m. Friday.

Taryn Martinez, of 706 Summer St., was arrested at 3:03 a.m. Friday, for larceny over $250 and receiving stolen property.

Heather Vergobbe, 38, of 17 Hillside Dr., Cohasset, was arrested on Thursday at 4:57 p.m. for shoplifting and possession of a Class B substance.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:37 p.m. Thursday at 54 Clovelly St.; at 4:56 p.m. Thursday at 145 Curwin Circle; at 6:18 p.m. Thursday at 145 Lynn Shore Drive; at 7:29 p.m. Thursday at Franklin Street and Western Avenue.; at 11:13 p.m. Thursday on Buffum Street.; on Friday at 8:28 a.m. on Franklin Street.; at 11:43 a.m. Friday at Hanover and Whittier streets.

Complaints

A report of a noise at 11:21 a.m. Friday at 19 Salem St., Apt. 1.; a report of a disturbance on Friday at 1:14 a.m. Friday at 50 Western Ave.; at 3 Kingsley Terrace Apt. 7 on Friday at 1:33  a.m.; at 126 Henry Ave. Friday at 2:36 a.m.;report of noise at 35 Fearless Ave., second floor, at 3:01 a.m. Friday.

Police log: 3-10-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Trees and Wires Down

Reports of branches down at Tedesco Street and Miles Standish Roads on Thursday at 10:56 a.m.; report of a tree down on house on Dean Road Thursday at 10:59 a.m. Reports of tree branches down on Thursday at 1:40 p.m. on Tedesco Street.  

Suspicious Activity

Female caller reported a scam call on Thursday at 5:50 p.m. on Creesy Street from a person claiming to be from U.S. Financial. Caller had an accent and made several vulgar comments. The phone number that made the call, 510-246-8283, does not receive incoming calls.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a car into a tree at 21 Emily Lane on Friday at 12:11 a.m.,  party refused medical attention, vehicle towed  Resident at 63 Goodale St., reports hearing a noise and finding a fire hydrant and mailbox damaged in front of their home. Fire and Water departments notified; Hit and run motor vehicle accident at 6:50 a.m. Thursday at Mobile Estates at 286 Newbury St., Apt. 71. Resident reports damage to grass and a flagpole from vehicle; Motor vehicle accident on Thursday at 9:16 a.m. at American Red Cross at 85 Lowell St. The officer spoke with the reporting party and learned the accident occurred outside the city. Officer said he will attempt to assist with exchange of information; Accident at 19 Caller St. at 9:31 a.m. Thursday. Caller said a vehicle struck her call and tried to leave the scene. Caller said she tried to stand in front of the car to prevent the person from leaving. Police arrive, papers exchanged, all clear.

Animal Control

Caller reported finding a tan, female Shih Tzu running loose on Washington Street on Thursday at 2:55 p.m. Caller took dog home and will take to the Borash Veterinary Clinic. Staff notified by police.

Complaints

On Thursday 8:29 p.m. at 4 Aberdeen St., caller reports a dispute over audio-visual equipment and requests assistance. Caller also reported the resident owns an angry pitbull.


REVERE

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:30 a.m. Thursday on Highland Street.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity on Wednesday at 11:35 p.m. at Ocean Avenue; on Wednesday 11:47 p.m. at the Revere Housing Authority; At CVS Pharmacy on Squire Road on Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.; At Cooledge Street at 1:16 a.m. Thursday.


SAUGUS

Well Being Check

A caller reported a man passed out behind the wheel of a black Toyota at Kelly’s Roast Beef on 595 Broadway on Wednesday at 11:40 p.m.   

 

Something sweet in Saugus

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Breakheart Reservation Park Supervisor John Aziz and Ranger Mike Bruce use a two-man saw.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Breakheart Reservation is carrying on one of the state’s sweetest traditions for the month of March.

On Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers at the state park will begin offering maple sugaring demonstrations to the public with an annual event that draws in crowds of about 500 people.

Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker declared March to be Massachusetts Maple Month in an effort to support the state’s maple producers and encourage residents to purchase locally-produced maple products.

“I am proud to recognize Massachusetts’ long-standing tradition of declaring March ‘Maple Month’ and encourage all residents and visitors to support our local maple syrup producers by purchasing Massachusetts maple products from one of the Commonwealth’s 300 maple producers,” Baker said in a statement.

Maple sugaring seasons lasts only as long as the days are warm and the nights are cold, but last year, more than 77,000 gallons of syrup was produced by about 300 producers in the maple sugaring industry.  Maple producers’ sales each year contribute more than $6 million to the Commonwealth’s economy. More than 1,000 workers are employed by the industry.

Saugus TV animated by Telly Award win

At the event, guests will learn about the different phases of the process. They’ll  watch as wood is chopped with an ax and cut with a two-person saw, the trees tapped. They will visit the sugar shack, a small building where the sap is evaporated to create syrup.

The trees are tapped on the south side of the trunk, where they receive more sunlight and more sap is likely to drip. At the time it’s collected, the sap is 96 to 98 percent water, and between 2 and 4 percent sugar. In syrup form, it’s 66 percent sugar.

Storyteller John Porcino will perform at the amphitheatre at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. The Department of Conservation and Recreation Mounted Unit will be on site from 10 a.m. to noon. Guests can also gather around a campfire and toast marshmallows.

Pancakes with a sample of syrup will be served for free but a $5 donation will be requested to benefit The Friends of Breakheart and future programs. Wholefoods Melrose will also attend with healthy waffles as an alternative.

Schools in Lynn, Revere, Saugus, Wakefield, Everett, Melrose, Malden and Stoneham will take advantage of the special hour-and-15-minute long school program the following week.

The children will tour the property, following the process of creating maple sugaring from start to finish, then gather in the Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center to sample maple syrup on french toast sticks and popcorn.

“I think Breakheart is such a valuable resource in our area,” said Visitor Services Supervisor Gillian Badwan. “There are a lot of towns that don’t have something like this. A lot of people of people call it a hidden gem.”

Park Supervisor Anthony Guthro said the free school program has been offered since 1988. The Lynnhurst Elementary School was the first to attend and has continued booking the field trip every year since.

The Friends of Breakheart will be selling maple syrup and maple candy. Proceeds will help the Friends and DCR continue to offer free programs to Massachusetts residents.


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

Police log: 3-10-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Joshua Miles, 18, of 83 Bow Ridge Road, was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license at 7:41 p.m. Wednesday.

Bunly Phok was arrested on a warrant charge of armed robbery at 8:18 p.m. Wednesday.

Wilfredo Sanchez, 46, of 45 Thistle St., was arrested and charged with malicious wanton property defacement and on warrant charges of four counts of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, OUI drugs, number plate violation to conceal, unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle/trailer, motor vehicle not meeting safety standards, no inspection/sticker and motorcycle equipment violation at 7:53 p.m. Wednesday.

