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

City Moves Ahead With Parking Enforcement Plan, Hires Vendor

The following announcement was released by Mayor Michael McGlynn’s office:

Today Mayor Michael J. McGlynn signed the parking enforcement contract with Republic Parking System.

“The city’s goal is to provide the best possible parking experience for its citizens,” said Mayor McGlynn. “The City sought proposals from vendors to implement a parking program in various locations throughout the city. This program involves the installation of ‘pay by plate’ multi-space parking meters along with a comprehensive enforcement program.”

The objectives of this program are to deter illegal parking, to ensure timely turnover of parking spaces to benefit and enhance the business districts, and to create a friendly environment for consumers. It will also include consistent enforcement of the neighborhood “Permit Parking Program”.

The Mayor commends the City Council for its efforts in working with the administration. This included a joint meeting with the City Council on January 28, 2014 to review the Request for Qualification (RFQ) prior to it being advertised. The Council voted in favor to proceed (Council Paper 14-049). After advertising and interviewing the various vendors, on May 20, 2014 the Mayor proposed a contract with the preferred vendor for up to ten years. The Council voted unanimously to approve the Mayor’s recommendation (Council Paper 14-472A). Once the terms of the contract were reached, the administration again met with the City Council on September 10, 2014 to review the terms of the draft contract. At this meeting, the following issues were raised by some business owners: the possibility of fifteen minute free parking or first hour free parking, commuter permit parking on Playstead Road, and a continued business permit program.

Subsequent to this meeting, the Chamber of Commerce issued a letter in support of the program to the Mayor.

“The city is appreciative of the Chamber of Commerce for its input and leadership on this issue,” said Mayor McGlynn.

The Chamber’s letter of support stated: “The Chamber of Commerce has been working with the city since 2009 to advocate for … additional parking … parking enforcement because it will benefit the businesses within the city by preventing commuters from occupying valuable space all day.”

The Chamber also acknowledged that “there are several beneficial aspects of this plan such as the user-friendly kiosks…”

After deliberating and discussing concerns raised by the business community, the Mayor is recommending the following changes to the Plan:

– Two 30 minute free parking spaces in West Medford Business District; South Medford Business District; Hillside Business District; Haines Square, and Medford Square

– Four paid single space meter spots in each of the above listed districts in addition to the kiosks

– Recommend $250,000 of the revenue generated on a yearly basis to be dedicated to Business District Improvements

– Retain Business and commuter permits

Highlights of the Parking enforcement program include: Pay by Plate Technology; solar powered multi-space kiosks, and a rate structure of $1/hour or 25 cents per 15 minute increment. As part of the contract, the City will incur no up-front costs for equipment and will retain all rights for the enforcement areas, routes, hours subject to enforcement and parking rates. The Vendor will implement a Medford Resident/minority hiring preference program and maintain an office in Medford.

“Republic plans for implementation will include a ‘roll-out’ plan where they will meet with the businesses, educate the public and provide a period of warnings instead of citations for violations,” said Mayor McGlynn. “I consider this another example of the benefits of business and civic leaders working toward a better quality of life in our City.”

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

Sports and Service- Upcoming Events to Support Medford Mustangs

There are several upcoming events to show support for the Medford Mustang community:

Saturday, October 11

MHS Football Fundraiser Disco Dance Party, 7pm-midnight. Medford American Legion, 321 Winthrop Street.

Buffet, dancing, raffles, and more!

Tickets are $20. Contact gomedford@aol.com or 781-608-8563.

Monday, October 13

On January 24, 2014 the Medford Mustang soccer family lost a member. On October 13, we remember Joey for everything he was. A Mustang, a friend, and a brother.

Please come out and support not only this year’s boys soccer team but our fellow Mustang. Medford plays Saugus at 6:00pm at Hormel Stadium on October 13. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Proceeds will be donated to a scholarship is Joey’s name.

Friday, November 21

MHS Faculty Flag Football Game, 6PM, Hormel Stadium. Sponsored by the MHSTV15 Students.

$5 Admissions for all spectators. T-Shirts, raffles, and concessions available. All faculty invited to compete! Entry fee: $25- Includes game T-shirt.

All proceeds from this event go to the Eric Ferrazzani Support Fund. For more information see any MHSTV15 student or email mhstv15@gmail.com.

– InsideMedford.com

Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program Selects Service Organizations, Receives Major Gift

Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service today announced milestones in its new 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program, including the domestic and international locations where the first students in this pre-college program will serve starting next fall, and funding from Santander Bank, N.A., through its Santander Universities Division. Tufts University President Anthony P. Monaco and Santander US president and CEO Roman Blanco will officially sign an agreement for a gift both organizations describe as “significant” at noon today on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus.

All students who are accepted for undergraduate admission to Tufts for the fall of 2015 who are U.S. citizens will be eligible to apply to Tufts 1+4, which will enable them to engage in full-time national or international service before beginning their traditional college experience.

“Young people today are hungry for opportunities to make a difference, and there is increased interest among students in undertaking service before entering college,” said Alan D. Solomont, Omidyar Dean of Tisch College. “With the generosity of supporters such as Santander, we are able to democratize the bridge year by providing access for students who traditionally would not have been able to consider such an experience.”

