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Burke Resigns from City Position to Pursue Mayoral Candidacy

Stephanie Muccini BurkeMedford’s Director of Budget and Personnel, Stephanie Muccini Burke, publicly announced on Thursday she is resigning from her position to pursue her candidacy for Mayor. Her resignation is effective on May 15. The following is her April 21 resignation letter to outgoing Mayor Michael McGlynn; Burke formally announced on that day her intention to run for Mayor.

“It is with the best interest of the City in mind, that I offer my official resignation from the position of Director of Budget and Personnel, effective May 15, 2015. Due to my pending announcement that I will be a candidate for Mayor of this great city, I would not want the office of Mayor to encounter any appearance of conflict of interest.

I want to personally thank you for the opportunity to serve this city in this capacity. That, combined with my experience as a 16 year veteran of the City Council, has prepared me for this next opportunity.

Stephanie M. Burke”

Mayor McGlynn, who is retiring this year after 28 years in office, released the following statement about Burke’s resignation:

“I’m grateful for Stephanie’s dedicated service to the residents of Medford as Budget and Personnel Director. She has performed her duties in a diligent and professional manner. I offer Stephanie my sincere thanks for her masterful job as Budget Director, for her unwavering attention to duty and faithful service to the residents of our community.”

– InsideMedford.com

Carnival Comes to Town

The carnival is back and will run through Sunday; more details are available on Fiesta Shows’ website.

Medford carnival

Medford carnival

Medford carnival

Medford carnival

Medford carnival

Medford carnival

Photos by Paul Rapatano

Camuso Not Running for Mayor

Over the last week I have been so humbled by the encouragement and support that I have received to run for Mayor in the city that I proudly call my hometown. I owe each and every person a sincere thank you. To those of you who have reached out to me in one form or another your words have meant so much. I have given this decision serious thought while looking back at the last 16 years I have been in public service.

I announced in December that I would not be seeking reelection because at the age of 37, I have a young family and I have personal and professional goals I would like to achieve. I am committed and devoted to my role at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and the special projects that I am currently working on. For these reasons I have made my decision to not run for mayor at this time.

Medford is the cornerstone of my life and I will continue to look for ways I can improve the quality of life for its residents as I move forward in my journey.

In the coming months I will aggressively campaign for the candidate that I feel will bring much needed change to the City of Medford.

I continue to look forward to working as your City Councilor.

– Submitted by Paul Camuso

Amirault Seeking School Committee Seat

John AmiraultDear Fellow Medford Citizens,

My name is John Amirault, and I am a first-time candidate for the Medford School Committee; I respectfully ask for one of your six votes for School Committee on November 3rd, 2015. I am a public school teacher and coach at Arlington High School and a lifelong resident of Medford. I am running for election to the School Committee to bring a fresh perspective to the Medford public schools that will create opportunities for our students to excel, build a vibrant future for our community, and restore our schools to the high quality they deserve.

I know that I have both the personal and professional credentials needed to make a real impact on the Medford School Committee. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Boston College, and I have a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University. I am currently a teacher and coach at Arlington High School, and if elected, would be the only teacher on the School Committee; an educator’s perspective is something I view as necessary for any well-functioning School Committee. Additionally, while in college, I served as a substitute teacher in the Medford public schools for three years, having had the opportunity to work in every school in Medford and at every grade level. Finally, for the past six summers, I have worked for the Medford Recreation Department as a park instructor.

I believe that the Medford public school system can be improved, and I believe that I have the aptitude and willingness to help improve it. In 2013, the Boston Globe ranked the Medford school system 124th out of 147 school systems in the greater Boston area, well behind comparable communities like Stoneham, Melrose, Arlington, Woburn, and Winchester. I believe that we can work together to remedy this situation.