Emmett Smith, 57, of 514 Western Ave., was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and OUI liquor at 9:46 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:19 p.m. Wednesday on Alley Street; at 2:33 p.m. Wednesday at 353 Essex St.; at 6:14 p.m. Wednesday at 235 Parkland Ave.; at 6:26 p.m. Wednesday at 50 Goodridge St.; at 6:39 p.m. Wednesday at 344 Chatham St.; at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday at 680 Western Ave.; at 6:25 a.m. Thursday on Commercial Street; at 8:34 a.m. Thursday at 11 Circle Ave.; at 9:55 a.m. Thursday at 180 Essex St.; at 1:27 p.m. Thursday at Chatham and Marianna streets.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 12:49 p.m. Thursday at 560 Summer St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 9:35 a.m. Thursday on Pleasant Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 4:24 p.m. Wednesday at 79 Park St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 6:16 p.m. Wednesday at 40 Broad St.; at 8:05 p.m. Wednesday at 113 Rockaway St.; at 8:39 p.m. Wednesday at 130 Chatham St.; at 6 a.m. Thursday at 30 Franklin St.; at 6:25 a.m. Thursday at 30 Franklin St.; at 8:03 a.m. Thursday at 58 Atlantic St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 2:52 p.m. Wednesday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 116 Lewis St.; at 3:23 p.m. Wednesday at 20 Heath’s Court; at 11:33 a.m. Thursday at 55 Casco Road.

Police log: 3-9-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of a man trying door handles at 9:57 a.m. Wednesday on Devereux Street. A caller reported a man trying car doors. The suspect was described as in his 30’s, with a beard, on a half-spray painted mountain bike.

A caller reported at 1:43 p.m. Wednesday on Harbor View Lane that the neighbors’ kids ride go-karts in the roadway and it creates a disturbance for her and the dogs in the area. She stated she has spoken to the parents of the kids twice, and will speak to them once more before contacting police. She stated she was trying to be sensitive and not involve the police, but that doesn’t seem to be working so far.

A report of suspicious activity at 4:39 p.m. Wednesday on Lime Street. A caller reported being concerned about an elderly woman by the turn-around, who may have dementia, as she was talking about owning the farm and rebuilding.

A caller reported at 6:36 p.m. Wednesday on Pleasant Street that he was throwing a bottle in the dumpster at the school and a custodian came out, accusing him of dumping drugs and alcohol. Police reported it was a misunderstanding as the caller was dumping bottles and empty chew.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 8:13 a.m. Wednesday on Humphrey Street.


PEABODY

Arrests

Leroy Scott, 27, of 149 Beach 92nd St., Queens, New York, was arrested and charged with six counts of credit card fraud, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer at 3:23 p.m. Wednesday.

Federico Lopez, 23, was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 12:12 p.m. Thursday.

Kristen M. Williams, 31, of 107 Lynn St., Apt. 1, was arrested on a warrant at 9:06 a.m. Thursday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:53 a.m. Thursday at 154 Lowell St. A 13-year-old was taken to North Shore Children’s Hospital; at 12 p.m. Thursday at Tedeschi Food Shops at 115 Main St.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at Access Peabody at 4 First Ave. A vending machine was reported vandalized. Police reported the machine was broken into and items were removed.

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 11:56 a.m. Thursday at 64 Walsh Ave.

Fire

A report of a car fire at 8:22 p.m. Wednesday at 12R Holten St. A caller reported the car fire was in the driveway next to the house and other cars. Peabody Fire Department extinguished the fire. The car was towed.

Theft

A report of three stolen bikes at 11:38 a.m. Thursday at 19 Trask Road.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 10:26 a.m. Thursday at 19 Swampscott Ave. Police received a report of a tree branch that fell on a car.


REVERE

Arrests

Joseph Daniel Dulcetta, 32, of 4 Jordan St., Apt. 1, was arrested on a warrant at 6:23 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 2:13 p.m. Wednesday on North Shore Road.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Ward Street and Broadway; at 7:53 p.m. Wednesday at North Shore Road and Oak Island Street. Jude C. Odimegwu, 60, of 109 Selwyn Road, Randolph, was summoned for uninsured motor vehicle.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:11 a.m. Wednesday on Suffolk Avenue; at 12:28 a.m. Wednesday at Caruso Northgate Apartments on Lantern Road; at 9:12 a.m. Wednesday on Beach Street; at 11:33 a.m. Wednesday at Market Basket on Squire Road; at 6:14 p.m. Wednesday at 7-Eleven on North Shore Road; at 10:16 p.m. Wednesday at Caruso Northgate Apartments on Lantern Road.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 11:56 a.m. Wednesday on Woodland Road; at 1:27 p.m. Wednesday at Planet Fitness on Charger Street; at 2:58 p.m. Wednesday at Stop & Shop on Squire Road.

A report of a larceny at 9:14 p.m. Wednesday on Sumner Street.

A report of a larceny from a motor vehicle at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday at Comfort Inn & Suites on American Legion Highway.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 7:58 a.m. Wednesday on American Legion Highway.


SAUGUS

Arrests

Daniel G. Traina, of 7 Beachland Ave., was arrested and charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle at 3:14 a.m. Thursday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 6:33 a.m. Wednesday at Chestnut Street and Lincoln Avenue. One person was taken to Union Hospital.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:07 p.m. Wednesday at 380 Lincoln Ave.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday at 523 Walnut St.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 9:22 a.m. Wednesday at 34 Myrtle St. Police reported an open door, but that the building appeared secure.

A report of a disturbance at 4:18 p.m. Wednesday at 20 Newhall Ave. A caller reported a road rage incident with a woman.

Fire

A report of an outside fire at 6:53 p.m. Wednesday at 59 Denver St. A caller reported some youths having an outside fire behind the building. Police reported the fire was extinguished and an area search was negative.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday at 244 Humphrey St.; at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday at Burrill and Humphrey streets.

Experienced Crusaders face a tall task in Amesbury

FILE PHOTO
Jaxson Nadeau and the Fenwick Crusaders will clash against Amesbury, the top seed, in the Division 3 North final. 

By ANNE MARIE TOBIN

The Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team’s march toward another state title continues tomorrow at Wakefield where the Crusaders will play top-seeded Amesbury for what they hope will be another Division 3 North title.

Much as was the case in the Crusader’s opening round game against Saugus, the game pits Fenwick’s pedigree against Amesbury’s inexperience. The game will also be an opportunity for the Indians to even the score, having  been routed by Fenwick in last year’s quarterfinals, 69-32.

“They are a well-balanced team very similar to us, but they have some players who can get to the hoop, a good post player and some girls who can shoot,” Fenwick head coach Adam DeBaggis said.  “But all we have focused on is doing our thing as opposed to thinking too much about them.”