The service organizations named today are located in Arizona, California, Michigan and Pennsylvania, as well as Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua and Spain. They were selected after a comprehensive evaluation including in-person visits to each site. Criteria included quality of the service experience, strengths of relationships between the communities and the organizations and potential student interest. Reciprocity, – ensuring that student engagement would truly have a positive impact on the work — was also a critical priority in site selection.

The program will begin with up to 50 Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Fellows with three to seven students at each site. The program is expected to grow over time. Fellows may have the opportunity to participate in a blended writing course incorporating off-site and on-campus learning, which will integrate their service with academics and facilitate reflection upon their experiences. A Tufts 1+4 coordinator will advise students and support their individual and professional growth.

At the beginning and conclusion of their service year, Fellows will come together on campus to learn core skills and reflect on their experiences. Once they matriculate, regular meetings, workshops, academic opportunities, and other events will equip Fellows to build on their service year and become campus leaders.

According to Solomont, former chairman of the bipartisan federal program which oversees AmeriCorps, Tufts is also exploring a potential partnership with AmeriCorps through which domestic Tufts 1+4 placement positions would qualify as AmeriCorps sites. Two of the current service organizations, City Year and LIFT, are now part of the AmeriCorps network.

All students accepted for undergraduate admission to Tufts who are U.S. citizens will be invited to apply for the 1+4 Bridge-Year Program. Finalists will be invited to participate in a Skype interview. Applicants will be able to apply for up to three sites and prioritize their preferences.
In Brazil, for example, they can help Global Citizen Year rescue toucans, parrots and penguins and reintegrate them into their habitats. Through AMIGOS in Nicaragua students may work with an arts education program focused on improving the lives of children with disabilities. Carpe Diem, in Tucson, will enable students to learn from and work alongside Native American and other local leaders in addressing needs of underserved communities facing community health, food education and other issues.

“It’s great to see a top-tier university like Tufts embracing the value of experiential education between high school and college,” said Carpe Diem Education Development Director Nick Berger. “We hope the work that these students do in the field will inspire them to dive into four more years of personal growth and exploration.”
“We wanted to ensure that all our service sites foster critical thinking, cross-cultural collaboration and a deeper appreciation for civic engagement,” said Mindy Nierenberg, senior program director at Tisch College. “These transformational experiences will provide a crucial opportunity for students’ perspectives before they decide on an academic and career path.”

Funding for the Future

The Santander gift announced today expands initial donor support committed when the program launched. Continued program growth will rely on additional gifts. Students with the highest demonstrated financial need will receive full support from Tufts 1+4.

“Tufts’ commitment to active citizenship, access to education and global impact is manifested in the launch of the 1+4 Bridge Year Service Learning Program,” said Santander’s Blanco. “The unique opportunity to apply innovative approaches to local and global challenges during a year-long service engagement will allow students to marry real-world experience with a first-rate education. I am certain that this service year will be transformative for the students and the communities they serve.

Santander’s long-standing relationship with Tufts includes support for the Talloires Network, an international association of 325 institutions in 72 countries committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. Tufts is a founding member of the network, and Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco is chairman elect of the network’s steering committee.

“Tufts and Santander share a deep commitment to enabling young people to be a force for positive change in the world and our announcement today is further proof of that,” said Monaco. “We are very appreciative of Santander’s generosity.”

Service Organizations & Sites

Service organizations chosen for Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program are:

Amigos de las Américas (Oaxaca, Mexico and Leon, Nicaragua)
AMIGOS facilitates opportunities throughout the Americas for program participants to collaborate with local youth to design and lead community owned projects. Some of the placement sites include: CAMPO, Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (Bridge to Community Health), Los Pipitos, MPowering People and Instituto Estatal de Educación Pública de Oaxaca (IEEPO). Students will be focused on areas as varied as alternative energy, sustainable agriculture and development, public health, child welfare, food justice and security, STEM education and engineering.

Carpe Diem Education (Tucson, AZ)
Carpe Diem offers programs to students focused on community service, language study and authentic cultural exchange. Tufts students will spend their first three months traveling throughout Sovereign nations in the southwestern United States, working alongside and learning from a variety of Native American cultures. The next six months will be spent doing full time service with St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, Border Links and Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Students will be tackling issues including care for underinsured, food education and security, community health, immigration and border issues.

City Year (Detroit, MI and Los Angeles, CA)
City Year is focused on improving public education outcomes for students in low-performing schools across the country. 1+4 participants selected for these two site locations will work closely with school administrators and teachers to address educational disparities in urban schools. By utilizing school data and research-based Early Warning Indicators, their focus will be on supporting student who face the greatest risk of dropping out.

Global Citizen Year (Santa Catarina, Brazil)
1+4 participants working with Global Citizen Year will be able to select from a variety of placements focused on specific issues including wildlife preservation, biodiversity preservation, environmental sustainability and ecosystems, organic farming, food justice and social entrepreneurship. Some of the placement sites include R3Animals, Dom Organicos, ICOM, Acolhida na Colonia and Projecto Baleia Franca.

