Arianna Huffington Speaks at Tufts

Huffington Post founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington was the featured speaker on Wednesday for Tufts’ annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism. Huffington was interviewed by Tufts trustee Jonathan Tisch, A76, during a discussion titled, “From TV to Tablet: Is the Digital Frontier Making Journalism Better?”

Previous featured speakers at the Murrow Forum have included Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Chris Matthews.

Photos by Kelvin Ma, Tufts University.

Huffington and Tisch

Huffington and Tisch

- InsideMedford.com

Mustang Baseball Team Defeats Malden

On Thursday afternoon the Medford High School baseball team picked up its first league win of the season with a 4-0 win over Malden. Senior Ryan Colbert (pictured) pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out ten Golden Tornadoes. Seniors Eric Spinale and Justin Alley led the offense, with Spinale knocking in two runs and Alley reaching base safely in all four at bats and stealing four bases. Medford’s JV and freshmen teams also picked up the win. The Mustangs host a double-header with Lexington Saturday starting at 9AM. The second game will follow twenty-five minutes after the end of the first.

- InsideMedford.com

Medford, Mohegan Sun Enter Into ‘Surrounding Communities’ Agreement

The following statement was released by Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn on Thursday afternoon:

Mohegan Sun Guarantees Medford up to $700,00 Annually and the Funding of a $450,000 Study of Wellington Circle

Mayor Michael J. McGlynn announced today that the City entered into a Surrounding Communities Agreement with Mohegan Sun that mitigates many of Medford’s concerns resulting from a proposed casino in Revere, MA.

This agreement addresses a litany of issues that could effect Medford. It contains provisions for job opportunities, a study of Wellington Circle and business opportunities for Medford merchants. It also allows for future adjustments. “I compliment Mohegan Sun’s Attorney, Jeffrey Mullan, on the professional manner in which he worked with the City to address the complex issues of mitigation” said the Mayor.

Beginning on July 15, 2017 and on an annual basis the Developer shall pay to the City Six Hundred thousand dollars ($600,000) as an Annual Impact Payment, which will be increased based upon gross gaming revenue (“GGR”) on the following conditions:

- For GGR between $850,000,001 and $925,000,000, the payment increases to $625,000;

- For GGR between $925,000,001 and $975,000,000, the payment increases to $650,000;

- For GGR between $975,000,001 and $1,000,000,000, the payment increases to $675,000; and

- For GGR above $1,000,000,001, the payment increases to $700,000.

If, at any time after the end of the initial or subsequent term of the License, the GGR is reported at greater than $1,000,000,001 for two consecutive years, the Parties will negotiate an adjustment to the payment.

The Developer will study traffic mitigation solutions at Wellington Circle in cooperation with the City. The Developer will expend approximately $450,000 on the study.

The Developer will use reasonable efforts to promote the City’s hotels, restaurants, arts, entertainment and cultural institutions.

Annually the Developer will utilize its best efforts to purchase Fifty Million Dollars ($50,000,000.00) in goods and services from vendors within a 15 mile radius of Revere and will hold annual vendor fairs.
The Developer will support the City’s requests for funds from the Community Mitigation Fund.
The Developer shall use reasonable efforts to ensure that at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the permanent workforce for the Project shall be individuals who reside within a fifteen (15) mile radius of Revere. The Developer will use its best efforts to open employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans, and other.

Somerville Man Arrested for Unarmed Robbery of Brookline Bank

- Allison Goldsberry

Dennis RyanA Somerville man was arrested on Wednesday for an unarmed robbery of Brookline Bank in Medford Square, according to Medford Police.

Dennis Ryan, 43, was arrested just before noon and has been charged with unarmed robbery.

Police say he entered Brookline Bank on High Street around 11:30AM and passed a note to the teller demanding money. No weapon was shown. After running out of the bank he was seen by several witnesses running through Medford Square with a cloud of red smoke around him, which was emitted from the dye pack that had been with the money.

Witnesses told police they saw Ryan enter a gold pickup truck that drove up Boynton Road. Police say they found the truck in a driveway at 21 Rural Avenue. Police entered the house, spoke to people there, and gathered enough evidence to arrest Ryan.

Harvard Street to be Closed Briefly for Green Line Construction Work April 26th

Green Line construction

The section of Harvard Street between Main Street and Boston Avenue will be closed for a brief period at the end of the month for Green Line extension construction. According to a notice released by the state’s Green Line Extension team, Harvard Street will be closed beginning at 2AM on Saturday, April 26 and will reopen on Monday, April 28 at 4AM. 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.

Lady Mustang Lacrosse Team Defeats Waltham

- Allison Goldsberry

After suffering their first and only loss of the season to Waltham, the Medford High School girls lacrosse team edged the team 12-11 in the rain on their home field on Tuesday.

“I’m so proud of this team…It was just an incredible team win in not ideal conditions,” said Head Coach Matt Galusi.

Defender Adrienne Porrazzo helped seal the victory for the Mustangs when she scored after picking up a loose ball with just thirty seconds left in the game. Hannah Gallup and Nicole Mortell each had four goals and two assists while senior captain Jamie Traverse added three goals and an assist. Caroline Daly contributed a goal and an assist.

