Mustang Softball Team Improves to 3-2

- Allison Goldsberry

The Medford High School girls varsity softball team went 2-1 in their most recent games to improve their overall record to 3-2.

On Thursday afternoon, the Lady Mustangs came out with a strong hitting attack to back the thirteen strikeout performance of sophomore pitcher Ashley Eisnor on their way to a convincing win over the Winchester Sachems, according to Head Coach Jack Dempsey.

Junior Bailey Flynn led the hitting attack with three hits, three runs and two stolen bases. Junior Brianna Napoleone and Eisnor each had a pair of hits along with three RBI’s. Sophomore Renee Staude had two hits and three runs scored while senior captain Sarah Donnelly and junior Hannah O’Leary each delivered one hit.

The next day Medford got its revenge against Revere, a team that had beaten them earlier in the season. Friday’s game was scoreless after four innings until Medford broke it open by scoring three runs in the fifth and adding seven more in the sixth. Eisnor was in complete control, striking out eleven, walking one, and allowing just three hits in her first shutout of the season.

Flynn once again led the offense, with four hits, including a two run triple, and two stolen bases. Donnelly banged three doubles and drove home three runs. Napoleone had three hits, including two extra base hits, three RBI’s, and three runs scored. O’Leary added two hits while Eisnor had a hit and an RBI.

On Patriot’s Day Medford was over-matched against Lexington, losing 3-0. Flynn had the lone hit for the Mustangs while Eisnor allowed just four hits while striking out nine batters and walking two.

This weekend Medford will host the first annual Krystle Campbell softball tournament at the newly renovated Columbus Park. Medford will play the opening game against Billerica and Arlington Catholic will play the second game against Swampscott. Opening ceremonies commence at 9AM with the Campbell family tossing the first pitch. The first game will begin at 10AM.

The World Series trophy will be available for pictures at the tournament with a $10 donation going toward the Krystle Campbell scholarship at Medford High School.

MHS girls softball team

MHS girls softball team

MHS girls softball team

Paul Revere Comes to Medford

Medford held its annual Patriot’s Day events on Monday to mark the anniversary of the first battles of the American Revolution. The morning always includes a visit from Paul Revere, who rode through Medford on his infamous ride to warn colonists of the coming of the “regulars.”

Photos by Vicki Halal, Mary Sbuttoni, and Bob Sullivan.

Paul Revere in Medford Square

A crowd gathers to watch the re-enactment of Paul Revere’s ride.

Paul Revere

Paul Revere and his horse always stop in front of Gaffey’s Funeral Home in Medford Square. The MHS Band is pictured in the background.

Paul Revere

Paul Revere himself!

Joe DeCroteau

Joe DeCroteau, owner of Gaffey’s Funeral home and in character as Isaac Hall, received a Key to the City on Monday for his years in hosting Medford’s Patriot’s Day event.

Los Rubios

Medford High School a cappella group Los Rubios perform at Medford City Hall.

- InsideMedford.com

Marathoners Run in Memory of Krystle Campbell

A group of fifteen marathon runners will be pounding the pavement on Monday in honor of Medford’s Krystle Campbell. The marathoners, friends of Krystle, will be raising money for her memorial fund at The Boston Foundation. According to the group’s Facebook page, the fund will be used to make gifts in honor and remembrance of Krystle to non-profit charitable causes important to Krystle and her family.

Donations can be made online to support the fund.

Pictured below: Krystle’s parents Bill and Patty at Fenway Park with the World Series trophy and some of her friends after a successful fundraiser (courtesy photo).

Campbells with World Series Trophy

Running for Krystle

- InsideMedford.com

McGillivray to Run His 42nd Boston Marathon in Support of Martin Richard Foundation

Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports, Medford native and the renowned race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, will run his 42nd Boston Marathon run – after everyone has crossed the finish line on April 21 and his work is done – to benefit the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, which was formed by the parents of the 8-year-old boy killed at the Boston Marathon bombings last year.

“This is a wonderful foundation for a very special boy,” McGillivray said. “I am proud to be running in his honor that day.”

In a TV interview on Monday morning, McGillivray said he plans to begin the run at 7PM and hopes to finish by 11PM.

Donations to support the foundation can be made online.

McGillivray is pictured below with Coach Jack Dempsey and the MHS girls softball team at the recent Mustang Hall of Fame 25th anniversary banquet, where he was the featured speaker.

Also pictured: the finish line on Boylston Street Monday morning (courtesy photo).

Boylston Street finish line

- InsideMedford.com

President of the Republic of Rwanda Speaking at Tufts April 22

Paul KagamePaul Kagame, the sixth and current president of Rwanda, will address the Tufts University community on the 20th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsis. Kagame will discuss what the world has learned from Rwanda’s tragedy and journey to recovery. He will speak at Tufts on Tuesday, April 22.

Kagame has been the president of Rwanda since April 2000. He currently serves as chair of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Millennium Development Goals, which include eradicating poverty and reducing child mortality, and as co-chair of the International Telecommunication Union’s Broadband Commission, which unites industry executives with government leaders, thought leaders, policy pioneers, international agencies and organizations concerned with development.

