Elderly Man Dies in Accident on South Street

South Street accident

The construction in front of 114 South Street on Monday afternoon.

- Allison Goldsberry

A well-known and beloved Medford resident died in a freak accident on Friday, according to local sources.

George Boudreau, 81, former history teacher and hockey coach at Medford High School, died after falling into a construction site in front of 114 South Street. The historic house, known as “Grandfather’s House”, is being developed into condominiums.

The details of the accident weren’t immediately known.

The property used to be owned by Tufts University and was recently sold, much to the chagrin of some historical preservationists in Medford. The house is believed to be the subject of Lydia Maria Child’s famous poem, “Over the River and Through the Wood”.

Boudreau, born in Cambridge, was a Medford resident for over fifty years. The boys hockey team dedicated the 2009-2010 season to the former coach. He is survived by many family members and friends. More details on services are available on the Beals-Geake-Magliozzi website.

Donations in his name can be made online.

Additional details about the accident will be added as they become available for this developing story.

Mr. George L. “Gigi” Boudreau, Sr., 81

George BoudreauMr. George L. “Gigi” Boudreau, Sr., of Medford, died suddenly by accident on Friday, August 29, 2014 at the age of 81. He was the beloved husband of Gertrude F. ( O’Connell) Boudreau with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.

Born in Cambridge on January 22, 1933, he was the son of the late Alfred and Alice (Mulrey) Boudreau and the 13th of their 14 children. He was a resident of Medford for over 50 years. He was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin School and he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College and his Master’s in Education from Boston State College. He was a Private 1st Class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a History and Civics teacher at Medford High School and a hockey coach for the Medford Mustangs. Many years later, as a touching tribute to George, the Medford Mustangs dedicated their 2009-2010 season to him. George was an avid hockey and tennis player until the age of 73 and cherished his wonderful friends with whom he shared these pastimes. He enjoyed long walks around Medford and also Harwichport, where he spent many summers sharing good times with family and friends. George was happiest when spending time with his large, extended family including his many nieces and nephews and his nine grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his four children, Lauren B. Ortiz and her husband, John of Corvallis, OR, George L. Boudreau, Jr., and his wife, Cindy of Boynton Beach, FL, Matthew J. Boudreau of Marshfield and Gregory P. Boudreau and his wife, Jamie of Medford; his cherished grandchildren John Philip, Erin, Zachary, Jacqueline, Sarah, Matthew, Lilly, Emma and Inga; his siblings, Paul Boudreau, Alice Benn, Helen Galvin, and Joan Boudreau. He was predeceased by his siblings, Alfred, Dorothy, Walter, Herbert, James, Charles, Robert, Russell and Elizabeth.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, 118 High Street, Medford on Thursday, September 4 at 11 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Beals-Geake Magliozzi Funeral Home, 29 Governors Avenue, Medford on Wednesday, Sept 3 from 4 – 8 PM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in George’s memory to the Perkins Trust, c/o Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472 or www.perkins.org.

- Information and photo from Beals-Geake-Magliozzi

Tufts Welcomes Class of 2018

Tufts University’s Class of 2018 represents the most selective admissions cycle ever — Tufts admitted just 17 percent of a record pool of 19,074 applicants– but those attending have a lot more than standard academic chops.

Among the 1,352 students matriculating at Tufts on August 27 are a New York inventor with scoliosis who patented an implant allowing the spine to grow straight, which one at the 2014 Intel International Science Fair; a pop music star from Thailand; a hot sauce entrepreneur from Delaware; a filmmaker who won an award at the Cannes Film Festival; and the jump rope national champion from Colorado.

According to Lee Coffin, dean of undergraduate admissions, who addressed the entering class at the matriculation ceremony Wednesday afternoon, “This group is one for the record books, dynamic for their academic successes and for the diversity in their personal attributes and pursuits.”

The new students include 65 National Merit Scholars, 69 valedictorians and 53 salutatorians. The class’s academic achievements include distinguished mean SAT scores: 714 critical reading, 720 mathematics and 720 writing.

