Wayne Alarm: Tips for a pet-friendly home



Our four-legged fur friends are not just pets, but a part of our families. Their safety is just as important as ours. Whether is making sure they get enough nutrition in their food or ensuring pavements are not too hot or cold to protect their paws, their safety is just as important. Follow along for some pet-friendly protocols to have in your homes for their safety:

  1. The best way to minimize damage is to create a space just for your furry friend. This helps acclimate and dog friendly near their bed can make a difference.
  2. Dogs enjoy hiding and running around and it can sometimes be too dangerous for them. The best way to prevent them from running out unsupervised is with deadbolts on doors, locks on windows and even baby gates on stairs. Cabinet doors should also maintain secure with latches, as it can cause your dog to get trapped in the cabinet.
  3. Get rid of dangerous items that they can reach and bite such as electrical cords by using cords protectors. Safely store detergents and other household cleaners in locked cabinets or high on a shelf. Be aware that trash cans can also be dangerous for their consumption, consider a closed-lid trash can instead. Prevent falls and kitchen fires by not allowing pets in the kitchen when cooking or when stove is on.
  4. Invest in a video surveillance security to keep track of what your dog does at home when you are not around. View live footage of your pets from work or anytime you are away from home, ensuring they are okay and not in any danger.
  5. It is common for pets to accidentally trigger home security motion detectors and cause false alarms. This is dangerous because an emergency personnel may not know if it is a real threat or if a pet triggered the alarm. The best way to prevent this is to ensure your system accommodates animals during the installation stage.

For additional safety information and security system installation, contact Wayne Alarm by calling us at: 781-595-0000 or visiting us online at

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Wayne Alarm: 4 reasons to get Total Connect



There are times when security alarms aren’t enough to secure our homes and our business, and with technologic advances, using video security changes that. It adds extra security by allowing you to see what is happening around your home and motion activated events that can occur in and around your business. Here are four reasons why having a video surveillance is the best monitor to have.

  1. Wayne Alarm has notifications set up that work with video surveillance. If your camera detects a motion activated event, you are then automatically notified with an e-mail of the event or push notification on your mobile device, which allows you to monitor what occurred at a real time and date.
  2. Wayne Alarm Systems uses Honeywell Total Connect Cameras, allows you to stream videos live straight from the Total Connect directly to your phone, tablet or computer giving you an extra layer of protection. The cameras are portable, so changing locations to monitor new areas is easy. With infrared technology, which enhances your ability to see in the dark, records 10 second clips of a motion activates event and then sends it to you to investigate.
  3. With new technology such as SkyBell, we can help prevent break-ins into your business and home. When you’re a SkyBell owner, you receive a ring whenever the doorbell is pressed, or even have it alert you whenever it senses motion such as someone walks up to your front door. This allows you to remotely stream live video from your iPhone or iPad and interact with whoever is at your front door directly via two way communication. With extremely durable functions for weather, it gives you high definition video and full color night vision.
  4. There is strong data that suggest surveillance of employees in small business can boost productivity and profits. Allowing you to stay in control of dishonest claims, maintain the safety in your work environment and allows you as the manager to spend more time in more productive ways.

Having the best security is a top request everyone seeks for their home and business. With Total Connect video, it gives you enhanced security that allows you to stay on top of whatever happens in your environment, and giving you the added layer of protection that you want.


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Wayne Alarm: Spring security check-ups



Regular maintenance can help increase the life expectancy of your alarm system and insurance coverage, too. It is known that  security providers require monthly or yearly maintenance. However, you can do a self-maintenance as well. Older systems should be checked every three months, whereas newer systems are checked every six months. When doing check-ups, remember to notify your provider that it is just a test, so emergency support aren’t dispatched.

