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8 Tales of rails to trails

12 Breaking down Walls

15 Time to make the doughnuts

16 Lynn native gets political at CBS

18 A writer remembers

20 Channel 25’s Wonder Woman

22 Summertime blues

24 The tragedy of Tony C

27 Frank talk about hot dogs

28 The wig experts




One. Two.

We enter One Magazine’s second year of publication with some changes. The magazine

itself is printed on a different stock with slightly altered page dimensions. It won’t

mean much to you, the reader; but it’s a benefit to our advertisers because it enables us

to increase circulation by inserting it into several newspapers produced by our parent

company, Essex Media Group: Lynnfield Weekly News and Peabody Weekly News, and

The Daily Item, which is distributed primarily in Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Marblehead,

Medford, Nahant, Peabody, Revere, Saugus, and Swampscott.

Within our circulation area, there have been a few changes, as well.

For starters, there’s been a lot more talk — and even some progress — on plans for rail

trails. Peabody and Danvers trails have been around for a few years, and more and more

communities are getting on board with the concept. Another 7.5 miles of continuous

trails are now open through Everett, Malden, Revere, and Saugus; and Lynn’s first path

section opened in September 2016. In April, rail-trail supporters in Lynnfield got their

win by just one vote. As was the case in Swampscott, the vote reflected just how divisive

an issue it became.

Downtown Lynn is looking a little different these days, too. Fifteen large-scale murals

have gone up on building sides - and lighting is set to be installed under railroad

bridges and vintage neon signs in and around the city’s Arts & Cultural District. What

began with former Lynn Community Development director Jansi Chandler in the

’90s has enjoyed a rebirth under Beyond Walls founder Al Wilson. The one constant is

Charlie Gaeta, who as chairman of EDIC/Lynn worked with Jansi and now with Al to

bring art to the masses.

In addition to street art and off-street bike paths, One also catches up with some of

the area’s past and current residents and business owners. You may have seen CBS News’

Steve Chaggaris or Boston 25 news anchor Heather Hegedus on TV, but One goes offcamera

to provide a closer look at how they got to their respective positions. We’ll also

introduce you to Sylvia Caruso, who is going the extra step to help patients in need.

Also in this issue, we’ll engage in some frank talk about hot dogs (get it, frank talk?);

look at a Peabody company that bakes all the doughnuts for local Dunkin’ Donuts

shops; see fashions that address the summertime blues; and hear Saugus writer Tom

Sheehan’s 89 years of memories.

And while I don’t quite have 89 years of memories, I have one that’s 50 years old: A

fastball hit him square; he’s down. Tony was badly hurt. Steve Krause brings back the

pain of Aug. 18, 1967, beginning on Page 25 (of course).

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Trail mix

Abandoned railroads become vibrant paths but some communities voice concerns


A national initiative to transform

abandoned railroads into public bicycle

and walking trails is stirring controversy in

at least two North Shore communities.

Lynnfield and Swampscott residents

remain divided, but recent ballot votes

in both communities favored trail

construction and authorized partial


Those who embrace the Rails to Trails

concept contend such paths enhance

abutting property values, create healthy

recreational opportunities and put the land

to better use.

Detractors are concerned the trails will

bring noise and traffic, encourage a parade

of strangers through their neighborhoods,

increase local taxes to pay for maintenance,

damage environmentally-sensitive areas

and lead to crime.

Bicyclists, pedestrians and runners of

all ages typically gravitate to the trails.

Motorized vehicles are prohibited.

Several local communities have

successfully built trails at little cost to

taxpayers and no discernible spike in

crime. Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody,

Revere and Saugus all have some form of

bicycle/ pedestrian trail and few problems

have arisen.

The Rails to Trails initiative encountered

stumbling blocks in Swampscott and

Lynnfield, although the respective

boards of selectmen and voters in both

communities subsequently authorized

bicycle and pedestrian trail projects.


In Lynnfield, voters on April 24

authorized the town to move forward

with plans for a 4.4-mile Wakefield/

Lynnfield Rail Trail that begins at the

Galvin Middle School on Main Street in

Wakefield and extends to the Lynnfield/

Peabody town line.

Those opposed to the project, like

Citizens of Lynnfield Against the Rail

Trail, contend it’s a mistake and plan to

challenge the vote outcome.

The project mustered strong community

support and will be funded by $7 million

in state and federal grants. Friends of

the Lynnfield Rail Trail will raise $5,000

annually for trail maintenance.

Lynnfield resident Thomas Grilk, CEO

of the Boston Athletic Association and

the Boston Marathon, posted a personal

statement on the Friends group website,, that outlines

the benefits of a fitness trail. As Grilk

put it, “Whether as nearby as Peabody or

Lexington, or in more distant locales such

as New Hampshire, Michigan, California,

Germany or countries in Asia, I have yet

to see a fitness trail that did not become

a treasured asset of the communities

privileged to be served by it. I welcome it


Walkers, joggers and cyclists enjoy their morning exercise along the Danvers Rail Trail.


to my backyard.”

Vince Inglese, a member of the

Friends’ group Leadership Team, said the

funding meets the state Department of

Transportation estimate. “The trail cost

is between $7 million and $9 million.

Lynnfield’s trail will not be surfaced

with stone dust. It will be paved with

asphalt and be ADA (Americans With

Disabilities Act) compliant,” he said.

Inglese said the $5,000 in annual trail

maintenance amounts to $2,000 per mile

and is modeled after successful trails in

Topsfield and Danvers where support

groups are composed of volunteers, as it

would be in Lynnfield. He noted those

communities raise maintenance funds

through sponsors of one-tenth-mile trail


“The marker would have the donor’s or

the business sponsor’s name on it,” he said.

Not every Lynnfield resident was pleased

by the pro-trail vote.

Robert Breslow posts statements on the

opposition group’s website www.nofor

After the April vote, he announced the

group plans to continue its fight, adding

that any structure built in Lynnfield

Conservation Commission.

Breslow also pointed out any potential

grants for the project likely would not be

made available from the state or federal

government until 2021.

The opposition group has warned

Lynnfield taxpayers they could be

responsible for construction budget gaps,

extra policing and emergency medical

response costs, fence maintenance, storm

damage repairs and additional parking

expenses, all without any guarantee of

future funding.

Breslow decried the trail will increase

town traffic, put more bicyclists on the

roads, create a need for traffic lights,

heighten the risk of fire and crime, cause

noise and water pollution, result in litter

and dog waste, and present a threat to the


Lynnfield and Wakefield in 2007

conducted a joint feasibility study on

whether to build the bike path along

property owned by the Massachusetts Bay

Transportation Authority (MBTA). The

corridor was once part of the southern

section of the now defunct Newburyport

Railroad. The subsequent plan showed

1.9 miles of trail in Wakefield and 2.5

miles in Lynnfield. Once built, it would

become part of a 30-mile trail plan linking

eight Essex County communities.