Coffin noted that the class includes 157 students–12 percent — who are among the first generation in their families to attend college, the largest group in Tufts’ history.

International students represent 11 percent of the class. Included are 22 citizens of the People’s Republic of China, the largest group of any nation outside the U.S., followed by 10 from India, 9 from Singapore and 7 from Turkey. Overall, the new undergraduates come from 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 41 countries. Including international students, more than a third of the total class is non-Caucasian and 30 percent of the U.S. citizens are students of color.

The $19.2 million in institutional financial aid — all of it need based — awarded to the incoming class represents the largest amount in the university’s history, and 39 percent of the class received a Tufts scholarship grant. Pell Grant recipients account for 13 percent of the class, or 176 students.

Yield on Tufts’ offers of admissions was a record 41 percent, the sixth consecutive increase in that critical admissions index.

Tufts School of Engineering set a record for number of applicants for the eighth year in a row and one third of the aspiring engineers enrolling are women.

Tufts matriculation

Tufts matriculation

- Information and photos from Tufts University. Photos by Alonso Nichols.

Chiefs Win ICL Championship

Chiefs ICL title

By Bruce Tillman, Courtesy Photo,- Pointstreak.com

Time to exhale!!!

For the second time in three seasons, and the 19th time since 1961, the Chiefs are League Champions!!!!

This championship came on Tuesday night at Morelli Field in a 4-0 win over the Lexington Blue Sox in a winner take all Game Five before a large crowd at the Melrose ball yard.

The Chiefs took a familiar path to the ICL crown, riding the right arm of ace Jared Freni, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before settling for a three-hit shutout.

For Freni, it was his straight third win in the 2014 postseason.

Mike Barbati and Mike Gedman set the defensive tone for the evening on Freni’s first pitch of the game. Barbati went far to his right to glove Jeff Vigurs’ hard hit grounder and fired to Gedman, who made an outstanding pickup, for the first out. Freni then struck out Ross Curley on a 2-2 breaking ball in the dirt but catcher Paul Yanakopulos’ throw was wide of first. With Curley standing at first on the throwing error, Gedman teamed up with third baseman Johnny Welch as the Chiefs continued to throw the leather on the next play. Steve Gath hit a liner at Welch, who made the catch, and fired to first with Gedman making his second strong pick-up of the inning as Curley was doubled up.

The Chiefs threatened but could not score against Lexington starter and loser Matt Karis in the bottom of the first. Tony Serino drilled Karis’ first pitch of the night into centerfield for a single. Billy Mottram was next and he flew to Dave Ahearn in right for the first out. Juan Portes then hit a fielder’s choice with Serino being forced at second. Welch followed with a single to center before Gedman bounced back to Karis to end the inning.

Freni walked Ahearn to begin the top of the second before retiring the next three hitters in succession.

The Chiefs got what proved to be the game winner, without getting the ball out of the infield, in the bottom of the second. Yanakopulos got things started with a perfect bunt single. Mike Andre then dropped a sacrifice bunt that moved Yanakopulos to second. Barbati followed and reached on a dribbler-single down the third base line to put runners on the corners with one out. Mike Burgoyne then hit an RBI chopper to Tommy Haugh at first with Yanakopulos coming across the plate for a 1-0 lead. Karis got Serino on a comebacker to mound to end the inning and strand Barbati at second.

It was three up and three down for the Blue Sox in the top of the third and the Chiefs extended their lead to 2-0 in the home half of the inning. Mottram led off with a bloop single to left. Portes then lined a 0-2 Karis pitch to Ahearn in left-center for the first out. With the count 2-1 on Welch, Mottram attempted to steal second but was gunned out by Vigurs for the second out. Welch then hit Karis’ next pitch over the 385’ sign in left-center, for 2-0 lead. For the Chiefs’ cleanup man, it was his first homer of the playoffs and his ninth of season. Karis got Gedman to groundout to Curley at third to end the inning.

Curley bounced out to Welch to begin the Lexington fourth before Freni struck out both Gath and Ahearn ending the inning.

