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.

National Drug Take Back Event April 26

Medford Police and Medford Board of Health are hosting a “National Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, April 26.

Items accepted include pills, tablets, capsules, cough medicine, creams/salves, and any other medications.

Needles/syringes, medical devices (IV bags, home infusion items), thermometers, and medical instruments will not be accepted.

The event is for residential drop offs only and not for doctors’ or veterinarians’ offices.

The event is taking place at Medford City Hall (enter from the City Hall Mall Road) from 10:00AM-2:00PM.

Medford also has a permanent prescription drug disposal Unit Located at Medford Police Station, 100 Main Street. Prescription drugs can be disposed of there confidentially anytime.

For more information contact: TeamMedford02155@gmail.com

- Information from Medford Board of Health

Mustang Boys Lacrosse Team Off to Strong Start

The Medford Varsity Boys Lacrosse have won four of their first five games, losing one game to Peabody by a heartbreaking goal.

The Mustangs won the home opener with with a 6-5 win over Manchester Essex, coming back from a 4-1 deficit at the half, and a 5-3 deficit at the start of the fourth quarter. Adam Gabaree and Erik Baptista each scored three goals, with Gabaree scoring the game winning goal with just 30 seconds remaining. Also contributing to the win with goals and assists were Michael Baruffaldi and Devin Newell, and a strong defense led by D.J. Galvin, Josh Nelson, Gino Fodera, Patrick McTague, and Adam Auditore. Andrew Modugno in nets kept the boys in contention and positioned for the win.

The team put forth a solid effort and won their first road game 12-6 over Methuen. After a 2-2 first quarter, Medford scored four unanswered goals in the second quarter and never looked back. Scoring was led with strong midfield and attack play by Newell, Gabaree and Brian Whooley, who scored the game winning goal. Also contributing to goal scoring were Sean Allen, Baptista, Connor Lonergan and Baruffaldi, who checked in with three assists. Solid goal-tending by Modugno ensured that Methuen had no chance to come back.

The Mustangs continued their strong offensive with wins against Malden and Lowell. They took their first loss of the season against Peabody at home in a nail biter that ended with Peabody in the lead 10-9.

The boys are looking forward to upcoming games against Cambridge, Shawsheen, Arlington, and a rematch with Lowell.

Mustang boys lacrosse

Mustang boys lacrosse

Mustang boys lacrosse

Mustang boys lacrosse

- Photos and information from Shirley Newell

Medford, Wynn Casinos Sign Surrounding Communities Agreement

The following statement was released by Mayor Michael McGlynn’s office on Tuesday afternoon. A similar surrounding communities agreement was also recently signed with Mohegan Sun.

Mayor Michael J. McGlynn today announced the agreement includes a yearly payment of $1 Million to help mitigate Medford’s public safety concerns, creates a community fund, creates a cultural fund for Chevalier Auditorium, improves water safety on the Mystic River and funds aesthetic upgrades for businesses. In addition, the agreement recognizes that Wellington Station will become a transportation hub for employees, vendors and patrons of a casino for which Wynn will support without limitation, safety upgrades and improved lighting, signage and beautification efforts in Wellington and the surrounding area.

Wynn has also agreed to:

- Pay up to $1.5 Million for a 25% concept design for Wellington Circle.

- Cooperate with efforts by Medford to seek funding from the Transportation Infrastructure and Development Fund for a permanent solution at Wellington Circle.

- Provide $1 Million to address improvements at 12 traffic intersections in accordance with MEPA.

- Provide $50,000 towards the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden and an additional $200,000 following the acceptance by Wynn of a license.

- Purchase $25,000 in gift certificates from Medford businesses to be used in Wynn’s Loyalty Program.

- Provide up to $10 Million a year in a good faith effort to utilize local business and supplies.

- Work to give preferential treatment to qualified Medford residents for contracting, subcontracting and servicing opportunities in the development and construction of the Project.

- Advertise and hold at least one event for Medford residents and give preference to properly qualified residents.

- Review and consider remediation plans for the removal of water chestnuts on the Mystic River as part of its environmental program.

These negotiations were lengthy, on point and enlightening.

“I wish to thank the Mintz Levin Team, Attorney Kim Sinatra, Attorney Jacqui Krum and the Chief Operation Officer for the proposed casino, Robert DeSalvio for a very productive, frank and open discussion of all of the issues. If the casino is awarded to Everett, we are positioned to work together to mitigate major concerns,” concluded McGlynn.

1st Annual Krystle Campbell Softball Tournament April 26th & 27th; World Series Trophy in Medford

The Medford High School Girls Softball team will host the first annual Krystle Campbell Softball Tournament Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.

