Comment Period Open for State Environmental Review of Proposed College Ave Green Line Station

A plan to make the College Avenue Green Line station a multi-use building with space for the public and Tufts University is under state environmental review, according to information released by MassDOT. The station plan, unveiled to the public at a June 15 press conference, includes public meeting space, commercial space, educational space, neighborhood walkways, and a footbridge over Boston Avenue to connect the train station to Tufts University. The original station plan previously cleared the environmental review process but didn’t include Tufts’ air rights request. Public comments are being accepted through July 28 to the following address: Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Attn: MEPA Office, EEA No.13886, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston MA 02114.

– InsideMedford.com

Grace Episcopal Church Celebrates Marriage Equality

Grace Episcopal Church in Medford celebrates the arrival of the right for all people to marry across the country and in the Episcopal Church. After the June 26th Supreme Court’s ruling granting marriage rights to all people across the United States, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, voted July 1 to make the canonical and liturgical changes to provide marriage equality for all Episcopal Churches across the United States. For a number of years, Bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts have allowed clergy, including those from Grace Church, to solemnize same-sex marriages within the Diocese.

Grace Episcopal Church in Medford celebrates these long awaited civic and religious rights being extended to all people. In a sermon celebrating marriage equality the Sunday after the Supreme Court ruling, Grace Church Rector, the Reverend Noah Evans, told the story of Supreme Court plaintiffs Jim Obergefell and John Arthur and “how the seeds of change came from the love found in the relationship between these two men. It shows us how love grows to change the world…God’s love wins.” In a statement after the Supreme Court ruling, Massachusetts Episcopal Bishops Alan Gates and Gayle Harris described marriage equality in an official statement as “A thing to be celebrated.”

Lucia Page, Grace Church Warden (senior lay leader) said, “…the Episcopal Church’s passing of marriage equality is the formal ratification of what our church already actively practices and preaches. It’s a community that’s truly welcoming of all, and proudly proclaims its belief that all marriages and families matter – that my marriage and my family matter. The announcement further strengthens my faith in God, and makes me so proud to be part of my religious community.” The Rev. Dr. Maggie Arnold, Grace Church Assistant Rector stated, “It is a profound honor to be able to serve all of our members more fully, with the pastoral office of marriage. I am so glad to be part of a church that seeks and serves Christ in all persons.”

Grace Episcopal Church in Medford, located at 160 High Street, is a dynamic, vibrant and welcoming community that is the spiritual home to a diverse congregation of over 200 families with different racial, social, ethnic, cultural, family and religious backgrounds. All are welcome to be part of the life of its community.

– Submitted by Grace Episcopal Church

Wizzle, Kittens Seeking Homes

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My name is Wizzle and I’m a 3 yr old female cat. I am good with other cats and children. My owned couldn’t keep me any longer, so now I’m looking for a new home. I will cuddle with you and sleep in bed with you. I am such a sweetheart! Let me be the love of your life!

2 Kittens

kittensWe are (2) 8 week old kittens looking for a home. Please fill out a pre-adoption form if you are interested in adopting us. Our brothers and sisters will also be posted soon!

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

City Council Passes FY2016 Budget

On Tuesday, June 30 the Medford City Council voted 5-2, with Councilors Robert Penta and Breanna Lungo-Koehn dissenting, to pass the city’s budget for fiscal year 2016, which began July 1.

The $155,634,445 includes $52,933,000 for the schools, an amount that was unanimously approved by the School Committee in June, and a $252,325 increase in the library budget.

The entire proposed city budget is as follows:

General Government

Department/ Personnel/ Ordinary/ Total
Legislative/ 222,900/ 3,326/ 226,226
Executive/ 791,535/ 126,833/ 918,368
Finance/Auditing/ 443,694/ 72,000/ 515,694
Assessing/ 253,274/ 66,062/ 319,336
Treasury/ 471,284/ 172,471/ 643,755
Law/ 235,472/ 109,104/ 344,576
Information Technology/ 107,122/ 90,606/ 197,728
City Clerk/ 331,700/ 15,065/ 346,765
Election/Registration/ 230,180/ 51,120/ 281,300
Licensing/ 5,400/ 400/ 5,800
Conservation/ 5,800/ 1,300/ 7,100
OCD/Boards/ 175,666/ 73,581/ 249,247
Workers Compensation/ 1,500/ 853,000/ 854,500
Human Diversity/Compliance/ 51,900/ 4,800/ 56,700
Energy & Environment/ 132,489/ 31,792/ 164,281

