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Raso’s Introduces New Menu


Both inside and outside Raso’s Grille, it is clear to see that everyone is having fun. Sounds of laughter emanate throughout the modern bar and two adjacent dining rooms, spilling on to the outside patio, where the strings of lights illuminate an oversized projection screen..

With the warm weather approaching, Raso’s Grille is the place to be for after-work cocktails, end-of-day nightcaps and all-sorts-of –delicious-dining during and in-between, just minutes from the big city.

Raso’s New Menu

Raso’s new menu features loads of old world Italian specialties prepared with a modern flair. Heaping, oversized portions are plentiful at this suburban gem, including many recipes handed down from generation to generation. Shouts of Italian can be heard in the kitchen as chefs toss up handspun pizza dough and prepare homemade delicacies.

Raso’s New Menu features:

Eggplant Rollatini: stuffed with fresh ricotta, mozzarella and topped with Raso’s own marinara

Arancini: Delicate mounds of risotto combined with a chef’s daily choice of fun-food specialty and fried to a golden brown. Specialty arancini include: Chicken Parm, Shrimp Scampi and Bolognese.

Spaghetti Limoncello: with artichoke hearts, roasted peppers and your choice of chicken and shrimp, all tossed n a limoncello wine sauce.

Mafalda Bolognese: Long ribbons of freshly-made pasta topped with Raso’s own meaty Bolognese.

Veal Marsala, Picatta or Saltimboca with roasted peppers, prosciutto, mushrooms and provolone

Baked Stuffed Haddock with crabmeat cracker crumbs

Fruiti di Mare: Stellar assortment of mussels, clams, calamari, haddock and shrimp, sautéed in a white or red fra diavolo sauce, served over linguine.

Black Angus NY Sirloin: with creamy mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and a port wine demi.

This popular spot for casual dining also serves flame grilled barbecue, creative thin crust pizzas, oversized salads, Panini sandwiches and fun finger foods until closing.

Nightly Specials include gorgeous dishes: seared tuna with coconut jasmine rice and pineapple salsa, marinated & grilled octopus salad with white beans over arugula, frisee and roasted red peppers, and pork chops marsala.

Bar Bound

Attractive, friendly bartenders (many long-haired and blonde!) catch the eye of everyone with their hand-shaken cocktails and creative spin on drink favorites like these:

South Beach Martini: Stoli Vanil vodka, Malibu Coconut Rum, pineapple juice, shaken with a cherry.

Pink Lemonade-tini: Absolut Citron, triple sec, sour mix and a splash of cranberry.

Espresso Martini: Triple espresso vodka, vanilla vodka and freshly brewed espresso

Lemon Drop: Absolut Citron and a squeeze of fresh lemon, shaken 100 times per instruction of owner Richard Raso, served with a sugared rim.

Catering & Events

Raso’s catering options are second to none. The restaurant has separate dining areas for hosting casual or white tablecloth events and an outdoor patio perfect for parties of the season!

For Graduations, baby showers, funeral after-parties or events and parties at your home, office or hall, Raso’s can cater with customized food at the restaurant or at your desired destination. Showcasing a large assortment of hot Italian foods, cold lunchtime sandwiches, brunch, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, owner Richard Raso will work to your specifications in creating the perfect offerings for your guests.

Projection TVs, a weekend DJ and dancing round out the awesome offerings at Raso’s Grille, just minutes from the Boston skyline.

If you’re not sold yet, plenty of parking, heaping portions, affordable prices and friendly people will make your experience at Raso’s one you’ll want to keep repeating.

Raso’s Grille is located at: 209 Mystic Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

Reservations can be made by calling (781) 396-2001 or online at:

– Submitted by Raso’s

Medford Hockey Players to Participate in Bay State Games

Bay State GamesMedford residents Maggie Flaherty, Alexandra Keane, and Abigail Knight will be skating this summer in the upcoming Bay State Games for the Metro girls hockey team.

Keane and Knight are both forwards entering their senior year at Arlington Catholic. Flaherty is a forward entering her senior year at St. Mary’s of Lynn. This is Flaherty’s second summer with the Metro team.