Yanakopulos opened the bottom of the fourth with a single but the Chiefs couldn’t add to their lead after Andre grounded into a doubleplay and Barbati grounded out to Haugh.

Freni kept the no-hitter going and added two more strikeouts to complete a 1-2-3 top of the fifth.

In the Chiefs’ fifth, after Burgoyne grounded to Gath for the first out, back to back doubles from Serino and Mottram jumped the lead to 3-0. Portes then grounded out for the second out with Mottram taking third. With Welch at the plate, Vigurs picked Mottram off of third base to end the inning.

Lexington mounted their biggest threat of the game after two were out in the top of the sixth. Freni struck out Mike Hart and then retired Tommy McKenna on grounder for the first two outs of the inning. Vigurs drew a walk before Curley broke up the no-hit bid with a single to left, just out of the reach of the leaping Portes at shortstop. Gath then came to the plate suddenly representing the tying run. After running the count to 2-2, including a couple of foul balls back to the screen, Freni put the Chiefs three outs away from the championship when he struck out the veteran on a low breaking ball.

Gedman gave the Chiefs a little more breathing room, with one away in the bottom of the sixth, when he hit a 2-0 Karis pitch over the centerfield wall to increase the lead to 4-0.

Ahearn grounded out to Welch for the first out of the seventh. Graham singled to center before Justin Silvestro grounded out to Gedman, who threw to Portes to force Graham, for the second out. Haugh was next and he dropped a single into right, just out of the reach of Gedman, to put two runners aboard. John Puttress pinch hit for Hart and after going down in the count 0-2, grounded to Gedman, who flipped to Freni to end the game and secure the championship.

Freni struck out nine and needed 97 pitches in his complete game effort.

Karis allowed ten hits and didn’t strike out or walk a batter.

Library Seeking Beatles, MLK Stories

BeatlesIf you have a story about the Beatles or Martin Luther King Jr., you are invited to share it on September 11 as part of storyteller Sharon Kennedy’s program Heroes.

Sharon will be telling the story of how she crashed the Beatles’ 1964 press conference at the old Madison Hotel in Boston at the age of 15, and how she was granted an interview with Martin Luther King in April of 1968.

MLK, Jr.During this Medford Library performance on September 11, 2014, four or five lucky people will tell their own five minute stories about some encounter (or wishful encounter or strong memory) having to do with either the Beatles or Martin Luther King.

If you have a story you would like to share at this event, please contact Sharon Kennedy at sharon@sharonkennedy.com and either write up your story for her or meet her in person to try it out.

Remember there are only 4-5 slots and your story can only be five minutes long.

- Information from Assistant Librarian Barbara Kerr

DiBenedetto Earns Endorsements

DiBenedetto and DonatoState Representative Paul Donato of Medford, the dean of the area delegation to Beacon Hill, has wholeheartedly thrown his support to State Representative candidate and Medford School Committee member, Erin DiBenedetto in a statement released today.

“I’ve known Erin for a long time through her work in our community and I’m proud to stand with her today,” said Donato. “Our community needs strong representation from those who truly understand the needs of our area and will be able to build the kind of relationships that can get things done on Beacon Hill. Erin DiBenedetto is the only candidate in the race who has demonstrated the proven leadership it takes to get the job done and I know she will be an excellent asset to our team.”

Paul Donato has served in the Massachusetts General Court since his election in 2001. He previously served as a member of the Medford School Committee from 1972 to 1975 and the City Council from 1976 to 1985 and again from 1996 to 2000. While serving on the Council, Donato also served as Deputy Mayor (1980 to 1985), Mayor (1980 to 1985), and Council President (1999 to 2000). Donato currently serves as the Third Division Chair of the House, Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government and also sits on the House Committee on Ethics.

“I am so proud to have the support of Representative Donato and I know that together we are going to be able to deliver for Medford and Somerville, “ said DiBenedetto. “His guidance and leadership has been invaluable and I’m excited to work with him on bringing back more local aid to our districts and becoming a strong voice for our communities on Beacon Hill.”

