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Senators Bring ‘Commonwealth Conversations Tour’ to Boston Metro Area

The sixth of eight Commonwealth Conversations tours crossing the state comes to metro Boston on March 4. Senators Pat Jehlen, Will Brownsberger, Sonia Chang-Díaz, Sal DiDomenico, Linda Dorcena Forry, and Anthony Petruccelli will tour schools, local businesses, redevelopment sites, Massport, and a union apprenticeship program. The day will culminate with a public town hall event at Roxbury Community College to listen to the concerns of residents throughout the senators’ districts. Joining the tour will be Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, and other senators from across the state.

The tour begins at Brighton High School with a panel on education, transportation, and economic development. The public is invited to attend this forum from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. The tour continues with a drive through Beacon Park Yards, the site of the Allston I-90 Interchange Improvement Project. Senators will then visit the energy tech incubator Greentown Labs in Somerville; hear from the Somerville Community Corporation Community Organizers Team on workforce development; view development sites in Union and Assembly Squares; have lunch at the student-run Crimson Café at Everett High School and tour the school; view development sites along lower Broadway; receive a briefing at Massport in East Boston; visit The New England Regional Council of Carpenters apprenticeship program in Dorchester;
take a dinner stop at a local restaurant; and end the day with the two-hour public town hall forum at Roxbury Community College’s Media Arts Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“The Commonwealth Conversations Tours are exciting opportunities for Senators to visit other districts and see some of the outstanding projects going on throughout the Commonwealth,” said Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville, Medford). “It’s also a wonderful chance to engage with the public about issues that matter to Massachusetts residents.”

The Commonwealth Conversations Tour is a statewide tour of Senate districts led by the local senators to reach out to local residents, businesses, and interest groups to listen directly to their needs and concerns with the hope that it will foster more civic engagement while helping each senator learn more about issues outside of their own districts.

“With our statewide Commonwealth Conversations Tour we hope to hear directly from the people of the Commonwealth about how we can help improve their lives through our work in the Senate,” said President Stan Rosenberg. “We hope these conversations will help us craft our agenda and engage the public in the good work that we hope to accomplish this legislative session.”

Each member of the Senate has committed to attending at least two of these sessions outside of their own region that is not an adjoining district to their own. The tours began February 4 and run through March 18. All members of the public are encouraged to participate. Written testimony can be submitted at a public forum or through the tour website at the Talk to the Tour tab. To learn more about the tours visit the website at and follow on Twitter at @MA_Senate and #MaConvos.

- Submitted by State Senator Pat Jehlen’s office

Snow Emergency Declared in Medford

A snow emergency has once again been declared in Medford; it’s the winter that just won’t quit. The snow emergency goes into effect as of 6:00PM Sunday until further notice, according to information released by Medford Police Captain Barry Clemente. During snow emergencies, there is no parking allowed on central arteries and parking on side streets is restricted to the even side only. The city has a list on its website of designated central arteries. According to the latest weather forecast from the National Weather Service, Medford can expect two to four inches of snow.


City Raises Over $1 Million for Krystle Campbell Peace Garden

Krystle Campbell Peace Garden

Medford has raised over $1 million for the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden, according to information released Friday by Mayor Michael McGlynn. The money raised has included both state funding and private donations.

The Peace Garden will honor all victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, including Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard and Officer Sean Collier, as well as all survivors. It will be located in Medford Square on green space in front of the Senior Center. Fountains, bronze plaques (pictured above), and Campbell’s favorite, the sunflower, will be part of the garden.

“She’d love something like this, are you kidding?” Said Krystle’s father, Bill, in an interview with WBZ’s Beth Germano.

Krystle’s mother, Patty, said she thought a bench would be nice and that, “never in her wildest dreams did she think it would get this big.”

The Campbells will be attending a fundraiser on March 12 to support the maintenance of the Peace Garden.

More details about the fundraiser, and an online donation portal, are available on the city’s website.


Stephanopoulos to Speak in Public Forum at Tufts April 8

George StephanopoulosABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos will discuss “Who Do You Believe in the 24/7, Multi-Platform World of News?” at the 10th annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism at Tufts University on Wednesday, April 8, at 3:30 p.m. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will take place in ASEAN Auditorium in the Cabot Intercultural Center on Tufts University’s Medford/Somerville campus.

