Mustang Boys, Girls Soccer Teams in State Tourney

The Mustang boys and girls soccer teams open the state tournament on Monday, November 3.

The girls, GBL champs for the sixth straight season, are seeded tenth out of fifteen teams with a 9-7-2 record. They face seventh seed Central Catholic, 9-4-4, on the road for a 6PM game on Monday. The winner will advance to the quarter final to face either Peabody (2nd, 15-1-2) or Boston Latin (15th, 4-11-1).

The boys, 13-3-2, are seeded sixth out of eighteen teams in North Division 1. They have a bye in the preliminary round and host Brookline (11th, 8-3-7) on Monday at 6PM at Hormel. The winner will go to the quarter final to face Peabody (3rd, 15-1-2) or Everett (14th, 11-7-0).

MHS girls soccer

MHS boys soccer

Photos by Marcus Howard.


Local Officials React to Death of Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino

Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn

Mayor McGlynn & Mayor Menino
Courtesy photo

“Sheila and I would like to express our deepest sympathies to Angela and the Menino Family on the passing of our beloved Mayor Tom Menino.

Tom Menino was a man of integrity, commitment, strength and compassion, who became Boston’s longest serving Mayor.

We shall never forget this pillar of strength who led our Nation in the healing and rebuilding process known as ‘Boston Strong’ after the Marathon Bombings.

Mayor Menino spoke passionately on behalf of all Massachusetts residents on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill as we lobbied together for 20 years, to increase local aid and public education funding. On the national stage, Tom Menino, was a catalyst for the Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns Initiative while serving as the President of the United States Conference of Mayors.

Tom Menino was a humble man of the people who often said, that he didn’t do anything special, he just did his job which was to help the people of the City of Boston. He never forgot where he came from or what his ministry in life was…to help to improve the quality of life for all. We will always miss his insight and frankness on all of the issues.

So long Tom. Thanks for the memories, guidance and direction. Sheila and I will keep Angela and your family in our prayers.”

Current Attorney General, Democratic candidate for governor, and Medford resident Martha Coakley:

“Today, Boston has lost the greatest mayor in its history. He was a friend and mentor, and a shining example to me and countless others of what it means to love and serve your community.

What made Tom Menino so remarkable was his connection to the people he represented – he understood their lives, their hopes, and their dreams. And he fought for them every day. He never forgot where he came from and stayed true to who he was to the very end.

We will miss him dearly, and we are all better for having known him and Boston is better for his leadership. My prayers go to his family – including his loving children Tom and Susan, his wonderful grandchildren, and to the love of his life, Angela. My condolences also go to his large extended family, his many friends, and his former staff.”

Senator Edward Markey

“In every neighborhood across this city, Boston will mourn today after losing this great mayor, but we will fill that void with the love and respect we have for the life and the legacy of Tom Menino. Boston loves Tom Menino because Tom Menino loved Boston with all of his heart.

Tom Menino wasn’t satisfied with leading the best city in America, he wanted Boston to be the best city in the world. Tom Menino was an urban mechanic without equal, attuned to every detail in every neighborhood and forged a more inclusive Boston. Yet his vision for Boston was global, and he pushed the city into a new era of innovation. He helped this shining city on a hill illuminate its light across the world, building a beacon of innovation and entrepreneurship. He laid the foundation for Boston’s economic leadership in the 21st century, including spearheading the Boston Innovation District and developing the Seaport area.

The Innovation District is supporting the companies and industries that are creating jobs today. And he has ensured that Boston will continue to be a national leader in biotechnology, clean energy, and health care for generations to come.

Boston will move into the future a stronger, brighter, safer, and healthier city because of Tom Menino.

My thoughts go out to Angela, the entire Menino family, and everyone ever touched by the great Tom Menino, a mayor and a man for the ages.”


State Election Tuesday, November 4th

No School in Medford on Election Day

– Allison Goldsberry

An election is taking place on Tuesday, November 4 for several statewide positions, including Governor.

Polls open at 7AM and close at 8PM. Since Medford’s schools are used as polls, school will be closed on Tuesday.

A listing of Medford’s polling locations is available on the city website.

Not sure which poll is yours? Enter your address here to find out and to view a sample ballot.