Reedy Meadow has also complicated

Lynnfield’s efforts to create a bike trail.

The meadow was once a marsh and during

storms it still floods the railroad tracks

that cross it. The flooding has clogged

culverts beneath the rail bed, curtailing the

flow of water.

The situation has raised questions about

potential environmental damage, and

the cost of building and maintaining a

wooden walkway across the wetlands.

Wakefield residents have expressed

concern about the lack of parking for trail

users, particularly near the town’s alreadycongested

business district. Two additional

parking areas on town-owned land have

been examined as solutions.


In Swampscott, a measure to spend

$850,000 on design, engineering and the

legal costs of acquiring property rights to

the proposed trail, was passed by Town

Meeting on May 15. The vote was 210-56.

The outcome was quickly challenged by

a citizens’ petition that gathered enough

signatures to put the appropriation to a

ballot vote on June 29. Forty-six percent

of Swampscott voters turned out, resulting

in an outcome of 2,741 to 2,152 in favor

of the trail project.

“I’m very happy that plans for a rail trail


will move forward,” said Naomi Dreeben,

chairwoman of the Swampscott Board of

Selectmen. “Now it’s time to heal the rift in

our town.”

In addition to trail-related concerns

voiced by other communities facing similar

decisions, Swampscott residents must still

address controversy over land ownership

along the former rail corridor.

The Boston & Maine Railroad once

operated trains along the route. When the

company divested, the land was sold to the

Massachusetts Electric Co., now known as

National Grid. The electric company utility

poles were installed along the right-of-way

and remain in place to transmit kilowatts to


Over the years, the steel rails and

wooden railroad ties were removed, and

some abutting residential property owners

began using pieces of the National Grid

land as their own. A few of those abutters

attempted, and in some cases may have

succeeded, in obtaining title to those plots.

“If certain residents encroached on land

owned by National Grid, that means they

have been using it and might not be paying

taxes on it,” said Swampscott Community

Development Director Peter Kane. “We’re

not looking to take anyone’s land. We

simply want an easement. We can’t go

forward with any grant application until we

have the acquisition rights in hand.”

Of the $850,000 approved by Town

Meeting, $610,000 will be used to acquire

the land-use rights. The remainder would

cover design and planning costs.

If a property title search indicates an

owner has encroached on the National

Grid land, it would be difficult to challenge

the town’s intent to obtain an easement.

However, if the property owner holds title to

an abutting piece of the utility corridor, the

town would be forced to take legal steps.

Kane acknowledged the ownership

borders are murky along a small section

of the rail corridor, adding, “This isn’t an

eminent domain taking. We just need to

clarify ownership through title searches.”

Kane’s office will now solicit bids for

design and engineering plans. The annual

debt service on $850,000 is approximately

$65,000, he said.

The proposed 10-foot-wide trail would

follow a route from the Swampscott train

station to the Clarke Elementary School,

Swampscott Middle School and Stanley

Elementary School until it connects to

Marblehead’s trail.

“The plan is for a stone dust surface,

which would be aesthetically in keeping

with Marblehead’s and much less costly

than an asphalt surface,” Kane said.

At slightly less than two miles in length,

trail construction would cost approximately

$400,000, but that estimate is not definitive

nor is it included in the funds approved by

Town Meeting, he said.

Kimberly Nassar, who headed the

opposition group, said in a statement

following the June 29 vote, “We will

now continue the legal steps needed to

demonstrate what we have stated all

along: that the abutters own much of the

land along the proposed rail trail and for

the town to acquire that land by eminent

domain will require millions of dollars in

taxpayer monies.”

As for other concerns unrelated to the

land titles, Kane said, “They’re pretty much

the same wherever somebody proposes

building a trail. It’s fear of the unknown,

fear of change. I read a newspaper story

that quoted a Danvers resident who was

very much opposed to the Danvers trail but

now uses it regularly and can’t say enough

good about it.”


In Lynn, the plan for a bike and

pedestrian trail has been under discussion

for years. Bike to the Sea has been part

of those talks, which involve obtaining a

necessary right-of-way.

“You must sign an agreement with the

property owner that says you will take

care of the right-of-way. That just hasn’t

happened in Lynn,” said Attorney Stephen

Winslow of Malden, founder of Bike to

the Sea, an organization that over the past

two decades has actively supported bike

trail initiatives.

In some communities, that agreement

may mean accepting responsibility for

routinely clearing brush, maintaining

pathways and elevated walkways, and even

plowing snow in winter if the trail surface

is asphalt.

“If the trail becomes an integral part of

the community, where it provides a walking


route to the schools or the local businesses,

then it might be kept open year round,”

Winslow said.

According to Lynn Community

Development Director James Marsh the

city’s trail project is currently in the predesign

phase. If built, it would extend 1.2

miles through Lynn along a former MBTA

railroad corridor, starting where Boston

Street crosses the Saugus River and ending

on Spencer Street.

“Before we jump into it, we want to know

all the variables that are associated with

liabilities,” Marsh said. “That’s why we’re

taking baby steps. Those are important if

we’re going to make this a reality.”

Marsh estimated the design would

cost $50,000 to $75,000, 50 percent

of which would be paid for by a grant

from the Lawrence and Lillian Solomon


The foundation strives to increase

access to the state’s natural, cultural and

recreational resources and recently assisted

the Watertown Riverfront Park and

Braille Trail.

Marsh, representatives of the Office

of the Mayor, and local property

management executive Gordon R. Hall

have been overseeing the plan, which

includes discussion of a long-term land

lease from the MBTA, Marsh said.

Lynn officials also have been monitoring

the waterfront along the Lynnway where

new development is slated because any

construction would impact the proposed

pedestrian boardwalk connecting the

Nahant traffic circle to the General

Edwards Bridge.

Marsh cited the former Beacon

Chevrolet property across from North

Shore Community College and the

O’Donnell property near the Saugus

River as waterfront development sites.

“Under Chapter 91, a boardwalk would

be required at each site and the private

developers would pay for it,” he said.

“But all of that is many years away,” he said.



Richard Fries, executive director of

MassBike, said Massachusetts has the

potential to become a world leader in

bicycle trails. “We’re sitting on a network

that could turn us into the Netherlands of

America,” he said.

According to Fries, when Americans

discuss bicycling, talk turns to places

like San Francisco, Denver, Portland

and Minneapolis. “The Northeast,

however, has this amazing labyrinth

of transportation corridors hidden in

plain view. Rail beds, both active and

abandoned, are just the start. Canals,

aqueducts and power lines are another

layer of under-utilized corridors.

Riverfronts are another critical component

to the rebirth of cities, big and small,” he



Dan Tieger of Manchester-by-the-Sea,

founder of the North Shore Bikeways

Coalition and visionary behind the Border

to Boston concept in the 1990s, continues

to personally enjoy regional bike paths

while he monitors fitness trail initiatives

nationwide. He commutes daily to his job

as a scientist in Gloucester.