Stephanopoulos leads ABC’s coverage on all major live events and breaking news around the world. He currently serves as the anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” which was recently ranked the number one public affairs program in adults 25-54. He joined ABC in 1997 and over the last decade has conducted interviews with subjects including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Russian President Vladimir Putin. His honors include two Emmys, a DuPont, a Murrow, and two Cronkite Awards.

The forum will begin with an interview of Stephanopoulos by Jonathan M. Tisch, co-chair of the board of Loews Corporation and chairman of Loews Hotels and Resorts. A graduate of Tufts and vice chair of the Tufts Board of Trustees, Tisch hosted the Emmy-nominated and Gracie-award winning television program “Beyond the Boardroom with Jonathan Tisch,” and is the author of three best-selling books. The forum will end with an opportunity for the audience to ask Stephanopoulos about his years in politics and journalism.

Stephanopoulos began his career in Washington, D.C. as an aide to an Ohio Congressman and later worked on Bill Clinton’s 1991 presidential campaign. He went on to serve as a trusted advisor in the Clinton administration. He is the author of “All Too Human: A Political Education,” a number one New York Times bestseller about his work with Clinton. He is also a founding member of the Next Generation Initiative, a nonprofit foundation that helps students develop real-world skills and experiences.

The Murrow forum is sponsored by Tufts University’s Communications and Media Studies Program at the School of Arts and Sciences, the Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy at The Fletcher School, and Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Previous forum speakers include Ariana Huffington, Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Chris Matthews.

- Information and photo from Tufts University

Chevalier Theatre Anniversary Concert March 7

Story Updated 5:00PM February 28, 2015

Barra MacNeils

From left, Boyd, Sheumas, Lucy, Kyle and Stewart MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils, who will perform at Chevalier Theatre on March 7. Courtesy photo.

Medford’s Chevalier Theatre will celebrate its 75th anniversary on March 7 with a concert of traditional Celtic music by the Barra MacNeils, one of Canada’s most popular and successful musical groups.

A family ensemble from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, the Barra MacNeils are widely regarded as one of the finest live concert acts in the Celtic world. Steeped in Cape Breton tradition with deep Celtic roots, the troupe combines captivating vocals and harmonies with extraordinary musicianship on a wide variety of stringed, percussion, and wind instruments.

Entering their 28th year of performing the musical traditions of their ancestors and with 17 albums to their credit, the Barra MacNeils are as popular as ever – their recent 35-city Christmas concert tour drew sellout crowds across Canada.

The Chevalier Theater concert, set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, will be the Barra MacNeils’ first appearance in Greater Boston since 2003. The band has a large following in the area, where tens of thousands of Cape Breton natives settled, and the island’s unique style of music and dance still resonates in local halls and clubs.

“It is always exciting to return to the Boston area for a Barra MacNeils concert,” said vocalist and accordion player Stewart MacNeil. “There’s so much connection, shared history and culture between the Maritime region of Canada and Boston – it’s like a special visit with old friends from home each time.”

Cindy Watson, co-president of the Friends of Chevalier Auditorium and Gene Mack Gym, said, “We are delighted to welcome the Barra MacNeils to Medford to celebrate and showcase our beautiful theatre, which is such an important asset to our community and to Medford Square’s economic vitality. Interest in the concert in Medford has been high, and we’re also excited to introduce Chevalier Theater to new audiences who will want to return for more shows.”

The concert commemorates the 1940 dedication of Chevalier, located at 30 Forest St. in Medford Square, as an addition to Medford High School; it is also one of several events being planned in 2015 to celebrate the 385th anniversary of the city’s founding in 1630.

“Chevalier Theater holds a special place in Medford history, honoring our pioneering navy aviator Godfrey Chevalier, and also having been preserved by the community for the arts after a 1965 fire at the old high school,” said Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn. “It’s the perfect venue in which to recognize Medford’s rich past and also its vibrant future.”

As an added local attraction, eight young dancers from Jackie O’Riley Irish Dance will join the Barra MacNeils onstage at different points in the concert.

Doors will open 6 p.m. A cash bar will be open before the show and during intermission with beer, wine, soft drinks, and specially mixed cocktails and tastings from concert sponsor GrandTen Distilling, maker of Medford Rum.

Remaining tickets for the Barra MacNeils concert are $26 ($19 for seniors 60-over and students) and may be ordered at Tickets also can be purchased at Medford Electronics, 25 Salem St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to the Friends of Chevalier and the City of Medford, concert cosponsors include the Chevalier Auditorium Commission, Chevalier Theatre Organ Society, and the Canadian American Club of Massachusetts.