The tournament is taking place at the newly renovated field at Columbus Park. Mayor Michael McGlynn will cut the ribbon on the new field at 9:30AM and Krystle’s family will toss out the first pitch at 10AM. Medford’s game with Billerica will follow at 10AM and Arlington Catholic will play Swampscott at 1PM. On Sunday the winners of Saturday’s games will play the championship game at 2PM while the consolation game will be played at 11AM.

On Saturday the 2013 World Series Trophy will be on display at Columbus Park from 9-10AM and later from 3-7PM at John Brewers Tavern in Malden. Photos with the trophy will be available for a donation to the Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund. Los Rubios, Medford High School’s a capella group, will sing the National Anthem on Opening Day and will also perform at John Brewers.

The softball team is pictured below with their coaches, Mayor McGlynn, and Krystle’s parents Bill and Patty at Fenway Park with the World Series trophy.

softball team at Fenway Park

softball team at Fenway Park

- InsideMedford.com

Mustang Softball Team Improves to 3-2

- Allison Goldsberry

The Medford High School girls varsity softball team went 2-1 in their most recent games to improve their overall record to 3-2.

On Thursday afternoon, the Lady Mustangs came out with a strong hitting attack to back the thirteen strikeout performance of sophomore pitcher Ashley Eisnor on their way to a convincing win over the Winchester Sachems, according to Head Coach Jack Dempsey.

Junior Bailey Flynn led the hitting attack with three hits, three runs and two stolen bases. Junior Brianna Napoleone and Eisnor each had a pair of hits along with three RBI’s. Sophomore Renee Staude had two hits and three runs scored while senior captain Sarah Donnelly and junior Hannah O’Leary each delivered one hit.

The next day Medford got its revenge against Revere, a team that had beaten them earlier in the season. Friday’s game was scoreless after four innings until Medford broke it open by scoring three runs in the fifth and adding seven more in the sixth. Eisnor was in complete control, striking out eleven, walking one, and allowing just three hits in her first shutout of the season.

Flynn once again led the offense, with four hits, including a two run triple, and two stolen bases. Donnelly banged three doubles and drove home three runs. Napoleone had three hits, including two extra base hits, three RBI’s, and three runs scored. O’Leary added two hits while Eisnor had a hit and an RBI.

On Patriot’s Day Medford was over-matched against Lexington, losing 3-0. Flynn had the lone hit for the Mustangs while Eisnor allowed just four hits while striking out nine batters and walking two.

This weekend Medford will host the first annual Krystle Campbell softball tournament at the newly renovated Columbus Park. Medford will play the opening game against Billerica and Arlington Catholic will play the second game against Swampscott. Opening ceremonies commence at 9AM with the Campbell family tossing the first pitch. The first game will begin at 10AM.

The World Series trophy will be available for pictures at the tournament with a $10 donation going toward the Krystle Campbell scholarship at Medford High School.

MHS girls softball team

MHS girls softball team

MHS girls softball team

Paul Revere Comes to Medford

Medford held its annual Patriot’s Day events on Monday to mark the anniversary of the first battles of the American Revolution. The morning always includes a visit from Paul Revere, who rode through Medford on his infamous ride to warn colonists of the coming of the “regulars.”

Photos by Vicki Halal, Mary Sbuttoni, and Bob Sullivan.

Paul Revere in Medford Square

A crowd gathers to watch the re-enactment of Paul Revere’s ride.

Paul Revere

Paul Revere and his horse always stop in front of Gaffey’s Funeral Home in Medford Square. The MHS Band is pictured in the background.

Paul Revere

Paul Revere himself!

Joe DeCroteau

Joe DeCroteau, owner of Gaffey’s Funeral home and in character as Isaac Hall, received a Key to the City on Monday for his years in hosting Medford’s Patriot’s Day event.

Los Rubios

Medford High School a cappella group Los Rubios perform at Medford City Hall.

- InsideMedford.com

Marathoners Run in Memory of Krystle Campbell

A group of fifteen marathon runners will be pounding the pavement on Monday in honor of Medford’s Krystle Campbell. The marathoners, friends of Krystle, will be raising money for her memorial fund at The Boston Foundation. According to the group’s Facebook page, the fund will be used to make gifts in honor and remembrance of Krystle to non-profit charitable causes important to Krystle and her family.

Donations can be made online to support the fund.

Pictured below: Krystle’s parents Bill and Patty at Fenway Park with the World Series trophy and some of her friends after a successful fundraiser (courtesy photo).

Campbells with World Series Trophy

Running for Krystle

- InsideMedford.com

McGillivray to Run His 42nd Boston Marathon in Support of Martin Richard Foundation

Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports, Medford native and the renowned race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, will run his 42nd Boston Marathon run – after everyone has crossed the finish line on April 21 and his work is done – to benefit the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, which was formed by the parents of the 8-year-old boy killed at the Boston Marathon bombings last year.