“Border to Boston was founded in

1994. The trail evolved from the New

Hampshire border down to Danvers, but

since then people have pushed it south to

Peabody. It took twenty-something years,”

he said. “And other trails may eventually

connect to it.”

Tieger jokes about the scars he and

Winslow received from opposition groups

over the years.

“Some communities say they don’t want

a trail, but once they have one, there’s

no turning back,” he said, recalling Palm

Beach, Fla., where wealthy abutters

erected tall fences to keep out trail users.

But once the trail began to flourish, those

same residents cut doors in their fences

through which they could gain access

from their houses.”

“These trails are actually linear parks,”

he said. “You’ll see people walking dogs,

kids being pushed in strollers, people

on bicycles or rollerblades. It becomes

an enjoyable place; instead of having a

decrepit ex-railroad where people go to

drink it becomes a clean, healthy area.”

Rails to trails not a new concept


Stephen Winslow of

Malden has been carrying

the torch for the Bike to the

Sea initiative for more than

20 years. He has seen some

communities rally and

succeed in building nearly

cost-free fitness trails while

others struggled with the

concept and the funding.

“Danvers had the good

fortune of building the first

trail in the area,” he said,

noting the town was able to

take advantage of state and

federal grants, mile-by-mile

sponsors, and an offering

by the nonprofit Iron Horse

Preservation Society.

The 4.3-mile Danvers trail

cost $50,000 per mile. The

Iron Horse Preservation

Society trimmed the

expense by removing the

steel rails and wooden ties

in return for the salvage


“At the time, the price of

steel was very high,” the

Malden attorney explained.

“Iron Horse was selling

the rails to a facility in

Pennsylvania. Once the

price of steel went down

and the cost of getting rid

of the railroad ties went up,

it was no longer a feasible


The state and federal

grants paid for trail grading

and resurfacing.

Winslow noted the

Danvers trail is popular

with bicyclists, pedestrians,

joggers and families. It has

become a vital part of the


“The Danvers trail is

beloved. It’s hard to

think anybody would say

anything bad about it,” he


Winslow said Revere’s

two-mile bike trail was built

for $150,000 per mile.


The Danvers Rail Trail links

schools, parks, residential

areas, the city’s downtown

business district and other

trails in the neighboring

communities of Peabody,

Wenham and Topsfield.

It was constructed along

what was once part of

the historic Boston &

Maine railroad connecting

Danvers to Newburyport.

Since its inception, the trail

has been managed and

maintained by a group

of volunteers. See www.


In Peabody, the 8.1-mile

Independence Greenway

stretches from the North

Shore Mall on Route 128 to

Russell Street at the Ipswich



Saugus town officials

in 2012 gave the goahead

for a bicycle and

pedestrian path along a

former rail corridor. As a

way of cutting costs and

eliminating the need to

raise funds for construction

and maintenance, the town

partnered with the Iron

Horse Preservation Society.

The organization

assumed responsibility

for removing the iron rails

along the 2.6-mile track

and grading the trail, in

return for permission to sell

the scrap iron.


Bike to the Sea has been

lobbying since 1993 to

create what it calls the

Northern Strand Trail,

which would take bicyclists

and pedestrians from the

Malden/Everett area to the

beaches in Revere, Lynn

and Nahant.

The organization has

made significant strides.

The trail can be accessed

where Lynn and Wesley

streets converge in Malden

near the Revere city line.

Another access point is

located where Salem and

Franklin streets meet in

Revere, near the Saugus

town line.


List of bicycle and

pedestrian trails in


Bike to the Sea



(David Liscio is a North Shore-based


The East Coast Greenway connects 15 states and miles of trails from Maine to Florida.

The Danvers Rail Trail is only 2,482 miles from Key West, Fla., as the sign indicates.




Muralists help

downtown Lynn

move one

step Beyond


What brought Australian artist Georgia

Hill to downtown Lynn last month? A

mural, to put it simply.

But if you ask her or Beyond Walls

founder Al Wilson, it’s much bigger than

that. Wilson lured artists from across the

globe to lend their talents to a creative

movement that has the city buzzing with

energy, enterprise, arts and culture and will

for years to come.

Under Wilson’s vision, Beyond Walls

launched earlier this year as a grassroots

effort to create a sense of place and safety

in Lynn’s Central Square, through a

multifaceted installation of public art and


On July 22, 15 large-scale murals,

commissioned and painted on buildings

by international and local artists, were

unveiled during a block party — the

culmination of a 10-day mural festival.

More than 2,500 persons joined the fun at

the block party, which included live music,

food, drink and a festive vibe.

“I think these mural projects really make

people feel proud of their own streets,”

said Hill. “These walls and buildings are

home to the stories and histories that

people make together, and hopefully the

artworks celebrate this and a city that

people truly care about.”

For Hill, who specializes in type-based

art that combines bold, black-and-white

textures and lettering within experimental


compositions, this was her tenth mural

project since 2014, but her first in the

United States.

“In my short time painting murals,

I’ve been amazed at how these artworks

can engage the public and send bigger

messages, and really make people connect

in ways they might not have before —

from changing the way they might walk to

work to becoming more passionate about

bigger themes around them,” said Hill.

“I'm always really excited to push my work

that little bit further every time I paint.

Lately I've been focusing on connecting

architecture and odd structures, nature

and our memories.”

Other international muralists came from

Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican

Republic and Mexico. More locally,

Boston-based street artist Cedric “Vise”

Douglas participated, painting “The Black

Madonna” on the exterior wall of 114-120

Munroe St.

New Yorker Cey Adams, founding

creative director of Def Jam Records,

brought a little love to 65 Munroe St.

with a mural inspired by Donna Summer’s

song, “I Feel Love.”

Cambridge-based artist Caleb Neelon,

immersed in the global graffiti scene

under the name SONIK by the mid-

’90s, colorfully painted a wall on Munroe

Street, which he describes as a “big, loving,

family quilt. Neelon, who co-authored

“The History of American Graffiti,” has

painted murals and artworks that can

be seen in city streets and exhibitions

throughout the world. “What’s fun is the

community interaction,” he said. “Being in

public, there’s a performance aspect.”

Lynn was already host to a massive

mural on the exterior of the LynnArts

building at 25 Exchange St., designed

and painted by artists David Fichter,

Yetti Frenkel and Joshua Winer. Yet,

the idea for this project occurred to

Wilson, a Marblehead resident, years

ago when he was in Miami and visited

Wynwood Walls. Conceived by the

late Tony Goldman, a renowned

community revitalizer and placemaker,

the site has become a major art statement

transforming the warehouse district

of Wynwood. Since its inception, the

Wynwood Walls program has seen more

than 50 artists from 16 countries create art

on more than 80,000 square feet of walls.

“In the five years it took for the pop-up

installation to morph into the curated

space it is now, a ton of other stuff

happened,” said Wilson, talking about

Wynwood. “The art expanded from two

blocks to eight and a neighborhood

formed where there really wasn’t one.”