The Crusaders have a wealth of playoff experience, having played for a north title the last three years.  They also made  it to the semi-finals when the current seniors were freshmen, losing in a rout to CCL rival St. Mary’s.

With 13 tournament games, including three appearances in the north championship game, the Crusaders have been there, and done that.

Amesbury, on the other hand, comes into the game as an upstart.  The Indians stand at 20-1 and are riding a 12 game win streak.  Their only loss was to Pentucket, way back on Jan. 20, in a 40-37 game.

Over the last four years, the Indians have been to the playoffs in each of the last two years under second-year coach Matt Willis, who inherited a sub-500 squad but turned things around last season.

The Indians are led by their point guard, Maddie Napoli, two-time Cape Ann League Baker Division Player of the Year.  Other threats include CAL First Team all-stars, guards Meaghan Reid and Abigail Sartori, and all-star center Flannery O’Connor.  

Napoli, along with Sartori and Julia Montague,  is a triple-triple threat.  Sartori, was the difference maker in the Indians’ first round 48-34 win over North Reading.  She broke the game wide open in the second half, knocking down three straights threes, and also hit three key treys in the Indians’ come-from-behind win semifinal win over St. Mary’s.

O’Connor, a sophomore, is a force down low, can drive and brings height to the table, while Napoli’s sister, Allison, a freshman, is also a double-double threat.

Another key player is senior Mikayla Porcaro, who played a key role last year for the Crusaders before transferring to Amesbury.

The Crusaders are led by captain Sam Mancinelli.  Mancinelli earned CCL First Team all-star honors this season and is Fenwick’s field general.  Only 5’2”, she is the leading scorer on the team with an average of 12.6 points per game and is the team’s best 3-point shooter.  She also is second on the team in rebounding (6.2 rpg), behind junior Jennie Meagher, who averages a team-best 8.6 rebounds and also leads the team in blocked shots.  In two tournament games, Mancinelli has averaged 14 points per game.

“She is everything you want in a player and person from a coach’s view, as close to perfect as you can get,” De Baggis said.  “I could tell her she is the greatest player ever and she would still be humble.”

Sophomore Jaxson Nadeau, also a CCL First Team all-star,  is  averaging 11.8 points ppg and leads the team in steals (3.2 spg).  She is averaging a team-high 16 ppg in the tournament.

Other key players for Fenwick include Fredi DiGuglielmo, Sammi Gallant and Sam Gulla.

Fenwick has a new-found depth and is getting key contributions from several bench players who have stepped up.

Courtney Norton, who while playing in only 12 games this season, has been a force in the tournament, is averaging eight points per game.

“Courtney can score, she has a good touch and had a huge game against Saugus,” DeBaggis said.  “She hit two threes in the blink of an eye when we were struggling to score, and has played her way to significant minutes.  She has become a real spark for this team coming off the bench, like Fredi did for us last year.

Camille Tache’ is a tough kid who stepped in as a starter midway through the season with Sam Gulla when we needed more leadership, and Liv DiPietro, Elizabeth Pica and Mary O’Brien give us depth at rebounding.  Sammi Gallant is a good shooter and is a budding leader as only a sophomore.

“Both teams are different from last year, and it will all come down to who steps up.”

Tomorrow’s tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

 

Saugus TV animated by Telly Award win

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Michelle Madar and John Prudent won a bronze medal at the 38th Annual Telly Awards for a stop-motion animation.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — A miniature two-dimensional version of Saugus and a technique that dates back more than a century helped Saugus TV score a bronze medal in a national competition.

Saugus TV, which is operated and overseen by Saugus Community Television, Inc., took third place in the Public Interest and Awareness category in the 38th Annual Telly Awards for its two-minute, stop-motion animation “Saugus TV Stop-Motion Promo.”

Stop-motion animation is a technique in which items are slowly moved in tiny increments while being photographed continuously. When the photographs are flipped quickly, it creates the illusion the items are moving on their own.

The style dates back to the late 1800s. In 1897, director and producer J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith created “The Humpty Dumpty Circus,” an animated short film using stop-motion animation.

Saugus TV’s winning video follows a cardboard figure as she travels home, turns on the TV and watches actual footage of the network’s programing, including Teen TV Workshop, a wrestling program and a talk show. The girl is impressed with what she sees and decides to drive to Saugus TV’s headquarters to get involved.

Executive Director Bryan Nadeau said a second part to the series is in the works.

The piece was produced by Michelle Madar and John Prudent to serve as a public service announcement for the station, encouraging residents with great ideas to use the public access station to make those ideas come to life.

“Hopefully it brings awareness to the town that anyone can produce something special,” Madar said.

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Madar, a graduate of the New England Institute of Art’s digital film and video production program, said her interest in the field wasn’t realized until she, literally, walked into the wrong classroom.

As a freshman in high school, her class was instructed to join a different classroom in the teacher’s absence. She chose the video production class solely to spend time with a friend.

“I went there and I fell in love,” she said. “I ended up taking four years of video production and I created the first annual film festival for the school.”

She was reminded of how exposing children and teenagers to videography can help inspire them when she attended a conference in Boston called Alliance for Community Media.

“I got the idea that I wanted to get youth more involved with stop-motion,” she said. “I experimented for a little while by myself to see if this was something I could do. Then we started out. We made a mini world of Saugus.”

Prudent, who has a degree in art from Salem State University, said he had always wanted to create a stop-motion animation but hadn’t had the opportunity.

The pair hopes to offer a summer program to teenagers this year to teach them about clay-mation, two-dimensional animation and pixilation. Then they’ll explore editing with Final Cut X and putting the videos together.

“Now we can say we’re an award-winning station,” Madar said. “Hopefully they’ll come see us.”

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs. Entries are judged by a panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a winner of the award.

Fewer than 10 percent of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly, the highest award, and about 25 percent receive the Bronze Telly.


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

Police log: 3-9-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Phyllis Danieli, of 30 Franklin St., was arrested on a warrant charge of shoplifting by asportation at 3:03 p.m. Wednesday.

Marc Grogan, 25, of 70 Granite St., was arrested and charged with malicious damage to a motor vehicle at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday.

John McHale, 51, of 770 Mass Ave., Cambridge, was arrested on a courtesy booking at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Jose Minaya, 56, of 137 Alley St., was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of property damage, failure to stop for police and number plate violation at 2:57 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at Zimman’s at 80 Market St.; at 8:19 p.m. Tuesday at Allen Avenue and Cook Street; at 7:31 a.m. Wednesday at 330 Maple St.; at 7:31 a.m. Wednesday at Ford and Maple streets; at 7:38 a.m. Wednesday at 668 Chestnut St.; at 8:21 a.m. Wednesday at Fay Street and Western Avenue; at 8:32 a.m. Wednesday at 42 Lincoln St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 3:59 p.m. Tuesday at 793 Lynnway.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 6:27 p.m. Tuesday on Essex Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 9:16 a.m. Wednesday at 52 Oakville St.

