Local Artists Called to Share Art on Green Line

The following information was released by the MassDOT’s Green Line Extension Project team:

Green Line extension call for artistsThe Green Line Extension (GLX) project is pleased to announce the second phase of the GLX Integrated Art Program and that MassDOT & the MBTA have released another Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the purpose of commissioning multiple artists to design an integral art program for the GLX stations.

In April, as part of the first phase of the GLX Art Program, three artists were selected after careful consideration and input from the community, and their work will become an integrated part of the first three new stations (Lechmere, Washington Street & Union Square) of the Green Line Extension.

Designs for the second set of four stations to be constructed, Gilman, Lowell, Ball Square and College Avenue, are currently at approximately 60% design, and will be 90% complete in January 2015. Artist selection will be made for these four stations, and may include elements that will be common to all stations.

More information about the GLX Art Program and the RFQ can be found on the GLX website here: http://greenlineextension.eot.state.ma.us/arts_Program.html.

Artists are strongly encouraged to participate in the prequalification/information session prior to the application deadline. This session will take place on July 29, 2014 at 5:30 PM and will be held at the GLX Project Office (100 Summer Street, Suite 250, Boston, MA).

Submissions must be received using the online platform by Friday, August 15, 2014 by 11:59 PM.

Families Invited to Summer Nights in the Brooks Garden

Join us in the Brooks Schoolyard Garden this summer for a series of free Nature and Healthy Living programs!

July 23, 5:00-6:00PM

Soil – the Decomposers presented by Mass Audubon

Where does dirt come from? Learn more about soil and some of the common organisms …the decomposers -that break organic matter down into dirt. How are plants and other living things part of the decomposition cycle? Come see some real, live decomposers!

August 6, 5:00-6:00PM

Plants and Pollinators presented by Mass Audubon

Find out more about plants and their cycles. Dissect a flower and identify the parts. Learn about several pollination strategies – some of them may surprise you. Meet a live pollinator.

*Rain date for the Mass Audubon programs is August 13, 5:00-6:00PM

August 20, 5:30-6:30PM

Healthy Eating! presented by Whole Foods

Join Whole Food’s Healthy Eating Specialist Carla Passacantilli as she provides a fun, kid friendly approach to promoting a healthy lifestyle through what we eat every day.

The Brooks Elementary School is located at 388 High Street in Medford. The garden is located behind the school. Programs are geared toward elementary school aged children.

These programs are FREE and open to all of the Medford community! The programs are supported in part by a grant from the Medford Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

- Submitted by Maria Daniels

State Senator Jehlen’s Budget Report

In a newsletter released Monday night, State Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville, Medford) highlighted several items included in the state’s $36.5 billion budget, which Governor Deval Patrick signed last week.

The state budget includes $250,000 for the development of a Mystic River Master Plan. The plan will include beautification efforts as well as protection from invasive species. Funding for the plan’s initiatives will come state and federal money as well as from court settlements, according to Sen. Jehlen.

The state budget also includes $50,000 for the West Medford Community Center for its community programs.

In addition to funding that directly affects Medford, Sen. Jehlen was also pleased that some of items she pushed for were included. A wage increase for personal care homemakers, a homeless animal prevention care fund, and increased funding for elder affairs programs were among several items included in the new state budget.

Sen. Jehlen’s full budget report is available here.

- InsideMedford.com

Legion Baseball Team Seeks Playoff Bid

- Allison Goldsberry

The Medford Post 45 baseball team is 11-6 heading into the final days of the regular season.

The team’s six game winning streak ended with a tough 10-7 loss to Watertown on Sunday. On Saturday Medford handily defeated Tyngsboro, 7-2. Justin Alley (Medford High School) pitched a complete game, striking out six and giving up two earned runs, according to Coach Ryan Kozul.