Wilson, who grew up in Walpole, was

familiar with the North Shore from

his childhood soccer days and saw an


“There I was in Miami thinking about

Lynn,” he said.

Wilson also found inspiration during a

trip to London, where he saw firsthand

the urban artwork — one of the largest

illustrations of its kind — that appears at

the gateway to King’s Cross.

“The street art there was a catalyst for

cafes opening and more housing,” he said.

“That’s what we need in Lynn. A number

of cultural organizations like RAW and

LynnArts have been doing work for years,



This mural at left is on the building at the corner of Spring and Exchange streets in Lynn. It was painted by Mexican-born and New York

City-based artist Marka27. Above, near the Monroe Street Community Garden plot, is a work by muralist FONKi Both were part of the

Beyond Walls Mural Festival, which ran from July 13 to 23.


East Coast,” said Wilson. “We’re really

fortunate Payette and LAM stepped

in, along with Philips Color Kinetics,

donating some of their services and

materials. That brought the price down

about 60 percent. They came in and saw

this former industrial city with a raised

rail going through the heart of it, and

recognized it could be something great.”

The final piece will be a sculpture

donated by GE Aviation paying homage

to Lynn’s rich industrial history as the

home of America’s jet engine technology.

That will be installed next spring. Wilson

also hopes to expand the mural project

from 15 walls to 25.

“I’m excited about the possibilities,”

said Drew Russo, executive director at

the Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts. “People

are looking to rediscover and take pride

in this city and I think this is the great

creative spark we need. It helps to shine

a light on what we’ve all been doing to

build a cultural community and hopefully

will provide more opportunity for the livework-play

experience in downtown.”

The project has been funded entirely

through donations and matching funds

from MassDevelopment. Neighborhood

Development Associates, a nonprofit

housing corporation and subsidiary

of the Lynn Housing Authority &

Neighborhood Development, provided

the group with a 5013c fiscal sponsorship.

In addition to Wilson, dozens of residents

and individuals from local businesses came

together to form a leadership committee

to help bring this project to fruition.

“If we can fund ourselves, we can

become an entity to do more Lynn-based

activities,” said Wilson. “I’d also love for us

to go on the road to another gateway city

next year.”


The mural above was painted on the building at the corner of Munroe and Washington

streets in Lynn by Miami-based artist Don Rimx. Below right, Miss Zukie and JPO

painted these lovable figures on the side of 16 City Hall Square.


and new businesses and coffee shops have

been opening up — which are all signs of

people trying to do cool things in Lynn —

but there’s still a feeling that the district

shuts down once it gets dark.”

That’s where the lighting comes in.

By adding lighting under the elevated

MBTA tracks and illuminating sidewalks

with vintage neon art pieces, businesses

will be encouraged to stay open later and

residents and visitors will be encouraged

to walk from place to place.

Beyond Walls has also seen the

installation of 12 vintage neon art pieces.

The colorful, dynamic LED underpass

lighting from Payette and LAM Partners

is expected to be completed in September.

The lighting will connect Central Square

and Washington Street, creating a safe

and inviting passageway through the heart

of Central Square. The project will also

include laser mapping of the bridge.

“There’s really nothing like it on the



The sweet spot

Peabody firm bakes treats for area Dunkin’ Donuts


For Joe Tavares, it’s

time to make the




The plant manager of Rantoul

Distributors in Peabody’s

Centennial Park hands me a

hairnet as my tummy starts

rumbling. I simply must resist

sticking my hand in a vat of

yummy chocolate frosting.

Tavares leads me into the

23,000-square-foot facility,

one of 97 central bakeries in

the United States for Dunkin’

Donuts, and the aroma might

make resistance impossible.

“We sell more doughnuts than

anyone else in the Northeast,”

said Tavares with pride.

Rantoul Distributors’ central

bakery provides goods for 140

Dunkin’ stores in Massachusetts,

New Hampshire, Maine and

Vermont. Tavares says the plant

operates seven days a week, 23

hours per day in three shifts. The

bounty is seven thousand dozen

doughnuts and more than 8

million Munchkins a day.

Tavares, who has been on

board since the bakery opened

in 2005, said much of the

doughnut making is automated,

except for such finishes

as glazing, frosting and

sprinkles, which are done by

hand. The company has 90


“I love to work. I love to

challenge myself and make

things better,” said Tavares,

noting that his favorite is the

honey-dipped, the company’s

best-selling doughnut.

“When we began, we were

a local operation with 10

franchisees operating roughly

50 stores,” said Bill Panzini, who

sits on the board of directors

of Rantoul Distributors with




7,000 dozen

doughnuts made daily


different types made daily


#1 seller


Munchkins made daily


pounds of flour used daily


Candida Rodriguez stirs strawberry glaze, as she prepares to frost

doughnuts at Rantoul Distributors. The Peabody business bakes

all the Dunkin Donuts treats.

fellow franchise owners Dinart

Serpa of Beverly, Bob Jackson

of Salem and Deo Raga of


“We took our name from

Rantoul Street in Beverly, our

original intended site for the

central bakery. However, we

saw an opportunity for a preexisting

space on Centennial

Drive that could be converted

... so, as opposed to having to

build from the ground up, we

switched over to that space,”

said Panzini, a North Reading

resident. He and Serpa,

who have nearly 50 years of

combined experience at Dunkin’

Donuts franchises, direct the

operations and management


Rantoul Distributors’

transformation came in the

form of automation, said


“We saw an opportunity to

expand the line, which would

result in more efficient

operations. We decided to shift

the production of doughnuts

and Munchkins to the central

bakeries and focus on baking

the bagels, muffins and other

items in stores. By doing so,

we were able to continue in

the same vein and ensure that

our products were of consistent

quality,” Panzini said.

The company expanded a

couple of years ago, adding

6,700 square feet. A nearby

central bakery that provided

treats to some 40 area stores was

absorbed by Panzini and team,

bringing everything

in-house under one roof,

increasing efficiency and

production in the area.

Panzini and the other

franchise owners enjoy the

efficiency and camaraderie the

central bakery offers. “Having

the opportunity to work with

other Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees

that face the same

challenges gave us the

opportunity to cultivate real

friendships with one another.

It is a great thing to work with

people for whom you hold the

highest regard,” Panzini said.





Lynn native Steve Chaggaris guides CBS News’ coverage

As much insight

as Steve

Chaggaris may

have had as

CBS News’

senior political

editor, even he couldn’t have

written the end to the 2016

presidential election.

“I had a pretty good sense

that it would be a historic

campaign, but I never imagined

a businessman/celebrity with

no political background would

be elected,” said Chaggaris,

now CBS News’ political

director. “It was unbelievable,

but fascinating. I think it’ll go

down as one of the most

interesting election years, at

least from a history standpoint.”

