Bill Monbouquette, 78

Story Updated 4:24PM Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Local baseball legend Bill Monbouquette has passed away at the age of 78. Below are some photos of Monbouquette, a former Mustang who continued to be actively involved with Mustang sports and was often seen at baseball games and other events.

The Red Sox posted a video tribute to Monbo on their website.

The Boston Herald has an informative feature about Monbo and his career.

Monbouquette with fellow Mustang Hall of Famer Reggie Graham at a banquet in April 2014.

Monbouquette and his wife, Josephine, with his award in front of the Hall of Fame exhibit area outside of Medford High School’s gym in December of 2012; he had been recognized for the 50th anniversary of his no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox.

Monbo at Playstead Park

“Monbo” was often seen taking in a Mustang baseball game at Playstead Park at the field that bears his name. He is pictured above in 2010 with Mustang baseball coach Mike Nestor’s sons Shawn and Mikey (right), whom he had nicknamed “Lefty.” Courtesy photo.

In 2009 Monbouquette was one of the expert instructors at the Mustang summer baseball camp.

In 2008 Monbouquette attended a banquet to kick off the baseball season. He is pictured with Medford High School Head Baseball Coach Nick Tucci, Assistant Baseball Coach Mike Nestor, and captain Ben Waldrip. Photo courtesy Ann Marie Cugno.

Monbouquette was honored with a special citation from the Massachusetts State Legislature in August 2008 for his work in raising awareness for bone marrow donations. Monbouquette is pictured above with his wife and from left to right, House Speaker Sal DiMasi (D-Boston), Rep. Paul Kujawski (D-Webster), and Rep. Paul Donato (D-Medford) in the House Chamber. Courtesy photo.

In December 2008 the boys hockey team dedicated the season to Monbouquette; he is pictured his wife and MHS Hockey captains Brett Cavallaro, Steve Servideo, Josef Danilchuk, and Steve Mearn.

Monbo and McGlynns

In August 1962 Monbouquette was greeted at Logan Airport by several excited local fans following his no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox. Mayor John McGlynn and his son, nine-year-old future mayor Michael McGlynn, and former State Representatives George “Chick” McDermott and George L. Sacco, Jr., pictured above with Monbo, were among the greeters. Courtesy photo.

The 1955 MHS baseball team

The 1955 Medford High School baseball team, pictured above in a yearbook photo. Above, front, from left to right: R. Calaveso, R. Asaro, S. Bernardo, Monbouquette, Angie Marotta, Leo Mericantante, Charlie Pagliarulo. Back, from left to right: G. Hennessy, Richard DiGiacomo, J. DeMasi, R. Lamb, J. Pinto, T. Cangiano, F. Lynch, Coach Arthur Terrill. Ernie Ardolino not pictured. Monbouquette played for the Mustangs from 1951-55; the field at Playstead Park was named after him in 1997.

– InsideMedford.com

Impending Blizzard Closes Schools for 2 Days

Updated 10:18AM Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Medford Public Schools and Medford City Hall are both closed on Tuesday, January 27. On Tuesday School Superintendent Roy Belson announced the schools will also be closed on Wednesday, January 28.

A snow emergency is in effect in Medford as of 5PM Monday until further notice. That means parking is restricted to the even side on all side streets and there is no parking on main roads.

Other important information:

The Medford Senior Center, Medford Public Library, and LoConte Rink are closed Tuesday.

Trash pick-up is delayed by one day this week beginning Tuesday.

Important links:

City website and snow emergency details

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Mystic Valley NAACP Debuts PSA

TV commercial titled “Statistic” aims to open eyes and minds with positive message

An eye-opening TV commercial is about to break, and nearly 20 Medford, MA High School students will become the collective face of a powerful message.

The black & white commercial called “Statistic” begins with an unexpected opening line. While three African-American young men look directly at the camera, one says, “I am a statistic.” He continues with, “I am the one out of three who will go to college.”

Next we see four young African-American men. Three of them say, “I am the three out of four who don’t do drugs.” The commercial continues with progressively larger groups of young African- American men articulating other positive statistics about their demographic.

The goal is to increase self-confidence in young African-American men while dispelling some preconceived opinions that may exist in the general public. All of the statistics quoted are factual and have been obtained from sources such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education, among others.

Atty. Osborne, Mystic Valley NAACP President, said, “When asked if the branch could support this type of public service annoucement project we responded immediately, yes. At a time when too many negative images of young African-American men flood our airways we are ecstatic to have commissioned this high quality factually accurate positive image of young black men.”

The commercial was produced by Jack McGoldrick, President and Chief Creative Officer of McGoldrick Marketing. “You can’t argue with cold hard facts, and that’s what this commercial is about… using the truth as evidence that young black men are important, “ said McGoldrick. “And it took a village. This commercial would never have happened without all the young men who came forward to act in the spot, and more than a dozen other dedicated Medfordites doing what it took to make it happen. Special thanks to Nick Tucci, Assistant Principal at Medford High School, who was instrumental in getting the word out to the student actors.”

Team Medford, an initiative of the Health Department with offices at Medford City Hall, also played a big role in the production by providing research assistance and organizational help during and after the shoot, with Jemima Valdouin wearing several hats.

- Submitted by Neil Osborne, President, MVA Branch NAACP

Blizzard Watch in Effect for Medford, Area

Story Updated 3:03PM Monday, January 26, 2015

School Closed in Medford Tuesday, Snow Emergency in Place as of 5PM Monday

Photo of the Fellsway last winter by Keree-Ann Waite.