Donato’s endorsement is the latest in a series of high-profile endorsements for DiBenedetto including every member of the Medford School Committee and 12 local labor unions in Somerville and Medford. For more information about DiBenedetto’s campaign, visit: www.erin4rep.com.

DiBenedetto was also endorsed by the Mystic Valley NAACP and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103.

DiBenedetto and Osborne

DiBenedetto and MVA-NAACP president Neil Osborne

- Photos and information submitted by DiBenedetto’s campaign

Sign Up for St. Francis Boys & Girls Hoops

St. Francis Girls & Boys In-House & Travel Basketball Registration

Registration for the upcoming season will be on:

- September 15th from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. in the dining hall
- September 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the dining hall
- September 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the dining hall

The Boys In-House {grades 1-8} games are on Saturdays and the Girls {grades k–8} games are on Sunday’s.

For more info on the girls program, you can find us at: www.leaguelineup.com/saintfrancisinhouse or email us at stfrancishoops@gmail.com.

- Submitted by Stephen Burgholzer

Residents Rally to Clean Up West Medford Station

State Rep. Sean Garballey and residents of West Medford will meet on Monday, September 8 at 7pm at the Medford Public Library to discuss how to initiate improvements to the poor condition of the West Medford commuter rail station. Broken lighting, a urine stained waiting area, and overgrown shrubbery are just some of what greets you while you depart or arrive in West Medford. Is this image of Medford that we want to portray to the 10,000 daily riders who pass through the station on the MBTA commuter rail and the Amtrak Downeaster? In the past there was a lovely stone rail station crowned with a cupola; now broken sign lettering, graffiti, a dysfunctional Rite Aid sign, and industrial strength metal guardrail makes this an eyesore in West Medford, not only for residents and visitors but for local businesses as well.

In addition to all of the aesthetic problems the West Medford commuter rail station is 100% inaccessible to people with disabilities. If you use a wheelchair, you cannot get on or off the train at West Medford Station. And if you have limited mobility, or have a stroller or bike, it’s challenging to climb up the high steps onto the train, or maneuver your way down the steps.

In 2001, a citizens committee studied other stations in the commuter rail system and drew up plans for a handsome, fully accessible station. But well over a decade later, those plans remain only ideas and stand idle.

Now, Rep Garballey ands Medford residents are re-starting the conversation. Where do we go from here? Where do we stand now in regards to MBTA funding? Where do we stand in MBTA scheduling and priority? Is there a possibility for local Medford artists to contribute to the look of the stop, for example a mural?

“Every stop north of Medford is in great condition, those stops have shelter for riders, and the trains are accessible by people with disabilities; this s a mess in the middle of our community – and we can do better” said West Medford resident Matt Haberstroh.

West Medford Commuter Rail Station

West Medford Commuter Rail Station

West Medford Commuter Rail Station

- Submitted by Matt Haberstroh

Barber Earns Endorsements in State Rep Race

Christine Barber announced the endorsements of Mass Alliance, Progressive Massachusetts, The Progressive Democrats of Somerville, Medford for Massachusetts, Cambridge Somerville for Change, and Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts. Organizational leaders say it is Barber’s effective leadership on a wide array of progressive public policy matters which led to every progressive organization lining up behind her in the final stretch leading to the September 9 Democratic Primary.

“Christine has a real record of advancing progressive policies with the experience to get things done at the State level,” said Jordan Berg Powers, Executive Director of Mass Alliance. Mass Alliance is the leading Massachusetts coalition of progressive organizations including civil rights, economic justice, reproductive rights, environmental, healthcare and peace organizations that work together.

Ben Wright, Executive Director of Progressive Massachusetts, explained “Our members carefully reviewed all the candidates and overwhelmingly decided to endorse Christine Barber because she has been strong and effective progressive leader for years as a policy expert, and we are confident she will continue as a strong progressive leader on Beacon Hill.”

Local progressive groups Progressive Democrats of Somerville, Medford for Massachusetts, and Cambridge-Somerville for Change also announced endorsements of Barber.