Complaints

A report of a gunshot at 4:11 p.m. Tuesday at 629 Eastern Ave.; at 5:13 a.m. Wednesday at 34 Hanover St.

A report of a disturbance at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday at Discount Liquors at 3 Market Square; at 6:09 p.m. Tuesday at JME at 164 Blossom St.; at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday at 111 Eutaw Ave.; at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday at 348 Chestnut St.; at 12:19 a.m. Wednesday at 106 Chestnut St.; at 2:28 a.m. Wednesday at 63 Lynnway; at 11:04 a.m. Wednesday on Blossom Street.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 7:43 p.m. Tuesday on Chase Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 1:48 p.m. Tuesday at 38 Sylvia St.; at 3:41 p.m. Tuesday at Tracy Elementary School at 32 Walnut St.; at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday at 525 Lynnway; at 3:02 a.m. Wednesday at 25 Hamilton Ave.; at 9:05 a.m. Wednesday at 3 Kingsley Terrace; at 9:52 a.m. Wednesday at 28 Nottingham Court.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday at 29 New Ocean St.; at 2:16 p.m. Wednesday at 534 Essex St.

Police log: 3-8-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Arrests

Heidi L. Mohrlang, 51, of 21 Edge St., Ipswich, was arrested on a warrant at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle at 1:19 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant and School streets. Police reported the male hit was conscious and alert. One person was taken to Salem Hospital.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday on Elm Street.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 3:11 p.m. Tuesday on Rockaway Avenue. A caller reported she heard her dogs bark and then footsteps in the house. Police reported the front door was open

A report of a road rage incident at 4:41 p.m. Tuesday at Leggs Hill Road and Tedesco Street. A caller reported she got into a road rage incident while driving to the YMCA on Leggs Hill Road and stated a man driving a white Honda utility pulled in front of her “almost like blocking me in.” She stated he pulled a “green vest out of the car” as he was yelling at her and told her that “he was yelling that he was going to take (her) plate down,” and claimed that he was a police officer. Police reported the man’s plate number came up as out of Danvers. Danvers Police stated they were familiar with the man.

A report of a disturbance at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday on Widger Road. A caller reported an SUV parked in front of her house blasting music for more than 20 minutes. Heidi L. Mohrlang, 51, of 21 Edge St., Ipswich, was arrested on a warrant; at 11:19 p.m. Tuesday on Creesy Street.

Fire

A report of an oven fire at 10:34 a.m. Tuesday on Heritage Way. A caller reported she had an oven fire and was able to extinguish it, but the house was very smoky.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:16 p.m. Tuesday on Priscilla Lane; at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday at 550 Lowell St. and 232 Newbury St.; at 5:27 p.m. Tuesday at 7 Summit St. and 33 Centennial Drive; at 8:32 a.m. Wednesday at Holden Oil at 91 Lynnfield St.; at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at Andover Street and Route 128 South; at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at 35 Sutton St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at Maddy’s Car Wash at 300 Andover St. Loud music was reported; at 4:58 a.m. Wednesday on Avalon Drive. A caller reported a car by the dumpsters playing abnormally loud music. Police reported there were no vehicles playing music on the property; at 5:32 a.m. Wednesday at Five Guys at 227 Andover St. Police gave a disposal trash truck driver a warning for picking up garbage before 7 a.m. and would issue a citation in the future if it happens again.

A report of suspicious activity at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday at Lowell Street and Route 128 North. A caller reported a male crawling in front of a vehicle. Police reported checking the area and there were no cars in the vicinity; at 1:16 a.m. Wednesday at 6 Sylvia Road. A caller reported an unknown person was in her car looking through it. Police reported the concerns were unfounded and that the car was securely locked.

Theft

A larceny of agenda books was reported at 1:26 p.m. Wednesday at 6 Sylvia Road.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 4:29 p.m. Tuesday at T.J. Maxx at 637 Lowell St. The driver’s side of a car was keyed.


REVERE

Arrests

Branden D. Bannister, 28, of 8 Coventry St., Apt. 42, Roxbury, was arrested on a warrant at 4:32 p.m. Tuesday.

Fabio Leon Jimenez, 51, of 10 Yeamans St., Apt. 22, was arrested on a warrant at 5:59 a.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:43 a.m. Tuesday at Rumney Marsh on American Legion Highway; at 6:09 p.m. Tuesday at GNC on Squire Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 8:49 a.m. Tuesday on Fowler Avenue; at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday on Beach Street; at 10:26 p.m. Tuesday on Cleveland Street.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday at Planet Fitness on Charger Street.

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 BisbeePorcella.com.

Classical alumni look to $1 million goal

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Paul Stafford, president of the Alumni & Friends of Lynn Classical High School, left, and Principal Gene Constantino plan a fundraiser.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

LYNN — Lynn Classical High School principal Gene Constantino projects that in two years, the Alumni and Friends of Lynn Classical High School will have given $1 million in college scholarships to students.

The group formed in 1995 and awarded $500 scholarships to 10 students in its first year. In 2014, the group stepped up efforts and began raising money through fundraising events of about 150 people.

Last year, the Alumni and Friends gave more than $84,000 to 85 recipients. Paul Stafford, a retired teacher and president of the group, is planning the fourth annual fundraiser for March 23 at Prince Pizzeria’s Giggles Comedy Club in Saugus. The event will feature a comedy show, dinner, and several raffles.

Stafford graduated from Classical in 1961 and spent 27 of 37 years of his career at the school. When he first attended Suffolk University, he spent $800 on tuition for the year, he said.

“It’s just too expensive today,” Stafford said. “The cost of a college education has become so expensive. These young men and women graduating need all the help they can get. This is my way of helping them get the education they’ve been dreaming of.”

Four of his children and two of his grandchildren are also alumni.

“Classical is an important part of my life — I’m happy to do what I can,” he said.

To bee or not to bee

In addition to the awards given by the Alumni and Friends, Classical also has a scholarship program run by the guidance department. The $500 to $5,000 awards are established by businesses, or in someone’s name, such as The Michele Durgin Memorial Scholarship, named for the Item features writer and popular Lynn teacher who was killed in an automobile crash on Jan. 28.

The awards are handed out on a separate award night; this year the awards banquet will be June 1 at the school and the Alumni and Friends ceremony is May 30 at St. Michael’s Hall, said Constantino.

Tickets to the fundraiser at Prince Pizzeria, which begins at 6:30 p.m., are $25 each and must be purchased in advance. The price includes pizza, salad, entertainment and raffle tickets.

“It fits with our motto to connect with the past and contribute to the future,” Stafford said. “The fundraiser brings members of the Classical family together and it raises funds for scholarships for (the students’) future.”


