‘Harvest Your Energy Festival’ October 18th

"Windy"Medford’s annual Harvest Your Energy Festival is taking place on Saturday, October 18 from 11am-2pm in Medford’s Riverbend Park, at the base of “Windy,” the city’s wind turbine.

The highlight of the event will be the presentation of Green Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations for environmentally friendly practices.

Other events include tours of the wind turbine, a bike rodeo, music, a shredding truck, and a composting class.

More details are available on the city of Medford’s website.

- Information from City of Medford

Dave McGillivray Completes Ironman Triathlon

Dave McGillivrayMedford native Dave McGillivray, the 60-year-old race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and famed endurance athlete now battling coronary heart disease, made a triumphant return to the Ironman World Championship triathlon on Saturday after a 25-year absence from the event.

McGillivray, who is a member of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame, completed eight Ironman Triathlons in Hawaii in the 1980s. He finished 14th overall in 1980, the third year for the event, making him one of the first 30 athletes to ever finish an Ironman.

On Saturday, McGillivray finished the 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike leg and marathon run in 13 hours, 34 minutes and 3 seconds while persisting through some of the most difficult wind, sun and heat conditions in the 36-year history of the world’s toughest endurance event.

“I had two goals – first to get to the starting line and second to get to the finish line, no matter how long it took,” McGillivray said. “I was pleased with my swim and my run. As for the bike, Rome was built quicker than it took me to cover the 112 miles. Wow, the wind out on the course was the toughest I’ve ever experienced. There were times I questioned whether I was going to even make it by midnight, but seeing all the other athletes fight though it actually inspired me to do the same. I am so impressed and humbled by the level of fitness, strength and determination of all the athletes in this race. They are truly amazing.”

His impressive result comes almost one year to the day – Oct. 9, 2013 – from his diagnosis of severe coronary heart disease. Additionally, McGillivray had to deal with a fractured rib suffered in a bike accident during his training four weeks ago.

The health scare last fall prompted McGillivray to change his diet, eliminate stress and rededicate himself to fitness. Since then he has lost about 25 pounds and lowered his cholesterol level by about 100 points, reducing the disease by about 40 percent.

“Good nutrition, daily dietary supplements, regular weight lifting and ‘core’ work have made a huge difference, as well as the support from my friends and family and the excellent care of Dr. Aaron Baggish at Mass General,” he said. “I couldn’t do it without all of them.”

McGillivray also went public with his disease in hopes of urging others like him to get checkups and helping them understand that “being fit doesn’t mean being healthy.”

His story and message caught the attention of a variety of media over the past year, and he will be profiled by NBC Sports on Saturday, Nov. 15 (1:30-3 p.m. ET) as part of its coverage of the 2014 Ironman World Championship. McGillivray said he has received countless emails and phone calls from “fit” athletes around the country who heard his story, went to get checked out and discovered similar heart issues.

Dave McGillivray“Their words, “you helped save my life” will stay with me for the rest of mine,” McGillivray said. “They, like me, got a second chance.”

Soon after his diagnosis last fall, McGillivray decided he also needed a big goal to help push him through: a return to Kona for his ninth Ironman.

In preparation for Saturday’s event, he completed five triathlons this summer – three sprints, one Olympic distance and one half Ironman distance. He finished top three in his age group (60-64) in all five events, winning two of them. Each week, he swam 3-5 miles, biked 200-250 miles and ran 35-60 miles.

In addition, McGillivray completed his annual birthday run when he turned 60 in August (one mile for every year) as well as the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and training runs of 31 and 43 miles. He also participated this year in most of the races DMSE Sports manages – including the TD Beach to Beacon, Bellin Run and New Balance Falmouth Road Race.

McGillivray’s participation in the Ironman triathlon also is benefitting the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation (known as MR8), named in honor of the eight-year-old boy who was killed at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Donations can be made at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/dave-mcgillivray/davemcgillivraysfundraisingpage-1.

McGillivray wore clothing on Saturday referencing Boston Strong. His Ironman sponsors include Specialized Bicycles, Champion System, HUUB, Timex, Oakley, Landry’s Bike Shop, Fit Werx Bike Shop and Adidas.

McGillivray, president of DMSE Sports, first gained national prominence with his 1978 cross country run that took 80 days and raised almost $150,000 for the Jimmy Fund – the first money any runner ever raised for a cancer charity, according to Runner’s World. He has completed a number of similar feats of endurance since his groundbreaking cross country trek, including a second cross-country run in 2004 from San Francisco to Boston as part of TREK USA, a relay team event that raised more than $300,000 for five children’s charities. He has now logged more than 150,000 miles, nine Hawaii Ironman Triathlons and has finished 131 marathons – including 42 consecutive Boston Marathons.

McGillivray, a Medford, Mass., native who lives in North Andover, Mass., is a pioneer in what is now one of the most important aspects of the endurance sports industry – combining athletics with philanthropy. Nearly every DMSE Sports event combines fitness and fundraising, giving back to the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital, Lazarus House and many others charities and non-profit organizations in New England and across the country. He along with all the events he has directed have helped raised more than $100 million for charity over the years.

