Rain, Snow Mix Coming to Medford, Area Wednesday

- Allison Goldsberry

An early blast of wintry weather is forecast to hit the region on Wednesday, according to the latest details from the National Weather Service.

Medford and the surrounding area could receive three to six inches of snow by early Thursday morning. Rain and snow are expected to begin Wednesday morning. Snow is forecast for the afternoon before transitioning to a rain and snow mix Wednesday night.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect at 7AM Wednesday for twenty-four hours. According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Weather Advisory is issued when snow and/or ice is forecast but accumulations are expected to be light.

The timing of the storm will make travel for Thanksgiving difficult. Drivers are urged to use caution.

The 127th Medford/Malden Thanksgiving game is on as planned. Kickoff is at 10AM at MacDonald Stadium in Malden on Thursday.

Street sweeping for Zone 9 (Lawrence Estates area) scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed, according to information released by the city. A new date will be announced.

Boston Mayor Walsh to Speak at Tufts in Public Event Dec. 2nd

Boston Mayor Marty WalshBoston Mayor Marty Walsh will speak at Tufts on December 2. The public event is a part of the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series.

Launched in September 2014, previous speakers in the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series include United States Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and National Political Columnist for Yahoo! News, Matt Bai.

According to information released by Tufts, the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series is designed to bring leaders from a range of fields and perspectives to campus to discuss public issues. The goal is to educate, enlighten, and even provoke students at Tufts, hoping they will be inspired by the leaders and role models they hear and meet.

Anyone interested in attending the free event must register online. Walsh is speaking at 9:00AM on Tuesday at Tufts’ Alumnae Lounge. Alan D. Solomont from Tisch College will be leading the question and answer session with Mayor Walsh.

- Information and photo from Tufts University

Komins Found Guilty; Sentenced for Stealing from Little League

- Allison Goldsberry

A father and son who formerly served as president and treasurer of the West Medford Little League have been found guilty of embezzlement in connection with a theft which authorities estimate was between $50,000 and $100,000, according to information released by Middlesex District Attorney Marion Ryan.

Stanley Komins and Stephen Komins, both of Stoneham, were both found guilty of embezzlement over $250 and Stephen was also found guilty of forging a check and uttering a false check for incidents which occurred between 2007 and 2011.

Stanley was sentenced to two years of prison, one year to serve, with the balance suspended for two years, according to a statement released by the DA. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $35,000. His son Stephen was sentenced to one year of prison, six months to serve, with the balance suspended for two years. He was ordered to pay restitution of $5,000.

“The 2011-2012 Board members of the West Medford Hillside Little League organization should be commended for taking quick action on their suspicions of financial irregularities,” said District Attorney Ryan. “The Board immediately gained control of a terrible situation and their quick actions allowed the investigative process to move forward within hours. This case underscores the importance of internal checks and balances in non-profit settings. The defendants are going to be held accountable for their incredible breach of trust in defrauding people in the community.”

Stan KominsThe Komins were charged in December 2012. According to authorities, Stanley Komins (pictured at right) was president of the board of directors of the West Medford Little League for more than twenty years while his son, Stephen, served as treasurer for many years.

It was Stanley’s retirement from the board in October 2011 that prompted an investigation. According to former Middlesex DA Gerry Leone, Komins refused to provide past records when the new board asked about the league’s finances. An auditing firm hired by the league “noticed discrepancies” in its records, which led to the Medford Police getting involved and launching an investigation in conjunction with the DA’s office.

According to authorities, between April 2007 and October 2011, Stanley allegedly wrote checks to himself from the little league account, something which he was not authorized to do. He cashed the checks or deposited them in his personal bank account, allegedly stealing $38,000 in this way. Additionally, between May 2009 and September 2011, Stanley is suspected of buying items from BJ’s Wholesale Club using little league money even though some of the items purchased had nothing to do with the operation of the league.

Stephen Komins also allegedly cashed league checks for his own personal use, according to DA Leone. Between December 2007 and July 2009, authorities say Stephen cashed a total of $4,000 in league checks. In the spring of 2011, Stephen allegedly had a friend cash the league checks and give the money back to him. Stephen is also accused of buying personal items from BJ’s with league money.

DA Leone said both Komins also took cash from the league’s refreshment stand, which was operated by one of them during games. Both men were the ones responsible for depositing the concession stand money into the league’s bank account, yet records show the deposits were “inconsistent” with the expected revenues from the snack sales.

Reached by Boston.com in 2012, Stanley Komins said he didn’t know anything about the charges against him. In an interview with Fox25 News that same year, Komins denied stealing any money and said he was reimbursing himself for league expenses.

Following the news of the charges, the West Medford Little League, which has since been folded into the Medford Little League, posted the following statement on its website:

“The current West Medford Hillside Little League is aware of the allegations of the past board members. In 2011 a new board was elected and became aware of the inconsistent and irregular accounting practices of the previous board. We hired an independent audit firm to review our financial records. We then handed over all documentation to the authorities. We continue to work at being transparent with the parents of West Medford and ensuring that we create a league that the community can be proud of,” said the statement.

