Lanzilli Receives Local Endorsements in State Rep Race

Lanzillie receives local endorsements

As Election Day approaches, I am honored to announce that I have received the endorsements of several local politicians in my bid for the 34th Middlesex District House of Representative seat. Mayor Michael McGlynn has publicly expressed his support for my campaign and I consider it a privilege to have the backing and support of such a long time respected leader of the Medford community. The service Mayor McGlynn has provided the Medford community with is admirable and respected by citizens throughout the City of Medford. I hope to have the same opportunity to serve the residents of my district.

All seven members of the Medford City Council have also come out to express their support. Medford City Council President Paul Camuso, Vice-President Richard Caraviello, Councillors Frederick Dello Russo, Adam Knight, Breanna Lungo-Kohen, Michael Marks, and Robert Penta have each supported my campaign.

I have also received the endorsements of Medford School Committee member and President of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees Ann Marie Cugno and Medford School Committee Vice Chair John Falco.

These leaders are all well respected members of the community and I am truly humbled to have their endorsements. Their endorsements come as the election rapidly approaches us and we are looking to spread the word about this campaign. I respectfully ask for the support of other members of the community as Election Day comes upon us. If any resident in the district has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the campaign at or call me at 781-475-9590.

- Submitted by Lanzilli’s campaign

Barber Receives Endorsements in State Rep Race

Congresswoman Katherine Clark Endorses Barber

Christine Barber announced the endorsement of Congresswoman Katherine Clark. The Congresswoman says it is Barber’s effective leadership on a wide array of progressive public policy matters which earned Christine her endorsement. The 34th Middlesex House District overlaps the 5th Congressional District in the town of Medford.

“Christine is the best candidate to succeed Carl Sciortino. She is the progressive voice we need on Beacon Hill. As State Representative, Christine will work to keep our environment clean, create strong schools and provide affordable housing for the residents of Somerville and Medford.” said Rep. Clark.

“I am proud to have the support of Congresswoman Clark. She has been a strong voice for progressive ideals and for her constituents both in Washington and before that on Beacon Hill.” said Barber, a policy expert with years of experience advocating for Medford and Somerville families. “I look forward to working for the ideals which we share and to represent the communities of Medford and Somerville.”

Barber won the Democratic Primary for the 34th Middlesex district on September 9th and has also earned endorsements of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, AFT-MA, SEIU Local 509, SEIU 1199, NASW-MA, Progressive Massachusetts, Medford for Massachusetts, Clean Water Action Massachusetts 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.

Barber Endorsed as Environmental Champion

State Representative candidate Christine Barber (D-Somerville) of the 34th Middlesex District has been named an “Environmental Champion” and has been endorsed for election by the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund (ELM Action Fund) and the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters (MLEV).

“Christine Barber understands the connection between the environment and the economy,” added George Bachrach, President of the ELM Action Fund. “Clean energy technology has created 80,000 new jobs in the Commonwealth, and Christine understands the synergy between the environment and the economy. It’s our future.”

“Our organizations are united in support of the extraordinary commitment to environmental protection made by Christine Barber,” said Chuck Anastas, MLEV board Chairman. “We need her 21st century leadership in the state legislature.”

- Submitted by Barber’s campaign

Cool Thinking Under Pressure Nets Armstrong Ambulance Awards

Armstrong babiesFrom left are Vale Santiago, dad Jolimar Santiago, mom Diana Santiago, baby Kirk Santiago and Communications Manager Jeff Scott, who helped dad deliver Kirk when mom went into labor earlier this year. Courtesy photo.

With grace under pressure, Armstrong Ambulance Service Inc. of Arlington has received two awards for its work in emergency medical services.

Jeff Scott, a communications manager for Armstrong, was awarded dispatcher of the year for his work in talking a Medford father through the successful delivery of his baby son before emergency crews arrived on scene.

Jeff recently met baby Kirk, along with Jolimar and Diana Santiago, when they came to visit him at Armstrong’s offices.

