Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Speak at Tufts in Public Lecture on Sept. 15th

Senator Elizabeth WarrenU.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (Dem-Mass.) will deliver the Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University on September 15. The lecture, which will be followed by a brief question and answer session, will be held at 12:00 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. It is presented by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

Tickets for members of the Tufts community will be available starting September 8 at the Cohen Box Office in Cohen Auditorium with a valid Tufts ID. A limited number of seats for the public will be available by calling 888-320-4103.

Warren is currently serving her first term as U.S. Senator. Recognized twice by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, she is known as one of the nation’s top experts on the financial pressures facing middle class families. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis she chaired the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Warren served as a law professor for more than 30 years, including nearly 20 years as the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She taught courses on commercial law, contracts and bankruptcy and wrote more than a hundred articles and nine books, including two national bestsellers, The Two-Income Trap and All Your Worth. She is a graduate of the University of Houston and Rutgers School of Law.

The Alan D. Solomont Lecture at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service was established in honor of Alan D. Solomont, A70, A09P. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Nancy Pelosi in 2011. Today’s lecture also launches the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series. Throughout the academic year, the Tisch College Speaker Series will bring leaders from a range of fields and perspectives to campus to discuss pressing public issues. The goal is to educate, enlighten and even to provoke students at Tufts, hoping they will be inspired by the leaders and role models they hear and meet.

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service is a national leader in civic education and is setting the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement. Serving every student at Tufts University, Tisch College prepares young people for lifetimes of civic engagement and creates an enduring culture of active citizenship.

- Information from Tufts University. Courtesy photo.

Clean Water Action Endorses Christine Barber for State Rep

Somerville community activist and public health advocate Christine Barber has been named an “Environmental Champion” and has been endorsed for election by Clean Water Action.

“Christine Barber is a committed advocate ready to take on the immense struggles our communities and environment are facing today,” said Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director for Clean Water Action. “The 34th Middlesex District, a core of progressive power in Massachusetts, will benefit greatly from Christine’s leadership and we at Clean Water Action are excited to partner with her in fighting for clean air, clean water and healthy, vibrant neighborhoods.”

“I am proud to have the support of Clean Water Action. It is critically important that we address the potentially disastrous effects of climate change immediately,” said Christine Barber. “The number one priority for me when I get to the State House will be the extension of the Green Line which will bring efficient mass transit to Somerville and Medford and drastically reduce the pollution caused by commuting from our cities. It will help us save and clean the Mystic River which is an amazing asset to this community.”

- Submitted by Clean Water Action

Meet State Rep Candidate Monju Friday in Arlington

MonjuCome meet and speak with Joe Monju, Republican candidate for state representative of the 23rd Middlesex District, on Friday, Sept. 5, from 7 to 10 p.m., Sons of Italy Function Hall, 19 Prentiss Road.

The 23rd Middlesex covers Arlington Precincts 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and West Medford – Ward 3 Precinct 2, Ward 6 Precincts 1.

Monju says he offers voters a responsible alternative to the single-party rule that exists on Beacon Hill. His goal is to reduce the cost of government.

Monju is unopposed for the Republican nomination in the Sept. 9 primary. He ran for state representative in 2012.

Sean Garballey is unopposed for the Democratic nomination in that primary.

Please RSVP to joe [at] joemonju.com.

- YourArlington.com

Leticia, Julius Seeking Homes

LeticiaLeticia

My name is Leticia and I’m a beautiful 6 year old calico. My owner gave me to someone who eventually moved and left me behind. A neighbor got very upset and started feeding me until they could find a place to take me. Thank goodness Kitty Connection is able to help me find a home. I am extremely friendly and lovable. I enjoy having my long coat brushed. I get along with other cats and hope it won’t be long before I have a home of my own.

Julius

JuliusMy name is Julius and I am a 2 year old, swirled tabby boy. I was left behind by my owners when they moved away! I thought I was a member of a furever home and am now a little scared because of all of these changes. I am a big boy with huge paws; I actually have double paws!!! and I can grab toys tighter than any other cats with normal paws…the better to play tug-of-war with you! I am super sweet and adorable, and am looking forward to having a new home…maybe with you!

