State Election Tuesday, November 4th

No School in Medford on Election Day

– Allison Goldsberry

An election is taking place on Tuesday, November 4 for several statewide positions, including Governor.

Polls open at 7AM and close at 8PM. Since Medford’s schools are used as polls, school will be closed on Tuesday.

A listing of Medford’s polling locations is available on the city website.

Not sure which poll is yours? Enter your address here to find out and to view a sample ballot.

The following is a list of candidates competing; incumbents are marked with an asterisk*.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Republicans: Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito
Democrats: Martha Coakley and Steve Kerrigan
United Independent Party: Evan Falchuk and Angus Jennings
Independent: Scott Lively and Shelly Saunders
Independent: Jeffrey McCormick and Tracy Post

Senator
Democrat: Ed Markey*
Republican: Brian Herr

Attorney General
Democrat: Maura Healey
Republican: John Miller

Secretary of State
Democrat: William Galvin*
Republican: David D’Arcangelo
Green-Rainbow: Daniel Factor

Treasurer
Democrat: Deb Goldberg
Republican: Michael Heffernan
Green-Rainbow: Ian Jackson

Auditor
Democrat: Suzanne Bump*
Republican: Patricia Saint Aubin
Green-Rainbow: MK Merelice

Congressional Representative
Democrat: Katherine Clark*
Republican: None

Governor’s Councilor
Democrat: Terrence Kennedy*
Republican: Vincent Dixon

State Senator
Democrat: Pat Jehlen*
Republican: Robert Cappucci

State Representative
This seat depends upon a voter’s district; Medford has three different representatives
Democrats: Paul Donato* (unopposed), Sean Garballey* (unopposed), Christine Barber
Republican: Joseph Monju (Garballey’s opponent)
Independent: Nick Lanzilli (running against Barber for an open seat)

District Attorney
Democrat: Marian Ryan*
Republican: None

Register of Probate
Democrat: Tara DeCristofaro*
Republican: John Lambert

Ballot Questions

There are four ballot questions- click here to read them.

Hillary Clinton Visits MA to Support Coakley

Hillary Clinton and Martha Coakley

Hillary Clinton joined Martha Coakley on the campaign trail on Friday at a rally in Boston. The former first lady and secretary of state called Coakley “fearless” and said she would “work her heart out to make sure everyone gets a fair shot at the American Dream.” Coakley, current state Attorney General and Medford resident, would be the first woman elected governor in Massachusetts if she wins on November 4. Courtesy photo.

– InsideMedford.com

Lanzilli Fundraiser a Success

With Election Day less than two weeks away, the Committee to Elect Nick Lanzilli for State Representative held another successful fundraiser at Lanzilli fundraiser at Raso'sRaso’s Grille in Medford. With nearly 150 supporters coming and going during the event, the support continues to multiply with a wildfire effect.

Lanzilli addressed his crowd with a simple message.

Lanzilli said “While door knocking and discussing the many concerns that residents feel about Beacon Hill, I want to be a legislator available at all times to the constituents of my Medford and Somerville District. To be part of a new direction of open and responsive government for people to hopefully believe in again is a top priority of mine. During these past several months of campaigning, it has been most informative to hear and discuss with residents opinions about providing good educational opportunities, long overdue infrastructure needs, the everyday needs of fire and police, the Green Line Extension to College Avenue and the Green Line Expansion to the Boston Avenue, Rt.16 Medford, Mystic Valley Parkway location. Regarding the Green Line Expansion to the Rt. 16 parkway, location has been a concern to the many residents and business owners to be affected and if executed, I shall advocate for our neighbors and those businesses affected and work to ensure their concerns are mitigated.”

“These, along with various other issues that impact the district, have been continuously expressed throughout the campaign. Knowing that it is important to support the resources necessary that help a community grow and thrive. I believe my responsibility, as your representative, will be to utilize common sense, balance the real needs as compared to those unnecessary at the time, and to engage with community leaders of Medford and Somerville.”

Lanzilli concluded by asking for the continued support of his campaign and resident supporters, who have been outstanding. He stated further “I promise to do everything as your representative to attend to these issues, among others, as they arise. If anyone has any questions about my campaign, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at nicklanzilli@gmail.com or call me at 781-309-2282. Thank you.”

- Submitted by Lanzilli’s campaign

No Phone, Free Lunch at Salvatore’s

no phoneSalvatore’s has launched “Off the Grid Mondays,” a special for diners who can refrain from using their phones during lunch.

If diners turn over their phones before lunch, they can enjoy a buy one entrée, get one free deal. Single diners will receive a 50% discount.

The deal is offered at each of Salvatore’s five locations, including Medford Square, on Mondays between 12 and 3PM.

More details about the deal are available on Salvatore’s website.

– InsideMedford.com

Kohl’s Seeks Permit to Remain Open for 24 Hours During Holiday Season

Kohl’s is making plans to remain open for twenty-four hours during the peak holiday shopping season.

Representatives from the department store will appear before the City Council on Tuesday seeking a permit for the extended hours.

The store is seeking to remain open for twenty-four hours for up to ten days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to the Council agenda.

The special permit would allow Kohl’s to be open between 11PM and 7AM.