The following is a list of candidates competing; incumbents are marked with an asterisk*.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Republicans: Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito
Democrats: Martha Coakley and Steve Kerrigan
United Independent Party: Evan Falchuk and Angus Jennings
Independent: Scott Lively and Shelly Saunders
Independent: Jeffrey McCormick and Tracy Post

Democrat: Ed Markey*
Republican: Brian Herr

Attorney General
Democrat: Maura Healey
Republican: John Miller

Secretary of State
Democrat: William Galvin*
Republican: David D’Arcangelo
Green-Rainbow: Daniel Factor

Democrat: Deb Goldberg
Republican: Michael Heffernan
Green-Rainbow: Ian Jackson

Democrat: Suzanne Bump*
Republican: Patricia Saint Aubin
Green-Rainbow: MK Merelice

Congressional Representative
Democrat: Katherine Clark*
Republican: None

Governor’s Councilor
Democrat: Terrence Kennedy*
Republican: Vincent Dixon

State Senator
Democrat: Pat Jehlen*
Republican: Robert Cappucci

State Representative
This seat depends upon a voter’s district; Medford has three different representatives
Democrats: Paul Donato* (unopposed), Sean Garballey* (unopposed), Christine Barber
Republican: Joseph Monju (Garballey’s opponent)
Independent: Nick Lanzilli (running against Barber for an open seat)

District Attorney
Democrat: Marian Ryan*
Republican: None

Register of Probate
Democrat: Tara DeCristofaro*
Republican: John Lambert

Ballot Questions

There are four ballot questions- click here to read them.

Harvard Street to be Closed Briefly for Green Line Construction Work Nov. 1st & 2nd

Green Line construction

The section of Harvard Street between Main Street and Boston Avenue will be closed for a brief period this weekend for a partial bridge demolition. The demo is necessary for the rebuilding of the Harvard Street Rail Bridge, which is part of Green Line extension construction. According to a notice released by the state’s Green Line Extension team, Harvard Street will be closed beginning at 4AM on Saturday, November 1 and will reopen on Sunday, November 2 at 9PM. Sidewalks under the Harvard Street bridge will also be closed at that time. Traffic detour information is available on the Green Line Extension website.

- Information and photo from MassDOT.

Medford, Somerville Firefighters Endorse Lanzilli for State Rep

Nick LanzilliAs Election Day approaches us, I am proud to announce that I have received another endorsement from an honorable group in the community. The Executive Board from the IAFF Local 1032 has expressed their support for me in the race for the 34th Middlesex District Representative seat.

The Executive Board of the IAFF Local 1032 oversees the union that protects and represents the Medford Professional Firefighters. They are honorable citizens of the community that work with respectable dedication and responsibility to ensure that many of the safety needs in Medford are thoroughly met.

If I am elected on November 4th, I will bring the same level of dedication to the State House in order to serve the needs and concerns of all residents of the 34th Middlesex District.

It is a distinct honor to receive another endorsement from such an essential and respectable group in the community. The Somerville Fire Local 76 Union has offered their support and endorsement in my candidacy for the 34th Middlesex District Representative seat. The Local 76 serves the needs of the fire fighters in Somerville that work so diligently and bear the responsibility to keep the community safe. I am proud of the exceptional work they do for the city of Somerville and I would love the opportunity to represent their needs for the 34th Middlesex District.

I am furthermore honored to announce that the Retired Fire Fighters of Somerville have voted to support me in the 34th Middlesex Representative Race. While they are not a union, the Retired Fire Fighters voted at their last meeting to offer their support for me. The Retired Fire Fighters of Somerville are an honorable group that has collectively served many years to the residents of Somerville. They need a strong representative to protect their needs and benefits in order to ensure that they can live a comfortable retirement after dedicating their career to public service.

If I am elected on November 4th, I will work my hardest to serve the needs of our public safety institutions, as well as all members of the 34th Middlesex District.

If any resident in the district has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our campaign at or call me at 781-309-2282. And with days away from Tuesday’s election, please don’t forget to get out and vote!

- Submitted by Nick Lanzilli’s campaign

St. Joseph’s to Host Mass for Veterans Nov. 9th

In conjunction with the upcoming celebration of Veterans’ Day, on Sunday, November 9th, at the 8am Mass, St. Joseph Parish, Medford will be honoring all veterans, and recognizing the tremendous contribution and the sacrifices they have made for the protection of our country.

Accordingly, we invite the members of our local veterans’ organizations, and extend an invitation to all veterans, to attend this Mass, and to join us after Mass for light refreshments in the church foyer. We are pleased to welcome color guards from these organizations as well.

- Submitted by Betsy Pesce, Music and Liturgy Director

Lady Mustang Soccer Team Clinches 6th Straight Greater Boston League Title

Medford girls soccer 2014

The Medford High School girls varsity soccer team for clinched the GBL title with a 3-0 win over Malden on Wednesday.

“It was a physical back and forth game,” said Coach Rachel Perry.