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

Elderly Man Dies in Accident on South Street

South Street accident

The construction in front of 114 South Street on Monday afternoon.

- Allison Goldsberry

A well-known and beloved Medford resident died in a freak accident on Friday, according to local sources.

George Boudreau, 81, former history teacher and hockey coach at Medford High School, died after falling into a construction site in front of 114 South Street. The historic house, known as “Grandfather’s House”, is being developed into condominiums.

The details of the accident weren’t immediately known.

The property used to be owned by Tufts University and was recently sold, much to the chagrin of some historical preservationists in Medford. The house is believed to be the subject of Lydia Maria Child’s famous poem, “Over the River and Through the Wood”.

Boudreau, born in Cambridge, was a Medford resident for over fifty years. The boys hockey team dedicated the 2009-2010 season to the former coach. He is survived by many family members and friends. More details on services are available on the Beals-Geake-Magliozzi website.

Donations in his name can be made online.

Additional details about the accident will be added as they become available for this developing story.

Mr. George L. “Gigi” Boudreau, Sr., 81

George BoudreauMr. George L. “Gigi” Boudreau, Sr., of Medford, died suddenly by accident on Friday, August 29, 2014 at the age of 81. He was the beloved husband of Gertrude F. ( O’Connell) Boudreau with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.

Born in Cambridge on January 22, 1933, he was the son of the late Alfred and Alice (Mulrey) Boudreau and the 13th of their 14 children. He was a resident of Medford for over 50 years. He was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin School and he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College and his Master’s in Education from Boston State College. He was a Private 1st Class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a History and Civics teacher at Medford High School and a hockey coach for the Medford Mustangs. Many years later, as a touching tribute to George, the Medford Mustangs dedicated their 2009-2010 season to him. George was an avid hockey and tennis player until the age of 73 and cherished his wonderful friends with whom he shared these pastimes. He enjoyed long walks around Medford and also Harwichport, where he spent many summers sharing good times with family and friends. George was happiest when spending time with his large, extended family including his many nieces and nephews and his nine grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his four children, Lauren B. Ortiz and her husband, John of Corvallis, OR, George L. Boudreau, Jr., and his wife, Cindy of Boynton Beach, FL, Matthew J. Boudreau of Marshfield and Gregory P. Boudreau and his wife, Jamie of Medford; his cherished grandchildren John Philip, Erin, Zachary, Jacqueline, Sarah, Matthew, Lilly, Emma and Inga; his siblings, Paul Boudreau, Alice Benn, Helen Galvin, and Joan Boudreau. He was predeceased by his siblings, Alfred, Dorothy, Walter, Herbert, James, Charles, Robert, Russell and Elizabeth.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, 118 High Street, Medford on Thursday, September 4 at 11 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Beals-Geake Magliozzi Funeral Home, 29 Governors Avenue, Medford on Wednesday, Sept 3 from 4 – 8 PM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in George’s memory to the Perkins Trust, c/o Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472 or www.perkins.org.

- Information and photo from Beals-Geake-Magliozzi

Tufts Welcomes Class of 2018

Tufts University’s Class of 2018 represents the most selective admissions cycle ever — Tufts admitted just 17 percent of a record pool of 19,074 applicants– but those attending have a lot more than standard academic chops.

Among the 1,352 students matriculating at Tufts on August 27 are a New York inventor with scoliosis who patented an implant allowing the spine to grow straight, which one at the 2014 Intel International Science Fair; a pop music star from Thailand; a hot sauce entrepreneur from Delaware; a filmmaker who won an award at the Cannes Film Festival; and the jump rope national champion from Colorado.

According to Lee Coffin, dean of undergraduate admissions, who addressed the entering class at the matriculation ceremony Wednesday afternoon, “This group is one for the record books, dynamic for their academic successes and for the diversity in their personal attributes and pursuits.”

The new students include 65 National Merit Scholars, 69 valedictorians and 53 salutatorians. The class’s academic achievements include distinguished mean SAT scores: 714 critical reading, 720 mathematics and 720 writing.

Coffin noted that the class includes 157 students–12 percent — who are among the first generation in their families to attend college, the largest group in Tufts’ history.