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

Saugus school head defends budget

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi said he plans to defend the School Committee’s vote for a $29.6 million budget to the Finance Committee next week.

The Finance Subcommittee, comprised of two members of the full committee, met with DeRuosi, Executive Director of Finance and Administration Pola Andrews and Lisa Howard, executive director of pupil personnel service and special education, Tuesday morning to discuss the town manager and Board of Selectmen’s vote last week.

Selectmen voted on a $28.4 million school department budget, $1.6 million less than the $29.6 million appropriation the School Committee requested.

Town Manager Scott Crabtree noted that, at this time, the schools have been allocated about $300,000 more than what they were given last year in their operating budget. With charge-backs, the school department has about $41 million to go toward education, he said.

The Finance Committee will review the request and make a recommendation to Town Meeting in May.

“I’m going to defend the budget we voted,” said DeRuosi. “They’ve asked and requested a ton of information and we’ve answered all of their questions to the best of our ability. I think we can stay civil and work together to get somewhere.”

Classical alumni look to $1 million goal

On March 15, he plans to explain the increasing costs of special education. By April, he will outline in detail the impacts of the $872,000 deficit created by only appropriating the district an increase of $300,000. He will create two additional budgets for a scenario where the department instead receives $400,000 and $500,000, with deficits of $772,000 and $672,000.

“With $873,000, yeah, you’d have to do some serious number crunching,” said DeRuosi. “$672,000 you can chip away at a lot easier than $872,000.”

Committee member Peter Manoogian said he was concerned that if he didn’t prepare the budgets sooner, he wouldn’t be able to answer specific questions about what the underfunding would translate to in terms of changes to the district.

“You’re the expert on this,” Manoogian told DeRuosi. “We need to hear the proposal from you. That’s what we have you here for. I don’t want the School Committee proposing cuts.”

He added that he wanted residents and Town Meeting members to be aware of the effects of the budget they would be voting on.

“I don’t want people saying ‘gee, I didn’t know when I voted on the school budget that it meant this,’” he said.

“We need to have in much more detail what this school district would look like with a $300,000 increase, a $400,000 increase and so on,” said committee member Arthur Grabowski. “We want the numbers and recommendations to be hard with justifications of how the numbers you’re recommending will affect the district. Last year, we didn’t know what it was going to do to our district. We didn’t know what it would do to the high school.”

Manoogian tossed around the idea of not replacing retiring teachers and staff to cut costs. The budget includes $317,592 in cost containments from retiring staff whose positions will be filled at lower salaries.

“What if you don’t replace them? What if you chose not to replace those people?” he said.

Andrews reported the retirees included eight teachers; four elementary school teachers, one elementary specialist in computers and literacy, one high school teacher, a speech and language coach and a nurse in a supervisor position.

Should the elementary teachers be distributed across the town’s schools, choosing not to replace the teachers would result in larger class sizes, DeRuosi said.

“Our strengths are at the elementary level,” Manoogian said. “There are obviously down sides.

The subcommittee voted to make a recommendation to draft the three budgets to the full committee at the next meeting. They will also request alternating weeks with the full committee and finance committee, so finance subcommittee members can report their findings between meetings.


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

Police log: 3-8-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Cornelio Juarez, 33, of 199 Chatham St. was arrested and charged with OUI liquor second offense, alcohol from an open container in a motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license at 7:31 p.m. Monday.

Jay Woodward, 47, of 429 Washington St., was arrested and charged with assault and battery to intimidate for race/religion at 3:57 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:04 p.m. Monday at Bennett and South streets; at 4:23 p.m. Monday at Washington Street and Western Avenue; at 5:22 p.m. Monday at 290 Broadway; at 6:55 p.m. Monday on Western Avenue; at 7:38 a.m. Tuesday at 560 Western Ave.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 4:14 p.m. Monday at 436 Summer St.; at 7:07 p.m. Monday at Tucker Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 9:16 p.m. Monday at 34 Brimblecom St.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday at 9 Witt St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 4:10 p.m. Monday at 95 Pleasant St.; at 8:13 p.m. Monday at 16 Woodlawn St.; at 8:25 p.m. Monday at 26 Essex Circle; at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday at 285 Lynn Shore Drive; at 11:34 a.m. Tuesday at 26 Broad St.; at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at 26 Broad St.

Theft

A report of a robbery at 7:39 p.m. Monday at Chatham and Maple streets.

Police log: 3-7-2017


LYNNFIELD

Arrests

Gregg Harmer, 60, of 41 Range Ave., Lynn, was arrested and charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle and marked lanes violation at 10:32 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:11 a.m. Friday on Market Street; at 10:27 p.m. Friday at Salem Street and Condon Circle.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 1:07 p.m. Sunday on S Broadway.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 7:18 a.m. Monday at 5 Midland Road. A caller reported multiple cars broken into overnight; at 12:10 p.m. Monday at 9 Grey Lane. A caller reported two unlocked vehicles were entered.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 9:29 p.m. Friday at 3 Wildewood Drive. A caller reported stolen bikes.


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:35 a.m. Monday on Pleasant Street; at 8:33 p.m. Monday on Central Street.

Complaints

A caller reported at 7:52 a.m. Monday she was pulling out to West Shore Drive from Tower School when a “black Honda almost hit me because the kids driving were texting and driving, completely looking down and not even paying attention.”

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 3:25 p.m. Monday on West Shore Drive. A man stated he believes that his wife’s gravestone was vandalized. He said it appeared that someone tried to pry it off the granite base and that he was going to follow up with the cemetery department; at 6:43 p.m. Monday on Everett Paine Boulevard. A caller reported someone threw a rock through their window. Police reported the neighbor’s child accidentally broke the window.


PEABODY

Arrests

Jarrod Digiovanni, 38, of 59 Waite St., Malden, was arrested on a warrant at 10:18 a.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 10:12 a.m. Tuesday at 2 Cross St. and 174 Andover St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 7:35 p.m. Monday at 116 Shore Drive. An anonymous caller reported hearing a person yelling for help. Police reported all was in order after speaking with the residents.

A report of suspicious activity at 1:16 a.m. Tuesday at Plaza Motel at 125 Newbury St. A caller reported someone had broken into his car and was sitting in it at the time he was calling. Police reported the man in question was gone upon their arrival.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Northshore Mall at 210N Andover St. A stolen credit card with several charges at the mall was reported.


REVERE

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:38 a.m. Monday on Brown Circle; at 8:39 a.m. Monday on Mahoney Circle; at 10:27 a.m. Monday at Target on Furlong Drive; at 7:27 p.m. Monday at Dollar Tree on Squire Road. Fernanda Barbosa Fernandes, 35, of 237 Lantern Road, Apt. 45, was summoned for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; at 8:12 p.m. Monday at North Shore Road and Mills Avenue; at 11:36 p.m. Monday at Squire Road and Charger Street; at 11:46 p.m. Monday on Lechmere Street.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 4:18 p.m. Monday at IHOP on Squire Road.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 4:39 p.m. Monday on Squire Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 1:24 p.m. Monday at Rumney Marsh Middle School on American Legion Highway.