Kagame won the first democratic elections held in Rwanda in August 2003 and was re-elected to a second seven-year mandate in August 2010. Prior to his appointment as president, he served as vice-president and minister for defense in the Government of National Unity and Chairman of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a partner in the Government of National Unity. In 1994 he led the Rwanda Patriotic Army to defeat the genocidal government, setting Rwanda on its current course towards reconciliation, nation building and socioeconomic development.

- Information from Tufts University. Courtesy photo.

Christine Barber Announces Campaign for State Rep

Christine BarberChristine Barber became the first official candidate for State Representative in the 34th Middlesex district as she submitted more than the required signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office. Barber, a local progressive leader who works on community development and is a health care policy expert, also announced strong early fundraising.

“Representative Sciortino leaves big shoes to fill and I am grateful for his leadership on the progressive values we share,” said Barber. “I am ready to stand up for this community and make sure that state policy reflects our needs and values. I look forward to working hard for this district on issues including ensuring the Green Line extension is funded all the way to Route 16 in Medford; furthering the preservation of the Mystic River; and addressing the affordability of the area so residents can continue to thrive in our neighborhoods.”

Demonstrating broad grassroots support, Christine Barber also announced that she has raised nearly $10,000 in the first two weeks of her campaign.

“I worked closely with Carl Sciortino for years,” noted Rebekah Gewirtz, Somerville Ward 6 Alderman and former President of the Somerville Board of Aldermen. “I am proud to support Christine Barber for State Representative because she will bring to Beacon Hill the same leadership, expertise, and commitment that Carl did.”

The 34th Middlesex district includes parts of Medford (Ward 4, Ward 5, Ward 7: Precinct 1, and Ward 8: Precinct 2) and Somerville (Wards 4 and 7). The 34th Middlesex district seat became vacant when former State Representative Carl Sciortino, a leading progressive voice in the Legislature, resigned to become Executive Director of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

With a campaign website to be unveiled in the weeks ahead, to learn more about Christine Barber and her campaign for State Representative, Like the campaign on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/christinebarberstaterep

Christine Barber has spent her career advocating for working families and local communities. Christine is a leader in the Somerville Community Corporation, working with residents to ensure development works for the local community. She is Vice Chair of the Ward 4 Democratic Committee and a leader in the Progressive Democrats of Somerville, a group that has helped to elect Democrats at the local and state levels. For the past seven years, Christine has worked at Community Catalyst as a Senior Policy Analyst. She listens to patients’ problems with the health care system and stands up to industry to work toward high-quality, affordable health care for everyone. Christine served as Research Analyst for the Committee on Health Care Financing in the Massachusetts State Legislature, drafting legislation including the state’s landmark 2006 health care law. Christine earned her Masters of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

- Submitted by Christine Barber’s campaign

MBTA Fare Change Public Meeting April 30th

bus photo courtesy MBTA.comThe MBTA is holding one of several public meetings on proposed fare increases in Medford this month.

The meeting is taking place on Wednesday, April 30 from 6-8PM at Medford City Hall.

The MBTA is proposing to increase fares by 5% as of July 1, 2014. According to information posted on the MBTA website, the fare increase is part of an effort to balance the budget.

According to the proposal, bus and subway rides would increase by 10 cents each.

The last fare increase was in July 2012.

- InsideMedford.com

Medford Little League Opening Day April 26th

Practices are in full swing. Opening day just is around the corner — don’t let a little dusting of snow fool you!

Medford Little League is looking forward to our 2nd opening day, April 26th.

The parade will start at 11:00 a.m. from Medford City Hall, march down Riverside Avenue towards Freedom Way, and into Drane Field (at Hormel Stadium). Opening Ceremonies will start around 11:30. Players and coaches should gather at City Hall 10:15 – 10:45.

After the opening ceremonies, we will have all sorts of activities including a DJ, K-9 demonstration, magician, food, baseball, bounce houses and other fun activities.

Special guests include, the Campbell Family of Medford, Mayor McGlynn, the Mondello Band and the MHS marching band.

Please stay tuned to http://www.MedfordLittleLeague.com for weather-related and other opening-day updates. Rain Date is Saturday May 3rd.

Open Meeting

Medford Little League is having an open meeting Sunday May 4th at 4pm. Location will be posted the week before at our website http://www.MedfordLittleLeague.com.

- Submitted by Stephen Braverman

Senate Passes Natural Gas Leaks Legislation

The Senate unanimously passed a bill that establishes natural gas leak classification standards, requiring gas companies to repair the most dangerous leaks immediately, and aligns civil penalties for pipeline facility and gas transportation safety violations with federal law, Senator Patricia Jehlen announced.

“Gas leaks result in both public safety and health concerns as well as high electricity and heating costs to consumers,” said Senator Jehlen. “This bill protects the people of Massachusetts both in safety and financially by taking steps to reduce pollution and protect our neighbors.”

