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Fundraiser to be Held for Krystle Campbell Peace Garden

Krystle Campbell Peace Garden rendering

A fundraiser is being held in March to support the maintenance of the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden.

The Campbell family is expected to be at the event, which is taking place at Rivers Edge.

The Peace Garden will honor all victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, including Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard and Officer Sean Collier, as well as all survivors. It will be located in Medford Square on green space in front of the Senior Center. Fountains, bronze plaques, and Campbell’s favorite, the sunflower, will be part of the garden.

Medford has already received state funding and private donations to support the development of the Peace Garden.

More details about the fundraiser are available on the city’s website.

– InsideMedford.com

City Lifts Snow Emergency; Some Parking Restrictions Remain in Place

On Monday afternoon Medford DPW Commissioner Paul Gere lifted the snow emergency, which had been in effect for several weeks following historic snow fall.

Due to conditions, parking is only allowed on the even side of the street until further notice, according to information from the Medford Police.

“We ask that all residents and motorists use a common sense approach when parking on Medford streets,” said a message from Captain Barry Clemente. “Please do not park in such a way that will impede the free flow of traffic. Violators shall be subject to ticketing and towing.”

Capt. Clemente said residents would be notified via the city’s emergency alert system when the DPW would be in their area to do additional snow removal.

– InsideMedford.com

Senators Bring ‘Commonwealth Conversations Tour’ to Boston Metro Area

The sixth of eight Commonwealth Conversations tours crossing the state comes to metro Boston on March 4. Senators Pat Jehlen, Will Brownsberger, Sonia Chang-Díaz, Sal DiDomenico, Linda Dorcena Forry, and Anthony Petruccelli will tour schools, local businesses, redevelopment sites, Massport, and a union apprenticeship program. The day will culminate with a public town hall event at Roxbury Community College to listen to the concerns of residents throughout the senators’ districts. Joining the tour will be Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, and other senators from across the state.

The tour begins at Brighton High School with a panel on education, transportation, and economic development. The public is invited to attend this forum from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. The tour continues with a drive through Beacon Park Yards, the site of the Allston I-90 Interchange Improvement Project. Senators will then visit the energy tech incubator Greentown Labs in Somerville; hear from the Somerville Community Corporation Community Organizers Team on workforce development; view development sites in Union and Assembly Squares; have lunch at the student-run Crimson Café at Everett High School and tour the school; view development sites along lower Broadway; receive a briefing at Massport in East Boston; visit The New England Regional Council of Carpenters apprenticeship program in Dorchester;
take a dinner stop at a local restaurant; and end the day with the two-hour public town hall forum at Roxbury Community College’s Media Arts Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“The Commonwealth Conversations Tours are exciting opportunities for Senators to visit other districts and see some of the outstanding projects going on throughout the Commonwealth,” said Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville, Medford). “It’s also a wonderful chance to engage with the public about issues that matter to Massachusetts residents.”

The Commonwealth Conversations Tour is a statewide tour of Senate districts led by the local senators to reach out to local residents, businesses, and interest groups to listen directly to their needs and concerns with the hope that it will foster more civic engagement while helping each senator learn more about issues outside of their own districts.

“With our statewide Commonwealth Conversations Tour we hope to hear directly from the people of the Commonwealth about how we can help improve their lives through our work in the Senate,” said President Stan Rosenberg. “We hope these conversations will help us craft our agenda and engage the public in the good work that we hope to accomplish this legislative session.”

Each member of the Senate has committed to attending at least two of these sessions outside of their own region that is not an adjoining district to their own. The tours began February 4 and run through March 18. All members of the public are encouraged to participate. Written testimony can be submitted at a public forum or through the tour website at the Talk to the Tour tab. To learn more about the tours visit the website at https://malegislature.gov/cc and follow on Twitter at @MA_Senate and #MaConvos.

- Submitted by State Senator Pat Jehlen’s office

Porrazzo Earns Hockey Honors

Adrienne Porrazzo

Medford High girls varsity hockey senior captain Adrienne Porrazzo has been named to the Northeastern Hockey Leagues All-Conference team and is the recipient of the league Sportsmanship Award. Porrazzo, a defenseman, scored 9 goals and 10 assists for 19 points for the Mustangs this season.

On Saturday, February 21st Porrazzo was honored at Salem State University before the Northeastern Hockey League’s boys all-star game. Eight players were named to the All-Conference team including Porrazzo, Beverly’s senior defenseman Caitlin McBride (league MVP), sophomore forward McKinley Karpa, junior forward Kristen McCarthy, Winthrop’s senior defenseman Kasey Harris, senior forward Caroline McKinnon, Marblehead’s eighth grade forward Brooke Keough, and Peabody’s sophomore goalie Lauren Hennessy.

- Information and photo from Mustang assistant girls hockey coach Josh Glionna

Police Seeking Armed Robbery Suspect

Medford Police are looking for a suspect in an alleged armed robbery on Thursday. The incident took place at the Superette convenience store on Spring Street. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lieutenant Covino at 781-393-4236 or pcovino@medfordpolice.com. Police released the following surveillance photos on their Twitter account.