Korey O’Rourke scored the first goal on a shot outside the 18 yard line early in the first half. During the second half Bruna Silva scored on a deflection from a corner kick, and the final goal was scored on a free kick by Captain Olivia Allison.

The win over Malden improved the Medford’s record to 9-7-2 overall and 5-1 in the GBL. This is Medford’s sixth straight GBL championship.

The team includes Olivia Allison, Dora Barrett, Gigi Braga, Sarah Branley, Emma deRosas, Mary Donnelly, Hannah Gallup, Kly Goncalves, Colleen Hardy, Patricia Healion, Hailey Massa, Jahna Macnamee, Talia Matarazzo, Julia Mitrano, Korey O’Rourke, Adrienne Porrazzo, Daniella Ramirez and Bruna Silva. Rachel Perry is the Head Coach and Megan Richard is the assistant coach.

- Information and photo from Coach Rachel Perry

Middlesex DA Launches School Diversity Initiative

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc., launched a new year of programming, training and collaboration between the county’s schools and law enforcement agencies. The 2014-15 program is titled “I’m Worth More.”

School superintendents, police chiefs and fire chiefs from the 54 communities in Middlesex County met earlier this month to unveil the school-based initiative that engages students with themed poster contests, public service announcements and event programming.

The “I’m Worth More” theme focuses on the importance of recognizing how self-esteem, acceptance and understanding all contribute to successful relationships outside the classroom. Key messages include:

– Respecting other people and their opinions and cultures.
– Being self-confident while remaining open to different points of view.
– The importance of treating people fairly to build healthy long-term relationships.

The annual Superintendents and Chiefs Breakfast, hosted by District Attorney Ryan, serves as a kick-off for the school year, bringing together Middlesex County leaders for conversations on issues affecting youth health and safety. This year’s event also included presentations on the state’s new gun legislation and cyber safety.

More than 150 people attended the breakfast in Waltham on October 9, including Sen. Michael Barrett, Sen. Jamie Eldridge, Sen. Kate Hogan, Sen. William Brownsberger, Rep. Jay Kaufman, and Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian along with District Attorney’s Office staff.

District Attorney Ryan also presented Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix with the fifth annual Dr. Patrick A. Schettini, Jr. Award. The award honors Dr. Schettini’s legacy as an outstanding leader and is presented to an active superintendent, police chief or fire chief.

“Chief Nix understands the vital collaboration between schools, city officials and public safety,” District Attorney Ryan said. “He thinks creatively about problem-solving, with care and concern for everyone involved and how safety affects them.”

Sudbury Superintendent Anne Wilson nominated Chief Nix for the award. She said Chief Nix has helped make school buildings and parking lots safer for staff, students and families – dealing with issues ranging from traffic to construction. The town’s ALICE training – the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate program — extended beyond schools to town workers with Sudbury Police. He also secured a grant for an updated electronic mapping system for school facilities.

Other initiatives included a Community Based Justice program and a dedicated police officer as a school district liaison, she said.

The award honors a professional who keeps student health and safety as a top priority, while dealing with the complexities of administering their agencies. Dr. Schettini was Reading Public Schools superintendent who died in 2009 after battling cancer. He was actively involved in the work of the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth and served as a board member. The award was created in 2010 to recognize Dr. Schettini’s leadership and compassion.

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit organization which provides prevention and intervention resources and training to school districts and communities. District Attorney Ryan chairs the MPY Board of Directors.

Through MPY’s efforts, educators, parents, and students engage in collaborative trainings with law enforcement, social services, and community-based organizations as well as share the latest information and resources. Such interactions provide the foundation for creating solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to addressing issues including youth violence, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, hate crimes, and harassment across Middlesex County.

- Submitted by Middlesex DA Marion Ryan’s office

Police Warn Residents About Phone Scams

- Allison Goldsberry

Medford Police are warning residents about a phone scam in which the call appears to come from the police.

According to a message from Captain Barry Clemente, the Medford Police department has received “numerous” reports of a call that appears to be from the police in which people are told they owe money and the caller tries to get personal information from the victim.

Medford Police say the calls are “false,” and the police don’t collect money on behalf of anyone, nor do they seek personal information over the phone. Capt. Clemente said the scammers are likely using a computer program that changes the phone number that is visible on caller ID, so the call appears to be from somewhere else.

The police are reminding people to never give out personal information over the phone. They are telling people to hang up on the scammers and to not give them any money or credit card information for a service or fee.

Fall Street Sweeping Begins November 3rd

The city’s annual fall street sweeping begins Monday, November 3. The schedule is weather permitting and bad weather could lead to rescheduling of certain areas. The entire schedule and the latest updates are available on the city’s website.