In addition, Armstrong Ambulance received the Team Response Award, along with Medford Police and Fire for their handling of a severe motor vehicle accident on Aug. 1. The car accident was deemed a “mass casualty incident,” as five people were critically injured. One was thrown from the vehicle on impact and one of whom was trapped and later extricated after an extensive effort.

The awards were given at the annual meeting of NorthEast Emergency Medical Services, a not-for-profit coalition that works with 50 cities and towns and 15 hospitals in the region to support and coordinate emergency medical services.

“I am very proud of the hard working men and women who are always on call to provide emergency care to our neighbors,” Armstrong Ambulance CEO Richard Raymond said in a news release. “Armstrong Ambulance has a 70-year commitment to providing the best possible service and medical care to our patients, and our 300 staff members represent the best and most modern training that exists in emergency medicine.”

The following Armstrong employees were recognized for their work during the Medford incident: EMT-P Edwin Alarcon, EMT John Sullivan, EMT-P Michael Gilbert, EMT Jennifer Marshall, EMT Kristin Shea, EMT Kayla Giammarco, EMT Peter Reed, EMT Adam Brownstein, EMT-P Eric Hunter, EMT-P Michael Forget, EMT-P John Conceison, EMT Denise Trimble, Field Operations Manager Joe Amello, dispatcher Colin Friend and dispatcher Katie Donnelly.

NorthEast Emergency Medical Services has been responsible for the coordination of the emergency medical services system for 50 cities and towns northeast of Boston since 1990. It is the mission of NorthEast EMS to support and enhance an environment that ensures the delivery of high-quality and cost-effective emergency medicals services in the region by providing leadership and support services regionwide.

Armstrong Ambulance was founded in 1946, shortly after Bill Armstrong returned from his tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. While living at home, he watched his mother, a registered nurse, care for friends and family when they were injured or sick, and was inspired to follow her example.

As the company grew, Armstrong earned a reputation for care and compassion, and quickly became an industry leader. He was instrumental in forming the Massachusetts Ambulance Association, developed to ensure the highest standards of care by ambulance services statewide. Today, Armstrong employs 300 highly-trained emergency medical services professionals, and provides EMS services to 17 communities in the Greater Boston Area, responding to more than 45,000 emergency calls every year.

The founder died last March.


Alfonso, Tripp, Shamrock, Chang-Lu Seeking Homes


$25.00 Donation!

Hi! My name is Alfonso, but my foster people have been calling me Fozzi for short. I am about 7 months old, have very soft medium to long hair, and am incredibly handsome. I was living outside not that long ago and am leery of people, but my foster parents have been very patient with me and I am learning to trust them slowly. Their two cats definitely help me feel more comfortable.

While I like it here, I’m looking for a home and family to call my own. I will need a special situation that is mostly quiet and calm, has a friendly cat or two, and has patient humans. In time I will be a great cat for you and a great companion to your cat. I LOVE to play and am food motivated. I purr very loudly when I let my guard down and allow my foster people to pet me. My long fur will need regular brushing so I don’t get any mats, but it’ll take a bit of time for me to trust you to do that.Tripp

If you think we would be a good fit for each other and you would like to meet me, please contact Kitty Connection to set up a time to come to my foster home in East Arlington. (& see my video on the KC website too)!

Tripp and Shamrock

ShamrockOur vet has estimated Shamrock to be somewhat over five years old, and Tripp is a little over a year old. They were trapped separately as strays over the winter, miles apart from each other, but they’ve been fostered together and have bonded as brothers. They have been indoor cats ever since, and they must remain so. Tripp gets along very well with all other cats, and Shamrock gets along with most other cats. They like to play with each other, other cats, and with people, but they don’t like to be picked up or pet. Both have been neutered and vaccinated against both rabies and distemper, and combo-tested for FeLV and FIV. Vet records will be provided to their adopters. Tripp tested negative for both FeLV and FIV, and Shamrock tested negative for FeLV, but positive for FIV. This should have little, if any, affect on his life-span, nor the quality of his life. He requires no special medical care for this. However, it will affect the quality of his adopter’s bank account for the better because they will get rescue rates on his vet care as long as they use our vet. (For more information on FIV, see


Chang-LuMy Name is Chang-Lu and I’m a 2 year old Tibetan Mastiff mix. I weigh about 70 lbs. I am well trained and would do best with another dog since I really enjoy playing with a friend. My owner brought me all the way from Bhutan and now is going to Australia. He really wants to take me with him but the quarantine period is six months. He knows it would be too much for me emotionally since I don’t do great in confined places. I tend to feel nervous so a quarantine of 6 months would be worse on me than finding the right home.