Chaggaris, a Lynn native

and St. John’s Prep graduate,

leads CBS News’ political

and campaign coverage and

provides on-air reporting and

analysis across the network’s

broadcast and digital platforms.

Having run the network’s

political unit that covered the

election, Chaggaris says early

days on the campaign trail

suggested business as usual.

“It was a pretty traditional

start with candidates like Jeb

Bush and Hillary Clinton —

names we were all familiar

with,” Chaggaris said. “When

Jeb announced he had already

raised $100 million, we were

thinking it would be a Bush/

Clinton election. There was

speculation that maybe

[Marco] Rubio or [Chris]

Christie would make a splash,

but Trump really wasn’t on the

radar early on.”

Yet, Chaggaris, who has been

with CBS News since 1999,



CBS News Political Director Steve Chaggaris, a Lynn native, interviews Donald Trump on the

campaign trail.

wasn’t ruling Trump out once

he hit the campaign trail.

“I was one of the few to say,

on the record, that he had the

money and had a message, and

he was polling pretty well,”

Chaggaris said. “Whether you

took him seriously or not, he

was a candidate.”

During a CBS News

broadcast in July of 2015

— exactly a month after

Trump officially declared his

candidacy — Chaggaris said

on air: “It’s a combination

of name recognition and of

the message he’s sending to

Republicans that you need a

tough talker in order to get

things done. Whether he’s the

one at the end of the day who

gets the nomination remains

to be seen, but it should be a

signal to the other dozen or

so candidates that members

of the party, conservatives at

least, are looking for someone

who’s going to slam Obama,

who’s going to talk about

what he’s going to get done as

president and basically who’s

going to be a fighter against

Hillary Clinton in the general


He attributed a lot of Trump’s

popularity to the “simmering

frustration” among part of the

Republican party after losing

the elections in 2008 and 2012.

“In the end, he wound up

connecting with voters,” said

Chaggaris. “People just wanted

someone to shake the system

up. It wasn’t something that

anyone could have predicted,

but I think it’s telling that there

are a lot of people who are fed

up with Washington and with


Chaggaris had his first hint

that Trump had a real shot of

winning the general election

when he was home for Easter

in the spring of 2016.

“I remember driving to

Lynnfield from Logan and

seeing a number of Trump

signs,” he said. “In hindsight,

it was a wakeup call that I

saw more signs for Trump

than Clinton in a blue state

like Massachusetts. I started

thinking, this guy is resonating

with people you don’t expect.”

In the meantime, Chaggaris

faces his own challenges in terms

of how to present news during a

time in which journalism itself

has come under attack.


“As political director, my goal

is to cover politics without bias

and to tell both sides of the

story,” he said. “In this time of

fake news and partisan news,

we’re just trying to be real


Chaggaris participates in a

weekly podcast, “The Takeout,”

with CBS News’ Chief White

House Correspondent Major

Garrett. Discussing politics,

policy and pop culture, the two

chat with guests and analyze

the week’s political news over

lunch at D.C. restaurants.

“I’ve learned so much

working with the likes of

Major Garrett, Bob Schieffer,

John Dickerson and so many

more,” said Chaggaris. “It’s

incredible that these people are

my peers now. I’ll never take

those things for granted.”

Chaggaris also had an

interesting role in prepping

CBS News’ Elaine Quijano for

the vice presidential debate last

year, which she moderated.

“For three weeks we were

sequestered, putting questions

together,” he said. “To have

such a key role in that was

pretty cool. It’s a memory I’ll

never forget.”

Chaggaris says his interest

in broadcast journalism and

politics developed at an early


“I watched a lot of TV and

news as a kid,” said Chaggaris,

who attended Shoemaker

Elementary School in Lynn.

He split his middle school

years between Pickering

Middle School in Lynn and

Lynnfield Middle School.

After graduating from St.

John’s Prep in 1990, he went

to Ithaca College, earning a

television-radio degree. He

was particularly inspired by

one of his professors, Alan

Schroeder, a former journalist,

television producer and

diplomat and author of several

books, including “Presidential

Debates: Risky Business on the

Campaign Trail” and

“Celebrity-in-Chief: How

Show Business Took Over

the White House” (ironically

published in 2004).

Chaggaris got his foot in

the door at WMUR-TV in

Manchester, N.H., where

he worked as a production

assistant for nearly a year before

he made the move to D.C.

“I had some friends in D.C.

so I saved enough for a few

months’ rent and went down

there,” he said. “I had made

some thin connections with

people there so I started

out with some odd jobs —

camera work, research for


In the summer of 1995,

Chaggaris got his break and

was hired by C-SPAN for

a temporary position in the

promotions department. That

led to a four-year career with

C-SPAN on the programming

side. Among the many standout

moments of his career, the first

would be the 1996 Republican

National Convention in San

Diego. “It was my first political

convention and as a 23-year-old

kid, it was amazing,” he said.

He began his CBS News

career in 1999 as an associate

producer in the political unit.

He vividly remembers the

coverage of his first major

election in 2000 — recount

and all.

“When it wasn’t called,

they sent us home at 7 a.m.,”

said Chaggaris. “That was

something. It was also pretty

incredible because I was sitting

on set with the anchors, just

feet away from Dan Rather.”

During the 9/11 attacks,

Chaggaris was sent out to cover

the Pentagon, sitting in on a

briefing with former Secretary

of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

“It was heart-wrenching and

it can’t compare to anything

else I’ve done,” said Chaggaris.

“It was the one time I truly felt

the weight of history.”

Other major assignments

have included covering

Congress and working as an

embedded campaign reporter

covering John Kerry’s 2004

presidential run.

“As a kid from Massachusetts,

it was amazing to be in Boston

for the convention and see

Kerry announced as the

Democratic candidate,” said


Although he doesn’t return

to the North Shore as often as

he’d like (especially for stops at

Kowloon, Kelly’s and Land ’n

Sea), Chaggaris says he’s still in

touch with childhood friends,

including Brian Field and Taso

Nikolakopoulos, who are both

seeking councilor-at-large seats

in Lynn.

“It’ll be fun to follow them

from afar,” said Chaggaris.

“Seth Moulton is also an

interesting story. We briefly

covered him in 2014, and that

was another election where

voter connection mattered. It

was a reminder to never take

tenure for granted.”

As for Chaggaris, he doesn’t

need anyone reminding him

that he’s right where he wants

to be.

“Somehow, I stumbled into a

job that’s everything I’ve ever

wanted to do,” he said. “I’m so

grateful for that.”

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Memories flood back for

Saugus’ Tom Sheehan



Author Tom Sheehan in his Saugus

home, surrounded by photos and

artifacts that spark his creativity.

My father said it early and often to me:

“We come into this life with two gifts,

love and energy,” and it has never been

truer as I have just stepped into my

90th year on the planet, still working

at my first love, seeking the magic, the

mystery, the mastery in words.

