Medford’s Donuts With a Difference ‘Best of Boston’

Donuts With a Difference

Medford’s Donuts With a Difference has made the 2014 Best of Boston list. The annual list includes 286 winners, according to Boston Magazine.

“Visit this delightfully retro storefront, and you’ll be rewarded with melt-in-your-mouth honey-dipped spheres, jumbo coffee rolls, and coconut cake rings with the perfect bite. Best of all: Each confection is affordable enough to justify buying a dozen any day of the week.”

As any Medford resident knows, it’s always best to get to Donuts With a Difference early; their delicious treats go fast!


‘First Jobs Academy’ for Teens August 4th-8th

It can be tough trying to find a community service placement or finding a great a first job as a teen.

Team Medford’s 1st Jobs Academy is designed to offer training to youth that is often overlooked yet required when applying for a community service placement or first job.

In addition, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions, explore your job preferences and make your community service hours or first job count towards your future!

Cost: $25

9AM to 1PM

August 4th to 8th

Monday through Friday

Medford High School room TBA

The program will cover:

Teambuilding: Designed to kick off the training in a fun and engaging manner, youth build relationships and trust in their fellow youth, or ‘colleagues,’ through games, activities, and reflective discussions. Youth set short-and long-term goals related to employment.

Dollars & $ense: Youth are provided with introductory financial literacy information and skills, including budgeting, saving, and credit. Content is presented using games and active discussion.

Healthy ME: Youth explore the role of their physical and mental well-being in relation to development of positive work habits.

Work Wise: The first session focuses on soft skills critical to success in the workplace, such as verbal and non-verbal communication, customer service, professional boundaries, and appropriate dress.

The second session focuses on the skills needed to obtain employment from the initial application process to writing a resume to interviewing. Youth complete a formal mock interview with an employer as a culmination of their learning.

A certificate of completion will be issued.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

This program is funded by Team Medford’s Underage Drinking Prevention and Drug Free Communities Grant.

Participants must register 1 week prior to the start date of the session.

To Register and make a payment visit:

If classes do not reach minimum enrollment, you will be contacted and refunded for that session.

- Submitted by Jemima Valdouin

Kids Enjoy Street Hockey Camp With Local Coach

Last week more than twenty Medford children participated in a street hockey camp at the outdoor hockey rink at Hormel Stadium as part of the City of Medford’s summer recreation program. Each day the campers participated in shooting and passing, a warm-up on the Hormel Stadium track, multiple 25-minute scrimmage games, and a breakaway contest. The campers ranged in ages of seven to thirteen.

This was the third year of the camp which is run by Josh Glionna, an assistant coach for the Medford High Girls Varsity hockey program. Girls hockey players volunteered their time to assist with the camp including Brenna Forbes, Courtney Hardy, Riley Lynch, Ashley Rodriquez and Summer Tufts.

The camp is part of the Medford Summer Recreation program. More information about upcoming recreation camps can be found on the city website.

street hockey camp

street hockey camp

street hockey camp

street hockey camp

street hockey camp

- Information and photos from Coach Josh Glionna

Medford Junior Mustangs Opening Day Practice Monday, August 4th


Junior Mustangs cheerleaders

1st Practice begins at Memorial Park (off Winthrop St & Rt 16) Monday, August 4, 2014 @ 5:30 PM

Former Mustang Football greats Finn and Iozza to coach Medford Jr. Mustangs Youth Football!

Former Boston College Tight End, Medford High Football Captain and Mustang Hall of Fame Inductee Eddie Finn will be coaching the Junior Mustangs (3rd & 4th) grade Freshmen Division and Rich Iozza, former Medford High School and Bridgewater State University Offensive Tackle (5th & 6th) grade Junior Varsity Division.

Divisions: Flag (1st & 2nd Grade); Freshmen (3rd & 4th Grade); Junior Varsity (5th & 6th Grade); Varsity (7th & 8th Grade).

No Weight Restrictions * Age Protected * No Player or Cheerleader left behind

All Coaches are certified in Youth Football and Concussion Awareness; the Medford Jr. Mustangs will part of the Commonwealth Youth Football Conference under the umbrella of American Youth Football and Cheer

Registrations will be accepted during the first week of practice, subject to availability

For further information:

- Information from Medford Youth Football and Cheer

Mustang Football Team Holding Mattress Fundraiser

Medford HS and the Medford HS Football team will be sponsoring their third annual mattress sale on Saturday, August 16th.

Profits from this sale go directly to the team. This was a very successful fundraiser the past 2 years and we are very excited to be able to sponsor our 3rd event here at Medford High School.