  • Fire and Smoke Detectors – According to The National Fire Alarm Code, smoke detector are required to be inspected annually. To ensure its proper functionality, check it by pressing and holding the button labeled “test.” In doing so, an alarm will sound. Remember to always follow along to the instructions instructed in the manual that can also give you help in keeping it up to date. Another tip is cleaning it with a vacuum cleaner(at least once a year) to remove any particles that couple affect the smoke alarm performance.
  • Video Surveillance –  If using video surveillance is one of your top security strategies, it can definitely use regular maintenance. To ensure a clear picture and uninterrupted feed, clean off the camera lens with a lens wipe and cleaner, and simply dust the camera’s exterior clean. Check daily for correct date and time that is often displayed on the monitor, sometimes brief power outages might require it to be reset.

Checking your system in your business is just as important, too.

  • Checking fire alarms in your businesses is just as important. Have it inspected to check if everything is up to date. If it is not being tested regularly, it could be more susceptible to false alarms.

Regularly checking if your security system is functioning properly can make a huge difference and can be useful in a time of emergency. Don’t hesitate to check on your system today, and reach our customer service for further questions.

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Wayne Alarm: Make your home ‘smart’



The SkyBell: skybellThis revolutionary doorbell eliminates the danger of opening the door to strangers. It’s sleek, metal polished design blends in perfectly next to a door. The SkyBell has an integrated camera, so you can stream the video footage at any time. It will also automatically record motion of if someone rings the bell. The SkyBell is also extremely durable, sustaining any weather between -40 to 140 degrees.

There’s no need to open the door to strangers anymore to find out what they want with the two-way audio feature included! Converse directly to your visitors from the safety of your house. Set your preferences to receive notifications directly on your phone if someone rings it or even if someone walks by. Pairing the SkyBell with the August Smart Lock is a guaranteed way to bring your house into the 21st century.

The August Smart Lock:August Smart Lock Forget about leaving the spare key under the mat, control your locks with the click of a button from anywhere. Grant different levels of access to users depending on your preferences. For example, if you’re going on vacation you can give your dog sitter access for the week, but not after 10 p.m. After the week they will no longer have access.

When approaching the door, depending on your settings, the door can automatically unlock when you’re within a couple feet. The Smart Lock also keeps a log of who unlocks and locks the door. Every key has a digital number associated with the user, so you can see who accessed the locks and at what time. This product is very simple to use and extremely convenient and a must for anyone who is looking towards the future.

Lyric Thermostat:Lyric ThermostatThe Lyric Thermostat changes the way you think about technology. This thermostat is Wi-Fi capable and also features voice control.  This thermostat will also send you notifications about maintenance, and will warn you about extreme weather approaching.

The Lyric Thermostat takes full advantage of its Wi-Fi capability. With the proper integrations from Total Connect, It can see your location and will even change the temperature of your house accordingly. It can warm up your house in the winter and turn the air on for you in the summer when you’re heading home. This will save you money on your AC and heating costs because you won’t have to keep it running while you’re away. The Lyric Thermostat is a revolutionary product and certainly one of a kind.

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Looking at Lynn from a different perspective

Koeun Neak flies his drone.


LYNN — From the ocean shores to the treetops of Lynn Woods Reservation, Koeun Neak captured it all on video with his new drone.

Since it was uploaded to YouTube last week, his pictorial dubbed “DJI Mavic Pro, Lynn, Massachusetts” has been seen by more than 500 viewers.

“Lynn gave my family an opportunity,” he said. “Without the city, we wouldn’t be here today. I wanted to capture Lynn’s beauty since it sometimes has a bad name associated to it.”

Neak, 28, was born in Cambodia and has lived in the city since he was 2 and is a graduate of Classical High School. He said he hopes the video allows outsiders to see the city in a different light.

While this is Neak’s first production to hit the Internet, his talent for taping didn’t develop overnight. In 2013, he graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a degree in video production.

He wants to make money from doing work with his drone and travel to locations such as Bolivia, a place he admires, to capture some of its beauty, he said.

“I want to go to Bolivia because of the landscape,” he said. “I want to capture the countries’ salt flats and the Laguna Colorada, Bolivia’s famous red lake.”