– Allison Goldsberry

A Blizzard Watch is in effect from Monday night through early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy snow and strong winds could bring nearly three feet of snow. The worst of the storm is expected to occur between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, according to the latest forecast.

Locally, Medford could receive another nineteen to twenty-nine inches of snow on top of the few inches that resulted from Saturday’s storm.

The Medford Public Schools are closed on Tuesday. Medford City Hall is also closed.

A snow emergency will begin in Medford at 5PM on Monday. During snow emergencies, there is no parking on main roads and parking on side streets is restricted to the even side. Governor Charlie Baker has also declared a state of emergency and issued a travel ban for non-essential travel on Tuesday.

More details about the city’s snow emergency and other important updates are available on the city’s website.

Bestsellers Cafe to Close Wednesday

Rep. Clark and Rob Dillman

Beloved Medford Square bookstore Bestsellers Cafe is closing its doors for good on Wednesday, according to a statement posted on Facebook last week. Bestsellers was a part of the community for seventeen years; the store re-opened in August 2012 following a five year hiatus due to renovations. The store is asking for volunteers to assist on Wednesday with packing and cleaning up the space. Owner Rob Dillman is pictured above receiving a commendation from Congresswoman Katherine Clark, who hosted one of her regular coffee events at Bestsellers on Saturday. Courtesy photo.

– InsideMedford.com

Latest News from the Medford High Alumni Association

MHSAA hosts Medford Night 3

The recently launched Medford High School Alumni Association continues to grow. The organization recently hosted its second annual Medford Night fundraiser with Tom Convery at John Brewer’s Tavern, which helped raise funds for senior scholarships. The MHSAA is currently offering two $500 scholarships for graduating seniors. Scholarship applications, open nominations for local awards, upcoming events, and the winter newsletter are now available on www.medfordhighalumni.com. Pictured above: MHSAA president Dan Costello with members of the Class of 1974, who presented a $500 check to the MHSAA at Medford Night.

– InsideMedford.com

Launch of New Book on Interpreting Slavery

Interpreting Slavery coverOn Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford, Kristin Gallas and James DeWolf Perry will explore why the history of slavery in America is important and relevant to our communities, and how historic sites and museums can facilitate the sharing of these stories.

Following a discussion of these issues, and how they tie into vital contemporary public debates, they will be
available to sign copies of a new book they have edited on this subject, Interpreting Slavery at Museums and
Historic Sites
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

Interpreting Slavery aims to move the field forward in its collective conversation about the interpretation of slavery. The book features best practices for interpreting slavery at historic sites and museums in the United States, and for developing support within institutions for the interpretation of slavery. It also serves as a guide for training interpreters to speak publicly and with compassion about this sensitive history.

Rex Ellis, associate director of curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American
History and Culture, says:

Interpreting Slavery is a comprehensive ‘how to’ manual. It can be extremely useful to any historical or cultural institution serious about improving its ability to present the topic of slavery in ways that acknowledge its foundational significance in the evolution of our nation. This seminal work should be on the shelf of every museum’s staff library [and] will make a significant impact.”

Copies of Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Please note that the museum accepts cash or checks only for purchases.

The event will be held at the Royall House and Slave Quarters at 15 George Street, Medford, and is free to
all. On-street parking is available, and the museum is located on the 96 and 101 MBTA bus routes. Please
email director@RoyallHouse.org for more information or visit RoyallHouse.org.

- Submitted by Tom Lincoln, Royall House Director

Mustang Alumni Hockey Game Jan. 31st

A hockey game for Medford High School alumni is being held on Saturday, January 31. The game is taking place at 4PM on Mustang home ice at LoConte Rink. A reception and food will immediately follow the game at the Medford Lodge of Elks. Tickets are $60 per person. All proceeds will benefit the MHS boys hockey program. For more information or tickets, contact Mark Bates at markbates12@comcast.net.

– InsideMedford.com

Catallo to Host 1st Time Homebuyer Class Jan. 27th

Considering buying a home in 2015? Don’t get lost in the real estate maze without a flashlight!

Join a 23 year veteran Realtor and Presenter, Kelly Catallo, Broker/Owner of Cosmopolitan Real Estate Inc. on January 27th @ 7pm at 121 Riverside Avenue, Medford for MCHC Homebuyer Workshop.

“Entertaining and informative”, “humourous peek into the real estate world”, “didnt hold back, I learned the who, what and why to improve my negotiation position and I had fun!” “I want her as my broker”, is some of the feedback from past presentations.

- Submitted by Kelly Catallo

1st Major Snow of 2015 Coming Saturday

Snow Emergency in Effect in Medford as of 4PM Saturday Until Further Notice

– Allison Goldsberry

A wintry mix and heavy snow could leave Medford with between three and seven inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from midnight Saturday through 7:00PM. Snow, sleet, and possibly freezing rain are expected in the morning, followed by rain and snow in the early afternoon. Snow is expected to continue falling up until 8PM, according to the latest forecast.

Medford has issued a snow emergency beginning at 4PM Saturday until further notice. During the snow emergency, cars on side streets are only allowed to park on the even side of the street, and no parking is allowed on main roads. A full list of streets where no parking is allowed during the snow emergency is available on the city’s website.