Medford, Mohegan Sun Enter Into ‘Surrounding Communities’ Agreement

The following statement was released by Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn on Thursday afternoon:

Mohegan Sun Guarantees Medford up to $700,00 Annually and the Funding of a $450,000 Study of Wellington Circle

Mayor Michael J. McGlynn announced today that the City entered into a Surrounding Communities Agreement with Mohegan Sun that mitigates many of Medford’s concerns resulting from a proposed casino in Revere, MA.

This agreement addresses a litany of issues that could effect Medford. It contains provisions for job opportunities, a study of Wellington Circle and business opportunities for Medford merchants. It also allows for future adjustments. “I compliment Mohegan Sun’s Attorney, Jeffrey Mullan, on the professional manner in which he worked with the City to address the complex issues of mitigation” said the Mayor.

Beginning on July 15, 2017 and on an annual basis the Developer shall pay to the City Six Hundred thousand dollars ($600,000) as an Annual Impact Payment, which will be increased based upon gross gaming revenue (“GGR”) on the following conditions:

- For GGR between $850,000,001 and $925,000,000, the payment increases to $625,000;

- For GGR between $925,000,001 and $975,000,000, the payment increases to $650,000;

- For GGR between $975,000,001 and $1,000,000,000, the payment increases to $675,000; and

- For GGR above $1,000,000,001, the payment increases to $700,000.

If, at any time after the end of the initial or subsequent term of the License, the GGR is reported at greater than $1,000,000,001 for two consecutive years, the Parties will negotiate an adjustment to the payment.

The Developer will study traffic mitigation solutions at Wellington Circle in cooperation with the City. The Developer will expend approximately $450,000 on the study.

The Developer will use reasonable efforts to promote the City’s hotels, restaurants, arts, entertainment and cultural institutions.

Annually the Developer will utilize its best efforts to purchase Fifty Million Dollars ($50,000,000.00) in goods and services from vendors within a 15 mile radius of Revere and will hold annual vendor fairs.
The Developer will support the City’s requests for funds from the Community Mitigation Fund.
The Developer shall use reasonable efforts to ensure that at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the permanent workforce for the Project shall be individuals who reside within a fifteen (15) mile radius of Revere. The Developer will use its best efforts to open employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans, and other.

Somerville Man Arrested for Unarmed Robbery of Brookline Bank

- Allison Goldsberry

Dennis RyanA Somerville man was arrested on Wednesday for an unarmed robbery of Brookline Bank in Medford Square, according to Medford Police.

Dennis Ryan, 43, was arrested just before noon and has been charged with unarmed robbery.

Police say he entered Brookline Bank on High Street around 11:30AM and passed a note to the teller demanding money. No weapon was shown. After running out of the bank he was seen by several witnesses running through Medford Square with a cloud of red smoke around him, which was emitted from the dye pack that had been with the money.

Witnesses told police they saw Ryan enter a gold pickup truck that drove up Boynton Road. Police say they found the truck in a driveway at 21 Rural Avenue. Police entered the house, spoke to people there, and gathered enough evidence to arrest Ryan.

Harvard Street to be Closed Briefly for Green Line Construction Work April 26th

Green Line construction

The section of Harvard Street between Main Street and Boston Avenue will be closed for a brief period at the end of the month for Green Line extension construction. According to a notice released by the state’s Green Line Extension team, Harvard Street will be closed beginning at 2AM on Saturday, April 26 and will reopen on Monday, April 28 at 4AM. Sidewalks under the Harvard Street bridge will also be closed at that time. Traffic detour information is available on the Green Line Extension website.

- Information and photo from MassDOT.

Lady Mustang Lacrosse Team Defeats Waltham

- Allison Goldsberry

After suffering their first and only loss of the season to Waltham, the Medford High School girls lacrosse team edged the team 12-11 in the rain on their home field on Tuesday.

“I’m so proud of this team…It was just an incredible team win in not ideal conditions,” said Head Coach Matt Galusi.

Defender Adrienne Porrazzo helped seal the victory for the Mustangs when she scored after picking up a loose ball with just thirty seconds left in the game. Hannah Gallup and Nicole Mortell each had four goals and two assists while senior captain Jamie Traverse added three goals and an assist. Caroline Daly contributed a goal and an assist.

