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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.

– InsideMedford.com

Medford Farmers Market to Launch Pre-Season Film Series

The Medford Farmers Market will be launching its first film series next month, according to an email from market organizers. The film series will take place on three Friday nights, March 13, April 10, and May 1. On March 13, “Symphony of the Soil” will be hosted by Grace Church and will include free snacks, a planting demo, and seeds for sale. Boccelli’s will host “Srirachi” in April with a cash bar and a post-film Q & A with local business owners. In May the Royall House will host “Food Chains”; the event will include a post-film discussion and free snacks.

In other farmers market news, the summer season will open on June 4. The market will again take place on Thursdays from 3-7PM behind Medford City Hall.

– InsideMedford.com

Medford Teen in ‘Flat Stanley’

Molly Fenn

Where will Flat Stanley travel next? Boston Children’s Theatre (BCT) will take audiences on a wild coast to coast, overseas journey in their magical family production of “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” featuring 16-year old Molly Fenn of Medford in the role of Stanley’s mother ‘Mrs. Lambchop’. “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” runs March 7 – 15, 2015 at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street in Boston.

Recently seen in BCT’s production of Fame, Julia is no stranger to the stage. She has performed with BCT in Hair and The Velveteen Rabbit and with the Watertown Children’s Theatre and Stageone Theater Company. A junior at Medford High School, Molly studies voice with BCT Private Vocal Coach Daniel Blake.

“One of the most popular characters in children’s books, Flat Stanley has become a hero to so many young students,” said BCT Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark. “With this production we are encouraging theater goers to let their imaginations soar, just as Flat Stanley does as he travels all over the world in search of adventure and fun. We hope audience members will bring their own Flat Stanleys to the theater to experience this live stage performance together!”

After wishing on a star, young Stanley Lambchop finds himself in a very unique situation. He has been transformed into a very, very flat little boy- Flat Stanley! With the help of the postal service, his family and friends, Flat Stanley travels the world in search of adventure and fun! Taking audiences from Hollywood to Paris to Hawaii and back, “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” is filled with infectious songs, memorable characters and exotic locales.

Directed by Toby Schine, BCT Executive Director and co-directed by Eric Love with musical direction by Jaime Castellanos, “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” is based on the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown with book by Timothy Allen McDonald and music and lyrics by Timothy Allen McDonald, David Weinstein, Jonathan K. Waller and Stephen Gabriel.

THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY will be performed at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Performances are March 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 2 pm. Tickets are $27 and can be purchased by visiting www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org or by calling the BCT Box Office at 617-424-6634, x222. Grandparents Packages are also available that include 2 tickets to the show, a special souvenir and a photo with the cast. School matinee performances are also on sale through the BCT Box Office. “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” is supported by BCT’s 2014-2015 Presenting Sponsor WGBH.

- Submitted by Boston Children’s Theater

Fundraiser to be Held for Krystle Campbell Peace Garden

Krystle Campbell Peace Garden rendering

A fundraiser is being held in March to support the maintenance of the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden.

The Campbell family is expected to be at the event, which is taking place at Rivers Edge.

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, and Campbell’s favorite, the sunflower, will be part of the garden.

Medford has already received state funding and private donations to support the development of the Peace Garden.

More details about the fundraiser are available on the city’s website.

– InsideMedford.com

City Lifts Snow Emergency; Some Parking Restrictions Remain in Place

On Monday afternoon Medford DPW Commissioner Paul Gere lifted the snow emergency, which had been in effect for several weeks following historic snow fall.

Due to conditions, parking is only allowed on the even side of the street until further notice, according to information from the Medford Police.

“We ask that all residents and motorists use a common sense approach when parking on Medford streets,” said a message from Captain Barry Clemente. “Please do not park in such a way that will impede the free flow of traffic. Violators shall be subject to ticketing and towing.”

Capt. Clemente said residents would be notified via the city’s emergency alert system when the DPW would be in their area to do additional snow removal.

– InsideMedford.com

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 https://malegislature.gov/cc and follow on Twitter at @MA_Senate and #MaConvos.

- Submitted by State Senator Pat Jehlen’s office

Porrazzo Earns Hockey Honors

Adrienne Porrazzo

Medford High girls varsity hockey senior captain Adrienne Porrazzo has been named to the Northeastern Hockey Leagues All-Conference team and is the recipient of the league Sportsmanship Award. Porrazzo, a defenseman, scored 9 goals and 10 assists for 19 points for the Mustangs this season.

On Saturday, February 21st Porrazzo was honored at Salem State University before the Northeastern Hockey League’s boys all-star game. Eight players were named to the All-Conference team including Porrazzo, Beverly’s senior defenseman Caitlin McBride (league MVP), sophomore forward McKinley Karpa, junior forward Kristen McCarthy, Winthrop’s senior defenseman Kasey Harris, senior forward Caroline McKinnon, Marblehead’s eighth grade forward Brooke Keough, and Peabody’s sophomore goalie Lauren Hennessy.

- Information and photo from Mustang assistant girls hockey coach Josh Glionna

Police Seeking Armed Robbery Suspect

Medford Police are looking for a suspect in an alleged armed robbery on Thursday. The incident took place at the Superette convenience store on Spring Street. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lieutenant Covino at 781-393-4236 or pcovino@medfordpolice.com. Police released the following surveillance photos on their Twitter account.

Spring Street convenience store armed robbery

Spring Street convenience store armed robbery

– InsideMedford.com

Lady Mustang Hockey Team Wraps Up Season

On Wednesday, February 18th the Medford High girls varsity hockey team wrapped up its season with a 3-1 loss to Middlesex League opponent Woburn. The Mustangs were able to jump out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period thanks to senior defenseman Adrienne Porrazzo scoring her 10th goal of the season. Medford’s two goalies Ashley Rodriquez and Trisha MacLean both came up with key saves to keep the game within reach. Rodriquez stopped Woburn’s leading goal scorer Erica Lissner on a breakaway and MacLean made a highlight glove save but the Tanners Lissner, Georgie Santullo, and Cassidy Connelly were able to score the final three goals of the game.

A day earlier Peabody skated past the Lady Mustangs 2-1. The Lady Mustangs held the lead for most of the game as eighth grader Christina Gesualdi scored on a wrist shot on the power play eight minutes into the first period. After a scoreless second period the Tanners capitalized twice in the third period. The tying goal came with 5 minutes left in the game and the Tanners eventually took the lead on a breakaway goal by sophomore Elise Murphy with 2 minutes remaining. It was Murphy’s ninth goal of the season. Prior to the game the Mustangs honored their five seniors including Nicole Mortell, Kayli Lanzilli, Marykate Cullinane, Adrienne Porrazzo, and Ashley Rodriquez.

Lady Mustang hockey team

Lady Mustang hockey team

Lady Mustang hockey team

Lady Mustang hockey team

Lady Mustang hockey team

- Information from Assistant Coach Josh Glionna. Photos by Allison Goldsberry.