The footage was shot on Neak’s $1,000 DJI Mavic Pro, a two-pound drone equipped with flight autonomy, a stabilized camera, and a 27-minute maximum flight time, according to the company’s website.

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It took Neak about a week to operate the drone. He practiced on Lynn Beach and spent two days filming the different spots before editing the final product.

In order to operate the small aircraft, he purchased a hobby and recreation drone registration for $5, he said. That’s just one of the laws affecting those who want to operate drones.

On Monday, Bay State lawmakers were scheduled to consider a bill to impose limitations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

The proposal seeks to stop governmental use of drones to “track, collect, or maintain information about the political, religious or social views, associations of activities of any individual, group, association, organization, corporation.”

While the measure won’t directly impact Neak’s projects, he said there are precautionary measures that must be taken. To fly in Boston, he said, you must call the FAA control tower for clearance before flying.

In the meantime, Neak is interested in pursuing smaller projects. His goal is capture all of Massachusetts’ landscape for people to enjoy. But it will take a while, he acknowledges.

One thing Neak hopes his video will showcase is a different side of Lynn.

“On social media, people always comment how Lynn is such a bad place,” he said. “I made that video for the people of Lynn, and the haters too.”

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Wayne Alarm: Small business security tips



In 2010 there were roughly 28 million small businesses in the entire United States of America. While this number has fluctuated within the past 6 years, the fact is that we have a ton of small businesses out there. As a small business owner, so much of your time, money and energy has been developed to simply make your business run every day.

Whether you are providing a service or product, staying on top of your business security is extremely important. Below are some tips that you should make sure are implemented into your business plans.

Adequate Lighting: Having enough lighting is very important for not only inside your building but it’s also important for the outside of your building. During the night and especially when you leave, be sure that you have enough lighting both inside and outside of your business. Lighting which covers your doorways and parking lots will help keep away any potential threats.

Emergency Plans: Whether you are at home or in the office, you should always have emergency plans for different situations. Know what to do in the case of fire, robberies, theft, or major storms.

You should also keep your team in the loop so they understand and know what to do in each situation.

Strong Passwords: People often use passwords that are easy to remember but stay away from obvious ones that others can guess. Also, try to change them up. 47 percent of people actually use the same password for 5 straight years, so other people most likely know what you are using.

Public Wifi: You may not know it, but public Wifi is extremely unsafe for mobile devices. Hackers can actually go through it to attack person accounts. Never do any of your banking and online transactions on a public network.

Video Surveillance: Video cameras placed in and outside of your business are extremely helpful in order to give you proper security, limited shrinkage, improved customer service as well as other operational efficiencies.

Burglar & Theft Protection: When your business is closed and everyone is home for the night, it’s important that someone is looking out for you. With a Wayne Alarm security systems, your business can be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on keeping your business secure, please feel free to reach out to Wayne Alarm at (781)595-0000 or fill out an online contact form.

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Wayne Alarm: Questions to ask your landlord



There are often important questions that you should be asking that you could forget about. Develop a checklist and take it with you to ensure that everything is how you want it. Below are some important safety questions that you should be asking before you move in.

Are The Appliances Working Properly?

It is extremely frustrating when you move into a new apartment to just realize that important appliances aren’t working the way they should. When checking out a home or apartment make sure that the burner, refrigerator and water tanks work.

Are Draperies, Blinds Or Curtains Included?

Windows treatments aren’t always included when you move into a new place. Sometimes they are and other times they are not. Be sure to check because you don’t want strangers looking in your home and seeing all your valuables.

Have The Locks Been Updated?

You want to be sure that nobody else has a key to your home. Ask your landlord if the locks have been changed before you move in.

How Are The Surrounding Apartments?

Getting some insight about who your close neighbors will be can make a difference. If you can find this information out, ask about children, pets, activities, what your neighbors do for a living, and more. This is especially the case if you live in an apartment complex as you will be interacting with these people more.

How’s The Lighting?

Ask your landlord about lighting but we also advise you to check out the complex at night. Proper lighting can make a big difference.

Do you have a fire extinguisher?