- Information and photos from DMSE Sports

MHS Marching Band Hosts NESBA Competition

The Medford High Marching Band School hosted their second New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) competition on Saturday at Hormel Stadium.

Medford hosted fifteen area bands and their supporters. Approximately 2,000 people attended the event.

The MHS Marching Band received a Silver Medal for their performance of selections from Disney’s popular “Frozen.” The Color Guard received a trophy for the Best Color Guard performance.

MHS marching band

MHS marching band

MHS marching band

MHS marching band

MHS marching band

- Information and photos from Mike Cugno

Medford Non-profit Helping with Ebola Outbreak

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a Medford-based global health nonprofit organization, announced this week it will help in the fight to contain Ebola.

According to a statement from MSH, the organization is “mobilizing its expertise and resources at the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia to help the Ministry of Health develop community care centers for Ebola separate from the health facilities; restore essential health services for non-Ebola patients; and, improve the detection and containment of active Ebola cases in Liberian communities.”

“Emergency response is what happens when preparedness has failed,” said Dr. Jonathan Quick, President and CEO of MSH and the former director of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy at the World Health Organization. “MSH has been helping build locally led and locally run health systems in the world’s poorest regions for over 40 years. Our immediate priorities are to work with government and community leaders to stop a health system collapse in Liberia, to prevent the epidemic from spreading to nearby nations, and to restore Liberians’ trust in their health system.”

A response team from MSH arrived in Liberia on Monday.

More details about MSH and its efforts are available on the organization’s website.

– InsideMedford.com

McGlynn Teacher Wins Prestigious National Award

Petrelis Milken Award

A Medford fifth grade teacher was surprised Wednesday with the prestigious 2014 Milken Educator Award.

Anthony Petrelis, who teaches at John J. McGlynn Elementary School in Medford, is the state’s 42nd Milken Award winner. He is the only Massachusetts recipient in 2014-15 and one of up to 40 recipients across the country this school year. The Milken Award recognizes exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists who are furthering excellence in education. The award comes with an unrestricted financial award of $25,000.

“Anthony Petrelis’ unwavering dedication to the students of Medford is reflected in this honor,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “The teachers of the Commonwealth have been working tirelessly to close the achievement gap, and it’s because of teachers like Anthony that Massachusetts is making progress in reaching our goals.”

“Mr. Petrelis is a role model for not only his students, but for his colleagues across the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Education Matthew Malone. “Anthony represents the very best of the teaching profession, and we are fortunate to have him working here in Massachusetts.”

During an assembly at the school today, Petrelis was presented his award by Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards and a Milken recipient herself, and Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester.

“Anthony Petrelis exemplifies the commitment Massachusetts teachers have to their students as learners and individuals,” said Commissioner Chester. “He can expect a lot from his students because he expects so much from himself, and I applaud all he has done to earn today’s recognition.”

Petrelis is one of seven fifth-grade teachers at McGlynn Middle School. Colleagues describe him as a gifted teacher who uses a variety of strategies and project-based learning to engage his students. He always knows what to say to a struggling student, takes on leadership roles at the school and, as one of very few male teachers at the elementary school, is a role model for boys.

Petrelis received a bachelor’s degree from Lasell College and is working toward his master’s degree. Petrelis, a graduate of Arlington Catholic High School, student taught at McGlynn Elementary School before joining the faculty. Petrelis is a basketball coach, skating club lead, director of the Summer Fun Program, a member of School Council and Teacher Assistance Team, and an instructor for the MCAS Prep After-School Program. He is studying education administration and hopes to become a principal.

The Milken Family Foundation first presented the Milken Educator Awards in 1987. Massachusetts joined the program in 1997. Since then, more than $1 million has been awarded to recipients in Massachusetts. Recipients can use their $25,000 award in any way they choose. Awards alternate yearly between elementary and secondary educators.

- Information from MA DESE. Photo by Marcus Howard.

Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University Celebrates 50 Years

EP 50th anniversaryAnniversary Festivities Include Awards Ceremony Honoring Sesame Street on Oct. 25

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University, one of the oldest departments of child development in the United States, will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration with the Eliot-Pearson Awards for Excellence in Children’s Media, honoring the television show Sesame Street.

The awards ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 12-1p.m. in the Asean Auditorium in the Cabot Intercultural Center on Tufts University’s Medford/Somerville campus. Sesame Street, currently in its 45th season, has been introducing generations of children to letters and numbers, as well as a wide-range of life lessons from health and nutrition to cooperation, friendship and diversity – all with the help of Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and the rest of the beloved Muppets. The series has more than 90 million “graduates” and been awarded more Emmy Awards than any other children’s television show.