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

For more animals or to see videos, check out!

- Information and photos from Kitty Connection

Hillary Clinton Coming to MA to Boost Coakley’s Gubernatorial Campaign

Massachusetts Attorney General and Medford resident Martha Coakley will get a high profile boost on the campaign trail this week. Hillary Clinton is scheduled to join Coakley for an event on Friday in Boston, according to details from the campaign. While a limited number of tickets will be available first come, first served, tickets can be picked up in advance in Worcester, Somerville, and Springfield on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Coakley, a Democrat, is competing against Republican Charlie Baker for governor. The election is Tuesday, November 4. Coakley is pictured above at a campaign stop in Medford in September. Courtesy photo.


Mustang Boys Soccer Team Qualifies for Playoffs

Mustang boys soccer team

The Medford High School boys varsity soccer team clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 6-4 win over Somerville on Wednesday. Captains Owen Miller and Jeremy Hollings scored goals as well as freshmen Diego Pereira, Curtis Brown, and Gabriel Meireles. This is the Mustangs’ first playoff appearance in two years, according to Head Coach Mike Petrides. Photo by Marcus Howard.


‘Harvest Your Energy Festival’ October 18th

"Windy"Medford’s annual Harvest Your Energy Festival is taking place on Saturday, October 18 from 11am-2pm in Medford’s Riverbend Park, at the base of “Windy,” the city’s wind turbine.

The highlight of the event will be the presentation of Green Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations for environmentally friendly practices.

Other events include tours of the wind turbine, a bike rodeo, music, a shredding truck, and a composting class.

More details are available on the city of Medford’s website.

- Information from City of Medford

Dave McGillivray Completes Ironman Triathlon

Dave McGillivrayMedford native Dave McGillivray, the 60-year-old race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and famed endurance athlete now battling coronary heart disease, made a triumphant return to the Ironman World Championship triathlon on Saturday after a 25-year absence from the event.

McGillivray, who is a member of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame, completed eight Ironman Triathlons in Hawaii in the 1980s. He finished 14th overall in 1980, the third year for the event, making him one of the first 30 athletes to ever finish an Ironman.

On Saturday, McGillivray finished the 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike leg and marathon run in 13 hours, 34 minutes and 3 seconds while persisting through some of the most difficult wind, sun and heat conditions in the 36-year history of the world’s toughest endurance event.

“I had two goals – first to get to the starting line and second to get to the finish line, no matter how long it took,” McGillivray said. “I was pleased with my swim and my run. As for the bike, Rome was built quicker than it took me to cover the 112 miles. Wow, the wind out on the course was the toughest I’ve ever experienced. There were times I questioned whether I was going to even make it by midnight, but seeing all the other athletes fight though it actually inspired me to do the same. I am so impressed and humbled by the level of fitness, strength and determination of all the athletes in this race. They are truly amazing.”

His impressive result comes almost one year to the day – Oct. 9, 2013 – from his diagnosis of severe coronary heart disease. Additionally, McGillivray had to deal with a fractured rib suffered in a bike accident during his training four weeks ago.

The health scare last fall prompted McGillivray to change his diet, eliminate stress and rededicate himself to fitness. Since then he has lost about 25 pounds and lowered his cholesterol level by about 100 points, reducing the disease by about 40 percent.

“Good nutrition, daily dietary supplements, regular weight lifting and ‘core’ work have made a huge difference, as well as the support from my friends and family and the excellent care of Dr. Aaron Baggish at Mass General,” he said. “I couldn’t do it without all of them.”

McGillivray also went public with his disease in hopes of urging others like him to get checkups and helping them understand that “being fit doesn’t mean being healthy.”