Make sure that your apartment comes with a fire extinguisher. If it doesn’t have one then consider buying one in the case of an emergency.

Is there currently a security system at your new place? Security systems not only provide safety and security for you and your family, but also saves about 10-15% on your home insurance.  Today they are much more than just security systems. You can control your lights, thermostat, video cameras, and more all thru your Wayne Alarm System. If you don’t have one, call us today at 781-595-0000 or email

Asking simple but extremely important questions such as these can make a big difference. When you are moving into a new place you more than ever want to know that you’re safe.

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‘A number of fatalities’ at Grande concert

In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Ariana Grande arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.

LONDON — An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert in northern England late Monday, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens in what police say they are treating as a terrorist attack.

Greater Manchester Police said 19 people were confirmed dead and roughly 50 were injured by the explosion at Manchester Arena. Emergency vehicles were helping the injured and bomb disposal units were later seen outside the venue.

There was mass panic after the explosion at the end of the concert, which was part of Grande’s The Dangerous Woman Tour. The singer was not injured, according to a representative.

Britain’s terrorist threat level has been set at “severe” in recent years indicating an attack is highly likely. Police said the explosion is being judged a terrorist attack unless new information proves otherwise.

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m. but there were few further details.

“A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena,” concertgoer Majid Khan, 22, told Britain’s Press Association. “It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.”

Added Oliver Jones, 17: “The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.”

Video from inside the arena showed concertgoers screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the government is working to establish “the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”

She said her thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected. The government is expected to call an emergency Cabinet meeting.

If the incident is confirmed as a terrorist attack it would be the most deadly in Britain since the London subway bombings in 2005.

Police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena, and the train station near the arena, Victoria Station, was evacuated and all trains canceled.

Joseph Carozza, a representative from Grande’s U.S. record label, said the singer is OK and they are investigating what happened.

The Dangerous Woman Tour is the third concert tour by Grande and supports her third studio album, “Dangerous Woman.”

Grande’s role as Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon’s high school sitcom “Victorious” propelled her to teen idol status, starting in 2010.

The 23-year-old Grande, with her signature high ponytail, went on to also star in spinoffs that included “iCarly,” as she worked to develop her recording career.

The tour began in Phoenix in February. After Manchester, Grande was to perform at venues in Europe, including Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and France, with concerts in Latin America and Asia to follow.

Wayne Alarm: 4 reasons you need ZWSTAT



Your house is at a perfect temperature. You’re enjoying a nice movie under some blankets and comfortably cuddled on the couch. The very last thing any of us wants to do is to get up from our comfy spot just to adjust the temperature, enough to where it’s not overwhelming throughout the night.

However, wouldn’t you enjoy a thermostat that catered to your preferences and can still be controlled through your Total Connect app on your phone or your computer?

Honeywell is known to have the best thermostats in the  industry for a couple of decades. More recently they have switched to devices that are specifically tailored to smart homes. This gives you just the perfect amount of comfort in a safer way. With the newest adaptive intelligent recovery technology, a z-wave enabled thermostat, can reduce your monthly energy bills dramatically. This feature allows you to “learn” how long it takes for the furnace and/or air conditioner to reach its programmed settings, detecting when to reach it at a specific time! The z-wave enabled technology can provide a cost savings at approximately 33% of your annual heating and cooling costs. In the long run, the system basically pays for itself and provides  you with the ultimate temperature comfort.

Features like creating a keypad lockout for homes and businesses — keeping unauthorized personnel from changing the temperature — allow you to keep the comfort in your home or business a little easier. It also includes temperature settings which can be altered depending the temperature in your home or business, and even providing you with an alert reminder to keep up on maintenance. For instance an alert to change air filters and humidifier/dehumidifier filters, which only maximize performance can be handy. ZWSTAT also provides fan circulation – moving air when heating or cooling isn’t required, automatically helping you eliminate hot and cold spots.