The Metro team also includes Adrienne Ashe (Cambridge), Kaleigh Conte (Phillips Exeter), Bella Corcione (Cambridge), Bridget Crane (Arlington Catholic), Katherine Crane (Arlington Catholic), Natasha Davis (Cambridge), Bella Jaffe (Cambridge), Erin King (Arlington Catholic), Eve Laden Mauro (Boston Latin Academy), Katelin McCallum (Cambridge), Reid Nichols (East Coast Junior Wizards), Laura Shea (Arlington), Rose Sullivan (Matignon), and Grace Toner (Cambridge). The Metro team is coached by Medford High Girl’s varsity assistant hockey coach Josh Glionna.

The four day tournament starts Thursday, July 9th and concludes with a medal round Sunday, July 12th. The tournament takes place at the Foxboro Sports Center in Foxboro, MA.

The Bay State Games is an Olympic style competition held annually since 1982.

– Submitted by MHS Assistant Girls Hockey Coach Josh Glionna

Correction Officer Exam July 18th

Are you or someone you know interested in a career in the corrections field?

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is accepting registrations through July 13 for its upcoming Correction Officer Exam. The exam slated for July 18.

“We are seeking qualified, motivated men and women interested in careers in corrections for our 39th Basic Training Academy,” said Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.

Applicants must be 19 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Massachusetts by the date of the exam in July. They must also have a high school degree or equivalent certificate and possess a valid motor vehicle license. A Bachelor’s degree and prior experience in law enforcement or security is preferred.

To read a full list of qualifications and register for the exam please visit:

– Submitted by Sheriff Peter Koutoujian’s office

Mr. Grey, Hippo Seeking Homes

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Hi, my name is Mr. Grey. Last summer, I was living my life outside and was very hungry. All throughout the fall and mild winter, I was fed by some kind people who eventually coaxed me into their basement. I quickly earned my way out of the basement and into my foster parents’ home. Then, they called Kitty Connection.

I need to be an “only” cat because I am an “alpha cat”. I really want a home where my owner is home most of the day; I get very lonely when no one is around. (I love to hang with people). I follow my foster mom around all the time and wherever she is…I am there with her. I purr when I get petted, roll over for belly rubs and “make biscuits” with my paws. Are you an older person who is living alone and need a loving companion? That is the kind of a special home I am looking for. Text 617-909-5526 or email


My name is Hippo and I hope to get a new name along with a new owner by being here, in the Kitty Connection Rescue Room. I was discovered living under a porch and brought to KC by a local Animal Control Officer. I am an all black, short furred older boy (approx 10-12 years of age) and my fur was so severely matted that I had to be shaved and I now sport a “lion cut”. I am EXTREMELY sweet…. love, love, LOVE to be petted, and will roll over to have my (shaved) belly rubbed. I am one big hunk of love who cannot get enough! I don’t remember how I ended up lost and living under a porch, but I am happy to be getting a second chance at a wonderful life with, perhaps, you!!!

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

For more animals or to see videos, check out!

– Information and photos from Kitty Connection

Italia di Gusto, ‘Taste of Italy’, Coming to Medford Square

– Allison Goldsberry

The Medford Square storefront where Bestsellers Cafe was formerly located will serve as the future home of Italia di Gusto, or “Taste of Italy.” The specialty grocery store/restaurant is part of an Italian franchise that has only one other US location in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Franchise owners Matteo and Francesca Ronzio, both from Italy, have been in America since February. They said they fell in love with Boston after a trip to New England a few years ago. The couple is eager to expose patrons to authentic Italian food and dining customs.

“It’s like coming to Italy if you enter into this shop,” said Francesca.

“The point is to come and try,” said Matteo, “and they come back!” Francesca finished.

Italia di Gusto will be a place to find imported Italian goods, such as olive oil, cheese, sauces, pasta, coffee, and balsamic vinegar and to also enjoy traditional Italian dishes that feature fresh, local ingredients along with Italian imports.

“…you can have fun and taste something good…relax…but at the same time maybe learn something to try in the kitchen at home,” said Francesca.

One of the most unique features will arguably be the pizza. A fifth generation pizza chef from Naples, Ciro, and an oven from Florence will serve up the most authentic pizza this side of the Atlantic.

