People Camp Overnight Outside Atlas Liquors for Rare Bourbon

When employees of Atlas Liquors went to open their store at 9:00 a.m. this past Saturday, they found over 40 people waiting outside. The family-owned package store wasn’t premiering a movie or selling the latest smartphone, although the people who had camped out in line starting at 11:00pm the night before made it look that way. Rather, each waiting customer was hoping to be one of the lucky few to get their hands on a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon.

Pappy Van Winkle’s bourbon has long been regarded as one of the finest bourbons in the world, and with low production from the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery and very high demand, also one of the rarest. With a limited run of 7,500 cases this year, many stores drastically inflate the pricing on their limited inventory. A bottle of the 23-year aged liquor can easily sell for thousands of dollars in liquor stores and bars—but not by the local discount liquor store, Atlas Liquors.

“We pride ourselves on keeping to our mission statement,” said third generation Atlas owner Jeff Fine. “We are a discount store and we offer quality products at discounted prices. We appreciate and celebrate our customers, the same as we have since the end of prohibition—we don’t take advantage of them.”

A bottle of the 23-year old bourbon can be found in New York’s Financial District Wine and Spirits selling for $2,300, but sold at Atlas for only $259.99. Instead of a lottery system instituted by most other liquor stores, Atlas made the bourbon available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All who waited were treated in the morning to free coffee and donuts, and employee pricing discounts were given to those who were not lucky enough to get one of the bottles of Pappy’s in the store’s inventory.

Local customers of the Medford store are not surprised by Atlas’ dedication to a fair and honest deal. The first true discount liquor store in the area, Atlas was also one of the first self-service stores in Massachusetts, the first to hire female clerks, and the first to offer shopping carts. As the people who waited in line last weekend and decades worth of other customers have come to know, Atlas Liquors does things a little differently. And for the lucky–if chilly–people who purchased a bottle of the elusive Pappy Van Winkle’s bourbon at MSRP pricing, that difference is something to celebrate.

Line at Atlas Liquors

rare bourbon at Atlast Liquors

- Information and photos from Atlas Liquors

Lady Mustang Soccer Players to Participate in Eastern MA All-Star Game

Several Lady Mustang soccer players will participate in the Eastern Massachusetts All-Star game on Sunday November 23, 2014 at 2:00 at Woburn High School.

Senior striker Korey O’Rourke, senior back Adrienne Porrazzo, and senior sweeper Olivia Allison will play for the Eastern Mass. all-star team. All three were also named to the Greater Boston League all-star team and O’Rourke was also named the Greater Boston League MVP. Other players named to GBL team include Kly Goncalves and Hannah Gallup.

- Information and photo from Coach Rachel Perry

‘Medford Night’ at John Brewers Tavern Nov. 28

Medford Night is back. On Friday, Nov 28th Tom Convery will be hosting Medford Night 3 at John Brewer’s Tavern on the Medford/Malden line. Dave McCourt (MHS ’75) will be spinning the tunes from 7 pm till 12. Tom Convery (MHS ’70) will do Trivia at 8pm and 10pm. Every 4th question will be Medford related.

The Medford High School Alumni Association will be on hand selling raffle tickets for some great prizes and will also be selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle. Money raised by the MHSAA will go toward a scholarship for a Medford High School senior.

They will also be handing out two awards at 7:45pm!

The owners of John Brewer’s Tavern (Bill Honeycutt – MHS ’80 and Sue Catino Honeycutt – MHS ’80) say that every winner will get a t-shirt plus other great prizes.

There will be NO cover charge and plenty of free parking. You do not have to be from Medford to attend. Hope to see you there!

If your class is not having a reunion this year why don’t you and your classmates come down and join us. John Brewer’s has a big back room with plenty of seating if you would like a place to get together and talk to your friends.

Winter Clothing Drive for Homeless Veterans

The City of Medford’s Veterans Services Office is once again collecting gently used winter coats and winter clothing for homeless Veterans.