My latest book, Beside the Broken Trail, was accepted by Pocol

Press; and two reviews of a story published in London's Literally

Stories magazine said of one of my stories on their site that

morning, “Comes a Prisoner Bound in Rags”:

1. It begins with a boom and never lets you go. Classic example

of a 3K (3000 word) piece sprinting from start to finish yet

carrying and conveying layers of detail. To the wise: short form

need not be anorexic. Refer to Sheehan if confused by that.

2. Brilliant.

To go along with those simple reviews and the matter of

memory, this Saugus “kid” fully believes the memories of the old

days are keener than more recent days, as events prove. With

a sort of distinct catch, I remember my team's football games

at the old Manning Bowl in Lynn; two games against Lynn

Classical in 1945 and 1946 (one win, one loss), one against Lynn

English, two against Peabody, one against Swampscott. There


were others that scatter in the

quick search.

These days Manning Bowl

memories keep leaping to

the fore, and the names and

faces and accomplishments

keep coming back in a litany

of images. Their names beget

actions, the images in constant

motion: Rocco Cerrone

and Tony Andreottola from

Revere; Clayton Sheehan

and Joe Penney and Rick

Ricciardelli and Ruby Jules

and Marty Smith and Jack

Hennessey and Charlie Long

(who later worked in my

crew at Raytheon) from Lynn

English; George Comiskey

and Billy Ransom and Bob

Debner and Al Gouzie from

Beverly; Pat Arena and Joe

Palazola and Mooter Albert

and Ted Williams and another

Destino from Gloucester;

the intrepid phalanx from

Peabody of Herky Harris,

Buddy Roche, Dick Keone,

Pete Kravchuk, Luke

McHugh, Art Adamopoulos

and tackle tandem Berger

and Pelletier, the ones we

scrimmaged against so many

times I can’t remember; and

Harry Agganis and Don

Miosky and Ray McClorey

and George Pike and Vic Pujo

and Dave Warden and Nils

Strom and Stanley Britton

and Mecca Smiarowski and

Boley Dancewicz from Lynn


And there was Jimmy

Vizarkas, of Lynn Classical,

who a few years later I spotted

walking down the Main

Supply Route (MSR) in Korea

as his outfit was relieving mine

on Heartbreak Ridge or some

such site and did not see him

again until Founders Day in

Saugus in 2002. That day on

the MSR we talked about

Manning Bowl and our last

encounter there in 1945.

There was a smiling

quarterback named Rodriguez

from Classical and an Air

Force team at Fort Devens

in 1950 when he and I and

Art Spinney, then with the

Baltimore Colts and later to

protect Johnny Unitas in that

great 1958 win over the New

York Giants, rehashed our

days at The Bowl after our

military game, just before we

headed off to other destinies.

Oh, one wonders how such

names might spur the legends

of old memories, how they fall

out from the site of the old

Bowl, floating in the air as I

drive by, caught up in reverie

and nostalgia. Time does have

its good swaps of fortune.

John Burns, a high school

teacher just back from his war

in 1945, found my deep love

of words and the attachable

mysteries. So it was, at the

beginning of this century,

that we brought hundreds of

Saugonians tightly together to

create and publish 2000 copies

each of two books, A Gathering

of Memories and Of Time and

the River, sold all copies and

established a scholarship at

Saugus High School in Burns'


It was a joy to work with

John, Bob Wentworth and

Neil Howland on those two


Those memories linger,

but others have a way of

forcing entry, declaring their

importance, stating their

claims; tightly remain the near

unforgettable, the precious

elements held in the deepest

cells of memory.

I remember my mother

and my Aunt Bess thumbing

up the Pike to a night game

versus Newburyport in 1944

(knowing if they got there

they'd be sure of a ride home).

I thought that they were too

old then for such tomfoolery,

yet it was the seventh game of

the undefeated year and the

first time we were scored upon,

much thanks to teammates

Art Spinney, Killer Bob Kane,

and the likes of Frank Pyszko,

toughest teammate of them all

to this day.

I don’t make any money at

these efforts, love of words

continuing to drive me on,

the magic or sometimes

mastery, the desires that are

indefatigable, endless, full of

possibilities: nothing tried is

Mike Harrington, illustrious

Saugus High halfback,

intercepts a Marblehead

pass in 1941. This pic hung

in SHS hallway until the

high school burned down.

nothing printed, the dormant

words cry for escape; I’m at

their command.

Memory, as I’ve said, falters

lately, though the old stuff

hangs on.

The love and energy doesn’t

let go, not if you hold onto

it, even in these latest years,

Saugus and Peabody high school football teams in a 1946 game.

like it’s a possession you can’t

release: it’s bonded to your

soul, every now and then

flashing back at you for all it’s

worth. Some folks, for sure,

know the feeling; some never

feel it.

Being 89 years old, of course,

has some drawbacks, but at

this machine, and with the

love and energy refusing to let

go, holding on for dear life,

every last damned minute of it,

there’s room for getting done.

The newest story, finished

this morning, has already been

sent on to an editor, at his

desk, waiting, hopefully to be

knocked wide awake. I keep

trying for that wake-up call;

it’s worth the wait.

My biographical note, as

requested or often demanded

by publishers, says, at this

moment: Sheehan has

published 30 books, has

multiple works in Rosebud,

Linnet’s Wings, Serving House

Journal, Literally Stories,

Copperfield Review, Literary

Orphans, Indiana Voices Journal,

Frontier Tales, Western Online

Magazine, Faith-Hope and

Fiction, Provo Canyon Review,

Eastlit, Rope & Wire Magazine,

The Literary Yard, Green Silk

Journal, Fiction on the Web, The

Path, etc. He has 32 Pushcart

nominations, 5 Best of the Net

nominations (one winner).

2015-2016 book publications

include Swan River Daisy

by KY Stories, From the

Quickening by Pocol Press, The

Cowboys by Pocol Press, and

Jehrico by Danse Macabre. Back

Home in Saugus (a collection) is

being considered, as is Elements

& Accessories (poetry), Small

Victories for the Soul (poetry)

and Valor’s Commission. He was

2016 Writer-in-Residence at

Danse Macabre in Las Vegas.

He served in 31st Infantry,

Korea, 1951-52, graduated

from Boston College in 1956,

and worked at Raytheon

Co. for 30+ years until his

retirement in 1991.

Tom Sheehan can be reached at




Heather Hegedus, a Lynnfield

High graduate, in the Boston 25

newsroom, above, and, at right,

with husband, Tom McNamee,

and their 1-year-old son, Brooks.

Lynnfield native Heather Hegedus

balances life on- and off-camera


Forget Wonder Woman —

the real on-screen dynamo

is Boston 25 News star

Heather Hegedus.

The 1996 Lynnfield High

graduate’s resume with an

honors degree from Georgetown and

master’s from Columbia speaks volumes,

but her actions speak louder. The mom to

1-year-old Brooks gets up at 3 a.m. not

to pull diaper duty but to leave for what

is often a 12-hour workday as a weekend

anchor and general assignment

reporter for the Fox news station.