– InsideMedford.com

Oona, Mystique Seeking Homes

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My name is Oona and I’m a 12 week old female kitten who would love to have a home with another young cat to play with. I was trapped with my mom and another sibling, and put in foster care. The tip of my ear was surgically removed because this is done to “ferals” after they are spayed or neutered. This lets other potential rescuers that I have been “fixed”. They thought I was feral and would need to go back outside if someone could not socialize me. Well, to everyone’s surprise, other than being a little scared, I’m a real sweetie. I am already purring and am very comfortable being held and loved by my foster mom. What they thought would take weeks, has only taken me days to enjoy being inside with people. I do need someone that has time to acclimate me to my new home and has the time & patience to allow me to further my socialization process. Here I am with my new friend, Vince. Perhaps we could go home together.

MystiqueMystique

My name is Mystique and I’m a 6 yr old American bully female needing a home.

I am extremely friendly and regardless of my build, I have plenty of energy to want to run and play. I am a real people dog and get along with other dogs. I was used for breeding and I am now no longer needed. I am hoping that I will get a home where I will be loved and cared for as a member of the family.

About Kitty Connection

Kitty Connection is a no-kill, all volunteer rescue based in Medford and dedicated to helping animals in need. KC provides foster homes for them until they are adopted into loving, forever homes.

Cats/dogs are sometimes temporarily staying at foster homes away from the area.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the animals, call 781-393-9995 or email kc@kittyconnection.net.

For more animals or to see videos, check out http://www.KittyConnection.net!

- Information and photos from Kitty Connection

Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund Seeks Medford Applications

Non-profit community organizations in Medford are invited to apply for 2014 grants from the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF). TNSF collects donations from faculty and staff throughout the year and then awards small grants to community-based, charitable organizations that serve Tufts’ host communities (Medford, Somerville, Grafton and Boston’s Chinatown).

Applicants must also have Tufts volunteers actively working with their organizations. In this way, TNSF supports not only community organizations, but also the work of the many Tufts students, staff, faculty, and alumni who volunteer with them.

Last year, 29 programs and projects in Tufts’ host communities were granted awards. The funds supported a wide range of programs and projects in each community including purchasing books for participants of the Medford Council on Aging’s Book Club who cannot afford them, supporting a job training program for Somerville residents at the public library, expanding emergency relief funds for Grafton community members who are in need of assistance, and replacing outdated exercise equipment for a program designed to combat adolescent obesity in Chinatown.

The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund is a giving option for members of the Tufts community during the Tufts Community Appeal. Each year, employees of Tufts University are asked to contribute to charitable organizations that provide service locally, nationally and internationally.

Interested organizations should contact the Community Relations office at Tufts University (617) 627-3780 to request an application. Application materials are also available online at the following web address: http://go.tufts.edu/TNSF.

Individual grants will be made in amounts ranging from $250 to $2,000. Applications are due by November 28, 2014, and awards will be announced before the New Year.

- Submitted by Tufts University

Medford Storm Damage

Heavy rain and wind from a Nor’easter brought down large branches in Medford and the area. The branches shown below fell Wednesday night. Medford has received upwards of three inches of rain and can still experience wind gusts as high as forty miles per hour into the evening.

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tree in yard

branch down

Photos by Jessica Contardo and Allison Goldsberry

Mystic River Fall Cleanup Oct. 25

Mystic River Cleanup

Friends of the Mystic River will celebrate two decades of environmental stewardship with its 20th annual Mystic River Fall Cleanup from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

Check-in is at the Condon Band Shell park on Mystic Valley Parkway (Route 16), east of Winthrop Street across from St. Joseph’s Church. Volunteers are invited to collect trash and debris in the Condon Shell Park/Route 16 area, or at any other location of their choosing between the Lower Mystic Lake and Torbert MacDonald Park.

The Friends will supply bags and gloves. Refreshments also will be provided including lunch at noon.

In the event of heavy rain on Oct. 25, the cleanup will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Friends of the Mystic River (www.fomr.org) is a Medford-based community organization focused on the enjoyment, protection and enhancement of the Mystic River in Medford. It has held biannual cleanups in Medford since the fall of 1995.

For more information, call 781-391-2604 or e-mail Mystic02155@hotmail.com.

- Submitted by Ken Krause

Green Line Construction Receives Notice to Proceed; Public Meetings Planned

Photo by Alexander Svirsky, MassRoads.com.The project to extend the Green Line to Somerville and Medford has moved forward with the approval of early contract work.

White Skanska Kiewit, JV (WSK), the Construction Manager-General Contractor (CM/GC) for the GLX Project, received their Notice to Proceed (NTP) for their first three GLX contracts, according to information released by MassDOT.

The contract work will include “the procurement of long lead items necessary for the project (GMP#1); early utility work (GMP #2); and work along the Fitchburg Mainline (Union Square branch) & Miller’s River drainage work (GMP#3).”

Two public meetings about the project are planned. On Tuesday, October 28 the new Lechmere Station will be discussed. The meeting is taking place from 6-8PM at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second Street in East Cambridge. On Thursday, November 6 a public meeting about the Washington Street and Union Square stations will take place from 6-8PM at the Holiday Inn, 30 Washington Street in Somerville.

– InsideMedford.com