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library, expanding emergency relief funds for Grafton community members who are in need of assistance, and replacing outdated exercise equipment for a program designed to combat adolescent obesity in Chinatown.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

Barber Receives Endorsements in State Rep Race

Congresswoman Katherine Clark Endorses Barber

Christine Barber announced the endorsement of Congresswoman Katherine Clark. The Congresswoman says it is Barber’s effective leadership on a wide array of progressive public policy matters which earned Christine her endorsement. The 34th Middlesex House District overlaps the 5th Congressional District in the town of Medford.

“Christine is the best candidate to succeed Carl Sciortino. She is the progressive voice we need on Beacon Hill. As State Representative, Christine will work to keep our environment clean, create strong schools and provide affordable housing for the residents of Somerville and Medford.” said Rep. Clark.

“I am proud to have the support of Congresswoman Clark. She has been a strong voice for progressive ideals and for her constituents both in Washington and before that on Beacon Hill.” said Barber, a policy expert with years of experience advocating for Medford and Somerville families. “I look forward to working for the ideals which we share and to represent the communities of Medford and Somerville.”

Barber won the Democratic Primary for the 34th Middlesex district on September 9th and has also earned endorsements of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, AFT-MA, SEIU Local 509, SEIU 1199, NASW-MA, Progressive Massachusetts, Medford for Massachusetts, Clean Water Action Massachusetts and the Sierra Club of Massachusetts. She earned a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

Barber Endorsed as Environmental Champion

State Representative candidate Christine Barber (D-Somerville) of the 34th Middlesex District has been named an “Environmental Champion” and has been endorsed for election by the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund (ELM Action Fund) and the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters (MLEV).

“Christine Barber understands the connection between the environment and the economy,” added George Bachrach, President of the ELM Action Fund. “Clean energy technology has created 80,000 new jobs in the Commonwealth, and Christine understands the synergy between the environment and the economy. It’s our future.”

“Our organizations are united in support of the extraordinary commitment to environmental protection made by Christine Barber,” said Chuck Anastas, MLEV board Chairman. “We need her 21st century leadership in the state legislature.”

- Submitted by Barber’s campaign

Cool Thinking Under Pressure Nets Armstrong Ambulance Awards

Armstrong babiesFrom left are Vale Santiago, dad Jolimar Santiago, mom Diana Santiago, baby Kirk Santiago and Communications Manager Jeff Scott, who helped dad deliver Kirk when mom went into labor earlier this year. Courtesy photo.

With grace under pressure, Armstrong Ambulance Service Inc. of Arlington has received two awards for its work in emergency medical services.

Jeff Scott, a communications manager for Armstrong, was awarded dispatcher of the year for his work in talking a Medford father through the successful delivery of his baby son before emergency crews arrived on scene.

Jeff recently met baby Kirk, along with Jolimar and Diana Santiago, when they came to visit him at Armstrong’s offices.

In addition, Armstrong Ambulance received the Team Response Award, along with Medford Police and Fire for their handling of a severe motor vehicle accident on Aug. 1. The car accident was deemed a “mass casualty incident,” as five people were critically injured. One was thrown from the vehicle on impact and one of whom was trapped and later extricated after an extensive effort.

The awards were given at the annual meeting of NorthEast Emergency Medical Services, a not-for-profit coalition that works with 50 cities and towns and 15 hospitals in the region to support and coordinate emergency medical services.

“I am very proud of the hard working men and women who are always on call to provide emergency care to our neighbors,” Armstrong Ambulance CEO Richard Raymond said in a news release. “Armstrong Ambulance has a 70-year commitment to providing the best possible service and medical care to our patients, and our 300 staff members represent the best and most modern training that exists in emergency medicine.”

The following Armstrong employees were recognized for their work during the Medford incident: EMT-P Edwin Alarcon, EMT John Sullivan, EMT-P Michael Gilbert, EMT Jennifer Marshall, EMT Kristin Shea, EMT Kayla Giammarco, EMT Peter Reed, EMT Adam Brownstein, EMT-P Eric Hunter, EMT-P Michael Forget, EMT-P John Conceison, EMT Denise Trimble, Field Operations Manager Joe Amello, dispatcher Colin Friend and dispatcher Katie Donnelly.

NorthEast Emergency Medical Services has been responsible for the coordination of the emergency medical services system for 50 cities and towns northeast of Boston since 1990. It is the mission of NorthEast EMS to support and enhance an environment that ensures the delivery of high-quality and cost-effective emergency medicals services in the region by providing leadership and support services regionwide.

Armstrong Ambulance was founded in 1946, shortly after Bill Armstrong returned from his tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. While living at home, he watched his mother, a registered nurse, care for friends and family when they were injured or sick, and was inspired to follow her example.

As the company grew, Armstrong earned a reputation for care and compassion, and quickly became an industry leader. He was instrumental in forming the Massachusetts Ambulance Association, developed to ensure the highest standards of care by ambulance services statewide. Today, Armstrong employs 300 highly-trained emergency medical services professionals, and provides EMS services to 17 communities in the Greater Boston Area, responding to more than 45,000 emergency calls every year.

The founder died last March.

- YourArlington.com

Alfonso, Tripp, Shamrock, Chang-Lu Seeking Homes

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$25.00 Donation!

Hi! My name is Alfonso, but my foster people have been calling me Fozzi for short. I am about 7 months old, have very soft medium to long hair, and am incredibly handsome. I was living outside not that long ago and am leery of people, but my foster parents have been very patient with me and I am learning to trust them slowly. Their two cats definitely help me feel more comfortable.

While I like it here, I’m looking for a home and family to call my own. I will need a special situation that is mostly quiet and calm, has a friendly cat or two, and has patient humans. In time I will be a great cat for you and a great companion to your cat. I LOVE to play and am food motivated. I purr very loudly when I let my guard down and allow my foster people to pet me. My long fur will need regular brushing so I don’t get any mats, but it’ll take a bit of time for me to trust you to do that.Tripp

If you think we would be a good fit for each other and you would like to meet me, please contact Kitty Connection to set up a time to come to my foster home in East Arlington. (& see my video on the KC website too)!

Tripp and Shamrock

ShamrockOur vet has estimated Shamrock to be somewhat over five years old, and Tripp is a little over a year old. They were trapped separately as strays over the winter, miles apart from each other, but they’ve been fostered together and have bonded as brothers. They have been indoor cats ever since, and they must remain so. Tripp gets along very well with all other cats, and Shamrock gets along with most other cats. They like to play with each other, other cats, and with people, but they don’t like to be picked up or pet. Both have been neutered and vaccinated against both rabies and distemper, and combo-tested for FeLV and FIV. Vet records will be provided to their adopters. Tripp tested negative for both FeLV and FIV, and Shamrock tested negative for FeLV, but positive for FIV. This should have little, if any, affect on his life-span, nor the quality of his life. He requires no special medical care for this. However, it will affect the quality of his adopter’s bank account for the better because they will get rescue rates on his vet care as long as they use our vet. (For more information on FIV, see http://www.kittyconnection.net/2013/02/07/feline-immuno-deficiency-virus-fiv/)

Chang-Lu

Chang-LuMy Name is Chang-Lu and I’m a 2 year old Tibetan Mastiff mix. I weigh about 70 lbs. I am well trained and would do best with another dog since I really enjoy playing with a friend. My owner brought me all the way from Bhutan and now is going to Australia. He really wants to take me with him but the quarantine period is six months. He knows it would be too much for me emotionally since I don’t do great in confined places. I tend to feel nervous so a quarantine of 6 months would be worse on me than finding the right home.

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