Sesame Workshop’s Vice President of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Jennifer Kotler Clarke, will be at Tufts to receive the award. This award is given to organizations, individuals or companies that have made important inroads in the world of children’s media. Previous award recipients include actor and bestselling author Bill Cosby and actor and entertainer LeVar Burton. Members of the news media who would like to attend and reserve a seat and media credentials should contact Katie Cinnamond Benoit at 617-627-4703.

The 50th anniversary celebration will also include faculty-led workshops on topics as varied as robotics in education, serving children with reading challenges and positive youth development.

Harvard University Professor Howard Gardner , internationally known developmental psychologist and director of Project Zero and co-director of the Good Works Project at Harvard, will give the keynote address at 6 p.m. in Asean Auditorium.

For full details on the anniversary celebrations go to: http://ase.tufts.edu/epcshd/documents/event2014oct25.pdf.

About Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Eliot-Pearson’s history is rooted in Abigail Eliot’s pioneering work establishing one of the nation’s first early childhood teacher preparation programs. In 1964, Eliot-Pearson became the Department of Child Study and grew into a major interdisciplinary community focused on the study of children and the education of undergraduates and master’s students. The department provides a vibrant, interdisciplinary community dedicated to applied research and preparing students for a variety of careers. It now offers a B.A. in Child Development, a master’s program (M.A. and M.A.T.) offering both research and professional development opportunities, and one of the nation’s leading Ph.D. programs in applied developmental science.

- Information from Tufts University

Intercity League to Induct New Members into Hall of Fame Nov. 15th

The doors of the Intercity League’s Hall of Fame will swing open for 23 new members on Saturday, November 15.

The inductees will be enshrined at the ICL’s 5th annual Hall of Fame, Awards & Reunion Dinner, which will be held at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA starting at 6:00 PM.

For tickets and event information contact Dinner Chairman Orazio Azzarello at iclhalloffame@yahoo.com or call (617) 839-1488.

Here are the newest inductees:

RON AMENKOWICZ-Boston Typos & Medford Mustangs
MIKE BARNES-Andre Chiefs
SHAWN BRICKMAN-Medford Mustangs, Andre Chiefs & Powderhouse Pub
JIM CLARKE-Lexington Blue Sox
STEVE DALEY-Andre Chiefs
PETE FEELEY-Augustine’s/Cremone A’s
BOB IANDOLI-Somerville Red Sox & Elms, Andre Chiefs & Melrose Rams
DICK KELLEHER-Wakefield Merchants
DEAN KOULOURIS-Wakefield Merchants
STEVE LANE- Augustine’s/Cremone A’s
AL LANNI- Umpire
GORDIE LEWIS- Hosmer Chiefs
BUTCH MARTEL- Melrose Rams
EDDIE McCARTHY-Hosmer Chiefs
DON McGILLICUDDY- Reading Town Team & Wilmington
ROY PETERSON-Somerville Elms & Medford Mustangs
BRIAN TISBERT-Lexington Blue Sox

- Submitted by Orazio Azzarello

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

AC Girls Cross Country Team Remains Undefeated

- Allison Goldsberry

The Arlington Catholic Girls Cross Country team continued their winning ways by defeating Bishop Fenwick (27 to 29) and Lowell Catholic (15 to 45) at Fenwick’s 3 mile home course on Tuesday.

The Lady Cougars improved their record to 6-0 and are two wins away from completing their sixth consecutive undefeated season in the Catholic Central League, according to Head Coach Jack Dempsey.

Sophomores Veronica Seguin (Bedford, 20:40) and Lesha Kay (Melrose, 20:52) finished in second and third place, followed by senior captain Kathleen McLaughlin (Waltham, 21:06) in fourth place. Junior captain Olivia Bowman (Melrose, 22:26) finished in seventh place, freshmen Lauren Anthony (Medford, 23:19) placed eleventh, and Bella Rich (Medford, 25:00) was thirteenth. Kara Fahey (Melrose) rounded out the top seven harriers for AC, finishing fourteenth with a time of 25:05.

The AC boys lost a pair of close races to Bishop Fenwick (27-29) and Lowell Catholic (26-30), and now stand at 2-4.

Sophomore Kevin Hickey (Arlington) was the overall winner with a time of eighteen minutes, followed by freshman Shawn Brown (fourth) with a time of 19:24. Sophomore James Cordero (Woburn, 19:59) placed 6th, freshman Brian Morgan (Medford, 21:34) was twelfth, and Junior Paul Reiss (24:15) finished fifteenth.

The Cougars’ next meet is at Austin Prep on Wednesday, October 15th.

City-wide Thanksgiving Service November 24th

cornucopiaMedford’s Interfaith Clergy Association asked cordially invites everyone to a city-wide Thanksgiving Service on Monday, November 24th at 7 PM at St Francis Church, 441 Fellsway West.

All are welcome to join with in this interfaith service.

Anyone with questions can contact event chair Anthony Jarek-Glidden, First Community United Methodist Church, at fcumc02155@yahoo.com or at 781-396-5436.

– InsideMedford.com