“We can score goals with the best of them,” said Coach Galusi.

Goalie Caroline McCarthy made eleven saves and the rest of the defense “just dug in and refused to lose,” said Galusi.

“The defense when we needed them today…they just stepped up,” he said.

The 4-1 Mustangs host Cambridge on Wednesday and head to Revere on Friday.

Grace Episcopal, St. Joe’s Bless Palms Together

blessing palms

For over 30 years Medford’s St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and Grace Episcopal Church have joined together to bless palms on Palm Sunday. The Reverend Noah H. Evans, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church and Father Chip Hines, Pastor of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Parish presided jointly in the Blessing of Palms, before each congregation returned to its respective church for the remaining of their Palm Sunday worship. Pictured above: The Reverend Noah H. Evans, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church and Father Chip Hines, Pastor of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Parish greet one another at the beginning of the joint celebration.

- Submitted by Rev. Noah Evans

Grants Available from Medford Health Matters

Medford Health Matters (MHM) solicits proposals once each year. We are pleased to announce the 2014 Request for Proposals.

Medford Health Matters is a community coalition with a mission to foster an environment of wellness and healthy lifestyles for all those who live, learn, work, and play in the City of Medford. MHM invites community nonprofit organizations to apply for our once-yearly grant of up to $5,000. We particularly seek proposals that relate to access to services, reduction of racial and ethnic health disparities including social determinants of poor health outcomes in vulnerable communities, prevention and management of chronic disease, and social and emotional wellbeing.

Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to service providers, health and community-based organizations, local agencies, schools, and communities of faith that are interested in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of residents within the City of Medford. Applicants must either be located in, or must create programs that serve, Medford residents. It is expected that all applicants will be either municipal agencies or 501(c)3 organizations (or have a confirmed relationship with a fiscal agent that is one).

Award criteria include:

- A clear, well designed project that proposes strategies based on identified community needs

- Clear explanation of how the project fulfills Medford Health Matters’ identified program priorities

- A clear definition of the target population and number of people who will be served

- A realistic timeline for implementation; projects must be completed within one year of the award

- Measurable goals and objectives

- An itemized project budget

- Evidence of collaboration with at least one other Medford agency preferred

- An evaluation plan with demonstrated outcomes

- A plan for sustainability, as appropriate

Applications are due by Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Applicants will be notified after June 6th. We only request proposals once each year, so if your project will start in 2014 and will be completed within one year from the start date, this is your opportunity to seeks funding from Medford Health Matters. Please be specific about the timing of your project and how and when funds will be used.

For an application or to get more information, please contact: Vida Poole, Medford Health Matters Clerk, at 781-388-2375 or vpoole@mves.org.

Website: http://www.medfordhealthmatters.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MedfordHealthMatters

- Submitted by Medford Health Matters

Falco Advocates for MFN at State House

Falco Cassidy Donato Bartley

John Falco, Vice-Chair of the Medford School Committee, spoke at a rally at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday, April 1st advocating the need for continued support for the Children’s Trust, a state agency dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and promotion of healthy families. For the past 15 years the Medford Family Network of the Medford Public Schools has received a majority of their funding from the Children’s Trust. The funding that the Children’s Trust provides has been vital to the Medford Family Network (MFN) and has allowed the MFN to provide family support and parenting education programs to the Medford community. John has a long history of advocating for the Medford Family Network and currently is a member of the MFN’s Legislative Action Committee. In addition he served as Chair of the Parent Advisory Board, a parent led collaboration, dedicated to enhancing program offerings and creating a diverse and welcoming resource for Medford’s families. Falco is pictured (far left) with MFN Director Marie Cassidy, State Representative Paul Donato, and Children’s Trust Executive Director Suzin Bartley.

- Submitted by John Falco

Medford Invitational Tournament Ends After 18 Years

MIT Challenger Day event to continue

The Medford Invitational Tournament announced today that the 12 year-old all-star tournament has ended after 18 years. The MIT signature event, Challenger Day, will continue.

MIT President and CEO, Ron Giovino stated; “It was not an easy decision for the board of directors, but we are all confident it is the right one at the right time. We will now continue to focus on our signature event, Challenger Day, which is a celebration of all-stars who play the game despite the challenges of mental and physical disabilities.” (The year’s Challenger Event will be held on August 17th at Bruce Field in Malden.)

