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Councilor Knight Questions Tufts’ Elimination of Janitorial Positions

Tufts University and it’s janitorial service provider DTZ have recently announced plans to eliminate nearly 33% of the 91 janitorial positions contracted to service the University’s Medford/Somerville campus. At a recent forum, Tufts and DTZ proclaimed that the elimination of these positions was necessary in order for these contracted services to remain sustainable, yet the […]

Opinion: Environmental Impact from the Everett Casino

– Curtis Tuden Massachusetts residents are used to weighing the pros and cons of local casino development. Economic concerns about money management and job creation or cultural concerns about gambling and crime top the list for most people. On the last Tuesday night in October at Tufts University an equally important subject was addressed, environmental […]

Two Thumbs Up for Get On Up

– Carrie Greland Get On Up told the life story of the force of energy that was James Brown. The actor Chadwick Boseman embodied the man in all aspects and had those famous dance moves down. The movie does not take the typical linear fashion of a biography. Instead it uniquely takes us back and […]

Sen. Jehlen: Charter Schools Competitors, Not Collaborators

Last week, the senate voted to defeat a bill that proposed to raise the current cap on charter schools in 29 districts. Beginning in 2017 the cap would rise from 18% to 23% of those school districts’ spending. Before the vote, we heard from parents, advocates, students, and organizations on both sides of the argument. […]

Letter: Opiate Abuse is an Epidemic

We have an opiate abuse epidemic on our hands in the commonwealth. According to Governor Patrick 140 lives have been taken by heroin since January, not counting prescription narcotic overdoses. Fatal opiate overdoses are on the rise in the U.S. claiming more lives than automobile accidents! Nearly all of us know someone with this addiction. […]

In Support of Pay Equity

– State Senator Patricia Jehlen & Lisa Gurgone, Home Care Aide Council On April 8, Pay Equity Day, we again observed that women earn, on average, 79 percent of men’s pay. One reason is that “women’s work” — caring for the sick, elders, and young children — is far underpaid given the skill, effort and […]

Opting Out of Common Core/PARCC

– Robert Penta, Medford City Councilor Knowing about your children’s rights regarding the upcoming Common Core PARCC assessment exam.   … and your right to “OPT OUT!” This Common Core/PARCC issue I’m discussing is vitally important to every parent in Medford and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, so I urge you to take the time […]

Snow Days of the Future

I sit at home as a frustrated teacher on this snow day. My high school web design students are in the middle of a project and soon will be learning how to create mobile apps (although it is unlikely they will create one that can shovel snow, sorry!). However, there is no school on this […]

The State of Education in Our Union

– Curtis Tuden As a high school teacher I am interested in education policy and would like to help others understand its influence on our nation’s schools. The President’s State of the Union address and responses from other elected officials comprise the relevant political perspectives of our nation’s leaders. Their speech transcripts can be analyzed […]

January is National Stalking Awareness Month

By Peter J. Koutoujian & Laura R. Van Zandt Fourteen years ago this month, an explosion rocked an Everett apartment killing a woman and changing forever the way we look at the issue of stalking in Massachusetts. In 2000, Sandra Berfield – a resident of Everett who worked as a waitress in Medford – was […]