The bill identifies a three-tiered classification system to identify natural gas leaks in the Commonwealth, ranging from a Grade 1 hazardous leak that requires immediate repair to a Grade 3 non-hazardous leak that must be reevaluated during the next scheduled survey or within one year. Grade 2 leaks represent a probable future hazard and must be repaired within one year.

In addition, gas leaks that are identified within a school zone must be prioritized under this bill and requires the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to authorize the use of explosives within 500 yards of a natural gas pipeline.

Each gas company is also required to report the locations, classification date and repair schedule of all leaks and include details on the reclassification of previously identified leaks.

To ensure the safety of each community, gas companies must be notified of any significant projects for public ways that exposes natural gas infrastructure and the project area must be surveyed for the presence of gas leaks.

If a gas company or public safety official determines that a gas leak caused an explosion, DPU is required to issue findings on if further investigation is necessary to determine the cause of the explosion.

The bill allows gas companies to propose plans to address aging or leaking natural gas infrastructure with priority given to the most immediate needs. Gas companies are also authorized to create programs to increase natural gas service for new customers with the goal of assisting low-income customers currently eligible for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and DPU is required to exempt LIHEAP program participants from any surcharges that result from the expansion of natural gas service.

In addition, DPU will determine if winter surveillance and cast iron gas pipeline patrol is necessary and to what standards and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security will issue a report on the adequacy of utility transformer vault safety standards.

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

Girl Scouts Present Middlesex Sheriff’s Office with Boston Peace & Healing Ribbons

Members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 60240 recently presented Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian with handmade Boston Peace + Healing Ribbons.

Members of the Danvers-based troop constructed over 6,000 ribbons as part of their Silver Award Project and presented 100 to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office. Ribbons were also presented to the Danvers Police Department, soccer players throughout Essex County and to 750 runners representing Dana Farber in this year’s Boston Marathon.

“I want to thank the members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 60240 for the handmade Boston Peace + Healing Ribbons and for recognizing the work deputies did in the hours and days following last year’s Boston Marathon bombing,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “These ribbons will proudly be worn by deputies and support staff assisting with Marathon security this Patriots’ Day.”

Pictured: Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Deputy Superintendent Daniel J. Finn (from left), Cadette Girl Scouts Mackenzie Gilmore, Julia Natale, Lydia Runnals and Sarah McCarriston, and Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. Sheriff Koutoujian and Dep. Supt. Finn are each wearing one of the ribbons.

Girl Scouts Presentation

- Information and photo from Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian’s office

Chasing Ice Screening at Grace Episcopal Church April 30th

Chasing Ice

Acclaimed photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Screening is taking place on Wednesday, April 30, 6:45PM at Grace Episcopal Church in Medford, 160 High Street. Free and open to all.

- Submitted by The Reverend Noah Evans

Medford Realtor Receives Award

Sory DeOliveiraSory DeOliveira, an experienced REALTOR® with RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services of Medford and Stoneham, was the honored recipient of the Eastern Middlesex Association of REALTORS®’ (EMAR’s) distinguished Dorothy M. Shea Award.

Awarded annually, the Dorothy M. Shea Award is given to the REALTOR®whose volunteer efforts, accomplishments and considerable contributions have served to benefit both the Association and his/her fellow REALTORS®. This prestigious honor was bestowed on DeOliveira during the organization’s Annual Installation of Officers dinner
held at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading.

Born and raised in Brazil, DeOliveira has been affiliated with RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services for the past nine years. She in fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish. A strong proponent of continuing education for REALTORS®, DeOliveira holds several real estate designations, including LMC (Loss Mitigation Certified) and the REALTOR® GREEN® certification.

DeOliveira has long played an active role in her REALTOR® Board/Association. Presently, she serves as EMAR’s Secretary/Clerk and she is also the acting chairperson of EMAR’s Equal Opportunity and Fair Housing Committee. In 2013, she served as chairperson of both EMAR’s Technology and its Community Services committees. Over the years, she has assisted in the planning and successful execution of many charitable events, including EMAR’s annual holiday toy drive, numerous food drives, and most notably a Casino Night in which over $10,000. was raised to benefit soldiers returning home with their housing needs.

In addition to her EMAR activities, DeOliveira is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR). On the state level, DeOliveira serves as a MAR State Director and serves on its Convention Committee, International Committee, and Young Professionals’ Network (YPN) Committee.

Throughout the years, DeOliveira has worked tirelessly as an advocate for children with special needs, testifying at the State House, serving on a variety of organizations, and most recently participating in the 2013 Federation for Children’s Conference as a panelist. In 2010, DeOliveira’s advocacy efforts were recognized by Gay Vernon and Magic 106.7 when she received the prestigious Exceptional Women Award. Just this past February, DeOliveira headed a team that participated in the Polar Plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Broker/Owner, John Veneziano and the members of RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services are proud to have Sory DeOliveira, this dedicated, accomplished, award-winning REALTOR® on its team.

- Submitted by RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services