“We can score goals with the best of them,” said Coach Galusi.

Goalie Caroline McCarthy made eleven saves and the rest of the defense “just dug in and refused to lose,” said Galusi.

“The defense when we needed them today…they just stepped up,” he said.

The 4-1 Mustangs host Cambridge on Wednesday and head to Revere on Friday.

Grace Episcopal, St. Joe’s Bless Palms Together

blessing palms

For over 30 years Medford’s St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and Grace Episcopal Church have joined together to bless palms on Palm Sunday. The Reverend Noah H. Evans, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church and Father Chip Hines, Pastor of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Parish presided jointly in the Blessing of Palms, before each congregation returned to its respective church for the remaining of their Palm Sunday worship. Pictured above: The Reverend Noah H. Evans, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church and Father Chip Hines, Pastor of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Parish greet one another at the beginning of the joint celebration.

- Submitted by Rev. Noah Evans

Grants Available from Medford Health Matters

Medford Health Matters (MHM) solicits proposals once each year. We are pleased to announce the 2014 Request for Proposals.

Medford Health Matters is a community coalition with a mission to foster an environment of wellness and healthy lifestyles for all those who live, learn, work, and play in the City of Medford. MHM invites community nonprofit organizations to apply for our once-yearly grant of up to $5,000. We particularly seek proposals that relate to access to services, reduction of racial and ethnic health disparities including social determinants of poor health outcomes in vulnerable communities, prevention and management of chronic disease, and social and emotional wellbeing.

Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to service providers, health and community-based organizations, local agencies, schools, and communities of faith that are interested in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of residents within the City of Medford. Applicants must either be located in, or must create programs that serve, Medford residents. It is expected that all applicants will be either municipal agencies or 501(c)3 organizations (or have a confirmed relationship with a fiscal agent that is one).

Award criteria include:

- A clear, well designed project that proposes strategies based on identified community needs

- Clear explanation of how the project fulfills Medford Health Matters’ identified program priorities

- A clear definition of the target population and number of people who will be served

- A realistic timeline for implementation; projects must be completed within one year of the award

- Measurable goals and objectives

- An itemized project budget

- Evidence of collaboration with at least one other Medford agency preferred

- An evaluation plan with demonstrated outcomes

- A plan for sustainability, as appropriate

Applications are due by Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Applicants will be notified after June 6th. We only request proposals once each year, so if your project will start in 2014 and will be completed within one year from the start date, this is your opportunity to seeks funding from Medford Health Matters. Please be specific about the timing of your project and how and when funds will be used.

For an application or to get more information, please contact: Vida Poole, Medford Health Matters Clerk, at 781-388-2375 or vpoole@mves.org.

Website: http://www.medfordhealthmatters.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MedfordHealthMatters

- Submitted by Medford Health Matters

Falco Advocates for MFN at State House

Falco Cassidy Donato Bartley

John Falco, Vice-Chair of the Medford School Committee, spoke at a rally at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday, April 1st advocating the need for continued support for the Children’s Trust, a state agency dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and promotion of healthy families. For the past 15 years the Medford Family Network of the Medford Public Schools has received a majority of their funding from the Children’s Trust. The funding that the Children’s Trust provides has been vital to the Medford Family Network (MFN) and has allowed the MFN to provide family support and parenting education programs to the Medford community. John has a long history of advocating for the Medford Family Network and currently is a member of the MFN’s Legislative Action Committee. In addition he served as Chair of the Parent Advisory Board, a parent led collaboration, dedicated to enhancing program offerings and creating a diverse and welcoming resource for Medford’s families. Falco is pictured (far left) with MFN Director Marie Cassidy, State Representative Paul Donato, and Children’s Trust Executive Director Suzin Bartley.

- Submitted by John Falco

Medford Invitational Tournament Ends After 18 Years

MIT Challenger Day event to continue

The Medford Invitational Tournament announced today that the 12 year-old all-star tournament has ended after 18 years. The MIT signature event, Challenger Day, will continue.

MIT President and CEO, Ron Giovino stated; “It was not an easy decision for the board of directors, but we are all confident it is the right one at the right time. We will now continue to focus on our signature event, Challenger Day, which is a celebration of all-stars who play the game despite the challenges of mental and physical disabilities.” (The year’s Challenger Event will be held on August 17th at Bruce Field in Malden.)

The Medford Invitational Tournament had its humble beginnings with a small four team weekend tournament back in 1996. Over the past eighteen years, the MIT has been recognized for providing excellence in baseball for Little League age all-stars. The MIT brand of baseball showcased a keen celebration of baseball, fun, and sportsmanship.

“I am so proud of the many years of our tournament and the more than two thousand young athletes we impacted over that period. We successfully demonstrated that baseball can be played at a high competitive level while insuring that everyone is having fun. I want to thank our board of directors, the players and coaches, the many volunteers, and to the business community for all their support over the years.”, Giovino concluded.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ron Giovino at 617-365-0524 or email at Rgiov21@comcast.net.

- Submitted by Ron Giovino