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Medford Community Day Planned for May 31st

Medford Community Day 2014

Medford’s second annual Community Day will take place on Sunday, May 31, according to an announcement released by Mayor Michael McGlynn. The event will take place once again behind the Andrews Middle School at Mystic Riverbend Park. Anyone interested in hosting an informational table should contact the Mayor’s office. Community Day will feature family-friendly activities, food, performances, and cultural entertainment.

– InsideMedford.com

Holy Week with Grace Episcopal Church

Grace Episcopal ChurchJoin Grace Episcopal Church as we walk through Holy Week towards Easter.

All are welcome!

Grace Episcopal Church
160 High Street, Medford

Holy Wednesday – April 1
7:00PM – Stations of the Cross

Maundy Thursday- April 2
7:00 PM – Holy Eucharist with
foot washing and stripping of the altar

Good Friday- April 3
12:00 noon – Liturgy for Good Friday
5:30PM Holy Week Service for children
7:00 PM -Liturgy for Good Friday with music and choir

Holy Saturday- April 4
10:00 AM Proper Liturgy for Holy Saturday
7:00 PM – The Great Vigil of Easter with music and choir

Easter Sunday – April 5
8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist with Traditional Language
10:00 AM – Festival Holy Eucharist with music and choir followed by Easter Egg Hunt!
5:00 PM – Contemporary and Contemplative Holy Eucharist

- Submitted by The Reverend Noah Evans

Medford Cancer Survivor Urges Lawmakers to Support Tanning, Electronic Cigarette Regulations

Nearly 100 cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state traveled to the State House last week to meet with Massachusetts lawmakers about the need to support regulations that would protect youth from the dangers of indoor tanning and electronic cigarettes.

In Massachusetts, an estimated 37,790 people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and 12,710 will lose their battle with the disease. Those gathered at the State House called on Massachusetts lawmakers to change this by taking steps to make the fight against cancer a priority. The visit was part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Lobby Day, which brought together cancer survivors and volunteers from across the Commonwealth, as well as elected officials and coalition partners.

Among those who visited the State House today was 35 year old Joshua Herting of Medford. Just over a year ago, Herting was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer and underwent surgery and extensive chemotherapy to fight the disease.

“March 25 of last year I was sitting in a chemotherapy infusion chair for the first of a dozen rounds of treatment,” said Herting. “I’m thankful that exactly a year later I am here advocating lawmakers to enact legislation that will prevent others from having to go through what I have gone through.” While at the State House, Herting met with Senator Pat Jehlen and Representative Paul Donato to share his story and discuss ACS CAN’s priority legislation.

“We met with our elected leaders today as representatives of the many Bay Staters who are diagnosed with cancer each day” said ACS CAN Government Relations Director Marc Hymovitz, “these advocates, survivors, caregivers and patients have gathered together today with one goal in mind: to pass legislation that will save lives.”

Specifically, the Massachusetts volunteers asked lawmakers to:

– Support House Bill 2050 and Senate Docket 1200, An Act modernizing tobacco control and protecting the health of minors, which would prohibit sales of e-cigarettes to minors and include e-cigarettes in the smoke-free workplace law

– Support Senate Docket 1565, An Act further regulating tanning facilities, which would protect minors under 18 from UV indoor tanning, thus decreasing the risk of deadly skin cancers such as melanoma.

“The widespread, unregulated use of e-cigarettes threatens the progress we’ve made reducing the number of smokers in this country. In this day and age, it remains legal in many communities for kids under 18 to purchase these addictive and dangerous products,” said Hymovitz. “While last year we celebrated 10 years of smoke free workplaces in Massachusetts, in many communities smokers can use e-cigarettes indoors, subjecting all of us to unknown dangers through second hand smoke.”

Among the advocates at the event was Meghan Rothschild, a melanoma survivor and spokesperson from the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE), who is working in partnership with ACS CAN to protect Massachusetts youth from the dangers of indoor tanning. Diagnosed at age 20, Meghan attributes her melanoma to indoor tanning bed use, and she spoke on the dangers of tanning devices.

