No Phone, Free Lunch at Salvatore’s

no phoneSalvatore’s has launched “Off the Grid Mondays,” a special for diners who can refrain from using their phones during lunch.

If diners turn over their phones before lunch, they can enjoy a buy one entrée, get one free deal. Single diners will receive a 50% discount.

The deal is offered at each of Salvatore’s five locations, including Medford Square, on Mondays between 12 and 3PM.

More details about the deal are available on Salvatore’s website.

– InsideMedford.com

Kohl’s Seeks Permit to Remain Open for 24 Hours During Holiday Season

Kohl’s is making plans to remain open for twenty-four hours during the peak holiday shopping season.

Representatives from the department store will appear before the City Council on Tuesday seeking a permit for the extended hours.

The store is seeking to remain open for twenty-four hours for up to ten days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to the Council agenda.

The special permit would allow Kohl’s to be open between 11PM and 7AM.

– InsideMedford.com

Oona, Mystique Seeking Homes

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My name is Oona and I’m a 12 week old female kitten who would love to have a home with another young cat to play with. I was trapped with my mom and another sibling, and put in foster care. The tip of my ear was surgically removed because this is done to “ferals” after they are spayed or neutered. This lets other potential rescuers that I have been “fixed”. They thought I was feral and would need to go back outside if someone could not socialize me. Well, to everyone’s surprise, other than being a little scared, I’m a real sweetie. I am already purring and am very comfortable being held and loved by my foster mom. What they thought would take weeks, has only taken me days to enjoy being inside with people. I do need someone that has time to acclimate me to my new home and has the time & patience to allow me to further my socialization process. Here I am with my new friend, Vince. Perhaps we could go home together.

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My name is Mystique and I’m a 6 yr old American bully female needing a home.

I am extremely friendly and regardless of my build, I have plenty of energy to want to run and play. I am a real people dog and get along with other dogs. I was used for breeding and I am now no longer needed. I am hoping that I will get a home where I will be loved and cared for as a member of the family.

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

Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund Seeks Medford Applications

Non-profit community organizations in Medford are invited to apply for 2014 grants from the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF). TNSF collects donations from faculty and staff throughout the year and then awards small grants to community-based, charitable organizations that serve Tufts’ host communities (Medford, Somerville, Grafton and Boston’s Chinatown).

Applicants must also have Tufts volunteers actively working with their organizations. In this way, TNSF supports not only community organizations, but also the work of the many Tufts students, staff, faculty, and alumni who volunteer with them.

Last year, 29 programs and projects in Tufts’ host communities were granted awards. The funds supported a wide range of programs and projects in each community including purchasing books for participants of the Medford Council on Aging’s Book Club who cannot afford them, supporting a job training program for Somerville residents at the public library, expanding emergency relief funds for Grafton community members who are in need of assistance, and replacing outdated exercise equipment for a program designed to combat adolescent obesity in Chinatown.

The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund is a giving option for members of the Tufts community during the Tufts Community Appeal. Each year, employees of Tufts University are asked to contribute to charitable organizations that provide service locally, nationally and internationally.

Interested organizations should contact the Community Relations office at Tufts University (617) 627-3780 to request an application. Application materials are also available online at the following web address: http://go.tufts.edu/TNSF.

Individual grants will be made in amounts ranging from $250 to $2,000. Applications are due by November 28, 2014, and awards will be announced before the New Year.

- Submitted by Tufts University

Medford Storm Damage

Heavy rain and wind from a Nor’easter brought down large branches in Medford and the area. The branches shown below fell Wednesday night. Medford has received upwards of three inches of rain and can still experience wind gusts as high as forty miles per hour into the evening.

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Photos by Jessica Contardo and Allison Goldsberry

Mystic River Fall Cleanup Oct. 25

Mystic River Cleanup

Friends of the Mystic River will celebrate two decades of environmental stewardship with its 20th annual Mystic River Fall Cleanup from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

Check-in is at the Condon Band Shell park on Mystic Valley Parkway (Route 16), east of Winthrop Street across from St. Joseph’s Church. Volunteers are invited to collect trash and debris in the Condon Shell Park/Route 16 area, or at any other location of their choosing between the Lower Mystic Lake and Torbert MacDonald Park.

The Friends will supply bags and gloves. Refreshments also will be provided including lunch at noon.