Protection Person and Property

Department/ Personnel/ Ordinary/ Total
Police/ 11,110,452/ 1,043,211/ 12,153,663
Fire/ 11,266,046/ 745,450/ 12,011,496
Weights/Measures/ 90,341/ 4,331/ 94,672
Electrical Insp/ 306,532/ 866,173/ 1,172,705
Consumer Adv/ 0/ 1,000/ 1,000
Traffic and Parking/ 1,500/ 26,000/ 27,500
Building/ 544,425/ 308,862/ 853,287

Public Works

Department/ Personnel/ Ordinary/ Total
Non Enterprise Division*/ 2,902,147/ 6,384,336/ 9,286,483
Sewer Enterprise/ 846,672/ 12,130,996/ 12,977,668
Water Enterprise/ 975,080/ 8,080,998/ 9,056,0787
*Cemetery, Engineering, Highway, Park, Forestry, Recreation

Health and Elderly Services

Department/ Personnel/ Ordinary/ Total
Board of Health/ 503,384/ 76,143/ 579,527
Council on Aging/ 212,747/ 69,300/ 282,047

Library

Department/ Personnel/ Ordinary/ Total
Library/ 1,003,157/ 359,391/ 1,362,548

Veterans and Celebrations

Department/ Personnel/ Ordinary/ Total
Veterans Services/ 105,224/ 238,731/ 343,955

Pensions and Annuities

Retirement/ 0 10,167,381/ 10,167,381

Bonds and Interest
General/ 0/ 6,490,660/ 6,490,660
Enterprise (Water/Sewer)/ 0/ 718,548/ 718,548

Insurance
Employee Assistance Program/ 34,000/ 34,000
Fire/Glass Boiler/ 333,666/ 333,666
Group Health, Dental & Life/ 18,544,944/ 18,544,944
Liability/ 91,000/ 91,00
Medicare/ 900,000
Unemployment/ 75,000

Summary

General Government/ 3,465,316/ 1,671,460/ 5,136,776
Protection Persons/Property/ 23,327,996/ 2,998,567/ 26,326,563
Public Works
Non Enterprise/
2,896,747/ 6,384,336/ 9,281,083
Sewer Enterprise/ 846,672/ 12,130,996/ 12,977,668
Water Enterprise/ 975,080/ 8,080,998/ 9,056,078
Health & Elderly Services/ 716,131/ 145,443/ 861,574
Library/ 798,157/ 313,066/ 1,111,223
Veterans & Celebrations/ 105,224/ 238,731/ 343,955
Pensions & Annuities/ 0/ 10,167,381/ 10,167,381
Bonds & Interest/ 0/ 7,209,208/ 7,209,208
Insurance/ 0/ 19,978,610/ 19,978,610

Municipal $102,701,445
School $52,933,000
Total $155,634,445

Declaration of Independence

US Declaration of IndependenceIn honor of the 4th of July holiday, InsideMedford.com is publishing the text of the Declaration of Independence:

In Congress, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John M

Wynn Hosting Career Showcase for Everett Jobs

Wynn Resorts will hold Career Showcases in Charlestown and Everett on Saturday, July 11th, for local residents to explore and learn about career opportunities that will be available at the upcoming Wynn Resort in Everett. The showcases will feature employees from Wynn Las Vegas who will give first-hand accounts of the opportunities and family-like work culture that has earned Wynn industry wide acclaim.

Event attendees can learn about Wynn Everett careers in hotel management, guest services, information technology, food & beverage, gaming operations, marketing, human resources and more. Welcoming remarks in Everett will be made by Senator Sal DiDomenico, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria and Everett State Representative Joe McGonagle. Welcoming remarks in Charlestown will be made by State Representative Dan Ryan and Senator Sal DeDomenico.

“Identifying the team to run a world-class, five-star, $1.7 billion resort with 4,000 employees takes significant lead time” said Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Everett. “This is an opportunity for people of all skill sets and types to talk with Wynn employees from Las Vegas and Everett and start thinking about what it would be like to be part of the Wynn Everett team. When people leave this event, I want them to understand that working for Wynn Resorts is more than a job, it’s a very special and rewarding career.”

The first Wynn Resorts Career Showcase will be Saturday, July 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Everett High School, 100 Elm Street, Everett, MA. The second showcase will be Saturday, July 11th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bunker Hill Community College, Room A300-Auditorium, 250 New Rutherford Avenue, Charlestown, MA. Both events are free and open to the public. If interested, guests can also sign up for the Wynn Everett Talent Network at the showcase, which keeps them up to date on all hiring activities.

Wynn Resorts is consistently recognized for its industry leading training, benefits and workplace culture and has been honored as the highest ranking casino resort on FORTUNE Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies list (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and Entrepreneur Magazine’s 120 Most Trusted Brands (2014). The Las Vegas Review-Journal has also named Wynn Las Vegas as one of Nevada’s Top Workplaces (2013, 2014).