“My melanoma could be traced directly back to my indoor tanning use as a teen. We know tanning beds are just as carcinogenic as cigarettes and that any exposure to them before the age of 18 dramatically increases your risk of skin cancer. We need regulations in place that can protect teens and young adults from these cancer-causing devices,” said Rothschild.

Many of the 37,790 cancer diagnoses and 12,710 deaths in Massachusetts can be prevented. By adequately protecting our youth from the known risks of tanning devices, and by protecting clean indoor air through the inclusion of e-cigarettes in the smoke free workplace law, we can help ensure future generations are spared hearing those terrible three words, “you have cancer.”

- Submitted by American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Local Clergy Come Together for Ecumenical Blessing of the Palms

Dressed in robes for worship, and costumes from biblical times, the three congregations of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Grace Episcopal Church and First Baptist Church gathered in Medford Square on Palm Sunday to bless palms as each church begins Holy Week.

For decades, Grace Episcopal Church and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church have been blessing palms together. This year First Baptist joined the celebration, and the gathering moved into the center of Medford Square.

The blessing began with the Reverend Noah H. Evans, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church welcoming the crowd. He said “…this gathering is a visible sign of the unity of the Church of Christ, as we all worship in our own traditions. It also shows our common commitment to our City and the well being of our community. It feels so right to begin this most holy of weeks together.”

Medford’s Mayor Michael McGlynn offered a Prayer for the Unity of the City and Rev. Laura Everett, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches offered a Prayer for the Unity of Christ’s Church. Rev. Mathew Rasure, Acting Pastor of First Baptist Church then read the reading from the Gospel of Mark which told the story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem as the people spread palms on the road before him. Then, Fr. Edward Doughty, Pastor of St. Joseph’s and St. Francis Collaborative blessed the palms while spreading holy water across the many baskets of palms. Each congregation processed back to its house of worship for the continuation of the morning services, with shouts of “Hosanna in the highest…”

Blessing of the Palms

Blessing of the Palms

Blessing of the Palms

Blessing of the Palms

- Submitted by The Revered Noah Evans, Grace Episcopal Church. Photos by John Rogers, Jr.

City Seeking Public Comments on Dog Park Location

Mayor Michael J. McGlynn and the Paws4Medford Committee are seeking residents’ comments on a proposed site for Medford’s dog park.

The Committee is a group of volunteers who have identified the Stanton Foundation as a possible funding source.

“Public comment is a critical step in the process,” said Mayor McGlynn. “It will be followed by a feasibility study on a specific site located behind the Andrews and McGlynn Schools at Mystic Riverbend Park.”

The Committee has done an admirable job in moving this project forward. They are presenting for public review a proposal for a feasibility study of the Mystic Riverbend Park area for the purpose of creating a Medford dog park. This location has several important features that the Committee believes makes it a prime location for such a public park. Accessibility for this location is excellent as it provides plenty of parking, ease of access, no impact to residential areas and is centrally located to city residents.

This area already supports many of the physical attributes required for a successful dog park and as such does not require any use modification in order to transform a portion of this area into a dog park. The area is presently used by many dog lovers and could benefit from improvements funded by this grant opportunity. The Mystic Riverbend area is also unique in the educational opportunities that can be explored with the local community and nearby schools. These are some of the key points that make the Mystic Riverbend area perfect for this need.

The Committee, comprised of members Patricia Flynn, Gary DeStefano, Britt Fitch, Diana Gitner, John Sardone, Michael Marks and Jim Silva, has received a site consultation cost estimate for evaluation of this site as a potential dog park.

A consultant will provide a sketch plan and budget level cost estimates for creation of a dog park at Riverbend Park behind the McGlynn School in Medford (site between walkway and river, adjacent to the community gardens). A consultant will provide cost evaluation of site preparation, access paths, alternate surface materials, fencing and related site improvements, as well as soft costs and design fees. A consultant will also contact the DEP and Medford Conservation Commission to ascertain the regulatory requirements for such a development. A consultant will meet with the Committee to present initial findings and after revising, will meet with Mayor and representatives of the City to present the plan.