Fellow Mustangs Dave Center and Mike Egitto each contributed an RBI and scored a run. Kevin Andrew (MHS) scored two runs while Christian Rosati (Arlington Catholic) and Billy Christopher (Winchester) each had a run scored.

Medford heads into a must-win game at Sudbury on Thursday. A win on Thursday combined with a Watertown loss to Ashland on Thursday would result in a Zone 5 playoff berth for Medford, said Coach Kozul.

Christian Rosati

AC’s Christian Rosati

Justin Alley

Medford’s Justin Alley

Mike Egitto

Medford’s Mike Egitto

Circle the Square July 17th

Circle the Square

Move Your Body at Circle the Square Thursday, July 17

Come join the fun at Circle the Square in Medford Square next Thursday, July 17 from 4-8 p.m. when we’ll fill the Square with music, art, performances, food, shopping and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

This month, we’ll ask you to “Move Your Body” filling the Square with ways for you to get energized and healthy while having fun.

For more information about our schedule of events visit our web site http://www.circlethesquare.org/, or visit us on Facebook (CircletheSquareMedford) or Twitter (@CircleSquareMed).

- Submitted by Laurel Siegel

Senate Passes Environmental Bond Bill

The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill providing for the preservation and improvement of land, parks and clean energy in the Commonwealth, Senator Patricia Jehlen announced.

“The environmental bond bill provides imperative funding to protect our natural resources and improve the well-being of our community,” said Senator Jehlen. “We all will benefit specifically from the much needed improvements to the Condon Shell, a staple in the Medford community, making it safer for pedestrians to access.”

The legislation authorizes a $1.9 billion, 4-year capital plan which includes:

- $300,000 for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) outfall monitors in the Mystic River

- $250,000 for the CSO public information website

- $1m for bicycle and pedestrian safety, signal improvements and traffic calming measures on Alewife Brook parkway and Fresh Pond parkway

- $5m to fund the reconstruction of the navigation locks at the Charles River Dam and at the Amelia Earhart Dam on the Mystic River to address flooding issues

- $2.75m for Condon Hatch Shell in Medford including pedestrian safety improvements on Mystic Valley Parkway

- $2m for a grant program incentivizing Installation of Green Technology to deal with storm water runoff

The Senate and House will now produce a compromise bill for final passage and consideration of the Governor.

- Submitted by State Senator Patricia Jehlen’s office

Legion Baseball Team Sweeps Newton

Story Updated 3:08PM Saturday, July 12, 2014

Matt Marino

Arlington Catholic’s Matt Marino

- Allison Goldsberry

The Medford Post 45 baseball team shutout Newton 2-0 on Thursday night and then topped them 7-1 on Friday.

On Thursday, Malden Catholic’s Ryan Covelle outdueled Division 1 Stony Brook commit Teddy Rodliff, said Coach Ryan Kozul. Covelle pitched a complete game two hit shutout, striking out six.

Arlington Catholic’s Kyle Boudrias and Matt Marino each scored a run while Boudrias also contributed an RBI. Medford High School’s Dom Ramasci brought in a run with a sac fly while fellow Mustang Dave Center had a double.

On Friday, Billy Christopher (Winchester) earned the win on the mound while Boudrias and Brendan Greene (Winchester) led the offense.

Medford, 10-5, is tied for third place in the Zone 5 standings. The top four teams overall at the end of next week will advance to a double elimination tournament, with the winner going to the state finals, according to Coach Kozul.

Medford hosts Tyngsboro at home on Saturday at 5pm and then is in Watertown for a 12:30PM game on Sunday.

Medford Youth Football & Cheer to Host Registration Event July 13th


Junior Mustangs cheerleaders

Medford Youth Football and Cheer, a grade-based league with no weight restrictions for children in grades 1-8, is holding a registration event on Sunday, July 13th. The event is taking place at Modell’s (640 Fellsway Plaza) from 12-3pm. More details about the league are available on www.medfordyouthfootball.com.