– Submitted by Wynn Resorts

Salvatore’s Restaurants Launch ‘Chef’s Playground’

Salvatore's MedfordSalvatore’s Restaurant, the upscale casual Italian restaurant with five locations in the Greater Boston area, is rolling out the first ever Chef’s Playground, which puts freedom of creativity into the hands of each Chef at Salvatore’s, unveiling new and fresh dishes that will excite and surprise patrons for months to come!

With no limits or expectations to hold each Chef to, the concept really does put them on their own playground. Expect the unexpected at all five locations, as dishes will be prepared based on each individual chef’s inspiration. Each location will be pulling from their chef’s vast culinary background, neighborhood demands for specific dishes that might be out of the ordinary for Salvatore’s, or seasonal ideas that they can have fun with.

Many of these items will stay on quarterly, while some will come and go nightly, making the anticipation for what’s next that much more thrilling!

Salvatore’s has five locations, including High Street in Medford Square.

For reservations and more information, please visit: http://www.salvatoresrestaurants.com/.

– Submitted by Salvatore’s

Section of Harvard Street to be Closed for Green Line Construction in July

Starting Wednesday, July 1 at 8:00 AM Harvard Street will be reduced to single lane traffic between Main Street and Boston Avenue for Green Line extension construction. Only westbound traffic heading toward Boston Avenue will get through while eastbound traffic will be detoured along Boston Avenue. The detour plan has been posted on the Green Line Extension website. The area beneath the Harvard Street rail bridge will also be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists. The construction work on the bridge abutments is necessary for the rebuilding of the bridge to accommodate the Green Line. The work, and related closures, are expected to take one month.

Additionally, on the weekend of July 11th and 12th, Harvard Street will be fully closed to traffic (both lanes) between Main Street and Boston Avenue for the purposes of structural steel erection. The road will be closed to traffic starting on Saturday, July 11th at 5 AM and it is anticipated it will reopen by Sunday, July 12th at 9 PM. Sidewalks underneath the Harvard Street bridge will also be closed at this time. During the full closure, local residents will still be able to access Harvard Street, but there will be no traffic through the Harvard Street Rail Bridge due to construction.

– Information and photo from MassDOT.

Van der Kloot Endorses Burke

Paulette Van der Kloot and Stephanie Muccini BurkeTo the Citizens of Medford,

It is with great respect that I endorse Stephanie Muccini Burke to be the next Mayor of Medford. As a member of the Medford school committee I have had many opportunities to interact with Stephanie over the years.  She is always professional, insightful, smart and respectful. Stephanie brought these qualities to the City Council where she served for 15+ years. Her questions were on target, her demeanor was always appropriate and she demonstrated professional behavior at every turn. She always brought positive and appropriate energy to the council proceedings even when she was challenging the opinion of others or the Mayor himself. In fact, there were many of us who were both surprised and delighted when Mayor McGlynn selected Stephanie to serve as the Director of Budget and Personnel. Surprised because we knew that Stephanie had herself been known to challenge the Mayor and delighted because we knew she had the backbone and capability to serve our city well in this difficult position.

As Mayor, Stephanie will Chair the Medford School Committee. As a school committee member, I know how important it will be to have positive, respectful leadership heading our committee. We have made some fabulous gains in the last few years. Major capital projects, such as the science labs, field of dreams, and the pool were successfully completed. Stephanie oversaw the finances of these projects and ushered through the Capital Program named “Chart the Course”.  Having had children who attended the Medford Public Schools, her youngest just graduated this year; she understands how important it is to keep our education system moving forward.

Stephanie Muccini Burke has both the technical knowledge and the management skills to lead our community forward. She is caring and is deeply committed to Medford. Stephanie brings both the legislative and administrative experience necessary to deal with the complex issues that face today’s cities. With grace and elegance, Stephanie, a lifelong resident, a taxpayer, a professional, a parent and a community leader is the right person at the right time for Medford. Please join me and support Stephanie Muccini Burke as the next Mayor of Medford, 2016.

 
Paulette Van der Kloot
Medford School Committee
146 Pine Ridge Road, Medford.

Mustang Classic Golf Tournament to Benefit Football, Girls Lacrosse Teams

The Mustang Classic Golf tournament will be held this summer to benefit both the football and girls lacrosse teams.

The tournament is taking place on Friday, July 10 at 12PM at Mount Hood Golf Course in Melrose. The $135 per person fee includes greens fee, cart, player gift, and meal.

The four person scramble includes prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. There are individual prizes for hole-in-one, longest drive, and closest to the pin.

Registration forms can be downloaded by clicking here. Forms must be returned by June 26. Any questions can be directed to John Costello at 781-608-8563.

– InsideMedford.com