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Wayne Alarm: Here’s why Nantucket needs us



Wayne Alarm Systems has provided the best security and sense of comfort to our customers and several local businesses for the past 40 years. While we serve the Greater Boston area with reliable and top quality security, in 2012, Wayne Alarm saw a need for security on the island of Nantucket.

Nantucket is known for their cobblestoned streets lined with high-end boutiques and restaurants, it’s antique cedar shingled buildings, and let’s not forget the beautiful dune backed beaches. However, without proper security, its residents and its beauty can fall to terrible accidents and events we all wish to prevent. Wayne Alarm wants Nantucket to keep its beauty safe, and that’s why Wayne Alarm is here to help.

While keeping you in control, Wayne Alarm will provide you with top security in detecting fire and carbon monoxide for your home. With small mom-and-pop shops all throughout the island, security should be top priority. With Wayne Alarm, burglary and theft prevention security gets so much easier, instantly ensuring the security of your visiting tourist and loyal customers. Our fully installed commercial security systems features the access control systems which includes:

  • Performing a facility or area lockdown from any PC or proximity reader
  • Running a myriad of custom reports when you need to know who accessed what area and when
  • Interface your video security with your card access system

Wayne Alarm can also expertly install your top video surveillance systems that can be accessed and managed for your home or business all through the Total Connect App. This gives  the homeowner complete access and control in lighting, thermostat control, and all your access to locks from anywhere on the island with just the use of your phone, computer or tablet.

With a full-time locally based company, Wayne Alarm Systems is the only UL Listed, FM Approved, 5 Diamond Certified Alarm Monitoring provider in the island. Wayne Alarm will take care of the worry for you and provide you a peace  of mind. All while you enjoy the beauty that Nantucket has to offer.
More information reach us at (508) 825-9200 or fill out our contact form.

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Wayne Alarm: Video can help reduce thefts



In any business, there is always that inevitable problem: theft.

Some data suggest surveillance of employees in small business can boost productivity and profits. Allowing you to stay in control of dishonest claims, maintain the safety in your work environment and allowing you, as the manager, to spend more time in more productive ways. Using video surveillance is an effective method for putting a stop to thieves from stealing your belongings, wares or information. In any event, it can also help alert the police, as well as provide footage, which can help aid in identifying the thieves.

With lots of options you can take to reduce theft, however, having video surveillance saves you time and effort all while helping you decrease theft in your store. With Wayne Alarm video surveillance, you get 24/7 video surveillance specifically for your business.

In specific places, you increase your overall security that can oftentimes be overlooked. Here are some places where placing video surveillance in your store could be beneficial:

  • Front and back doors:  Not only are you able to identify who comes in and out of your business and when they leave, but it also helps when your business is closed. Having a monitored entrance system can detect any suspicious event during off  hours. Specifically your stores back entrance – placing it here can help deter anyone attempting to exit unnoticed. It can also help with any blind spots that might be hard to view, allowing you to be aware of any suspicious event.
  • Installing cameras in areas where your most valuable items or expensive equipment are, can help diminish losses. For example, placing a camera by the cash register can allow them to work more effectively by giving you a view from above, allowing you to directly monitor any exchange of cash, both limiting employee and customer theft.

With video surveillance, you’re also able to ensure to your customers that you care about their safety and well being too. Call us for a free consultation today and speak with a caring representative.

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Wayne Alarm: Access control for your business?



Your small business is gaining more and more customers, and you wonder if you should increase your security? Having top security is a must for many small businesses. Finding the right fit that meets the needs to each of your worries can be a difficult process, along with many test trials. However, what’s great about Wayne Alarm’s access control, is everything you need is directly at your disposal. With access control, you’re able to have complete control.

By switching to access control you are then able to:

  • Facilitate or lock down a specific area from any PC or proximity reader. If you have a specific area that isn’t accessible for  your employees or customers, you can block entrance to the area so that no one comes in unless they are authorized to.
  • Interface your video security with your card access system. With this feature, you’re able to monitor specific areas during any time of the day.
  • Create a map with active icons to annunciate system status. This includes your ability to control doors, a call up video, as well as having it show employee photos as they pass through protected doors. This can give you a sense of comfort to know who is exiting in and out of your business.
  • Run custom reports when you need to know who accessed what area and specifically when they did.