A consultant will use existing plans and city GIS as base information. The need for additional survey is not anticipated at this time. A consultant will provide only sketch plans and the cost estimates. Schematic design, construction documents and construction phase services are not included. Should the city so request, a consultant can provide those services as an additional service, to be billed at our standard billing rates or the subject of a separate proposal. The consultant’s fee is $2,800 to complete this work.

All comments should be forwarded by April 24th to Linda Coletti at lcoletti@medford.org.

- Submitted by Mayor Michael McGlynn’s office

Chamber to Host Freedom 5K & Health Expo

Shake off the winter blues and hit the pavement! Register for FREEDOM 5K to be held in Medford, MA on Sunday, April 12, 2015. FREEDOM 5K is a chip-timed, 5k race/walk starting promptly at 10am at The Medford Chamber of Commerce annual Health and Wellness expo at the McGlynn Middle School, 3002 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford, MA.

The course will proceed down “Freedom Way” take a left onto Riverside Avenue, a right onto George P. Hassett Drive, a left onto Salem Street into Medford Sq, a right onto Forest Street, a left onto Lawrence Road, a left onto Governors Avenue, a left onto High Street proceed directly through Medford Square down Riverside Avenue with a right onto “Freedom Way” finishing back at the McGlynn Middle School. $100 cash prize to top male and female. Age Group medals will be awarded and every child under 13 will receive a super star medal as they cross the finish line. Every registrant will receive a long sleeve tech shirt and swag bag.

The expo will be open from 8am-12pm. Music provided by Nuimage Entertainment. Pre-race registration and packet pickup is 8am-9:30am. Stretch it out and become one with your spirit as you join Borealis Yoga and Emilie Amstutz at 9am for a free yoga class. Shake it up with “Zumba with Nancy Palladino” at the pre-race warmup at 9:45am or jump into her free Zumba class at 10:30am. Local businesses featuring services in the physical, financial, occupational, recreational and environmental wellness industries will be featured at the expo. More information on the event and race registration is at www.MedfordChamberMa.com.

Boston Beer Company featuring Sam Adams is sponsoring the after party at Carroll’s Restaurant, 21 Main Street, Medford Square. Carroll’s will also be serving a brunch for $10 per person. Lisa’s Pizza at 283 Boston Avenue, Medford is hosting a “buy one, get one free” after party for all participants. At 5:30 come to Borealis Community Yoga, 34 Salem Street, 2nd floor, Medford for a free Yoga class. Just show your runner/walker bib at either establishment. More parties are being planned, like our page at www.Facebook.com/Freedom5kMedford to receive the updates as they come in!

- Submitted by Medford Chamber of Commerce

CACHE Fundraiser at John Brewer’s April 14th

Join CACHE in Medford, Inc. on the evening of Tuesday, April 14 for our annual fundraiser at John Brewer’s Tavern (7 Highland Ave, Malden).

Enjoy dinner between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. and give a copy of our flyer to your server, and 20% of your tab will go to CACHE. Flyers may be printed from CACHE’s web site cacheinmedford.org.

Funds will go to support CACHE programs including Circle the Square, Arts Across Medford and the Mystic River Celebration.

And stay on top of all of the arts and cultural events in Medford by visiting CACHE’s comprehensive Arts and Cultural Event Calendar at cacheinmedford.org/upcoming-events.

- Submitted by Laurel Siegel

Medford Actors to Appear in Local Production of the Musical ‘Nine’

Medford residents Amy DeMarco and Lisa McDonough are featured performers in Arlington Friends of the Drama production of Nine. In this Tony Award-winning show, a famous film director is suffering from a creative block – and personal difficulties with his wife, mistress, the actress who serves as his muse, and his female producer. A musical adaptation of the Federico Fellini film “8 ½” this theater piece tells the story of celebrated film director Guido Contini as he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone. Combining elements of opera, concert, storytelling and theater into a mixture of straightforward narrative, memory and dreams, in many ways this show defies categorization, yet in the end it all fits together in an award winning show.