The Medford Invitational Tournament had its humble beginnings with a small four team weekend tournament back in 1996. Over the past eighteen years, the MIT has been recognized for providing excellence in baseball for Little League age all-stars. The MIT brand of baseball showcased a keen celebration of baseball, fun, and sportsmanship.

“I am so proud of the many years of our tournament and the more than two thousand young athletes we impacted over that period. We successfully demonstrated that baseball can be played at a high competitive level while insuring that everyone is having fun. I want to thank our board of directors, the players and coaches, the many volunteers, and to the business community for all their support over the years.”, Giovino concluded.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ron Giovino at 617-365-0524 or email at Rgiov21@comcast.net.

- Submitted by Ron Giovino

Medford Company Appoints VP

Agero, Inc., a leading provider of vehicle and driver safety, security and information services, today announced the appointment of Bryan Sander as senior vice president of operations. With over 20 years of experience in customer care, operations excellence and leadership development, Sander will lead the company’s service delivery teams in providing world class service to more than 75 million drivers, and managing the national network of over 30,000 service providers. Prior to joining Agero, Sander served as global vice president of customer care for ACI Worldwide, where he was responsible for creating and scaling a global customer care and operations team. He also held a variety of customer operations roles at Intuit.

“Agero has continuously enhanced the roadside assistance market and is again leading the industry toward a broader suite of services. This will refine how drivers think about their experience, and puts us in an even better position to drive brand loyalty on behalf of our clients,” says Sander.” I see the opportunity to create significant value here at Agero as we become the facilitator of intensely loyal relationships and cost efficiencies across the automotive and insurance service ecosystem.”

“We are delighted to welcome Bryan to the Agero family,” says Dave Ferrick, CEO of Agero. “Bryan’s strong background in customer care is one of the primary reasons we brought him on board. The changing demographics of drivers and their increasing affinity with technology is altering the way they think about automobiles and brand loyalty. We need to increasingly approach our programs and practices from the perspective of the new ways in which today’s customers think about the driving experience and what they value. Bryan’s experience and enthusiasm makes him the perfect fit to help us through this evolution.”

Sander’s experience in customer care will help Agero continue to build on its industry leading levels of customer loyalty and satisfaction. In his new role at Agero, Sander will be responsible for operations, which includes call centers handling more than 7.5 million emergency requests per year, as well as management of the company’s network of service providers that assist drivers all over the U.S.

About Agero

With over 40 years of experience, Agero is a leading provider of vehicle and driver safety, security and information services, including roadside assistance, consumer affairs and claims management services. The company protects over 75 million vehicle owners in partnership with leading automobile manufacturers, insurance carriers and others. Managing a nationwide network of more than 30,000 service providers responding to more than 7.5 million requests annually for emergency assistance, Agero leverages advances in technology and information services to accelerate and enhance response to drivers’ needs while strengthening customer loyalty and process efficiencies. Agero, a member company of The Cross Country Group, is headquartered in Medford, Mass., with operations throughout North America. To learn more, visit www.agero.com.

- Submitted by Agero, Inc.

City Unveils Plan for Park to Honor Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

On Friday Mayor Michael McGlynn announced plans to build a park to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The “Peace Garden” will honor Medford native Krystle Campbell as well as MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, BU student Lingzi Lu, and 8-year-old Martin Richard. It will be located in front of Medford’s Senior Center on Riverside Avenue.

According to information released by Mayor McGlynn, the park will include five fountains and a path embedded with bronze plaques honoring the victims and recognizing Boston Marathon route milestones. The Peace Garden will also have sunflowers, Krystle’s favorite flower.

Mayor McGlynn said the $1 million price tag will be covered by state and federal grants. He also expects pledged in-kind support to help cover costs.

More details, including renderings of the Peace Garden, are available on the city website.

Mayor McGlynn and Bill Campbell

Krystle’s father Bill Campbell (center) attended Friday’s Peace Garden announcement.

media

Every major media outlet covered Friday’s press conference.

live trucks

Live TV trucks outside of Medford City Hall on Friday.

Julia Kearney

Medford High School softball player Julia Kearney talked about the team’s upcoming tournament in honor of Krystle.

Pam Shadley

Pam Shadley, the park’s designer, presented plans for the Peace Garden.

- InsideMedford.com