- Submitted by Ken Krause

‘Think Warm Summer Thoughts’ at Carroll’s

twin boiled lobstersCarroll’s Restaurant is offering deals on items typically associated with summer warmth.

On Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28, twin boiled lobsters are only $19.95.

In addition, Carroll’s is offering house margaritas for only $7 every day.

Carroll’s is located at 21 Main Street in Medford Square.


Boys Mustang Hockey Team Advances in State Tourney

On Thursday the Medford High School boys hockey team upset Matignon with a decisive 5-1 win. The Mustangs, seeded twelfth in North Division 1, had been paired with fifth seed Matignon in the first round of the state tournament. Medford now faces fourth seed Andover on Saturday. The puck drops at 6:15PM on Saturday in Woburn. The winner will face either Burlington (first seed) or Arlington Catholic (#8) in the semi-finals on March 5.


Miles, Izzie Seeking Homes


Hello there. My name is Miles and I am a 15 year old sweetheart. I am at Kitty Connection because a few weeks ago, my loving owner went into the hospital and never came home again. I am now an adult orphaned cat and hope to give another owner the love I have left. I am healthy for a 15 year old and I definitely have a few great “miles” to go. As you can see from my photos, I am a very handsome, light grey tabby. Would you like to enjoy my twilight years? Give KC a call to set up an appointment to meet me.


IzzieIzzie is an 18 month, potty trained, stunning brindle mix of greyhound, plot hound, catahoula, whippet, and pittie, she is a 45 lb. mix of pure joy. Izzie was neglected so she is looking for a patient and experienced guardian she can trust. She startles easily and does best in calm surroundings. She loves to play, jumps like a reindeer and will have you rolling with laughter, loves car rides and meeting new people. She just asks that the people are respectful of her boundaries until she is comfortable. For that reason no small children would be best. She does well with other dogs but definitely prefers the bigger ones. In fact, a well-balanced, friendly brother or sister dog would likely help build her confidence quicker. Cats – she is a little too interested in at this point. Izzie is very mannerly, food motivated and ready and willing for training. She is spayed and up-to-date on her shots.

She continues to do better each day in her crate but at this point she really prefers just to have it there with the door open. Izzie is so anxious to explore this brave, new world with her trusted companion by her side. If you think that might be you, please email Mary Lou at

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

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- Information and photos from Kitty Connection

Markey: Today is Internet Freedom Day

Ed MarkeySenator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Open Meeting.

“Tearing down barriers that prevent communities from developing local solutions when there is little or no choice of Internet service provider is one of the great challenges for competition and innovation in the broadband marketplace. Today’s action by the FCC will support the ability of municipalities to decide whether or not they would like to build their own broadband networks and provide community members with high speed Internet service. I applaud the FCC for using its authority to support greater local choice and end restrictions placed upon local communities to make these decisions for themselves.”

“Today is an historic day for consumers, innovators, entrepreneurs – anyone who counts on the Internet to connect to the world. Today begins the next chapter in the history of American innovation – it’s our country’s Declaration of Innovation. Today, we say our economy and the free expression of ideas depend on net neutrality. Today, we say net neutrality is here to stay.

“Reclassifying broadband under Title II is a major victory for consumers, for our democracy, and for our economy. By banning paid prioritization, blocking and throttling, the FCC is applying the principles of nondiscrimination to the broadband world. The free flow of ideas supported by the Internet is creating the jobs, launching the global revolutions and supporting the communications that we rely on every day. I applaud the FCC and Chairman Wheeler for standing up for students in their dorm rooms, activists on the streets, and innovators in their garages. I applaud the FCC for standing up for the best ideas, not merely the best-funded ideas. Today, we celebrate the transformative power of the Internet now and for generations to come.”

In July 2013, Senator Markey and 12 Senate Democrats called on the FCC to protect the openness and freedom of the Internet by reclassifying broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act. In December 2013, Senator Markey was joined by 38 Senate and House Democrats in calling on the FCC to protect an open and free Internet by immediately finalizing new net neutrality rules.

- Information from US Senator Ed Markey’s office

Medford Police Assist in Major Drug Bust

Pierre case evidence
Courtesy photo

Medford Police assisted in a drug bust that targeted a “major alleged opiate trafficker,” according to information released by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office. Steve Pierre, a 27-year-old Boston resident, was arraigned on drug trafficking charges on Wednesday. In the course of the investigation, police confiscated thousands of painkillers from Pierre. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail and his next court date is April 1. More details are available on the district attorney’s website.