Theft

A report of larceny/forgery/fraud at 10:41 a.m. Monday on Oakwood Avenue; at 12:55 p.m. Monday at Bank of America on American Legion Highway; at 1:55 p.m. Monday at Revere Housing Authority on Constitution Avenue; at 5:33 p.m. Monday on Park Avenue.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:33 a.m. Monday at 19 Newhall Ave.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 9:48 a.m. Monday at Essex Street and Pleasant Avenue; at 4:23 p.m. Monday at Broadway and Essex Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 7:20 p.m. Monday at LA Fitness at 1450 Broadway.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 1:27 a.m. Monday at Taco Bell at 421 Broadway; at 1:23 p.m. Monday at Route 1 Auto Sales at 961 Broadway.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 10:59 a.m. Monday at McDonald’s at 738 Broadway. A caller reported his wallet was stolen off the counter; at 2:58 p.m. Monday at 21 Harlow St. A man reported his car was stolen while he was out of the country two months ago.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 8:13 p.m. Monday at Kasabuski Bros. Memorial Arena at 201 Forest St. A caller reported damage to the window of his vehicle.

Rams trounce Lancers, advance to final

PHOTO BY BOB ROCHE
Erick Solis dribbles wide away from Malden Catholic’s Cameron Kelley.

By STEVE KRAUSE

BURLINGTON — For the first time since 2001, the Classical boys basketball team has made it to a sectional final.

Better, for the first time since 1994 — which is when Classical won the second of back-to-back state championships — the Rams have hit the 20-victory mark in a season.

Classical’s 62-54 win over Malden Catholic Tuesday night at a sweltering Burlington High gym means the Rams will play Saturday (site and time TBA) against No. 5 Brighton for the Division 2 North championship.

The last time Classical made the sectional final, they were in Division 3. Prior to this year, the Rams had made it twice to the sectional semifinal.

Tuesday, the Rams and Lancers played cat-and-mouse for most of the game, even though Malden Catholic never led after scoring the first bucket of the game. There were times Classical looked as if it would blow the Lancers — who were without top-scorer Michael Boyd, who was hurt late in their quarterfinal victory Saturday over Marblehead — right out of the building. And there were other times when the Lancers would mount a comeback. But each time the attack and counter-attack happened, the Lancers did not have enough.

“We had a lot to overcome,” said MC coach Jim McCune. “I don’t want to take anything away from Classical. They played great game. But our guy scored 1,100 career points.”

Malden Catholic was able to hang with the quicker Rams thanks to senior captain Jonas St. Clair, who poured in 20 points (and pulled down almost as many rebounds). But Classical had two hot hands to counter him — Jaylen Johnson (22) and senior Gilbert Minaya (20). Minaya, especially, was a back-breaker in the second half, scoring 13 points as Classical worked to keep the hard-charging Lancers at bay.

“It’s a game of runs,” said Classical coach Tom Grassa. “Every time we’d make one, they’d counter; and every time they’d make one we’d counter.

“We had to stay mentally strong,” said Grassa, “and we did.”

The game took on the characteristics that would define it almost immediately as Classical sprinted out to an early 21-10 lead before MC’s Jack O’Brien of Saugus hit a 3-pointer at the end of the period.

Malden Catholic countered early in the second quarter with a 7-0 spurt to climb to within a point (23-22) before Jonathan Nicosia broke the run with a hoop for Classical.

Before the half ended, Edwin Solis (9 points) and Minaya scored hoops to get the lead up to five.

Classical’s next spurt came early in the third quarter when Johnson and Minaya engineered a 12-4 run to give Classical a 41-28 lead. But St. Clair, who had been plagued by foul trouble, managed to score five straight points to close that lead to eight (41-33). Still, at the end of three, it was 46-35 Classical, and the Rams were looking mighty comfortable.

Not so fast. Inside of four minutes, the Lancers capitalized on some shoddy clock management by the Rams to creep closer. And when Christopher McDonald hit a three with under a minute to go, it was a 4-point game (58-54). However, the Solis brothers hit all their free throws down the stretch to account for the final score.

“The last three or four games,” said Grassa, “we’ve been excellent from the foul line.”

After starting the season at 2-2, Classical has gone 18-1 the rest of the way — its only loss coming to Revere.

“And I think that was probably good for us,” said assistant coach Jasper Grassa, Tom’s son. “It grounded us.”

More or less for schools in Saugus

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Members of the School Committee will discuss the Board of Selectmen’s recommendation for a $300,000 budget increase from Fiscal Year 2017 at a meeting today.

Selectmen voted on a $28.4 million school department budget, $1.6 million less than the $29.6 million appropriation the School Committee requested.

Town Manager Scott Crabtree noted that, at this time, the schools have been allocated about $300,000 more than what they were given last year in their operating budget. With charge-backs, the school department has about $41 million to go toward education, he said.

The Board of Selectmen supported the town manager’s $79.9 million budget proposal last week. The Finance Committee will review the request and make a recommendation to Town Meeting in May.

“This is very early in our process — this is a preliminary estimate,” said Crabtree. “We try to put together the best we can do. This is the sixth budget we’ve put together and this is probably the most challenging budget, in the sense of fiscally, because of the continued increase in fixed costs with a 2½ levy increase with limited new growth.”

The budget includes an estimated fixed-cost increase of $1.9 million. Health insurance providers for the town asked that health insurance costs be budgeted at a 12 percent, or $1.2 million increase, from last year. Crabtree called the increase “pretty significant.

“Also, our personal contribution is mandated by state law,” Crabtree said. “We are on a schedule that has been set out by the retirement board and in that schedule, this year calls for an aggressive increase in the contributions on behalf of the town.”

The $580,000 increase brings the pension appropriation to $6.5 million. The increase keeps the town on track to fully funding its pension obligation by 2029.

Regional and vocational education cost increases and an 8 percent property and liability insurance increase are also included in the fixed costs. Contractual and wage adjustments are not factored in.

“This is one of the most challenging budgets as far as funding and because we are at the very top of the levy,” Crabtree said. “We’ve anticipated new growth but it’s not something that’s going to be realized until (major development) projects are completed.

“I think, some of the perception is that there is some sort of windfall money because of the new development and new growth that we’re going to be realizing,” he said. “That’s not happening this fiscal year and it’s likely that it won’t happen for at least another fiscal year.

“What we’re trying to do, I think, as a board, is support and prioritize looking at ways to grow our levy and grow our town.”

Ten thousand dollars will cover the costs of police dispatcher training.

The legal counsel budget jumped from about $273,700 to $323,500.