The Annual Coat Drive is scheduled for November 17th – December 12, 2014. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated! Drop off locations are as follows:

Medford City Hall, main lobby, 85 George P. Hassett Drive

Rep Paul Donato’s Office, 271 Spring Street

Council on Aging, 101 Riverside Avenue

Medford Public Library, 111 High Street

Medford Chamber of Commerce, 1 Shipyard Way, Suite G1

Medford Police Station, 100 Main Street

Any questions/concerns? Please contact the Veterans Office at (781) 393-2504.

- Submitted by Veterans Services Director Earnest Lindsay

Medford, Malden to Participate in 127th Thanksgiving Football Game

On Thanksgiving Day the Medford and Malden football teams will meet for the 127th time. Depending on who you ask, it’s the third oldest high school football rivalry in the country. The Mustangs haven’t won since defeating the Golden Tornadoes on their home turf in 2006. Malden leads the series with sixty-two wins to Medford’s fifty-four. There have been ten ties. The historic game is taking place at 10AM at Malden’s MacDonald Stadium.


City-wide Thanksgiving Service November 24th

cornucopiaMedford’s Interfaith Clergy Association asked cordially invites everyone to a city-wide Thanksgiving Service on Monday, November 24th at 7 PM at St Francis Church, 441 Fellsway West.

All are welcome to join with in this interfaith service.

Anyone with questions can contact event chair Anthony Jarek-Glidden, First Community United Methodist Church, at or at 781-396-5436.


Peotr, BamBam Seeking Homes


Hi! I’m Peotr! I am a friendly, confident little grey and white tabby boy who likes to be petted and play. I like other cats. I’m being fostered with Pietro, and could be adopted with him or solo, or with another of the cats at Kitty Connection. I’m gaining weight steadily now, and as soon as I’m up to 2 lbs I can be neutered and then go to my forever home! See my videos on the KC site!


BamBamMy name is BamBam and I’m a 7 month old male American Bully. My owners are evicted and the new place will not allow two dogs. I am so sad that I am losing my family. Even worse was – I was off to the pound because there was no place that had room. A last minute plea was put out for me and Kitty Connection stepped up to the plate to help me. I am well behaved and loving. I know my basic commands and am fully house trained. As you can see (from other pics on the KC site) I get along with other dogs. I hope that I will have a home and family to love me for the holidays as well as the rest of my life.

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

J.P. Noonan Fined for Mystic River Oil Spill

Updated 12:55PM Saturday, November 15, 2015

Photo by Medford resident Matthew Haberstroh. More photos available here.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has reached two settlements, totaling $55,100 and $7,187, respectively, with J.P. Noonan Transportation Inc. of West Bridgewater in connection with damage and Clean Water Act violations after a 9,600-gallon home-heating oil spill into the Mystic River on May 31, 2013.

The spill occurred on Route 60 in Arlington when an oil tanker truck crashed while going around a rotary on the Mystic Valley Parkway. As a result of the crash, the 10,000-gallon compartment of the tanker was breached, dumping nearly all of its contents onto the roadway, which then flowed into storm drains and subsequently into the nearby Mystic River, a state news release said.

Emergency response crews from Arlington, Medford, other nearby towns, MassDEP and a private contractor hired by Noonan were able to contain and clean up nearly all of the oil that spilled in the following days and weeks.

“The recovery of the Mystic River and its continued protection will not be set back by this unfortunate incident,” said MassDEP Commissioner David Cash. “The NRD Trust will use the settlement to directly assist in repairing the damage done to natural resources there, and the funds will help MassDEP continue our important work protecting the environment from a host of hazardous materials.”