LIFT (Los Angeles, CA and Philadelphia, PA)
LIFT is designed to help low-income community members achieve economic stability and well-being. Students selected will work one-on-one with LIFT’s Members to collaboratively build strong financial, social, and personal foundations including housing, employment, confidence, and community connections.

United Planet (Madrid, Spain)
United Planet’s programs are designed to be immersive and authentic volunteer experiences that connect people of diverse backgrounds. Students will be working in Fundacion Alicia Koplowitz residences for children whose difficult family situations have necessitated removal from their homes of origin. 1+4 participants will be involved in a range of services including educational support, behavioral health, and mentoring.

Village for Arts and Humanities (Philadelphia, PA)
The Village of the Arts and Humanities is committed to support the voices and aspirations of the community through providing opportunities for self-expression rooted in art and culture. Students working at this site will participate in neighborhood revitalization projects and will be involved in activities such as art and environmental education programs, managing CRED Philly(a local arts magazine), and executing community economic development efforts.

- Submitted by Tufts University

Local Artist to Display Work at Rockland Trust

Sydney SmithSydney Smith, an artist and member of MACI (Medford Arts Center), is exhibiting her watercolors and pastels at The Rockland Trust Bank, 260 Mystic Avenue through October 30th.

Reception for the artist is this Thursday, October 9th from 6-8 pm. It is worth a stop to view these vibrant landscapes.

Sydney uses acrylic, oil pastel, pastel, charcoal, colored pencil, and graphite to explore the interactions between color, line and shape. Realistic and natural forms are often abstracted moving the original images toward new mixtures that take on their own life.” One can sense the influences of Paul Cezanne and other Impressionists in her works.

For more information you may contact the artist at: sydneysmith057@gmail and also through the bank at 502-732-3272.

- Submitted by Sydney Smith

‘Tea with Mary Cassatt’ October 19th

Mary CassattThis one-woman play provides a glimpse into the life of Mary Cassatt, famous for her paintings of mothers and babies. She was a Victorian woman who was the only American invited to exhibit with the French Impressionists.

Written by and starring, Laura R. Duggan, this multimedia production will also include a question and answer session with “Miss Cassatt.”

A silent auction and gift basket raffles will help fund the restoration of the historical Grace Church organ. Tickets also available at Grace Church, 781-396-7215 or at Best Sellers Cafe. Early Bird Tickets $12.50, $15 at the door.

Grace Episcopal Church on Sunday, October 19th, 3:00 PM.
160 High Street, Medford
www.gracemedford.org

- Submitted by the Reverend Noah Evans

Mystic River Celebration October 11th

The 4th Annual Mystic River Celebration returns to Medford on Saturday, October 11th, boasting a line-up of four not-to-be missed musical performances by award-winning Will Dailey, Medford-based Susan Cattaneo, Black Sea Salsa, and bluegrass band Chasing Blue.

Will Dailey, three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter will kick-off the festival with this rock/pop-style performance. Dailey has performed alongside artists such as Neil Young, Dave Matthews, and John Mellencamp, and in collaborations with Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crowe, and Rosanne Cash. He stops by Medford hot on the heels of his tour of France celebrating the release of his new album “National Throat” which debuted in the Top 20 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.

Medford-based singer songwriter Susan Cattaneo will return to the Mystic River Celebration for the second time. In addition to her usual show-stopping delivery of catchy rock, country, blues, and folk-style music, Cattaneo has written songs covered by artists in Nashville, launching the careers of several well-known musicians. Cattaneo is at home on the Condon Shell stage and has been seen at countless other venues around Medford and New England.

Black Sea Salsa, a favorite at the August Circle the Square street festival in Medford, will energize the Mystic River Celebration with an original blend of up-beat Afro-Cuban jazz. One of Boston’s premier festival performers, the band has a unique ability to get audiences up and moving to their irresistible rhythms instantaneously. Chasing Blue will present an equally up-beat, toe-tapping lineup of original bluegrass music. The band, formed in 2008 at the Berklee College of music, features guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, fiddle, and stunning vocal harmonies and can be found at Americana and Bluegrass festivals locally and performances throughout the country.

“When putting this line-up together, I really wanted to book a diverse range of musicians with different styles and who have ties to Medford and our neighboring communities.” Commented Laura Brereton, music coordinator for the festival. “It’s important to keep our music local – there are talented musicians all around us and I really think this festival will showcase some of the best around.”

At the base of the Condon Shell stage, the expansive out-door Mystic River Celebration will invite participants to enjoy live music and dance performances, artisan vendors, local food, an art installation constructed out of litter found along the Mystic River, and countless arts activities offered by local cultural organizations and businesses. The event is free and will take place from 12-4pm at 2501 Mystic Valley Parkway. The Mystic River Celebration is a part of Arts Across Medford, a month-long festival featuring over 15 arts and cultural events throughout the city. Arts Across Medford and the Mystic River Celebration are produced by the Coalition for Arts, Culture, and a Healthy Economy (CACHE in Medford, Inc.) and are funded in party by the Medford Arts Council and Brookline Bank.