The pizza chef, according to the Ronzios, has a degree to teach his art, and indeed, education will also be a part of Italia di Gusto. Staff will help patrons understand the products available and cooking demos are planned to help people learn how to DIY.

Matteo said he hopes to open in September.

Matteo and Francesca Ronzio

Matteo and Francesca on their balcony overlooking the Mystic River outside of the shop.


Tagliere, a plate of cheese, honey, jam, and meat, will be a featured item at Italia di Gusto.

cheese, honey, fruit

Italians are known to enjoy a plate of cheese, honey, and fruit; it’s important to consume the cheese in the correct order, from milder to stronger, in order to fully enjoy it, says Francesca.

Locale Roma

Imported Italian specialties, such as those pictured in the Rome location, will be available in Medford’s Italia di Gusto.

Police Track, Charge Heroin Suspects in Medford, Arlington

Arlington police tracked down and charged two men who they said were involved in a heroin transaction at Hurd Field.

Responding to complaints from Arlington Heights businesses, police watched a residence near Mass. Ave. before trailing Johnny McCloskey, 26, Medford, and Scott M. Pisano, 32, Lexington.

Police said McCloskey is well known to them and has several drug charges on his record, including open drug cases in Medford. He has been arrested in Arlington several times for various charges, including drug charges.

A police report tells the officers’ side of the story:

On Wednesday, June 24, at 5:56 p.m., two officers were on a special assignment monitoring illegal drug activity near Mass Ave. in the Heights.

“This department has received several complaints from business owners in this area concerned about a white male distributing drugs in the area,” the police report says. An officer wrote that he received information showing a white male meet with two females and conduct what appears to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction near Mass. Ave. Police said the male was identified as McCloskey.

Johnny McCloskey is well known to the Arlington Police department and has several drug charges on his record, including six open drug cases out of Medford. McCloskey has been arrested in Arlington several times for various charges, including drug charges.

That led a number of police to watch the area at a number of locations near Heights businesses.

About 5:30 p.m., police saw McCloskey leave a residence and walk toward Park Ave. After he was seen on his phone, McCloskey headed toward the bikeway, where he met with a white male, later identified as Pisano.

Police followed them at a distance. “When McCloskey and Pisano got the area of Hurd Field,” the report says, “we were able to clearly observe a hand-to-hand transaction between McCloskey and Pisano.” Immediately after, they separated and walked in opposite directions.

Police stopped McCloskey and placed cuffs on him, as an officer ran toward Pisano, he reported the suspect dropped something on the ground directly in front of him. After Pisano was in cuffs, the officer said he could identify the item as a package of heroin.

Asked what was in the baggy, Pisano said it was heroin.

After a search of McCloskey, police found Clonazepam pills, a cell phone and several hundred dollars in his pocket.

McCloskey was charged with four drug-related counts, including possession, distribution, conspiracy and a violation near a school or park. Pisano faces possession and conspiracy charges.

Both were held at the Arlington Police Department pending arraignment in Cambridge District Court.


Long-Time Medford Square Frame Store Closing

The Paint Box, an art and frame store that has been a long-time fixture in Medford Square, is closing, according to a note posted on the business’ front door.

In the note owners Ed and Jennifer Bonfilio said they will miss their customers, with whom they had a “friendly and creative relationship” for forty-five years.

“The best people came through our doors,” they said.

According to his website, Ed Bonfilio graduated from Carnegie Mellon’s College of Fine Arts with a degree in architecture. He is also a classically trained painter.

The store, which opened in 1970, is closing for good on July 22 and is accepting frame orders through July 2.


Strawberries in Season at the Medford Farmers Market

Fresh local strawberries are back in season and are available at the Medford Farmers Market. The market takes place every Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 PM next to Medford City Hall. The strawberries pictured above are from Brigham Farm, one of the market’s regular vendors. Other vendors the week of June 25th include Adey Foods (hot and cold Ethiopian food), Bagel Land, Clearview Farm, Deano’s Pasta, Evy Tea, George’s Oil, Good Roots Farm, Roma Bakery, Spring Brook Farm Country Store, Swissbakers, and Whole Foods Medford.