Brand new, name brand mattress sets will be 30% – 60% off retail. Top quality mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties. Much higher quality for price than a retail store!

All sizes, price ranges, delivery and free layaway will be available. Floor models will be on display at Medford High School from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday August 16th.

If you, or anyone you know is in the market for a new mattress…check out this fundraiser!! If you need a new
mattress before this sale or have any questions, please contact Jack Isaacs of Custom Fundraising Solutions at

- Submitted by John Costello, President, Senior Medford Football Associates

Free ‘Songs of Slavery’ Concert August 3

Songs of Slavery: a Free Performance by the US Slave Song Project

Sunday, August 3, at 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Songs of SlaveryThis free concert by the U.S. Slave Song Project, held on the Royall House and Slave Quarters museum grounds, is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Medford Public Library and part of the yearlong Medford Tracing Our Faces project.

The U.S. Slave Song Project, based in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the authentic American folk music known as slave songs or spirituals. Under the direction of founder Jim Thomas, the chorus will perform songs that enabled enslaved African-Americans to communicate with one another, teach their children, record their history, and heal their pain.

Medford Tracing Our Faces sponsors monthly events to provide opportunities to consider Medford’s long history in the context of civil rights, to explore the legacies of these landmark events, and to work together to address critical issues of importance to the people of Medford. This project is co-sponsored by the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, the Medford Human Rights Commission, and the Medford Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Collaborators include Medford Historical Society and Museum, Medford Public Library, Mystic Valley Area Branch of the NAACP, Royall House and Slave Quarters, and Tufts University.

In the eighteenth century, the Royall House and Slave Quarters was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish way of life possible. The Slave Quarters is the only remaining such structure in the northern United States, and the Royall House is among the finest colonial-era buildings in New England. The museum is open for guided tours on the hour at 1, 2, and 3pm, every Saturday and Sunday. On-street parking is available and the museum is located on the 96 and 101 MBTA bus routes. Visit for more information.

- Submitted by Gracelaw Simmons

Healthy Cooking Class for Adults Begins July 31st

What's cookin'Healthy Cooking Class for Adults

Supported by the Medford Housing Authority and the Medford Family Network

Cooking Matters’ Hands-on Cooking & Nutrition Class

6 Thursday evenings
July 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28; September 4
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: Edgerly Hall, Saltonstall Building, 121 Riverside Avenue, Medford

Do you need to stretch your monthly food budget?

Learn how to choose, buy for and prepare delicious, healthy, inexpensive meals!

Work with a professional chef and nutrition instructor!

Cooking Matters Offers:
Free Groceries! Delicious Recipes!
Cooking Classes and Supplies!
Nutrition Information!

Cooking Matters Expects:
Regular Attendance for 6 Weeks!
Class Participation!
An Open Mind!

Registration is required and child care is available upon request. Call Lisa Tonella at (781) 396-7200 ext 130 by Monday, July 21.

- Information from the Medford Family Network

Tornado Touches Down in Revere

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado touched down in Revere and Chelsea on Monday morning. The tornado is estimated to have lasted four minutes and wound a 2-mile long and 3/8 of a mile wide path. The tornado was classified as an EF-2, with wind gusts between 100 and 120 miles per hour.

According to Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo, there were no serious injuries. Over 60 buildings are damaged, including Revere City Hall. The city has opened at shelter at the Rumney Marsh Academy, located at 140 American Legion Highway.

The National Weather Service said the tornado began in Chelsea and moved across the river, directly across the Paul Cronin Memorial Skating Rink. The rink sustained damage, including parts of its roof blown off and across Route 16. Several houses on Revere Beach Parkway were severely damaged, including one home that had its roof completely blown off. Many trees were knocked down in the area.

While the damage was widespread throughout the center of Revere, the tornado basically followed Route 107/Broadway. The damage path extended to just beyond the Route 60 rotary, according to a preliminary report from the National Weather Service.

Severe weather is expected to come to the area again. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 8PM Monday.

Malden Street at Broadway

An overturned car on Malden Street at Broadway. Photo by MA State Police.

American Legion Highway

Property damage on the American Legion Highway. Photo by MA State Police.


Severe Thunderstorm Causes Flooding, Damage in Area Monday Morning

A severe thunderstorm brought heavy rain and localized street flooding to Medford and the area on Monday morning. Several local roads flooded, leading to dangerous driving conditions and water in homes and businesses. According to the State Police, the National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down in Revere. Multiple trees and power lines came down in Revere and the State Police are asking people to use caution in the area while the damage is being cleaned up.

Sheridan Ave

Medford’s Sheridan Avenue. Photo by Ryan Hayward.