Spring Street convenience store armed robbery

Spring Street convenience store armed robbery

– InsideMedford.com

Lady Mustang Hockey Team Wraps Up Season

On Wednesday, February 18th the Medford High girls varsity hockey team wrapped up its season with a 3-1 loss to Middlesex League opponent Woburn. The Mustangs were able to jump out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period thanks to senior defenseman Adrienne Porrazzo scoring her 10th goal of the season. Medford’s two goalies Ashley Rodriquez and Trisha MacLean both came up with key saves to keep the game within reach. Rodriquez stopped Woburn’s leading goal scorer Erica Lissner on a breakaway and MacLean made a highlight glove save but the Tanners Lissner, Georgie Santullo, and Cassidy Connelly were able to score the final three goals of the game.

A day earlier Peabody skated past the Lady Mustangs 2-1. The Lady Mustangs held the lead for most of the game as eighth grader Christina Gesualdi scored on a wrist shot on the power play eight minutes into the first period. After a scoreless second period the Tanners capitalized twice in the third period. The tying goal came with 5 minutes left in the game and the Tanners eventually took the lead on a breakaway goal by sophomore Elise Murphy with 2 minutes remaining. It was Murphy’s ninth goal of the season. Prior to the game the Mustangs honored their five seniors including Nicole Mortell, Kayli Lanzilli, Marykate Cullinane, Adrienne Porrazzo, and Ashley Rodriquez.

Lady Mustang hockey team

Lady Mustang hockey team

Lady Mustang hockey team

Lady Mustang hockey team

Lady Mustang hockey team

- Information from Assistant Coach Josh Glionna. Photos by Allison Goldsberry.

English At Large Online Auction Starts Feb. 27th

English At Large (EAL) will hold its annual online auction from 8:00 am on Friday, February 27 through 10:00 pm on Monday, March 9, 2015 on Bidding For Good. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to support the programs offered by EAL, a non-profit that provides individual and small group English instruction through a volunteer network to adult immigrants in 21 Boston area communities including Medford.

Many local businesses and individuals have donated a wide range of exciting items for EAL’s auction including gift cards and tickets to popular stores, restaurants, museums, theaters, and sports events in the Boston area. The auction is open to the public and can be accessed at https://www.biddingforgood.com/englishatlarge.

For more information about the auction, contact Qingjian Shi, EAL Executive Director, at qj@englishatlarge.org or 781-395-2374.

For more information about EAL, visit http://www.englishatlarge.org.

- Submitted by Laura Henry

Medford, Arlington Minuteman Students Recognized for academic Excellence

Two exceptional seniors from Minuteman High School, in Lexington, have been chosen for recognition for their scholastic achievements.

Maria Cid-Pacheco of Arlington, who is studying biotechnology, is Minuteman’s 2015 nominee for the Walter J. Markham Award sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) and the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA).

Emma Clemente of Medford, an environmental science and technology student at Minuteman, is the school’s MAVA/MVA Outstanding Vocational-Technical Student of 2015.

She, with other distinguished student honorees from technical high schools and programs across the Commonwealth, will be honored at the 29th annual Outstanding Vocational Student Award Dinner at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on April 15.

Both of these remarkable young women have benefited greatly from their Minuteman High School experience. In fact, Minuteman provides all its students with a superb academic and technical education that readies them for professional success and gives them the ability to become contributing members of the community, which Emma and Maria certainly are already.

The Markham Award, which is named for a visionary leader in the field of vocational technical education in Massachusetts, is bestowed on a senior who has demonstrated “leadership, good school attendance, excellence in technical studies and excellence in academic achievement,” according to the guidelines established by MAVA and the MVA.

Cid-Pacheco, Minuteman’s Markham nominee, has shown leadership, initiative and dedication, both in and beyond the classroom, a Feb. 16 news release from the school says. She has already received numerous prestigious awards, such as the Rensselaer Medal from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.; the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award from the University of Rochester and the Future Farmers of America Agriscience Fair gold medal for Environmental Systems.

“My most significant educational accomplishment,” Cid-Pacheco explained, “was winning the gold medal for Environmental Systems at the Future Farmers of America Agriscience Fair. This is my greatest accomplishment because my partner and I worked on this project for months and we were very invested in it. It was one of the most interesting projects I have done so far.”

Cid-Pacheco also expressed her gratitude to her Biotechnology teachers. “My biotechnology instructors, Mr. Patrick Rafter and Mrs. Crystal Auger, have influenced my technical school accomplishments. They pushed me to think independently, create my own experiments/projects, and to always ask in depth questions when learning something new. Most importantly, they taught me that failure is never an option. They challenged me to see failure as an opportunity to learn and improve. This is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

The criteria for the Outstanding Vocational-Technical Student Award that is going to Clemente include, among other items, “a minimum of a cumulative 3.50 grade-point average, leadership qualities, technical competence, excellent attendance and community involvement.”