International students represent 11 percent of the class. Included are 22 citizens of the People’s Republic of China, the largest group of any nation outside the U.S., followed by 10 from India, 9 from Singapore and 7 from Turkey. Overall, the new undergraduates come from 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 41 countries. Including international students, more than a third of the total class is non-Caucasian and 30 percent of the U.S. citizens are students of color.

The $19.2 million in institutional financial aid — all of it need based — awarded to the incoming class represents the largest amount in the university’s history, and 39 percent of the class received a Tufts scholarship grant. Pell Grant recipients account for 13 percent of the class, or 176 students.

Yield on Tufts’ offers of admissions was a record 41 percent, the sixth consecutive increase in that critical admissions index.

Tufts School of Engineering set a record for number of applicants for the eighth year in a row and one third of the aspiring engineers enrolling are women.

Tufts matriculation

Tufts matriculation

- Information and photos from Tufts University. Photos by Alonso Nichols.

Chiefs Win ICL Championship

Chiefs ICL title

By Bruce Tillman, Courtesy Photo,- Pointstreak.com

Time to exhale!!!

For the second time in three seasons, and the 19th time since 1961, the Chiefs are League Champions!!!!

This championship came on Tuesday night at Morelli Field in a 4-0 win over the Lexington Blue Sox in a winner take all Game Five before a large crowd at the Melrose ball yard.

The Chiefs took a familiar path to the ICL crown, riding the right arm of ace Jared Freni, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before settling for a three-hit shutout.

For Freni, it was his straight third win in the 2014 postseason.

Mike Barbati and Mike Gedman set the defensive tone for the evening on Freni’s first pitch of the game. Barbati went far to his right to glove Jeff Vigurs’ hard hit grounder and fired to Gedman, who made an outstanding pickup, for the first out. Freni then struck out Ross Curley on a 2-2 breaking ball in the dirt but catcher Paul Yanakopulos’ throw was wide of first. With Curley standing at first on the throwing error, Gedman teamed up with third baseman Johnny Welch as the Chiefs continued to throw the leather on the next play. Steve Gath hit a liner at Welch, who made the catch, and fired to first with Gedman making his second strong pick-up of the inning as Curley was doubled up.

The Chiefs threatened but could not score against Lexington starter and loser Matt Karis in the bottom of the first. Tony Serino drilled Karis’ first pitch of the night into centerfield for a single. Billy Mottram was next and he flew to Dave Ahearn in right for the first out. Juan Portes then hit a fielder’s choice with Serino being forced at second. Welch followed with a single to center before Gedman bounced back to Karis to end the inning.

Freni walked Ahearn to begin the top of the second before retiring the next three hitters in succession.

The Chiefs got what proved to be the game winner, without getting the ball out of the infield, in the bottom of the second. Yanakopulos got things started with a perfect bunt single. Mike Andre then dropped a sacrifice bunt that moved Yanakopulos to second. Barbati followed and reached on a dribbler-single down the third base line to put runners on the corners with one out. Mike Burgoyne then hit an RBI chopper to Tommy Haugh at first with Yanakopulos coming across the plate for a 1-0 lead. Karis got Serino on a comebacker to mound to end the inning and strand Barbati at second.

It was three up and three down for the Blue Sox in the top of the third and the Chiefs extended their lead to 2-0 in the home half of the inning. Mottram led off with a bloop single to left. Portes then lined a 0-2 Karis pitch to Ahearn in left-center for the first out. With the count 2-1 on Welch, Mottram attempted to steal second but was gunned out by Vigurs for the second out. Welch then hit Karis’ next pitch over the 385’ sign in left-center, for 2-0 lead. For the Chiefs’ cleanup man, it was his first homer of the playoffs and his ninth of season. Karis got Gedman to groundout to Curley at third to end the inning.

Curley bounced out to Welch to begin the Lexington fourth before Freni struck out both Gath and Ahearn ending the inning.

Yanakopulos opened the bottom of the fourth with a single but the Chiefs couldn’t add to their lead after Andre grounded into a doubleplay and Barbati grounded out to Haugh.

Freni kept the no-hitter going and added two more strikeouts to complete a 1-2-3 top of the fifth.