- InsideMedford.com

ALDI to Host Hiring Event July 12th


National grocery chain ALDI is hosting a hiring event for its Medford, Salem, NH, and Plaistow, NH stores on Saturday, July 12, according to a news release from the company. The store is seeking store associates, shift managers, and manager trainees. Potential applicants should be at least 18 and have a high school diploma or equivalent, among other things. The hiring event is taking place from 9AM-5PM at Courtyard Boston Andover, 10 Campanelli Drive, Andover. More details are available on ALDI’s website.

- InsideMedford.com

Fireball, Minouche, Andy Looking for Homes


My name is Fireball and I am a 10 month old little girl. I was seen roaming the neighborhood by some people and brought to Kitty Connection to find a home. I am very sweet and cute, especially with my black triangle of a nose! I love being petted and will roll on the floor while making adorable “trilling”sounds. It is my way of singing my pleasure!


MinoucheHello, my name is Minouche! My family found me outside on one very cold winter night when I was about 10 weeks old. They took me inside and this is where I have been for the last 7 years! But now, reluctantly my family must give me up because they are moving to a place where pets are not accepted, despite them pleading with the landlord! I’m a sweet, spayed 7 year old, and like to play with my toys or some string; chasing string is great fun and great exercise for me! Though I do like to be active sometimes, I need a quiet home where I can rest and lounge throughout the day. My family has tried to put me on a diet recently because I love to eat and weigh almost 13 lbs.! One interesting fact about me is that I sometimes like to use my paws to drink from a water bowl! I guess that makes me kinda clever! I have always lived with my one family, so I would be best in an “only” home or maybe introduced to another gentle cat. Because I’m getting older, living in an “adult only” home would be best, too. I can be adopted for only $25 and I come with all my supplies (my covered litter box, a bag of Fresh step litter, a bag of my kitty food, myfood and water bowls, my toys, and my brush, some of string that I love!).

I just went to the vet (6/27/14) and got all my shots updated so I’m ready to go! I will bring my medical records with me when you adopt me!”


AndyHello, my name is Andy and I am a 2-year-old, 15 Lb, Terrier mix. I’m a very friendly and lovable dog with the people I know and trust. I am not recommended for a home with children, or plans of having children. I would do best in a quieter environment as opposed to crazy and/or busy with lots of things happening and strangers coming and going. I am very playful and love to interact with other dogs, if they are not all over me. I get along well with cats. I am Neutered and am up to date on all vaccinations. Adoption Donation: $350

About 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 kc@kittyconnection.net.

For more animals or to see videos, check out http://www.KittyConnection.net!

- Information and photos from Kitty Connection

Soccer Tourney July 20th to Benefit Injured MHS Grad

A soccer tournament is being held to raise money for the medical expenses of Eric Ferrazzani, a 2014 Medford High School graduate who was injured on a trip abroad.

The “Eric’s Elites- We Kick Because We Care” soccer tournament is taking place on Sunday, July 20 from 5-10PM at Medford High School’s “Field of Dreams.”

Teams can be between 6-10 players. There is a fee of $5 per player. Teams must sign up by July 12.

Interested players and volunteers should contact Alexandria Barilone or Jessica Baccari at ericselites50@gmail.com.

An online fund established to raise $200,000 has so far raised over $25,000 by 272 in just eleven days.

- InsideMedford.com

Monday Storms Cause More Damage in Medford

A couple of severe storms that suddenly popped up late Monday afternoon caused more damage in Medford. There was even a tornado watch in the area for a brief period of time. High winds and torrential rain once again brought down tree branches, following the damage caused by Thursday’s severe storm.

tree on power lines

A large tree branch took down power lines on Garfield Avenue, leaving several homes and businesses without power.

tree branch on car

This tree branch on Dudley Street damaged the car parked beneath.


Noah Evans caught this rainbow on Grove Street after the severe weather ended.

- InsideMedford.com