“Legal, in general, has been under-budgeted for many years,” Crabtree said. “If you’re getting the right advice in the beginning or during, you save a lot of money in the long run.”

He also expressed interest in creating a position for a town hall floater to fill in when others are out of the office, but didn’t include money for the job in this year’s budget.

Partners’ cuts hurt Lynn

About $775,000 was allocated to repair, maintain and provide electricity for the town’s street lights, up from $550,000 in FY17.

The library’s request for $611,243, the Department of Youth and Recreation’s request for $127,262 and Council on Aging’s $277,053 request were all supported.

“I remember it wasn’t that long ago that we talked about closing Youth and Rec, the senior center and the library,” said Debra Panetta, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen. “Kudos to the town manager and our treasurer.”


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

Police log: 3-7-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

George Depuy, 30, of 310 Village Road, East Norwood, was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession at 1:05 p.m. Monday.

Corie Thompson, 41, of 135 Flint St., was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession at 1:03 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:47 p.m. Sunday at Chestnut Street and Western Avenue; at 6:20 p.m. Sunday at 300 Lynn Shore Drive; at 6:38 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Locust streets; at 10:20 a.m. Monday at Honey Dew Donuts at 435 Lynnway; at 10:57 a.m. Monday on Marine Boulevard; at 11:07 a.m. Monday at 700 Lynnway; at 3:19 p.m. Monday at Chatham Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:52 p.m. Sunday at 44 Hamilton Ave.; at 8:09 a.m. Monday at 346 Eastern Ave.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 2:56 p.m. Sunday at 17 Clinton St.; at 8:32 p.m. Sunday at 35 Fearless Ave.  

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 10:54 a.m. Monday at 9 Witt St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:48 p.m. Sunday at 189 Williams Ave.; at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at 156 Linwood St.; at 10:43 p.m. Sunday at 156 Broad St.; at 11:46 p.m. Sunday at 947 Western Ave.; at 1:50 a.m. Monday at 7 Liberty Square; at 2:44 a.m. Monday at 14 Nichols Ave.; at 3:03 a.m. Monday at 56 Mayfair St.; at 5:20 a.m. Monday at 7 Liberty Square; at 2:32 p.m. Monday at 95 Pleasant St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 3:53 p.m. Sunday on Houghton Street; at 4:01 p.m. Sunday on Coburn Street; at 8:15 a.m. Monday on Franklin Street; at 12:57 p.m. Monday on Lynnway.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 10:19 p.m. Sunday at 29 Huss Court; at 10:37 p.m. Sunday at 188 Broad St.; at 10:16 a.m. Monday at 82 Richardson Road.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 10:40 a.m. Monday at 2 Fosdick Terrace.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 6:05 p.m. Sunday at 95 Union St.; at 11:08 a.m. Monday at 142A Jenness St.; at 1:23 p.m. Monday at 498 Essex St.

RMV picks Route 1 site


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of a small cooking fire at 6:28 p.m. Sunday on Washington Street.

A report of a disturbance at 9:26 p.m. Sunday on Washington Street. A bartender reported a man came into the bar intoxicated and was refusing to leave and being disruptive.


PEABODY

Arrests

Donald P. Bovio, 37, of 7 Berry St., Apt. 3, Danvers, was arrested on a warrant at 1:47 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 10:04 a.m. Monday at 8 Sanborn St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:39 p.m. Monday at Kappy’s Liquor at 175 Andover St.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 5:52 p.m. Sunday at 24 Raylen Ave. A caller reported the resident called her saying there was someone inside of the house banging at the door. Police made contact with the resident inside the home, who reported that she was home alone and could hear someone inside of the house. She had locked herself inside of the bathroom. Police reported the resident slept a friend’s house; at 1:23 a.m. Monday at Southwyck Condominium Association at 80 Foster St. A caller reported a man going through the dumpster. Police reported the man was looking for bottles.

A report of a disturbance at 12:05 a.m. Monday at 7-Eleven at 79 Lowell St. A caller reported a man was begging for money and yelling outside of the store; at 5:51 a.m. Monday at Walgreens at 229 Andover St.

A report of a neighborhood dispute at 7:28 a.m. Monday at 4 Palmer Ave. A caller reported that construction workers were using her water.

Fire

A report of a car fire at 6:16 Sunday on Lowell Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 1:36 p.m. Monday at 6 Sylvia Road. A Massachusetts license was reported stolen.


REVERE

Arrests

Nelson J. Aguilar, 22, of 120 Marshall St., Apt. 1, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of ammo and on a warrant at 6:12 a.m. Friday.

Scott G. Stillman, 47, of 418 Revere Beach Parkway, Apt. 32, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise and on a warrant at 3:20 p.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:36 a.m. Friday on Furness Street; at 12:26 p.m. Friday on Harris Street; at 1:14 p.m. Friday at Price Rite on Squire Road; at 5:18 p.m. Friday on Washington Avenue; at 3:33 a.m. Saturday on Lincoln Street; at 8:04 a.m. Saturday on Broadway; at 3:22 p.m. Saturday at Market Basket on Squire Road; at 11:42 p.m. Saturday on Broadway. Miguel Raymundo, 31, of 41 Kimball St., Apt. A2, Dorchester, was summoned for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; at 8:07 a.m. Saturday on Roughan Street; at 1:33 p.m. Sunday at North Shore Road and Beach Street; at 4:52 p.m. Sunday on Brown Circle; at 7:22 p.m. Sunday on Copeland Circle.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 1:16 p.m. Saturday on Crescent Avenue; at 8:08 a.m. Sunday on Eliot Circle; at 9:16 p.m. Sunday at North Shore Road and Freeman Street.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 9:29 a.m. Friday on Revere Beach Boulevard; at 12:22 p.m. Friday on Furlong Drive.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 8:38 a.m. Friday on Harrington Avenue; at 2:47 p.m. Friday on Janvrin Avenue.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 8:40 a.m. Friday on Park Avenue; at 8:41 a.m. Friday at Ocean View Kennel on North Shore Road; at 4:17 p.m. Friday at Revere Housing Authority on Cooledge Street; at 2:08 a.m. Saturday at Atlantic Vending Company on North Shore Road; at 3:04 a.m. Saturday on Revere Beach Parkway; at 3:23 a.m. Saturday at Carleton and Revere streets; at 8:47 p.m. Saturday on Sears Street; at 11:05 p.m. Saturday on Sargent Street; at 2:08 a.m. Sunday on Bellingham Avenue; at 2:17 a.m. Sunday on Carleton Street; at 3:21 a.m. Sunday on Shirley Avenue; at 1:33 p.m. Sunday on Shirley Avenue.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose at 9:17 p.m. Sunday on Revere Beach Parkway.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 11:27 a.m. Friday at Seven Day Store on Winthrop Avenue; at 12:29 p.m. Sunday at Prospect House on Reservoir Avenue; at 1:27 p.m. Sunday at Planet Fitness on Charger Street.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 10:45 a.m. Saturday on Jones Road; at 10:03 a.m. Sunday at Hill School on Park Avenue.

