Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits Tufts

Sen. Elizabeth Warren at Tufts

Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator from Massachusetts, responds to questions from Alan Solomont, Dean of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, during the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series on Wednesday at Tufts. More details about Warren’s visit are available on Tufts’ news website. Photo by Alonso Nichols/Tufts University.


Tufts Hosts 2nd Annual National Dialogue on Race Day September 15

Discussion will focus on race relations on 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Tufts University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy will draw on the widely reported shooting of unarmed African American teen Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo., as a prism to view racial progress on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act at a forum to be held on Sept. 15 at 8 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

The incident, say organizers of the CSRD’s second National Dialogue on Race Day, underscores issues of racial discrimination in America, including disproportionate incarceration of African Americans, police brutality and rampant unemployment, half a century after landmark civil rights legislation. The CSRD has entitled this year’s program “The Civil Rights Act: 50 Years Ago, 50 Years Later, 50 Years from Now.”

Peniel Joseph, founding director of the CSRD and professor of history in the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, says, “Contrary to popular opinion, the civil rights movement and the Civil Rights Act did not defeat Jim Crow. They merely ushered us into a new, arguably more pernicious phase, where transcendent black achievement co-exists alongside staggering black disadvantage.”

Joseph, a frequent national commentator on issues of race and civil rights, will moderate the panel discussion. He has appeared on PBS News Hour, CNN, and MSNBC, and has also authored such books as “Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama”(2010) and “‘Stokely: A Life’” (2014).

Joining Joseph will be:
– Michael Curry, president of the NAACP Boston
– Barb Dougan, the Massachusetts Project Director of Families Against Mandatory Minimums
– Kim McLarin, novelist and professor of writing, Emerson College
– Lionel McPherson, associate professor of ethics, political and social philosophy at Tufts University
– Alan D. Solomont, dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts
– Paul Watanabe, author and director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston

The panel discussion will be followed by audience questions.

The forum will be held in the ASEAN auditorium of the Cabot Intercultural Center on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. For directions go to:

For more information, contact the CSRD’s staff assistant, Theresa Sullivan at or go to the website at

- Information from Tufts University

MHS Pool Opens Monday

MHS new pool

Following a years-long closure, Medford High School’s pool will re-open to the public after extensive renovations. Details about the pool and obtaining pool passes are available on the Medford Public Schools website. Photo courtesy MPS.


Medford Community Day Sunday, September 21

In honor of Wally Kountze and In memory of Ben Averbook

Andrews Middle School
1:00 – 4:30 PM

Over 100 Vendor Tables!
National Flag Display – (10) flags (45 by 90 ft each) carried in procession!
Kiddie rides, pony rides, snow cones, crafts, bake sales & spin art!

“Passport” Trip to Ireland, Haiti, Brazil, Morocco, India, Tibet, Japan & Italy!
Radio Disney! Goulding School of Irish Dance! All Hands Drumming! New Life Baptist Brazilian Church! Steel Drum Band! The MHS Alumni Band!
Make your own scarecrow and/or decorate your own pumpkin!
Take a ride on a tethered hot air balloon, courtesy of ReMax Andrew Realty!

“Touch a Truck” vehicles – the Batmobile, the L.L. Bean Bootmobile, the Fish Car, Burger Dive’s Hamburger Car, Medford Police & Fire Vehicles, Boston Medflight and Armstrong Ambulance Vehicles, the Middlesex Sheriff’s SWAT Vehicle & Dept of Public Works trucks! Medford Police K9 demonstration!

Visits from the Boston Red Sox’s Wally the Green Monster, the Boston Bruins Blades, Tufts University’s Jumbo, Big League Brian-the Stilt walker, Captain America, Spiderman and Disney’s Frozen Princesses Elsa & Anna!

Mini Sports Clinics ** Street Hockey Clinic ** Three legged races **
Potato sack races ** Wheel barrel races** Dunk Tank**
Water Taxi Rides – at canoe launch near McGlynn School!
The 2nd Annual 5k Doggie Fun Run & Walk – 10 am

- Submitted by Mayor Michael McGlynn’s office

Sisters Against Ovarian Cancer Walk September 20

The 7th Annual Ovarian Cancer Walk in Memory of Marie Spinale is scheduled for Saturday, September 20th at the Maple Grove Area of the Stone Zoo.

The 5 mile walk around Spot Pond will spread its message of the importance of early detection in the treatment of ovarian cancer and raise money to support related cancer research. Proceeds of the Walk will benefit the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For registration and donation information please visit Hope to see you on September 20th – help to wipe out OC one step at a time!

- Information from Judy Budny

D.A.R.E. Day September 28th

Medford Lodge of ELKS is sponsoring a D.A.R.E. Day event in the parking lot at 19 Washington Street on Sunday September 28 from 10 am – 2pm.

All members of the community are invited to attend. This event will be informative and fun. There will be information about drug prevention and awareness.

The Medford Fire Dept. will be present with a ladder truck for children climb on. Medford FD will provide safety tips and the Smokehouse they use for training will be set up.

Come hear about the Kick-Off of the Medford Elks DARE Poster contest.

There will be food, drinks, games, and a visit from Elroy the Elk

See you on Sunday the 28th for DARE Day at Medford Elks!

- Submitted by Mike Hourihan

Tufts Music Presents ‘Erik Lindgren’s 60th Birthday Celebration Chamber A-Go-Go Concert’

The Tufts University Department of Music presents Erik Lindgren’s 60th Birthday Celebration Chamber A-Go-Go Concert in the Distler Performance Hall at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Tufts Alumnus Erik Lindgren (BA in Music ’76) presents a birthday celebration concert featuring original chamber works and musical novelties by Lindgren composed during the past decade for strings, woodwinds, piano, vibraphone, and percussion. The concert will be preceded at 7:00 p.m. by a screening of Michael Burlingame’s “To A Random” (1986), a 23-minute film with original unused soundtrack by Lindgren. The concert will conclude with a premier of “Dark Garden” (2013), a 20-minute live soundtrack to a film by Wu So Fai documenting Linda Huey’s large-scale sculpture installation.