In the Chiefs’ fifth, after Burgoyne grounded to Gath for the first out, back to back doubles from Serino and Mottram jumped the lead to 3-0. Portes then grounded out for the second out with Mottram taking third. With Welch at the plate, Vigurs picked Mottram off of third base to end the inning.

Lexington mounted their biggest threat of the game after two were out in the top of the sixth. Freni struck out Mike Hart and then retired Tommy McKenna on grounder for the first two outs of the inning. Vigurs drew a walk before Curley broke up the no-hit bid with a single to left, just out of the reach of the leaping Portes at shortstop. Gath then came to the plate suddenly representing the tying run. After running the count to 2-2, including a couple of foul balls back to the screen, Freni put the Chiefs three outs away from the championship when he struck out the veteran on a low breaking ball.

Gedman gave the Chiefs a little more breathing room, with one away in the bottom of the sixth, when he hit a 2-0 Karis pitch over the centerfield wall to increase the lead to 4-0.

Ahearn grounded out to Welch for the first out of the seventh. Graham singled to center before Justin Silvestro grounded out to Gedman, who threw to Portes to force Graham, for the second out. Haugh was next and he dropped a single into right, just out of the reach of Gedman, to put two runners aboard. John Puttress pinch hit for Hart and after going down in the count 0-2, grounded to Gedman, who flipped to Freni to end the game and secure the championship.

Freni struck out nine and needed 97 pitches in his complete game effort.

Karis allowed ten hits and didn’t strike out or walk a batter.

Library Seeking Beatles, MLK Stories

BeatlesIf you have a story about the Beatles or Martin Luther King Jr., you are invited to share it on September 11 as part of storyteller Sharon Kennedy’s program Heroes.

Sharon will be telling the story of how she crashed the Beatles’ 1964 press conference at the old Madison Hotel in Boston at the age of 15, and how she was granted an interview with Martin Luther King in April of 1968.

MLK, Jr.During this Medford Library performance on September 11, 2014, four or five lucky people will tell their own five minute stories about some encounter (or wishful encounter or strong memory) having to do with either the Beatles or Martin Luther King.

If you have a story you would like to share at this event, please contact Sharon Kennedy at sharon@sharonkennedy.com and either write up your story for her or meet her in person to try it out.

Remember there are only 4-5 slots and your story can only be five minutes long.

- Information from Assistant Librarian Barbara Kerr

DiBenedetto Earns Endorsements

DiBenedetto and DonatoState Representative Paul Donato of Medford, the dean of the area delegation to Beacon Hill, has wholeheartedly thrown his support to State Representative candidate and Medford School Committee member, Erin DiBenedetto in a statement released today.

“I’ve known Erin for a long time through her work in our community and I’m proud to stand with her today,” said Donato. “Our community needs strong representation from those who truly understand the needs of our area and will be able to build the kind of relationships that can get things done on Beacon Hill. Erin DiBenedetto is the only candidate in the race who has demonstrated the proven leadership it takes to get the job done and I know she will be an excellent asset to our team.”

Paul Donato has served in the Massachusetts General Court since his election in 2001. He previously served as a member of the Medford School Committee from 1972 to 1975 and the City Council from 1976 to 1985 and again from 1996 to 2000. While serving on the Council, Donato also served as Deputy Mayor (1980 to 1985), Mayor (1980 to 1985), and Council President (1999 to 2000). Donato currently serves as the Third Division Chair of the House, Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government and also sits on the House Committee on Ethics.

“I am so proud to have the support of Representative Donato and I know that together we are going to be able to deliver for Medford and Somerville, “ said DiBenedetto. “His guidance and leadership has been invaluable and I’m excited to work with him on bringing back more local aid to our districts and becoming a strong voice for our communities on Beacon Hill.”

Donato’s endorsement is the latest in a series of high-profile endorsements for DiBenedetto including every member of the Medford School Committee and 12 local labor unions in Somerville and Medford. For more information about DiBenedetto’s campaign, visit: www.erin4rep.com.

DiBenedetto was also endorsed by the Mystic Valley NAACP and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103.

DiBenedetto and Osborne

DiBenedetto and MVA-NAACP president Neil Osborne

- Photos and information submitted by DiBenedetto’s campaign