Access control comes with support and monitoring which ensures that your business, big or small, stays locked down and secure at all times.

Feel free to give us a call at (781) 595-0000 for more information, or fill out our online contact form.

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Car burns up on Western Avenue

Fire crews extinguish a burning car on Western Avenue.


LYNN — Flames engulfed a car parked in front of Dunkin’ Donuts, 50 Western Ave., shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to Item readers.

Police and fire crews responded to the scene, according to video and photos shared by readers Cassandra Delgado and Diana McEvoy.

Lynn District Fire Chief Michael McBride said he was not aware of any injuries, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Police say road rage may have spurred shooting

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


LYNN — The New Hampshire man previously called a “person of interest” in Monday’s night’s homicide in a quiet residential neighborhood has been charged with murder.

Brian Brito, 21 of Manchester, N.H., is accused of killing Mohammadreza Sina Zangiband, a 24-year-old pizza deliveryman for Atha’s Famous Roast Beef, the Essex County District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

Brito will be arraigned Thursday in Lynn District Court.

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

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

Brito was arrested by State Police in Peabody about four hours after the shooting, while driving the gray Audi that was sought in connection with the homicide, and police said an illegal firearm was found in his possession.

He was arraigned in Peabody District Court on Tuesday on firearm and motor vehicle charges. Brito pleaded not guilty and was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for April 10.

Lynn Police responded to the area of 29 Bowler St. in Lynn for multiple reports of shots fired and the window of a car being shot out. Police found a 2012 Hyundai Sonata pulled to the side of the road and inside was an unresponsive man suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the head, according to an Affidavit filed by State Police Trooper Thomas J. Sullivan IV in Lynn District Court.

The man was not breathing and bleeding heavily from the head and face, and police determined that he was dead, Sullivan wrote.

On the ground outside the driver’s side door of the car, officers saw four spent 9mm shell casings, Sullivan wrote.

One man who witnessed the shooting told police he saw the Hyundai driving toward him on Bowler Street, and a dark colored Audi came from behind the Hyundai on the left, overtook it and forced it to pull over, blocking the vehicle in. The witness said a man exited the Audi, walked around his car, back toward the Hyundai, and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the driver and shot him four to five times, Sullivan wrote.

The witness said the man then returned to the Audi, looked directly at him, got back into his car and left the scene.

Video cameras on personal homes in the area revealed additional evidence that seemed to match the evidence of the eyewitness, Sullivan wrote.

One video showed a gray Audi attempting to overtake a silver Hyundai on Bowler Street at the time of the shooting. A second video from a home farther down the street showed the Audi following the Hyundai, Sullivan wrote.

“These videos have led officers to postulate that the basis of the confrontation between the two motorists may have been the result of a road rage incident,” Sullivan wrote.

Shooting victim ‘quiet, yet always had a smile’

The affidavit contains two additional witness statements. A woman said she was resting in her home when she heard a single gunshot, followed by three more shots. She went to her window, looked outside and saw a dark colored Audi driving slowly toward her house before rapidly accelerating down Bowler Street toward Lake Street, Sullivan wrote.

A man said he was parking his car on Bowler Street when he heard shots fired behind his car. When he looked in his rearview mirror, he saw a man shoot into a stopped silver car. He said the man got back into a dark colored sedan and drove off, Sullivan wrote.

Katharine Ruiz, 25, of Lynn, a friend of Zangiband, said on Tuesday Sina was on his way from Atha’s to a delivery on Eastern Avenue and cut through Bowler Street. She described him as a “hard worker, very quiet, yet always had a smile on his face.”  

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

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

Brito is expected to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court Monday on those charges.

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Saugus TV animated by Telly Award win

Michelle Madar and John Prudent won a bronze medal at the 38th Annual Telly Awards for a stop-motion animation.


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.

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