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 9:12 p.m. Saturday at Pizzeria Uno on Squire Road.


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Arrests

Willie L. Bradley, of 1960 Washington St., Boston, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise and on warrants at 5:40 p.m. Sunday.

Daniel Mahoney, of 1 Monmouth Square, East Boston, was arrested and charged with Class A drug possession, daytime building breaking and entering for a felony and on a warrant at 9:16 p.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 9:36 a.m. Friday at 22 Hampton St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 2:27 p.m. Friday at 46 Intervale Ave. One person was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital; at 7:56 p.m. Friday at 5 Ballard St. and 82 Lincoln Ave. A three-car accident was reported. One person was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital; at 10:58 p.m. Friday at Elm and Walnut streets. One person was taken to Union Hospital; at 1:17 p.m. Sunday at Broadway and Walnut Street. One person was taken to Union Hospital.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 7:34 p.m. Friday at 6 Vine St.; at 2:17 p.m. Saturday at Conrad Terrace and Main Street; at 5:31 p.m. Sunday at Sears at 1325 Broadway.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 10:45 p.m. Friday at Kelly’s Roast Beef at 595 Broadway. An unruly crowd was reported. The manager requested that a large group of Lynnfield hockey fans be removed from the dining area; at 3:52 p.m. Saturday at Holiday Inn Express at 999 Broadway; at 7:11 p.m. Saturday at Hockeytown USA at 953 Broadway. A caller reported a large group of parents were fighting in the parking lot; at 10:06 p.m. Saturday at Roller World at 425 Broadway; at 3:01 p.m. Sunday at Eastern Bank at 605 Broadway. A caller reported an irate man in the bank refusing to leave; at 1:27 a.m. Monday at Taco Bell at 421 Broadway.

A report of a suspicious person at 7:01 p.m. Sunday at Saugus Commons Apartments at Newhall Avenue and Main Street. A caller reported a man walking back and forth in the street trying to get vehicles to stop for him; at 9:16 p.m. Sunday at 30 Hamilton St. A caller reported a suspicious man trying to gain entry into several vehicles. Police reported the man was pulling on car handles. Daniel Mahoney, of East Boston, was arrested on warrants.

Fire

A report of an outside fire at 5:40 a.m. Sunday at Garden World at 24 R Frank Bennett Highway. A caller reported a fire behind the building. Police reported a small mulch fire; at 2:12 p.m. Sunday at Garden World at 24 R Frank Bennett Highway. A compost fire on the hill was reported.

Terry G. Koutsos, 91

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

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

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

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

Saugus residents boiling over water

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Pictured is a run-off pipe that empties out behind Joe Carvalho’s house at 15 Laurine Road.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Neighbors are overflowing with rage over the $100 million project planned for the former Hilltop Steak House site with much of the anger focused on flood control.

About two dozen residents, who are tired of removing excess water from the nearby brook from their basements, spoke out about their concerns at a Planning Board meeting Thursday night.

“I think your project should be ended. That’s my opinion,” said Gilway Street resident Patricia Battaglia. “It’s a flood zone. You cannot play with a flood zone. My father watched that brook like it was God. You cannot put more water in it.”

Battaglia said removing water from her property has become so costly, she has taken out a second mortgage on her home.

Tempers rose during the board meeting with Stephen Martorano, senior project manager at Bohler Engineering, unable to complete his presentation on the matter because residents continuosly interrupted, shouting over one another.

“I’m not an engineer but if we have four days of rain, we’re going to flood as soon as that brook rises,” said Lisa Lavargna, a Gilway Street neighbor. “It comes through our cement floors. I’m tired of vacuuming up water.”

Lynn Woods elementary tapped out

The former Hilltop site is being redeveloped by AvalonBay Communities, a Virginia-based real estate investment trust that develops luxury housing and owns more than 43,000 units in 10 states. Plans include turning 13.9 acres of the site into a mixed-use development with residential and retail space. The frontage will house one story of retail space, and three four-story residential buildings will be in the rear. The residential space will have a total of 280 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, and a one-story clubhouse with an outdoor swimming pool.

In a presentation last month, AvalonBay officials said they will put in new sewer, drain and water systems, with internal looping around the property, creating a good water supply to retail services and fire protection. Two existing service lines will go through conservation wetlands, which are being preserved in the back of the site.

A roof runoff going into an existing pipe will also help with drainage. The drainage will reuse the existing connection to Forest Street, but everything on-site will be brand new, and the development will change run-off away from the parking lot, said Michael Roberts, AvalonBay senior vice president of development.

One acre of landscaping will be strategically spread throughout the site. The added vegetation will help to create a sound buffer, improve the air quality and address the water drainage concerns of abutters. The team does not have plans to touch the brook but Roberts maintained that plans to construct the residential and retail community include reducing stormwater runoff, not adding to it.

The water will be treated to remove sediment accumulating in water runoff. Landscaping at the back of the property will absorb some of the excess water, Roberts said. It cannot be redirected towards Route 1 because of Massachusetts Department of Transportation requirements.

“We’re putting as much as we can to the front while complying with the regulations,” he said.

Martorano said his team has studied the property to see where the water is leaving the site. Once the project is completed, it is expected to generate about 130,000 gallons of sewage each day, about 25 percent of the existing system’s 500,000 gallon capacity, he said.

A neighborhood behind a small wooded area at the rear of the property collects the water that exits the property, according to neighbors. A drain leads to a shallow swale and, eventually, a brook. Both overflow with rain and snow events.

The stream runs through the backyard of Joe Carvalho, a Laurine Road resident who believes the 2-foot wide pipe running beneath Forrest Street was installed illegally more than 55 years ago.

“They were finding swizzle sticks and napkins from the restaurant in the brook,” he said. “(Hilltop owner) Frank Giuffrida used to maintain it and dredge it. He’s been gone quite a while.”

Carvalho is collecting signatures from his neighbors and sending a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I want a pipe to take the water right to the brook, rather than to the swale,” he said. “It’s not only the Hilltop site but also Bernie and Phyl’s up on the hill. I can’t see how (water from) 14 acres can pour into a system designed for a neighborhood.”

“We understand the property is there and you’re going to build on it but you’ve got to do something different,” said Marie Russo, a Milano Drive resident.

Roberts, who visited the property for a site walk with the Conservation Commission Friday, said he wanted to reach out to neighbors to better understand the problem.

“Every time we get together, we learn something new,” he said. “We have a better understanding of the floodplains — we need a better understanding of the problems.”

A site visit with the Planning Board is scheduled for March 11.


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