Mystic River Watershed Association Executive Director EkOngKar Singh Khalsa said in the release Friday, Nov. 14:

“We are very happy that MassDEP has successfully pursued Natural Resource Damages in response to this spill. Support for the restoration of the Mystic River provided through this settlement is an important component of strong state and local response to the accident. MassDEP emergency response and local fire and DPW personnel also deserve much credit for fast action that prevented more catastrophic impacts from this oil release.”

The association is based in Arlington.

In April 2014, J.P. Noonan submitted documentation stating that all necessary remediation responses had been completed and a permanent cleanup had been achieved along the river in the Arlington and Medford areas. The cost of that cleanup was borne by J.P. Noonan as the responsible party and its insurance company.

The $55,100 settlement for NRD damages will be deposited in to the NRD Trust, which is administered by MassDEP, and will eventually fund projects that will restore natural resources that were damaged by the oil spilled into the Mystic River. The restoration projects are expected to improve water quality within the river in the area of the spill. The $7,187 penalty is to resolve the Clean Water Act violations that occurred as a result of the spill.

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

Police Chief Fred Ryan said in May 2013 that the tanker was coming on to Route 60 from Medford into Arlington when it failed to succesffully make the turn in the rotary and flipped.

As a precaution, several homes in the immediate area were evacuated until the contents of the truck could be identified and the scene secured.

- Story re-posted with permission from Original story filed on June 1, 2013.

Lanzilli Thanks Supporters

Nick LanzilliI am writing to thank my supporters during my bid for the 34th Middlesex District seat. Although I did not win the race, I know that Medford and Somerville will continue to thrive. I have walked the streets of this district, knocked on almost every door and talked to the residents and listened to their concerns. Although there is still a lot of work to be done in the district, I believe the commitment the residents have to their community will prevail.

Many of you have helped me along this journey and I am deeply grateful. There were those that walked with me and knocked on doors, those that held signs, those that reached out to friends and family in order to help a local man get his name and message out there. I am humbled by the amount of support and know that I must continue to work for this community.

Medford and Somerville are two cities that have a rich and diverse history and I am incredibly proud to say that I grew up here and where I continue to live. Although I will not be your State Representative at this time, I promise to continue this journey by working hard and to fight to address the concerns and issues that many of you have expressed to me while on the campaign trail.

Thank you again for all for the support I have been shown. That support is my driving force to push forward and make this a community we are all proud to call home.

Thank you,
Nick Lanzilli

Medford Installs New Trash & Recycling Stations at Parks & Fields

The City of Medford Parks Department installed new Bigbelly brand solar compacting trash bins with attached recycling units in 6 parks. The units were purchased through grants from National Grid and Waste Management obtained by the Office of Energy & Environment. The National Grid grant is a portion of the money the City received for encouraging home owners to have MassSave home energy assessments during 2013.

The City installed new units at Playstead Baseball Field, Logan Park, Carr Park, Memorial Park Concession Stand, Dugger Park and the Field of Dreams. Columbus Park has two of the modern units from its renovation last year and McNally Park will have two units once construction is complete.

Bigbelly solar compacting units are strongly preferred by the Medford Parks Department for several reasons. They are sealed, so residents don’t smell the trash; they compact, so more trash fits in them, resulting in less mess in the parks; and they notify the Parks Department if they are full or have a problem. Every morning Parks Department Foreman Mike Nestor receives an email with the status of all the connected Bigbelly units. Only the city’s most recent acquisitions have this capability, but it is proving so useful the city is investigating the possibility of retrofitting all the early solar compactors with the communications technology.

“Keeping our parks clean is very important to the City. They are an important asset to our quality of life. Residents have been asking for more recycling in our parks and we’re happy to make it a reality for them,” said Mayor Michael McGlynn.

More information about the Bigbelly products are available at

trash and recycling bins

The new bins at the field behind Medford High School.

Nestor, Hunt, McGlynn

Parks Director Mike Nestor, Energy and Environment Director Alicia Hunt, and Mayor Michael McGlynn at Carr Park.

- Submitted by Medford Energy and Environment Director Alicia Hunt