A source interviewed in 2012 criticized the league and its board members for “willful blindness” to the situation.

“It made me sick to see what was going on and the number of people who knew about it and refused to do anything,” said the source.

According to the source, the audit revealed financial losses of over $100,000. The league has been able to recoup about $35,000 due to an insurance policy that paid out if theft could be proven. The “blatant” theft, said the source, was so obvious, the insurance company paid the league in just fourteen days.

The source said parents and board members were aware of wrong-doings but were afraid of their children being retaliated against.

“It was the best-known secret in Medford,” said the source.

According to an Article of Organization filed with the Secretary of State’s office, the league was established in 1984 and Stanley Komins was one of the founding directors.

The document states, in part “…said youth baseball program is to be under the proper supervision and direction of men and women of good character, for boys and girls…to provide capable men and women of high moral character as directors of the league, who will accept only those persons of similar high character into the league to act in the best interests of the boys and girls participating in the league program.”

The document also states that none of its earnings should benefit or be distributed to the league’s directors or members.

Free Flatbreads at Salvatore’s on Thanksgiving Eve

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On Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, in honor of one of the biggest nights of the year in neighborhood watering holes, Thanksgiving Eve, patrons who are drinking/dining at all Salvatore’s locations will receive FREE flatbreads at the bar.

On an evening that people are sure to be catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances, head into Salvatore’s and help soak up the libations with their delicious variety of flatbreads!

Locations include Boston’s Seaport, Boston’s Theater District, Medford, Lawrence & Andover.

For more information please visit: www.salvatoresrestaurants.com.

- Information and photo from Salvatore’s

Tufts Electronic Music Ensemble to Perform December 6th

The Tufts University Department of Music is pleased to announce “Oh No!”, a performance by the Tufts Electronic Music Ensemble (TEME). The performance will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in Distler Performance Hall at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center.

Dr. Paul D. Lehrman directs TEME as it presents its third annual eclectic/electric concert of classical, jazz, rock, experimental, and uncategorizable music on familiar-looking instruments and some you’ve never seen before. Music by Frank Zappa, J.S. Bach, Richard Thompson, Edvard Grieg, Pink Floyd, and members of the group.

The Granoff Music Center is located at 20 Talbot Avenue on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter or call the Granoff Music Center Box Office at 617.627.3679.

- Information from Tufts University

Kitty Connection Update

Sunday, December 14, Author Table with Clea Simon and Darlene Arden at Bestsellers Cafe, 24 High Street, Medford MA, 781-391-7171, www.bestsellers-cafe.com, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Meet the authors at a special author table event! They will be happy to sign books and chat with you about their cat and dog themed books. Also, Kitty Connection, a local cat and dog adoption organization, will staff our gift wrap table all day. Kitty Connection volunteers will be available to gift wrap your purchases and they welcome your donations to help their wonderful cause. For more information about Kitty Connection, see www.kittyconnection.net.

Clea Simon is a mystery writer who loves cats and other animals. Some of her cat-themed books are “The Feline Mystique” and her Theda Karkow cat series includes “Mew is for Murder”, “Cattery Row”, “Cries and Whiskers”, and “Probable Claws”. Her Dulcie Schwartz grey parrot series includes “Shades of Grey”, “Grey Matters”, “Grey Zone”, “Grey Expectations”, “True Grey”, Grey Dawn”, “Grey Howl”, and “Stages of Grey”. Her Pru Marlowe pet noir series includes “Dogs Don’t Lie”, “Cats Can’t Shoot”, “Parrots Prove Deadly”, and “Panthers Play for Keeps”. She is a member of the Cat Writers’ Association and Sisters in Crime New England.

Darlene Arden is an award-winning writer and author whose books about cats and dogs including “Beautiful Cats”, “The Complete Cat’s Meow”, “Rover, Get Off Her Leg”, “Small Dogs, Big Hearts”, and “Angell Memorial Hospital Book of Wellness and Preventative Care for Dogs”. She is a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, an internationally recognized authority on toy dogs, and a member of the Cat Writers’ Association.

ScoutScout

Say hello to Scout. Scout is a Husky/Shepherd Mix, and weighs about 85 lbs. Despite his size, he thinks he is a lap dog and will cuddle on the couch if allowed. Scout has a lot of energy. He is fully house trained, crate trained, and knows commands like sit, stay, down and high five. He will do anything for a Milk Bone. Scout loves his family “pack” and always wants to be in the same room. Scout is neutered and up to date on vaccinations! More info to come!

Starry Night

I am Starry Night, an all black, very exotic-looking boy & approximately 2-3 years of age. I was discovered living under a porch and Kitty Connection rescued me to find a fur-ever, indoor-only home. I am scared now but will come around real soon and look forward to meeting you.
Starry Night
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

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