“This is a wonderful foundation for a very special boy,” McGillivray said. “I am proud to be running in his honor that day.”

In a TV interview on Monday morning, McGillivray said he plans to begin the run at 7PM and hopes to finish by 11PM.

Donations to support the foundation can be made online.

McGillivray is pictured below with Coach Jack Dempsey and the MHS girls softball team at the recent Mustang Hall of Fame 25th anniversary banquet, where he was the featured speaker.

Also pictured: the finish line on Boylston Street Monday morning (courtesy photo).

Boylston Street finish line

- InsideMedford.com

President of the Republic of Rwanda Speaking at Tufts April 22

Paul KagamePaul Kagame, the sixth and current president of Rwanda, will address the Tufts University community on the 20th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsis. Kagame will discuss what the world has learned from Rwanda’s tragedy and journey to recovery. He will speak at Tufts on Tuesday, April 22.

Kagame has been the president of Rwanda since April 2000. He currently serves as chair of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Millennium Development Goals, which include eradicating poverty and reducing child mortality, and as co-chair of the International Telecommunication Union’s Broadband Commission, which unites industry executives with government leaders, thought leaders, policy pioneers, international agencies and organizations concerned with development.

Kagame won the first democratic elections held in Rwanda in August 2003 and was re-elected to a second seven-year mandate in August 2010. Prior to his appointment as president, he served as vice-president and minister for defense in the Government of National Unity and Chairman of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a partner in the Government of National Unity. In 1994 he led the Rwanda Patriotic Army to defeat the genocidal government, setting Rwanda on its current course towards reconciliation, nation building and socioeconomic development.

- Information from Tufts University. Courtesy photo.

Christine Barber Announces Campaign for State Rep

Christine BarberChristine Barber became the first official candidate for State Representative in the 34th Middlesex district as she submitted more than the required signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office. Barber, a local progressive leader who works on community development and is a health care policy expert, also announced strong early fundraising.

“Representative Sciortino leaves big shoes to fill and I am grateful for his leadership on the progressive values we share,” said Barber. “I am ready to stand up for this community and make sure that state policy reflects our needs and values. I look forward to working hard for this district on issues including ensuring the Green Line extension is funded all the way to Route 16 in Medford; furthering the preservation of the Mystic River; and addressing the affordability of the area so residents can continue to thrive in our neighborhoods.”

Demonstrating broad grassroots support, Christine Barber also announced that she has raised nearly $10,000 in the first two weeks of her campaign.

“I worked closely with Carl Sciortino for years,” noted Rebekah Gewirtz, Somerville Ward 6 Alderman and former President of the Somerville Board of Aldermen. “I am proud to support Christine Barber for State Representative because she will bring to Beacon Hill the same leadership, expertise, and commitment that Carl did.”

The 34th Middlesex district includes parts of Medford (Ward 4, Ward 5, Ward 7: Precinct 1, and Ward 8: Precinct 2) and Somerville (Wards 4 and 7). The 34th Middlesex district seat became vacant when former State Representative Carl Sciortino, a leading progressive voice in the Legislature, resigned to become Executive Director of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

With a campaign website to be unveiled in the weeks ahead, to learn more about Christine Barber and her campaign for State Representative, Like the campaign on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/christinebarberstaterep

Christine Barber has spent her career advocating for working families and local communities. Christine is a leader in the Somerville Community Corporation, working with residents to ensure development works for the local community. She is Vice Chair of the Ward 4 Democratic Committee and a leader in the Progressive Democrats of Somerville, a group that has helped to elect Democrats at the local and state levels. For the past seven years, Christine has worked at Community Catalyst as a Senior Policy Analyst. She listens to patients’ problems with the health care system and stands up to industry to work toward high-quality, affordable health care for everyone. Christine served as Research Analyst for the Committee on Health Care Financing in the Massachusetts State Legislature, drafting legislation including the state’s landmark 2006 health care law. Christine earned her Masters of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

- Submitted by Christine Barber’s campaign

MBTA Fare Change Public Meeting April 30th

bus photo courtesy MBTA.comThe MBTA is holding one of several public meetings on proposed fare increases in Medford this month.

The meeting is taking place on Wednesday, April 30 from 6-8PM at Medford City Hall.

The MBTA is proposing to increase fares by 5% as of July 1, 2014. According to information posted on the MBTA website, the fare increase is part of an effort to balance the budget.

According to the proposal, bus and subway rides would increase by 10 cents each.

The last fare increase was in July 2012.

- InsideMedford.com