In the event of heavy rain on Oct. 25, the cleanup will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Friends of the Mystic River (www.fomr.org) is a Medford-based community organization focused on the enjoyment, protection and enhancement of the Mystic River in Medford. It has held biannual cleanups in Medford since the fall of 1995.

For more information, call 781-391-2604 or e-mail Mystic02155@hotmail.com.

- Submitted by Ken Krause

Green Line Construction Receives Notice to Proceed; Public Meetings Planned

Photo by Alexander Svirsky, MassRoads.com.The project to extend the Green Line to Somerville and Medford has moved forward with the approval of early contract work.

White Skanska Kiewit, JV (WSK), the Construction Manager-General Contractor (CM/GC) for the GLX Project, received their Notice to Proceed (NTP) for their first three GLX contracts, according to information released by MassDOT.

The contract work will include “the procurement of long lead items necessary for the project (GMP#1); early utility work (GMP #2); and work along the Fitchburg Mainline (Union Square branch) & Miller’s River drainage work (GMP#3).”

Two public meetings about the project are planned. On Tuesday, October 28 the new Lechmere Station will be discussed. The meeting is taking place from 6-8PM at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second Street in East Cambridge. On Thursday, November 6 a public meeting about the Washington Street and Union Square stations will take place from 6-8PM at the Holiday Inn, 30 Washington Street in Somerville.

– InsideMedford.com

Wynn Resorts to Deliver Environmental Presentation October 28th

Please plan on attending a public presentation and discussion forum on environmental issues associated with the proposed Wynn Resort development project on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett.

This major development will prospectively bring many changes to the Mystic River watershed, including the clean-up of a waterfront Brownfield site that has been vacant for decades. Representatives from the Wynn Resorts development team will be available to answer your questions about plans for this project. Come learn more about ways this important proposal may affect the Mystic River watershed.

The event, sponsored by Mystic River Watershed Association and hosted by Tufts University will be held on Tuesday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA.

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) was founded in 1972. Its mission is to protect and restore the Mystic River, its tributaries and watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations and to celebrate the value, importance and great beauty of these natural resources which play a vital role in the many cities and towns the watershed includes.

- Submitted by Wynn Resorts and the Mystic River Watershed Association

Kids in Costume Eat Free at Salvatore’s Oct. 27-Nov.1; Business Trick-or-Treat Oct. 31

From Monday, October 27th, 2014 until Saturday, November 1st, 2014 Salvatore’s, the upscale casual Italian restaurant with five locations in the Greater Boston area, is ready to show its Halloween spirit this year. All children ages 12 and under who come dressed for the occasion in their Halloween best will eat free at all Salvatore’s locations.

Children must be accompanied by an adult making a qualified purchase and this offer cannot be combined with any other promotions.

For more information please visit: www.salvatoresrestaurants.com. Salvatore’s is located at 55 High Street in Medford and also has restaurants in Boston, Lawrence, and Andover.

In other Halloween news, the annual business trick-or-treat sponsored by the Medford Chamber of Commerce is taking place on Friday, October 31 from 3-5 in Haines Square, West Medford Square, and Medford Square.

- Information from Salvatore’s. Photo of Zack by Allison Goldsberry.

Lanzilli Receives Local Endorsements in State Rep Race

Lanzillie receives local endorsements

As Election Day approaches, I am honored to announce that I have received the endorsements of several local politicians in my bid for the 34th Middlesex District House of Representative seat. Mayor Michael McGlynn has publicly expressed his support for my campaign and I consider it a privilege to have the backing and support of such a long time respected leader of the Medford community. The service Mayor McGlynn has provided the Medford community with is admirable and respected by citizens throughout the City of Medford. I hope to have the same opportunity to serve the residents of my district.

All seven members of the Medford City Council have also come out to express their support. Medford City Council President Paul Camuso, Vice-President Richard Caraviello, Councillors Frederick Dello Russo, Adam Knight, Breanna Lungo-Kohen, Michael Marks, and Robert Penta have each supported my campaign.

I have also received the endorsements of Medford School Committee member and President of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees Ann Marie Cugno and Medford School Committee Vice Chair John Falco.

These leaders are all well respected members of the community and I am truly humbled to have their endorsements. Their endorsements come as the election rapidly approaches us and we are looking to spread the word about this campaign. I respectfully ask for the support of other members of the community as Election Day comes upon us. If any resident in the district has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the campaign at NickLanzilli@gmail.com or call me at 781-475-9590.

- Submitted by Lanzilli’s campaign