So how does she keep it all


Keeping in touch with her high

school friends helps.

“It’s been so much fun connecting

and reconnecting with people

from my class, with social media,

especially. We have a really tight

group since there were just 86 of us,

and a lot of us had babies later —

one of the reasons our reunion is a

bit overdue!” she said.

Back then, among other activities,

Hegedus was on the student council, was

a debate team champion, Miss Teen-Age

America finalist, cheerleader and dancer

for 17 years at LaPierre Dance Studio in

Reading. Today, she says she’d advise her

teenage overachiever self to keep it all in


“I would tell her to relax and it will all

fall into place. It’s important to look for

balance in life. Even before I had a baby I

knew there were other things besides my

career, although it’s easy to define yourself

that way. Being a reporter is not entirely

who I am, it’s important to be a good mom,

daughter, friend, wife.”

That means that, yes, it’s OK for the real

Wonder Women out there to eat chocolate

cake for breakfast the morning of their

husband’s birthday (for Hegedus, news

cameraman Tom McNamee); and that

relationships are the real key to happiness.

After emceeing the annual Buddy Walk

at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield

— where Hegedus spent every July

Fourth competing in the bike-decorating

contest for kids — she has served on the

Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress,

advocating for people with intellectual and

developmental disabilities. She also takes

a bit of her work home with her willingly,

she says, by keeping in touch with the

families that share their personal stories

with the world at large, such as

6-year-old Devin Suau’s, who are raising

awareness for his rare form of cancer; and

Kate and Scott Middlemiss, who had two

sons with cardiomyopathy.

“The part of my job that I enjoy the most

is the connections I make with people,”

said Hegedus. “I’m really fortunate to meet

with people who have let me into their

personal lives. My heart goes out to all of

them. … obviously these are the hardest

stories to do in my job, but I try to stay in

touch because I don’t just want to be one

interview in someone’s life,” she said.

As far as staying in touch with her

roots, Hegedus said that despite living

in several places — including New York

City, and a year overseas at the London

School of Economics — she’d love to

move back to Lynnfield someday if it

were closer to the news station’s Dedham

headquarters. (“It would be so much

fun to have my son in the same nursery

school and elementary school as me!”)

Meanwhile, she’s psyched to visit her

parents, Beverly and Jordan, and check

out all that’s transformed in her old town,

including opportunities to socialize and fun

outdoor activities for kids like ice skating

at MarketStreet. Count anchor stores

like Lululemon and Athleta among her

favorites these days, too. “My closet used

to be filled with heels, now it’s filled with

sneakers,” she said of life post-baby. “Plus

if I wear workout clothes, then I’m more

likely to work out!”

Time off now includes hiking with

her husband, baby and 7-year-old

goldendoodle; just don’t expect her to

be wearing makeup meant for highdefinition

TV, since her skin’s not the

only thing that needs some breathing


After 17 years in the news business,

Hegedus, who recently won a New

England Emmy award with her

WFXT teammates for a “Hooked on

Heroin” report, says she’s seen a real


“The cycle and deadlines have

changed so much because of social

media and phones that it’s so much

shorter — journalists now have a greater

responsibility and we have to be more

vigilant to keep the facts straight to report

things with pressure to turn things around

faster,” she said. “Plus we also have to make

sure it’s appealing on social media — when

I was growing up it was ‘appointment

television’ and you’d just turn it on at 6


However, there is another side to the

coin — that same social media that keeps

her in touch with former Lynnfield High

classmates “makes it easier to spread

the word about all of the positive work

we’re reporting out there in the field,”

said Hegedus. “Every day we’re out there

becoming experts in new subject matter, so

it’s always a learning experience for us—

and viewers.”





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Boston Red Sox outfielder

Tony Conigliaro is carried off

the field on a stretcher after he

was beaned during a game at

Fenway Park on Aug. 18, 1967.








He had been in a slump. Tony

Conigliaro, the 22-year-old kid who,

earlier in 1967, had become the youngest

player in American League history to

reach the 100-homer mark, was in a rut

and hadn’t hit one out in 10 days.

“He’d had some pretty good stats up to

that time,” said teammate and friend Rico

Petrocelli, “but yeah, he was struggling. We

always talked about waiting on the ball.

When you’re in a slump you always tend

to rush things. He wanted to wait on the

ball. That’s what all the great hitters could

do. Tony probably had that on his mind.

Wait … wait … wait until the last second.”

“Unfortunately,” said Petrocelli, “it

worked against him. He didn’t have

enough time to get out of the way.”

Tony Conigliaro was a local idol - the

Swampscott kid (via East Boston) and St.

Mary’s High graduate who had made his

Major League debut with the Red Sox

at age 19 and homered in his first at-bat,

on the first pitch he saw off Joel Horlen

of the Chicago White Sox in 1964, at

Fenway Park.

In no time, he became the toast of

the town. He even recorded rock ’n’ roll


“I remember seeing him open his trunk

up once and there were all these 45s of

‘Little Red Scooter’ (one of his recordings

that got local airplay),” said Frank Carey, a

lifelong friend and teammate at St. Mary’s.

“He loved that stuff.”

Just about every Red Sox fan probably

wanted to be Tony Conigliaro, and a good

many female fans surely would have dated

him if they’d had the chance.

That all changed in a split second 50

years ago, on Aug. 18, 1967 -- Tony

Conigliaro’s Day of Infamy. The Red Sox

were playing the California Angels (as

they were called at the time) and both

teams were in the thick of a pennant race

that -- even that late into the summer --

involved half of the American League’s 10

franchises (Boston, California, Minnesota


Red Sox slugger Tony Conigliaro relaxes

in the Red Sox locker room before a game.

Twins, Chicago White Sox and Detroit


The game was scoreless going into the

bottom of the fourth inning. Conigliaro,

batting sixth that night, had already hit

a single, and it looked like his efforts to

break out of his slump had paid off.

“He was a streak hitter,” said middle

brother Billy Conigliaro, himself a player

in the Red Sox minor league system at

the time. “We were talking at home that

afternoon and he said he was going to

stand closer to the plate and stay in a little

longer before making a commitment to the

pitch,” Billy said.

“(Tony) always crowded the plate,” said

Carey, a member of the National High

School Baseball Coaches Association

Hall of Fame who spent 49years at North

Reading High.

“He was fearless. I can remember back in

1964 he was going to face (Yankee Hall of

Famer) Whitey Ford.

“Now, Ford was well past his prime,” said

Carey, “ but he was still, you know, Whitey

Ford. But Tony says ‘I’m going to get him,’

and he did. He could always back it up.”

That confidence wasn’t anything new.

“One day in high school, we’re going

up to St. John’s Prep and Danny Murphy

(of Beverly, who later pitched for the

White Sox and Chicago Cubs) was on the

mound,” said Lynn School Committee

Secretary Tom Iarrobino, a teammate of

both Carey and Conigliaro in high school.