“Christine has helped improve her community and Massachusetts through her activism.” said Katie Wallace, Chair of Progressive Democrats of Somerville.

“Christine is the right choice for progressives,” announced Erin Rist, chair of Medford for Massachusetts. “She has the experience and the dedication to our progressive ideals to be a fantastic State Representative and a worthy successor to Carl Sciortino.” Medford for Massachusetts is a progressive community organization formed by neighborhood leaders for Elizabeth Warren’s campaign in 2012.

“I know government can improve the lives of its citizens because I have spent my entire career working toward strengthening the communities that we live in and supporting working families.” said Barber, a policy expert with years of experience advocating for Medford and Somerville families. “From my time as a community organizer in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, to my work to ensure health care access for all, I have worked to bring positive change in our neighborhoods. I am proud to have the support of these groups who represent the progressive values I want bring to the state level.”

Barber has also earned endorsements of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Boston Teacher’s Union, SEIU Local 509, NASW-MA, Grey2K, Mass Voters for Animals, and the Sierra Club of Massachusetts. She earned a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

To learn more about Christine Barber:

- Submitted by Christine Barber’s campaign

Medford Resident Inspired by Father’s Diabetes Works to Find a Cure

Bellini familyJavier Bellini, a Medford resident, has witnessed his family struggle with diabetes through many generations. While he has not struggled with the disease himself, his Italian-born father has battled with type 2 diabetes for as long as Javier can remember, along with multiple family members on his father’s side of the family. Coming from a close-knit family, Javier knows first-hand the challenges that both families and individuals living with diabetes constantly face.

For years, Javier has helped his father, who speaks limited English, manage his diabetes through scheduling doctor visits, translating at appointments and encouraging him to stay active. The first time Javier accompanied his father to an appointment, he was faced with a realization of the significance of diabetes and its complications. He learned that if his father’s diabetes is not properly managed, it could lead to symptoms such as lost limbs; at that point, he recognized how ignorant he had been about the condition and how serious it can be.

“Many of us understand how difficult it is to maintain a healthy diet; imagine having to do so, while monitoring yourself 24 hours a day 7 days a week in order to prevent serious, life-threatening events,” said Javier. “Diabetes is a constant struggle; it has been mind-numbing for me to see how much my father goes through on a daily basis living with Type 2 diabetes.”

Earlier this year, Javier was faced with yet another eye-opening situation as a result of his father’s diabetes. He received a phone call from his mother in a nervous panic; his father was on the bedroom floor completely disoriented and in a nonfunctional state. He was taken to MGH and diagnosed with a very low blood sugar. This episode played into Javier’s decision to become even more involved with the diabetes community and in particular, with the Latino Diabetes Initiative at Joslin Diabetes Center.

The LDI offers ways for Latinos to get help and make appointments comfortably, without the stress of a language barrier. Receiving care from a facility with bilingual doctors offers more independence to patients not born in the United States, like Javier’s father, who will no longer need a family member to translate at appointments; essentially taking away the “middleman.”

Last year, Javier served on the ritmos de salud event committee and this year he is serving as event co-chair alongside Lazaro Lopez. ritmos de salud is an upbeat event that celebrates the Latino culture, while benefiting the Latino Diabetes Initiative. This year’s event is scheduled for September 26th at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in South Boston and features cultural performances from local music and dance groups. A fabulous array of food will be provided by some of Boston’s most renowned Chefs, led by the event’s culinary chair – Chef Jose Duarte of Taranta.
Javier is passionate about doing his part to combat diabetes not only because of his family history, but because of the impact the disease has had, and continues to have on the Latino community as a whole.

“Diabetes is without a doubt the biggest health issue affecting the Latino community,” says Javier. “The population of Latinos within the United States is growing at an increasing rate. Diabetes will eventually affect everyone, one way or another, because it affects such a huge portion of the population we live in.”

Javier looks at his dedication to the LDI and ritmos de salud as a long-term commitment. He believes in the work that he is doing and he encourages the community to get involved to support Joslin in its mission to find a cure.


- Submitted by Regan Communications