Clemente has clearly earned the respect of her environmental science and technology teachers at Minuteman, Patrick Rafter and Anthony Wilbur, who believe she is the “most academically gifted student among the senior class, and among the most reliable and conscientious students in the school.”

Ranked among the top 5 percent of the students in the class of 2015 at Minuteman, Clemente earned her American Red Cross First Aid & CPR Certification, Massachusetts Grade 2 Municipal Wastewater Operator’s License, Massachusetts Grade 1 Drinking-Water Treatment Plant Operator’s License, OSHA HAZWOPER Certification, OSHA 10Hour General Industry Safety Certification, and a Confined-Space Entry Certification through the Environmental Science and Technology program.

Clemente’s extracurricular activities have included Minuteman’s Drama Club, SkillsUSA, Track, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), and the Geek Culture Club. Her high scores on the MCAS qualified her to be a John and Abigail Adams Scholar. She hopes to attend college to pursue a degree in Aquatic & Fisheries Science or Environmental Science.

“I am very grateful that I have been chosen as the 2015 Outstanding Voc-Tech Student from Minuteman, and it means a lot to me that my teachers would nominate me for it,” noted Clemente. “My years at Minuteman have meant a great deal to me and I couldn’t be more thankful for all the opportunities I have been given at Minuteman. My time at this school has changed my outlook on what my education means (for the better) in relation to the ‘real world’ and what I can do out there, and if I could go back to eighth grade I would make the same decision I made then in coming to Minuteman.”

- YourArlington.com

RE/MAX Realtor Sarno Named Realtor of the Year

Andrew SarnoMedford resident Andrew Sarno, a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services of Medford and Stoneham, was named the 2014 Massachusetts’ “REALTOR® of the Year” by the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR). This prestigious honor was bestowed upon Sarno at MAR’s Annual Professional Awards Reception, which was held at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth.

The state’s “REALTOR® of the Year” is selected annually from among the nominees of the 15 local associations of REALTORS® and more than 20,000 REALTORS® in Massachusetts. Judging for the award is based on business accomplishments, service to the local community and service to the REALTOR® organization on the local, state and national levels. In June 2014, Sarno was named the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®’ (GBAR) “REALTOR® of the Year”, which placed him in the running for this distinguished state award.

Sarno said winning both awards was a distinct honor and one of the highlights of his career.

An accomplished REALTOR® with RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services since 2005, Sarno practices both residential and commercial real estate. He has earned the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Certified Buyer Representative (CBR), Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designations.

An active, well known member of the state and regional real estate community, Sarno has been a member of the REALTOR® organization’s Greater Boston leadership for a number of years and as such, has chaired and served on a variety of committees. In 2014, Sarno served as the Association’s Treasurer, a Director and member of the Finance Committee for the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), and served a second consecutive year as Chairman of the GBAR Professional Standards Committee. Most recently, he was installed as the 2015 President-Elect of the Association.

On the state level, Sarno serves as a Director on the Board of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, a role he has assumed since 2009. Additionally, Sarno was the 2014 Chairman of the MAR Technology Committee. Previously, he served a two year term as Chairman of the Member Benefits Committee (2011-2013), during which time he played a key role in identifying and selecting a new vendor for the Association’s electronic
forms platform. Sarno has also served on MAR’s Professional Standards Committee for the past six years, the Member Recruitment & Retention Subcommittee for the past three years, and the Structural Audit Committee for the past two years.

At the national level, Sarno is a NAR-certified Mediator and serves on the NAR Membership Policy & Board Jurisdiction Committee.

Over the years, Sarno has received awards for his outstanding real estate contributions, including GBAR’s REALTOR® Spirit Award in 2012. He has also earned regional recognition for his real estate production achievements within the RE/MAX Franchise and the ERA Real Estate Franchise System with whom his company was previously affiliated until 2012.

A lifelong resident of Medford, Sarno resides in the city with his wife Caren and two children.

“Andrew Sarno is a great example of what it means to be a REALTOR®,” said 2014 MAR President Peter Ruffini, regional vice president at Jack Conway & Co., in Norwell. “He is a dedicated volunteer at both the state and local REALTOR® Associations, and also shares his business knowledge, industry experience and personal time to help others succeed in their real estate career.”

RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services is proud to have Andrew Sarno, a dedicated, accomplished, award-winning REALTOR® on its team.

- Submitted by RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services

Simba, Rena Seeking Homes

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My name is Simba and I’m a handsome 2 year old male FIV + cat. I am extremely friendly and lovable. I get along with other cats and just love being petted and cuddled.

Rena

My name is Rena and I’m a 4 year old female lab/pit bull mix. I lost my home and was brought to a farm rather than end up in the pound and lose my life. I am a very friendly dog and get along well with other dogs. I have a lot of energy, so would do really well with an active family and another dog that would love to run and play with me. I love being with people and do great on walks. I am housebroken, crate trained and in training classes. RenaIf you are looking for a great family dog, I am the one for you. ***Discounted adoption for dog of the month: $200.

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