First Street and Bradbury

First Street and Bradbury Avenue in Medford.

First Street and Middlesex Avenue

First Street and Middlesex Avenue.

First Street and Middlesex Avenue in Medford (both above).

Lawrence and Clifton

Lawrence Road and Clifton Street in Medford. Photo by Kathy Andre.

The following photos were taken by a State Trooper assigned to State Police K-9 Unit that is assisting in Revere. The photos show damage from a neighborhood near Routes 107 and 16.





Legion Baseball Season Comes to an End

Medford Legion baseball team 2014

- Allison Goldsberry

The Medford Legion Post 45 baseball team’s season came to an end with a tough 4-3 loss to Newton in the Chairman’s Cup finals on Thursday.

“While it was a tough ending, I couldn’t have asked for a better season with a terrific group of kids,” said Coach Ryan Kozul. “We’ve prided ourselves on building a classy program over the last four years, and all these guys have been great ambassadors for our team. It’s a tough thing to stay committed during the summer with all the distractions and the grueling schedule we play. This group was the most committed I’ve ever had, and I’m really grateful for that.”

The Medford roster was full of talented players from many places, including Medford High School, Arlington Catholic, and Malden Catholic, among others.

According to Coach Kozul, two players will be moving on to play for two of the best programs in New England in the fall. Ryan Covelle will be joining his brother Paul at D2 powerhouse Franklin Pierce, while Dave Center will be playing at D3 College World Series participant Southern Maine. Both Dave and Ryan were three year players for the Legion team.

The Legion team is also saying good-bye to several other key players.

“[Kevin Andrew] has been a great leader for us. He will definitely be missed next year,” said Kozul. “I’d like to wish him well as he moves on, along with Justin Alley, Matt Marino, Conor McGovern, and Eric Spinale.”

Winchester duo Brendan Greene and Billy Christopher, among the biggest keys to the team’s success this year, are also moving on, said Coach Kozul.

“They are both great kids, who were committed to us from day one and played great baseball all summer. I know they’ll do great things next year.”

Christopher will pitch at Union College while Greene is doing a postgrad year at Bridgton Academy and playing hockey and baseball.

Despite the departure of top players, several younger players are poised to step up and lead the team. Medford High’s Dom Ramasci, Mike Egitto, and Mike Center and AC’s Kyle Boudrias, Justin DeMarco, and Christian Rosati all had great years and will return to the Legion team next season.

Coach Kozul said he would like to thank the parents and fans for their support.

“We truly appreciate it, and we hope we were able to put a team on the field that made everyone proud,” said Kozul.

Despite the season-ending loss to Newton, Kozul said he is proud of the progress the team has made over the years. Medford finished 13-9 this season and over the last four years has compiled a 46-38 record after the program went 2-38 from 2009-10 and had zero winning seasons from 2001-2012.

“We’ve been transformed over the last four years into a perennial playoff contender and that’s a credit to the dedication level of all the players who have come through the program during that time,” said Kozul. “I hope this is a program now that all the younger players in the city will strive to play for as they get older.”

Kids’ Lemonade Stand Raises Money for Injured MHS Grad

lemonade stand

Two local children held a lemonade stand on Boston Avenue this week to help a Medford resident who was recently injured while on a senior trip abroad. Harmony Tucci and Devin Gallagher raised money to help cover the medical expenses of Eric Ferrazzani, a 2014 Medford High School graduate. According to an online fund established to support Ferrazzani, nearly $30,000 has been raised from over 300 people in the last twenty-eight days.

- Photo and information from Michelle Hardy

Catching Up With the McGlynn Builders Club

The Builders Club recently completed another busy year at the McGlynn Middle School.

This year, the group raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The National Breast Cancer Foundation, The Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off, The Special Olympics, and other causes.

The club recently elected officers for the 2014-2015 year. The Co-Presidents of the club are Diana Matarazzo and Jessica Walker, the Vice President is Krystal Miller, the Secretary is Nicole Chin and the Treasurer is Alyssa Martello.

The first action proposed by the new Co-Presidents was to contribute to the McGlynn Student Council toiletry drive. The Club purchased socks, razors and toothpaste for the female homeless veterans at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Boston. The club expects a big year with these two dynamos at the helm!

The Builders Club Co-Advisors are Sean McGillicuddy and Dave Kuzmicz.

McGlynn Builders Club

Pictured: Newly Elected Co-Presidents of the McGlynn Middle School Builders Club Diana Matarazzo (l) and Jessica Walker (r) with donations for the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Boston

- Submitted by Sean McGillicuddy