As a member of the Medford School Committee, I would take the following actions to improve our community’s schools:

-Hold regular “office hours” at various locations throughout the city during which parents, teachers, students, and citizens can speak with me directly; I will also be available to speak with you via phone call, text message, email, and Facebook

-Work to reallocate the money in the $50 million dollar school budget to provide our students and teachers with new textbooks, more athletic opportunities, improved extracurricular activities, better professional development, and the latest technology and training

-Work collaboratively with the members of the School Committee and City Council, the Mayor, teachers, administrators, Medford residents, and other local organizations to ensure that Medford students receive the best education possible

-Look into implementing a free or reduced-cost public preschool program like surrounding cities have

-Work to add options such as plumbing and telecommunications at the Vocational High School in order to keep up with competitor schools like Minuteman

-Utilize my associations at local colleges such as Tufts, Boston College, and Boston University in order to take advantage of the valuable resources that these schools can offer to the students, teachers, and citizens of Medford

While these may seem to be rather lofty goals, I am confident that I have the background, foresight, and energy to see them through. I will work tirelessly on behalf of the children of Medford in order to ensure that each student receives a fair, equitable, and excellent education. If elected, I will always treat my position on the School Committee as a privilege rather than as a right. School Committee members are representatives of the people of Medford, and as such, my number one priority is to listen to what you- the parents, students, teachers, and citizens- of our great community have to say about improving the schools of Medford.

During the course of my campaign, I will be crisscrossing the city going door-to-door to speak with as many people as possible. I look forward to meeting you, discussing my campaign with you, and listening to the invaluable insights and opinions that you have.

I encourage you to visit my website at www.johnformedford.com and to get in touch with me via email at jjamirault16@gmail.com or by phone at 781-258-1614. You can also visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/johnformedford. Please do not hesitate to call, text, or email me to ask questions, voice concerns, or just chat. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you as we collaborate to build a better future for our children, and I respectfully ask for one of your six votes for Medford School Committee on November 3rd, 2015.

Thank you,

John Amirault

Photo Opp with World Series Trophies April 25th

On Saturday, April 25th Red Sox fans will have an opportunity to take pictures with the Red Sox’s 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series Trophies. The trophies will be at John Brewer’s Tavern in Malden from 7:30-10:00PM. A small donation for a photo will be donated to the Krystle Campbell scholarship fund at Medford High School. Pictured: Matt and PJ Haberstroh of Medford with the 2013 trophy in Medford. Courtesy photo.

– InsideMedford.com

Mystic River Spring Cleanup April 25

Mystic Cleanup

This winter’s melted snow has revealed a lot of trash to collect in the green space around the Mystic River.
On Saturday, April 25, Friends of the Mystic River in Medford will hold its 20th annual Mystic River Spring Cleanup from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting place will be at the Hormel Stadium parking lot adjacent to Mystic Riverbend Park (see may on the Friends of the Mystic River website).

Volunteers are invited to meet at Hormel (90 Locust St.) to sign in and pick up bags, gloves and instructions. Work will focus on the Mystic Riverbend Park and adjacent MacDonald Park areas, but participants are welcome to travel to any other location along the Mystic in Medford that they may wish to clean up. At the end of the event, organizers will collect all bags of trash that have been filled and return them to the Hormel site for pickup by the city.

Lunchtime refreshments also will be provided at the Hormel site at noon.

The Friends of the Mystic cleanup is part of an array of Earth Day week cleanups, which include a Medford Square cleanup from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, being organized by the Medford Community Coalition; the full schedule is available on the Mystic River Watershed Association’s website.

In the event of heavy rain on April 25, the Friends of the Mystic cleanup will be held on Sunday, April 26, at the same location and times.

Since 1995, Friends of the Mystic River, a Medford-based community organization, has focused on the enjoyment, protection and enhancement of the Mystic River in Medford.

For more information, call 781-391-2604 or email Mystic02155@hotmail.com.

– Submitted by Ken Krause

“Trashed – No Place For Waste” Film Screening April 29th at Grace Church

"Trashed" documentary“Trashed – No Place for Waste” looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste. The film reveals surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health, a global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between the film star Jeremy Irons and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by waste pollution. Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful: an interplay of human interest and political wake-up call. But it ends on a message of hope: showing how the risks to our survival can easily be averted through sustainable approaches that provide far more employment than the current ‘waste industry’.

There will also be a presentation by a local community group about recycling and waste in our own community.

This free screening is sponsored by the Medford Film Collaborative, Grace Episcopal Church and the City of Medford Office of Energy and the Environment. The screening is taking place at Grace Church (160 High Street) on April 29 at 6:45PM.