Amy DeMarco is a long-time member of AFD who has appeared in many area productions. She is best known for comedic roles, such as Miss Hannigan in “Annie” of Gooch in “Mame.” At AFD she was last seen in “Hair,” and in this production plays one of the attendants at the Venetian spa where most of the action takes place. Lisa McDonough is new to AFD, and plays the role of Carla, Guido’s mistress. With twenty women in the show of all ages and types, she finds the production has been fun, and though she has played many roles in area community theater productions, this is the first time she has played anything quite so sexy.

Production dates April 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26, performances are Friday and Saturday at 8PM and Sundays at 4PM. Tickets are $25.AFD Theatre, 22 Academy Street, Arlington, MA 02474. www.afdtheatre.org 781 646-5922 or Boxoffice@afdtheatre.org for group discounts. Wheelchair accessible and assisted listening devices are available.

Nine cast

Pictured, from left to right: Pat Lawrence, Lea Oppendisano, Ethan Butler and Medford resident Lisa McDonough.

Nine cast

Pictured, clockwise, starting upper left: Susan Rubin, Kitty Drexel, Medford resident Amy DeMarco, Emily Earle, Kami Crary.

- Submitted by AFD Theater

Police Say Suspect Involved in 9 Armed Robberies

Kevin O'Connell- Allison Goldsberry

Medford Police have arrested a suspect they say is involved in nine armed robberies.

Kevin O’Connell, Jr., 25, of Medford, was arrested Saturday night after another alleged armed robbery at P’s Variety, a Central Avenue convenience store police say was robbed “in a similar fashion” earlier in March.

According to police, O’Connell admitted to participating in nine armed robberies, seven in Medford and two in Malden. He will be arraigned in Somerville District Court on Monday.

Police say O’Connell’s arrest resulted from increased patrols around area convenience stores. O’Connell was arrested Saturday night shortly after emerging from P’s Variety following a brief foot chase with police. He allegedly had a firearm and stolen money on him.

Stephanopoulos to Speak in Public Forum at Tufts April 8

George StephanopoulosABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos will discuss “Who Do You Believe in the 24/7, Multi-Platform World of News?” at the 10th annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism at Tufts University on Wednesday, April 8, at 3:30 p.m. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will take place in ASEAN Auditorium in the Cabot Intercultural Center on Tufts University’s Medford/Somerville campus.

Stephanopoulos leads ABC’s coverage on all major live events and breaking news around the world. He currently serves as the anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” which was recently ranked the number one public affairs program in adults 25-54. He joined ABC in 1997 and over the last decade has conducted interviews with subjects including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Russian President Vladimir Putin. His honors include two Emmys, a DuPont, a Murrow, and two Cronkite Awards.

The forum will begin with an interview of Stephanopoulos by Jonathan M. Tisch, co-chair of the board of Loews Corporation and chairman of Loews Hotels and Resorts. A graduate of Tufts and vice chair of the Tufts Board of Trustees, Tisch hosted the Emmy-nominated and Gracie-award winning television program “Beyond the Boardroom with Jonathan Tisch,” and is the author of three best-selling books. The forum will end with an opportunity for the audience to ask Stephanopoulos about his years in politics and journalism.

Stephanopoulos began his career in Washington, D.C. as an aide to an Ohio Congressman and later worked on Bill Clinton’s 1991 presidential campaign. He went on to serve as a trusted advisor in the Clinton administration. He is the author of “All Too Human: A Political Education,” a number one New York Times bestseller about his work with Clinton. He is also a founding member of the Next Generation Initiative, a nonprofit foundation that helps students develop real-world skills and experiences.

The Murrow forum is sponsored by Tufts University’s Communications and Media Studies Program at the School of Arts and Sciences, the Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy at The Fletcher School, and Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Previous forum speakers include Ariana Huffington, Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Chris Matthews.

- Information and photo from Tufts University