His story and message caught the attention of a variety of media over the past year, and he will be profiled by NBC Sports on Saturday, Nov. 15 (1:30-3 p.m. ET) as part of its coverage of the 2014 Ironman World Championship. McGillivray said he has received countless emails and phone calls from “fit” athletes around the country who heard his story, went to get checked out and discovered similar heart issues.

Dave McGillivray“Their words, “you helped save my life” will stay with me for the rest of mine,” McGillivray said. “They, like me, got a second chance.”

Soon after his diagnosis last fall, McGillivray decided he also needed a big goal to help push him through: a return to Kona for his ninth Ironman.

In preparation for Saturday’s event, he completed five triathlons this summer – three sprints, one Olympic distance and one half Ironman distance. He finished top three in his age group (60-64) in all five events, winning two of them. Each week, he swam 3-5 miles, biked 200-250 miles and ran 35-60 miles.

In addition, McGillivray completed his annual birthday run when he turned 60 in August (one mile for every year) as well as the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and training runs of 31 and 43 miles. He also participated this year in most of the races DMSE Sports manages – including the TD Beach to Beacon, Bellin Run and New Balance Falmouth Road Race.

McGillivray’s participation in the Ironman triathlon also is benefitting the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation (known as MR8), named in honor of the eight-year-old boy who was killed at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Donations can be made at

McGillivray wore clothing on Saturday referencing Boston Strong. His Ironman sponsors include Specialized Bicycles, Champion System, HUUB, Timex, Oakley, Landry’s Bike Shop, Fit Werx Bike Shop and Adidas.

McGillivray, president of DMSE Sports, first gained national prominence with his 1978 cross country run that took 80 days and raised almost $150,000 for the Jimmy Fund – the first money any runner ever raised for a cancer charity, according to Runner’s World. He has completed a number of similar feats of endurance since his groundbreaking cross country trek, including a second cross-country run in 2004 from San Francisco to Boston as part of TREK USA, a relay team event that raised more than $300,000 for five children’s charities. He has now logged more than 150,000 miles, nine Hawaii Ironman Triathlons and has finished 131 marathons – including 42 consecutive Boston Marathons.

McGillivray, a Medford, Mass., native who lives in North Andover, Mass., is a pioneer in what is now one of the most important aspects of the endurance sports industry – combining athletics with philanthropy. Nearly every DMSE Sports event combines fitness and fundraising, giving back to the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital, Lazarus House and many others charities and non-profit organizations in New England and across the country. He along with all the events he has directed have helped raised more than $100 million for charity over the years.

- Information and photos from DMSE Sports

MHS Marching Band Hosts NESBA Competition

The Medford High Marching Band School hosted their second New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) competition on Saturday at Hormel Stadium.

Medford hosted fifteen area bands and their supporters. Approximately 2,000 people attended the event.

The MHS Marching Band received a Silver Medal for their performance of selections from Disney’s popular “Frozen.” The Color Guard received a trophy for the Best Color Guard performance.

MHS marching band

MHS marching band

MHS marching band

MHS marching band

MHS marching band

- Information and photos from Mike Cugno

Medford Non-profit Helping with Ebola Outbreak

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a Medford-based global health nonprofit organization, announced this week it will help in the fight to contain Ebola.

According to a statement from MSH, the organization is “mobilizing its expertise and resources at the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia to help the Ministry of Health develop community care centers for Ebola separate from the health facilities; restore essential health services for non-Ebola patients; and, improve the detection and containment of active Ebola cases in Liberian communities.”

“Emergency response is what happens when preparedness has failed,” said Dr. Jonathan Quick, President and CEO of MSH and the former director of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy at the World Health Organization. “MSH has been helping build locally led and locally run health systems in the world’s poorest regions for over 40 years. Our immediate priorities are to work with government and community leaders to stop a health system collapse in Liberia, to prevent the epidemic from spreading to nearby nations, and to restore Liberians’ trust in their health system.”

A response team from MSH arrived in Liberia on Monday.

More details about MSH and its efforts are available on the organization’s website.