– Submitted by the Reverend Noah Evans

Chevalier Theater Ready for its Close Up

Story Updated 9:20AM Thursday, April 23, 2015

Chevalier Theater

Chevalier Theater

Chevalier Theater

Chevalier Theater

Chevalier Theater

Medford’s Chevalier Theater is in the process of being transformed for Hollywood. According to a source, the theater is being used for scenes in the movie Joy, another movie by David O’Russell with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, according to IMDb. O’Russell filmed scenes in Medford and the local area for his previous hit American Hustle. Photos by Dave Adams, Ken Krause, and John Costas.

– InsideMedford.com

Police Seeking Bank Robbery Suspect

Citizens Bank robbery suspect

– Allison Goldsberry

Medford Police are looking for a suspect involved in an armed robbery at Citizens Bank on Patriot’s Day.

According to police, the suspect entered the back door of the Citizens Bank on Spring Street around 2PM on Monday afternoon. He displayed what appeared to be a large black revolver to the teller and demanded money from her. He fled to a waiting vehicle outside of the bank.

Police describe the suspect as a thin white male around 5’6″ with baggy clothing. He fled into a 1999 red Jeep Cherokee that was being driven by an older white male.

Police say they later found both the jeep and bag of money deserted near the crime scene. The jeep had New Hampshire plates and was found less than a mile away from the bank on Bradshaw Street near Hunewill Avenue. The bag of money was found on Hunewill Avenue.

Anyone who might have witnessed the suspects in the area, including whether they got into another vehicle, is asked to contact Medford Police at 781-391-6770 (leave a message for Lt. Covino) or the general detective number at 781-391-6767. Tips can also be texted to Medford Police or submitted online; details are the MPD website.

Burke Announces Candidacy for Mayor

Stephanie Muccini Burke As I reflect on the future of this great city, I couldn’t help but look at the impact Medford has had on my life and how it molded me into the person I am today. I grew up in Wellington and graduated Medford High School; my husband Brian and I started our family on Belle Ave; we now walk through our yard to Edgerly Field to watch the Mustangs take the field. I am incredibly proud and honored that I bleed blue and white and this is the only city I can call my home. I came from humble roots where it was instilled that if you work hard, you can accomplish great things. This drove me every day and ultimately led to obtaining my Master’s Degree in Taxation from Bentley University. It was also instilled in me that no matter what successes you have, you can never forget where you come from and it is important to make your community a better place.

The education I received from Suffolk University enabled me to practice accounting and led me through a broad career in finance; both as the head of finance for a multi-million dollar corporation as well as starting my own accounting practice in the city that I love. Ultimately, this experience has given me the great privilege to serve as Mayor McGlynn’s Director of Budget and Personnel appointment for the past 4 ½ years. During that time, I have been able complement my passion for Medford and professional experience with a thorough understanding of the city operations. Most importantly, I have had the opportunity to get to know the extremely dedicated individuals that work for you!

One of the things that this city has taught me is that we are all partners in progress. These partnerships, whether personal or professional, are vital to the success of any community and allow it to thrive. In Medford, it is the generations of relationships we build with our classmates in middle school and high school; the interactions we foster with our local churches, sports leagues, and veterans; the partnerships we forge with our state and federal representatives. But most importantly, a respectful, engaging relationship between your local elected officials is intricate to moving this city into the future. As a 16 year veteran of the Medford City Council, I realize how important it is to have this partnership with constructive dialogue to be effective. It requires the support of the administration and its departments to bring impactful ideas to fruition. I believe that the public has observed my actions on both sides of the rail and realize that I have always been respectful, informed and productive.

This city has given me a wealth of opportunity in both my personal and professional lives. It has enabled me to start a family, build my financial experience, and forge lifelong friendships. This city means so much to me and will always be the place I call home. Of all my life experiences, Medford has been the common theme and it is because of this that I am excited to announce today that I am a candidate for Mayor of this City that I owe so much to! With strong leadership, creative thinking and fiscal accountability, I look forward to working with everyone in this great city and continue to be your Partner in Progress for the betterment of Medford!

– Submitted by Stephanie Muccini Burke