As a contemporary classical composer, Lindgren has a catalog of over six dozen works, ranging from solo piano pieces to chamber music to orchestral works. During his undergraduate studies at Tufts University, Lindgren worked with T.J. Anderson, and in 1974–1975 spent his junior year abroad in London studying composition with Alfred Nieman and piano with Birgette Wild at the Guildhall School of Music. Lindgren received an MA in music composition and piano performance from The University of Iowa in 1977 where he studied with Donald Jenni, Richard Hervig, and Peter Lewis.

Since 1980, Lindgren has been a founding member of the Boston-based new music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, which has toured internationally and recorded eleven crossover CDs mixing rock and chamber music aesthetics.

In 1978, Lindgren established Sounds Interesting Productions, a commercial recording studio and music production company. National and regional credits include original scores for all three major U.S. networks, PBS, Eastpak, the Boston Globe, Basketball Hall of Fame, Jordan Marsh, Prentice-Hall, and the Christmas Tree Shops.

For 35 years, Lindgren has run the ARF! ARF! label, which has released over six-dozen archival CDs documenting 1960s Garage/Psychedelic Rock and Outsider Music. Lindgren has also produced over one hundred records for such diverse artists as Willie Loco Alexander, the Turbines, the Cynics, and Ed “Moose” Savage and his Litany of Complaints.

In addition to this special 60th birthday concert, Lindgren is celebrating the release of Yin Yang A-Go-Go, a 2-CD “genre-smashing” career retrospective that includes musical highlights culled from his work with Birdsongs, jingles, Musique Concrete, New/No Wave, contemporary Classical compositions, corporate video soundtracks, Garage/Psychedelic/ Punk/Power Pop, Space Negros, Techno, and more.

Lindgren will also be in residence at Tufts during the week of Sept 22-27, making presentations to the Composition seminar and Music Recording & Production class, along with hosting an open rehearsal for the September 27 concert.

Additional information about Erik Lindgren can be found at his personal website at

The Granoff Music Center is located at 20 Talbot Avenue on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit or call the Granoff Music Center Box Office at 617.627.3679.

This concert has been made possible by the Granoff Music Fund.

- Information from Tufts University

Thor, Sparkle Looking for Homes


My name is Thor and I’m a very handsome and friendly 1 year old male cat. My owners moved away and left me behind in the hallway of their apartment building. One of the neighbors heard me crying and took me in to their apartment. They were going to keep me but the son was very allergic to me and they called KC to find me a home. I am a really sweet and gentle guy. I love being petted and cuddled.


My name is Sparkle and I’m an 11 month old, female, rare caramel, Lab/Pit mix. I’m very friendly and get along with other dogs. I’m still a puppy and need someone who is on board with dog training.

SparkleAbout Kitty Connection

Kitty Connection is a no-kill, all volunteer rescue based in Medford and dedicated to helping animals in need. KC provides foster homes for them until they are adopted into loving, forever homes.

Cats/dogs are sometimes temporarily staying at foster homes away from the area.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the animals, call 781-393-9995 or email

For more animals or to see videos, check out!

- Information and photos from Kitty Connection

Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Speak at Tufts in Public Lecture on Sept. 15th

Senator Elizabeth WarrenU.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (Dem-Mass.) will deliver the Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University on September 15. The lecture, which will be followed by a brief question and answer session, will be held at 12:00 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. It is presented by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

Tickets for members of the Tufts community will be available starting September 8 at the Cohen Box Office in Cohen Auditorium with a valid Tufts ID. A limited number of seats for the public will be available by calling 888-320-4103.

Warren is currently serving her first term as U.S. Senator. Recognized twice by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, she is known as one of the nation’s top experts on the financial pressures facing middle class families. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis she chaired the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Warren served as a law professor for more than 30 years, including nearly 20 years as the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She taught courses on commercial law, contracts and bankruptcy and wrote more than a hundred articles and nine books, including two national bestsellers, The Two-Income Trap and All Your Worth. She is a graduate of the University of Houston and Rutgers School of Law.

The Alan D. Solomont Lecture at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service was established in honor of Alan D. Solomont, A70, A09P. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Nancy Pelosi in 2011. Today’s lecture also launches the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series. Throughout the academic year, the Tisch College Speaker Series will bring leaders from a range of fields and perspectives to campus to discuss pressing public issues. The goal is to educate, enlighten and even to provoke students at Tufts, hoping they will be inspired by the leaders and role models they hear and meet.

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service is a national leader in civic education and is setting the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement. Serving every student at Tufts University, Tisch College prepares young people for lifetimes of civic engagement and creates an enduring culture of active citizenship.

- Information from Tufts University. Courtesy photo.

Local Artist Displays Work at Mystic Coffee Roaster

Work by Constance Festo LafondWatercolors by local artist Constance Festo Lafond are on display at Medford Square’s Mystic Coffee Roaster through October 16.

Lafond is largely a self-taught artist who fell in love with the medium of watercolor early on.

“My influences as an Impressionist painter are Matisse, Gustav Klimt, and Singer Sargent. I have always seen artistic compositions in the way objects relate to each other and my work expresses a strong sense of negative space.”

The figure, always a favorite subject of Lafond’s, is the focus of the show at the Mystic Coffee Roaster.

Lafond also has landscapes and florals on display at the Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield in the new Blake Seating area on the first floor. The artist will be at the library on September 21st from 1pm – 4pm to discuss the work and the paintings will be on display there until September 24th.