“Same thing. ‘I’ll take him deep!’ We tell

him, ‘Tony you can’t say things like that.’

Sure enough, he gets up and hits one out.

He was only a sophomore at the time.”

To that point in the 1967 season,

Conigliaro had hit 20 home runs

and knocked in 67 runs. With Carl

Yastrzemski hitting in front of him for

most of the season, they’d formed a potent

1-2 punch.

Conigliaro was the third hitter up in the

bottom of the fourth. George Scott led off

with a single, and Reggie Smith had flied


Richie Conigliaro recalls that a smoke

bomb then went off in left field, delaying

the game for almost 15 minutes. Finally,

Conigliaro dug in against Angels pitcher

Jack Hamilton in his customary wideopen

stance, legs spread apart, bat high

behind his shoulder.

The ball came in, high and tight - a

brushback pitch.

“It was a fastball,” confirmed Petrocelli,

who was on deck. “A lot of times, when

you’re in a slump, you wait up there in

case it’s a curveball or a changeup. Who

knows? He may have been thinking about

a breaking ball.”

Also, said Petrocelli, “Tony had a little

blind spot inside. He got it a few other

times too, in the back, or in the arm. I

think he fractured his arm once.




Tony Conigliaro reads fan mail, as he

recuperates at his home in Swampscott,

after his beaning 50 years ago.


“If he got a strike on the black (of either

corner of the plate), you couldn’t throw

it by him. He’d nail it. But maybe two or

three inches inside, it’s like he didn’t move.

It’s almost as if he lost the ball.

“Even though it was eye-high, it could

be that he didn’t see the ball.”

Conigliaro never moved. The ball hit

him flush on the side of his face, and, as

it turned out, below the helmet line (few

players had ear flaps on their helmets in

1967; after that helmets were designed

with them).

Conigliaro fell to the ground immediately,

face down.

“Everything,” said Petrocelli, “went

silent. Everyone in the ballpark - and it

was probably a full house - groaned and

then went still.”

“I saw the whole thing,” said Billy

Conigliaro. “It was terrible. We all thought

it hit the side of his helmet and that he

wasn’t going to have permanent problems.”

However, one portent of how bad it was

came when the ball did not ricochet, as it

would have had it hit a hard, plastic object

such as a helmet.

“It went straight down,” Billy Conigliaro

said. “I don’t even remember hearing any

sound. And it went completely silent in

the stands. Everybody was silent.”

Despite all this, Billy Conigliaro and his

family tried to remain optimistic.

“We thought he’d get up,” he said. “We

didn’t find out until much later how bad

it was.”

However, Richie Conigliaro said, “you

knew it was bad when, after a couple of

minutes, he still didn’t get up, and wasn’t

even moving.”

Petrocelli knew immediately.

“He was lying on the ground, face down,

and holding his eye,” Petrocelli said. “I saw

the side of his face start to blow up like a

balloon. It was so scary. I don’t know if it

hit him in the eye directly, but certainly

right below the eye. That’s why it blew up

the way it did.”

Almost immediately, trainer Buddy

LeRoux rushed onto the field along with

team doctor Thomas Tierney.

“Right away, they called for a stretcher,”

Petrocelli said. “They knew he was hurt

real bad. I helped put him on the stretcher.

I kept telling him, ‘Tony, you’re going to

be all right.’ ”

By this time, the family had made it

onto the field and saw him being placed

onto the stretcher and whisked away to

Sancta Maria Hospital in Cambridge.

“We thought he was going to die,”

Richie Conigliaro recalled. “My poor

parents. I mean, he was only 22. This was

the ‘Impossible Dream’ year, and here we


By the next day, after he’d stabilized,

the question wasn’t whether he’d live, but

whether he’d ever play again.

“You saw that picture of him, lying in

the hospital bed, with his eye blackened

the way it was, and you thought, ‘no way

was he ever going to be able to play again,’ ”

said Petrocelli.

Conigliaro was officially diagnosed

with a detached retina. He was done for

the rest of ’67, and missed the entire

1968 season as well. But he had designs

of making it back as a pitcher as spring

training dawned in ’69. However, he began

to see the ball well enough to hit it, and

thoughts of a comeback became that

much more realistic.

“Scar tissue had formed in the back

of his eye, and his eyesight was 350-20.

It was ridiculous,” said Petrocelli. “How

could you see out of that?”

But slowly those numbers improved,

until, several weeks later, it was back to

20-20, Petrocelli said.

“He came to spring training and started

hitting the ball,” he said.

He made the team, and was in the

lineup, in right field, on opening day.

And in the 10th inning of opening day in

Baltimore, he hit a two-run homer to give

the Red Sox, at the time, a 4-2 lead.

“What a story here!” exclaimed Red Sox

broadcaster Ken Coleman as Conigliaro

almost flew around the bases.

“All I could think of was my parents,”

Billy Conigliaro said, “and how thrilled

they must have been.”

Conigliaro hit 36 home runs and

knocked in 116 runs in 1970. But his

eyesight started to deteriorate again, and

he was traded to the Angels during the


“I was shocked. Stunned,” Petrocelli said.

“What were they doing?”

But by mid-1971, Conigliaro abruptly

retired, saying his eyesight no longer made

it possible for him to hit. He was hitting

only .222 with four homers.

Conigliaro attempted one final comeback

in 1975. But by midseason he was

hitting below .200 and Jim Rice and Fred

Lynn were in the middle of historic rookie

seasons. He was optioned to Pawtucket,

but chose to hang up his spikes instead.

On Jan. 9, 1982, two days after his 37th

birthday, he’d auditioned, apparently

successfully, to take Ken Harrelson’s place

as the Channel 38 color man for Red Sox

broadcasts. His brother Billy was driving

him back to Logan Airport, and they were

near Suffolk Downs when Billy noticed

Tony slumped over in the passenger seat.

He’d suffered a heart attack.

Billy took him right to Massachusetts

General Hospital in Boston. By then,

however, Tony Conigliaro had lost too

much oxygen. Even though he survived,

he was never the same.

He died in 1990 at age 45. Among

the pallbearers were Petrocelli, Carey,

Iarrobino and Tony Nicosia, another St.

Mary’s friend.

“A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think

of it,” said Richie Conigliaro. “But when

all is said and done, I ask myself if I had a

choice, would I take 37 great years, and all

the living I could cram into them, or 70

or 80 lousy years? I know what my choice

would be.”





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“Hair loss is devastating,”

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Belmonte, who has thinning

hair, wears a custom hairpiece

that Caruso carefully matched

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You feel human again.”

Over the years, Caruso

has helped more than 500

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“Every week, we have new

people coming in,” she said.

“But I see a lot of the same

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Stylist Angelica Gentile has

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“It’s a great feeling to be

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One of her clients, Lisa,

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custom hairpiece when she was

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I didn’t feel comfortable. Then

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