Penta to Run for Mayor

On Wednesday long-time City Councilor Robert Penta announced his candidacy for Mayor of Medford. So far his former Council colleague, Stephanie Muccini Burke, is the only other formerly declared candidate. Burke recently resigned as Medford’s budget director to pursue her mayoral candidacy.

The following statement and photo was submitted by Councilor Penta for publication:

Councilor PentaHello Interested Medford Citizens~

I welcome this opportunity to campaign to be your city mayor. I realize that matters of community concern and my positions need to be addressed for your understanding.

This campaign should not be viewed as a popularity contest but rather a campaign of priorities and how they are to be addressed with community input, transparency, fiscal responsibility and common sense.

I have never shied away from controversy or speaking my mind and this campaign for mayor will be no different.

Educational and Business Background

I am a graduate of the former St. James Grammar School and Medford High School,

While attending college and before entering the world of politics, I was a self-employed food service caterer.

I have received degrees in education, government, business administration and law from Suffolk University, its graduate school and its law school. I also completed a Senior Executive Business Management Program at Harvard University. Currently, I am continuing with post graduate studies at the Fletcher School at Tufts University,

Political Background

My political career began as a State Representative.

Subsequent to that, I worked as a Research Supervisor at the Massachusetts Treasury Department and later at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue as a supervisor and as its’ Federal-State Disclosure Officer.

During my many years as an elected Medford city official, I have had the opportunity to serve on many community boards such as:

– Former Community Advisory Board member of the New England Memorial Hospital.

– Current Board of Director of the West Medford Community Center

– Current Board of Director of the Medford Brooks’ Estate Land Trust.

– Current Member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association wherein I am a Board of Director and have served on the public employee policy and environmental committees.

This election affords us a new look at how we can utilize our rich history, our arts and culture and our varied natural resources to enhance and create innovative opportunities for Medford’s citizens and businesses.

The following represents my initial agenda of issues that I would address as your mayor.

– Simplify parking: Secure the negotiation to terminate the at-present, out of state Republic kiosk (meter) and revenue enhancement program and replace it with an in-house parking enforcement program more easily understood

– Grow Medford businesses: Actively pursue new growth and development in our “Squares” and business community.

– Fix our streets: I would move forward with the city council on a multi-year “Street Recovery Program”, that I offered and the council approved, that addresses all city streets as to potholes, curbing, striping, signage and street rehabilitation

– Work closely with the city council for better solutions to our challenges: I would personally attend city council meetings if asked and as needed … something not done (but once) during the past 28 years

– Operate in complete transparency: Support a complete city charter review … something that has not been done for 30 years … something that will afford our Medford citizens a future stake in it’s government

I shall not intentionally request or expect any city and or school department employee to contribute or work on my mayoral campaign.

I have always cared deeply about our city, its people and its’ future.

With your help, understanding and your vote, our collective efforts can help Medford reach new potentials.

During the ensuing months as this campaign moves forward, I shall be presenting more of my agenda and will seek out and welcome your comments and thoughts … rpenta@hotmail.com.

Respectfully presented … Bob Penta, Medford City Councillor, Candidate for Mayor

Medford Teen Captures Scenes from Boston Calling Music Festival

Medford High School senior Marcus Howard took the following photos of the Boston Calling music festival, which took place on City Hall Plaza during Memorial Day weekend. The three day event featured an eclectic mix of bands and will be returning in September with a new line up.

More photos are available on Howard’s photography Facebook page.

The Ballroom Thieves

The Ballroom Thieves

dmas

DMA’s

Gerard Way

Gerard Way

halsey2

Halsey

I Love Makonnen

I Love Makonnen

Jack Black (Tenacious D)

Jack Black, a.k.a. Tenacious D

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell

The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow

Lucius

Lucius

Marina and the Diamonds

Marina and the Diamonds

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels

Tove Lo

Tove Lo

Vance Joy

Vance Joy

crowd

The crowd enjoyed close to perfect weather all weekend

Arciero & Koutoujian File Legislation Targeting Child Predators

State Representative James Arciero and Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian have filed a bill targeting those convicted in child pornography and child enticement cases and allowing for the seizure of assets tied to those crimes. The proposal, House Bill 1148: An Act Regarding Asset Forfeiture, if passed, would allow state and county prosecutors to petition courts at the end of successful prosecutions to seize the assets of individuals used in the commission of these crimes after conviction.

“We must have a zero tolerance for those who would engage in child pornography and enticement, some of the most heinous crimes in society. This common sense measure will provide a new source of funding to help prevent future cases of abuse and protect children from these dangerous predators,” said State Representative James Arciero.

With the approval of courts, the items used for the production, storage or dissemination of child pornography would be seized, wiped of its content and sold. Proceeds from the sales would fund programs aimed at Internet safety education, victim rehabilitation and therapy, and the purchase of technical equipment for law enforcement agencies. Common equipment used in such crimes ranges from cameras and computers to cell phones and motor vehicles, as well as some residential buildings.

“It’s vitally important our laws evolve to keep up with the crimes they are designed to address,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “With the permission of the court, items used to entice minors or produce or disseminate child pornography should be forfeited to help fund programs to prevent future cases of abuse. There is nothing more important than protecting our children and ensuring we give our law enforcement agencies the necessary tools to pursue child pornographers as aggressively as possible.”

The law is modeled on existing statutes which allow for the seizure of property in cases dealing with controlled substances and human trafficking and offers an additional source of funds to address issues of child pornography and child enticement. In addition to the sponsorship Koutoujian, the bill has 18 bipartisan House co-sponsors.