Medford Man Pleads Guilty, Receives Prison Sentence for Making & Distributing Fake T Passes

– Allison Goldsberry

A Medford man has pleaded guilty in connection with a scheme to manufacture and distribute counterfeit MBTA passes, according to information released by Attorney General Maura Healey.

Casey Kolenda, 28, pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court on Tuesday to seven counts of counterfeiting charges. He was sentenced to three years in state prison as well as three years of probation to serve upon his release.

AG Healey said Kolenda distributed more than 3,000 fake T passes, making more than $60,000 in personal profit and depriving the MBTA of more than $225,000 in revenue.

“This scheme resulted in significant revenue loss for the MBTA and was patently unfair to riders who paid the full cost of their transit passes,” said AG Healey. “Schemes such as this one, in which an individual commits crimes for personal gain at the expense of the public, will not be tolerated.”

“Let this serve as a strong reminder that the MBTA and the Transit Police will not tolerate fraud,” said Acting Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green. “Hardworking, honest, fare paying MBTA customers deserve and expect our full attention to such criminal behavior. The successful prosecution of this case is the result of a collaborative partnership between Transit Police detectives and the Attorney General’s Office.”

The investigation began in August 2013 after the MBTA Transit Police discovered the existence of hundreds of unauthorized tickets in use by riders on the MBTA’s subway and bus systems. According to AG Healey, authorities identified multiple monthly LinkPasses that were purchased legitimately and subsequently used to create hundreds of counterfeit tickets used by riders. Kolenda used a skimmer to scan the electronic data from the magnetic strip and copy it onto hundreds of other cards. He used contact paper and the T’s logo to make the counterfeit passes look authentic.

Following the investigation Kolenda was arrested at his Medford home in March 2014.

Tufts Football Raises Awareness for Alzheimer’s

Members of the Tufts University Football program rallied together raise funds and awareness for an Alzheimer’s Association® event called The Longest Day on Sunday, June 21. The Longest Day, focused on the summer solstice, was created in recognition of the long days that are part of living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Tufts Football joined the event to honor defensive lineman Corey Burns whose father was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2010. Players, coaches and alumni participated in the sunrise to sunset challenge around the country and the world. Each participant ran, walked or jumped at least 96 stairs in recognition of Burns’ uniform number and checked in on social media with the hashtag #4burns96.

“Corey approached us about doing something for The Longest Day,” said Tufts University Football Coach Jay Civetti. “After the initial conversation I decided I wanted to surprise him.”

Burns joined The Longest Day event as part of the 48 Peaks Challenge. On Sunday, June 21, Burns climbed one of the 48 4,000 foot mountains in New Hampshire while the Tufts Football team, coaches and alumni embarked on the #4burns96 challenge.

“He had no idea going into it that we had planned something behind the scenes,” said Civetti. “The guys wanted to give back; he is such a remarkable person. He is the first kid to take his shirt off his back for you so we wanted to repay him. We think the world of Corey and his family. It was our way of letting him know we love him and care about him and that he wasn’t in this by himself.”

The Tufts University Football program is committed to raising awareness for Alzheimer’s year round, even sporting purple ribbons on the back of their helmets, the color for Alzheimer’s disease awareness.

“Tufts Football has done so much to shine a light on Alzheimer’s in the past and we were blown away by their efforts on The Longest Day to support their teammate,” said Jason Lynch, development officer at the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “That’s what being part of a team is all about.”

To date, the Tufts Football Team, Jumbos for Burns96 has raised over $960 of their $1600 fundraising goal. Funds raised by the team will benefit the research, programs and public awareness efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association in Massachusetts.

“The idea of The Longest Day resonates with people who have been affected by Alzheimer’s,” said Jim Wessler, president/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “This is a difficult disease, emotionally, financially and of course in terms of health. People want to be able to fight back and this is one way that they can.”

The Longest Day is a sunrise-to-sunset team event that symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s disease. Teams are encouraged to design their own day as they raise funds and create a meaningful experience to support the Alzheimer’s movement. Participants can create relays, organize tournaments, take on physical challenges, or design days based around a loved one’s favorite activities. To support a team or learn more about The Longest Day, visit

– Submitted by the Alzheimer’s Association