As drafted, House Bill 1148: An Act Regarding Asset Forfeiture, provides that the seized property and the resultant funds be equally distributed between the arresting authority and the prosecuting entity. As envisioned, the prosecuting District Attorney’s office or Attorney General’s office would receive half of the funds and either the local police, state police or sheriff’s offices, whichever agency or combination thereof, being awarded the other portion. Both allocations would be for purposes of public safety and would be specifically directed toward defraying the costs associated with investigations, providing technical equipment, matching funds for federal grants and other law enforcement purposes deemed appropriated by the Attorney General, district attorneys, sheriffs, the colonel of the state police and local police chiefs. A portion of the funds will be dedicated to internet safety education and other cyber-crime watch programs which further a law enforcement purpose. Funds could not be used as a source of revenue for the operating needs of any department.

The bill is currently before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary awaiting the determination of a public hearing date.

– Submitted by Sheriff Koutoujian’s office

Medford Community Day to Return May 31st

Medford Community Day 2014

Medford’s second annual Community Day will take place on Sunday, May 31, according to an announcement released by Mayor Michael McGlynn. The event will take place once again behind the Andrews Middle School at Mystic Riverbend Park. Anyone interested in hosting an informational table should contact the Mayor’s office. Community Day will feature family-friendly activities, food, performances, and cultural entertainment. Photo of last year’s Community Day by Marcus Howard.

– InsideMedford.com

Tufts Softball, Lax Teams Earn Repeat National Titles

Tufts University Jumbos wrapped up a successful Memorial Day weekend with repeat NCAA titles for both the men’s lacrosse and women’s softball teams.

On Saturday the lacrosse team won their second straight and third overall national title with a 19-11 victory over Lynchburg College. According to information released by Tufts, the team also won its sixth straight conference title and had a record seven players earning All-American honors.

On Monday the softball team became the first Division 3 softball team to earn its third straight national title. With a win over the University of Texas-Tyler, the undefeated Jumbos have won fifty-one straight games, a D3 record, according to information released by Tufts.

Tufts 2015 men's lacrosse team

Tufts 2015 softball team

Lacrosse photo courtesy Tufts University and softball photo courtesy Assistant Athletic Director Branwen Smith-King.

Novice Crew Team Earns Gold Medal at States

girls 4 novice crew team

For the first time ever a Mustang boat has picked up a gold medal at a state championship. The Girls 4 Novice won the 1,500 meter race on Sunday in a competition held on the Merrimack River at UMass-Lowell. Pictured, top photo, left to right: Novice Girls Coach Coach Aaron Manes, Georgia Bowder-Newton, Niamh Jacques, coxswain Meghan Riccardi, Sara Oliveira, and Stella Eliopoulos.

– Photo courtesy Steve Eliopoulos

Mustang Softball, Baseball Teams Earn GBL Titles; Prepare for State Tourney

The Mustang baseball and softball teams are both repeat Greater Boston League champions.

The baseball team earned its second straight title and has a 5-1 GBL record. Medford will wrap up the season on the road against Greater Lawrence on Friday. The Mustangs, 13-6 overall, are awaiting state tournament seedings and are hoping for a home game.

The softball team has clinched its third straight GBL title. Medford, 5-1 in the GBL and 11-7 overall, should find out its state tournament fate on May 31, according to Coach Jack Dempsey.

Mustang baseball team

Mustang softball team

– Courtesy photos.

McGlynn Hosts Final Memorial Day as Mayor

Mayor McGlynn Memorial Day

On Monday Mayor Michael McGlynn hosted his final city Memorial Day celebration as Mayor. He thanked John Granara for serving as the event’s MC for over 25 years and his long-time aide Lisa Evangelista for organizing the ceremony every year.

– InsideMedford.com

Farmers Market Returns June 4

The Medford Farmers Market will open on June 4. The market will again take place on Thursdays from 3-7PM behind Medford City Hall. Vendors include Ackermann Maple Farm, Beads by Beardslee, Brigham Farm, Clearview Farm, Coastal Vineyards, Deano’s Pasta, Good Roots Farm, Next Step Living, Normanton Farms, Roma’s Bakery, Spring Brook, Country Store and Witch Grass Farm. A contest will be held in which market-goers who post of photo of a dinner made with their purchases to the market’s Facebook page before the next market on June 11 could win $25 in market bucks.

– InsideMedford.com

‘Precious, Not Parents’ Campaign Offers Spay/Neuter Surgery for $20

They may be just babies, but kittens as young as 4 months are old enough to get pregnant and have their first litter just two months later.

“These precious babies shouldn’t be parents at 5 and 6 months old,” says Liz Pease, Director of Operations at the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS).

That’s why MRFRS, with funding provided by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, is introducing the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign. Through the “Precious, Not Parents,” campaign, MRFRS will provide $20 spay and neuter surgeries for kittens under six months of age during the month of June.

Some pet parents may worry that their pet is too young for this procedure, but spaying and neutering is safe and easy for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, MRFRS has performed more than 10,000 pediatric spay/neuter surgeries since 2008.

“Many owners put off the procedure and wait until their kitten is six to eight months old,” says Pease. “But by then, a litter of kittens can be born.”

This special $20 rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost priced and is available to all customers of the MRFRS’ mobile spay/neuter clinic, the Catmobile. Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign when they call to schedule their appointment. The campaign is based on availability.

MRFRS will provide 150 “Precious, Not Parents,” sterilizations for $20 in June. Please visit mrfrs.org or call 978 465-1940 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

PetSmart Charities’ “Precious, Not Parents” campaign provides more than $705,541 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for more than 13,935 puppies and kittens across the nation during the month of June.

– Submitted by Linda Faber