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Sen. Jehlen Appointed to State Committees

Today Senator Jehlen (D-Somerville) was appointed by Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) to the National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) Committee on Education and to the Council of State Governments (CSG) Eastern Region Committee on Education as the alternate. Senator Jehlen will represent Massachusetts at national conferences with legislators from across the country to discuss issues currently facing our residents. The Senator will share ideas, learn from lawmakers around the country, and illustrate how the Commonwealth continues to be a leader among states in conversations surrounding education.

“Congratulations to Senator Jehlen on her appointment to the NCSL and CSG committees,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg. “Senator Jehlen’s intellect, work ethic, and experience will be a tremendous contribution to the both committees.”

“It is an honor to be appointed to both of these committees,” said Senator Jehlen. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with colleagues from legislatures across the country to develop best practices in state education policy.”

Founded in 1975, the National Conference on State Legislatures is a national organization formed to support, defend, and strengthen state legislatures. The NCSL has “helped states remain strong and independent by giving them the tools, information, and resources to craft the best solutions to difficult problems.” The NCSL has fought against unwarranted actions in Congress and saved states more than $1 billion.

The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. The CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas that help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national, and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate, and create problem solving partnerships.

- Information from State Senator Pat Jehlen’s office

MHS Multicultural Show March 27th

Medford High School’s first annual “Multicultural Show” is planned for Friday, March 27.

The event will showcase Medford’s diversity through student performances and ethnic foods, according to information from a teacher involved in organizing the event.

The show is taking place from 5:30 to 8:00PM at Medford High School. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for others.

The Tibetan, Arabic, and Indian Clubs are hosting the event and proceeds will benefit the Pocket Money Foundation and Tibetan orphans in India.

– InsideMedford.com

‘Shake, Rattle & Stroller’ at Carroll’s Restaurant Saturday

Carroll’s Restaurant and Black Hat Music invite you and your family to “Shake, Rattle & Stroller” to celebrate the end of Cabin Fever with an afternoon of fun and entertainment for you…and your kids!

Come hear local musician, Kali Stoddard-Imari play folk rock music from 1-3PM, from his new album, Kali plus a set of his children’s songs! In addition to music and dancing, there will be other activities for children.

Carroll’s has created a specially-priced, family-friendly menu that will be available from 11:30AM-1PM. Cabin Fever drink specials and snacks will also be available throughout the day at the bar.

Kids come to dance and play and grown-ups get to socialize while enjoying craft beer and beverages.

The event is taking place on Saturday, March 21. Lunch is from 11:30am-1:00pm and the entertainment is from 1-3pm.

Tickets are $8 for parents and $4 for children under 13; children under 1 are free. Tickets can be purchased online.

- Information from Carroll’s Restaurant

Tufts Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert March 31st

The Tufts University Department of Music presents a performance by the Tufts Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of John Page, in the Distler Performance Hall at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. The orchestra will perform a concert featuring performance faculty members Anne Howarth, horn and Charles Blandy, tenor under the direction of John Page. Works to be performed include Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major,” Britten’s “Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings.”

The Granoff Music Center is located at 20 Talbot Avenue on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter or call the Granoff Music Center Box Office at 617.627.3679.

- Information from Tufts University

Council Considering Steps to Address Opiate Addiction

Camuso, Vento, Perry, HoytFrom left: City Councilor Paul Camuso, Medford Public Schools Nurse Supervisor Toni Vento, Lead Physical Education teacher Rachel Perry, and Mystic Valley Regional Public Health Coalition’s Brook Hoyt.

– Allison Goldsberry

The Medford City Council is considering creating a task force and an ordinance for a substance abuse prevention coordinator position to address opiate addiction.

According to City Councilor Paul Camuso, there have been three heroin overdose deaths in Medford in March, and five since January. Medford’s Board of Health Director Karen Rose said Hallmark Health is treating three to four people who have overdosed everyday.

Those alarming statistics were brought up Wednesday night during a special meeting of the Council to discuss the opiate addiction problem and its effect on the community. School and city health officials, the Police and Fire Chiefs, police officers, a representative from Armstrong Ambulance, the Jail Diversion Program’s Cheryl Delafano, and concerned community members came together to discuss the issue and specific steps the city can take to help.

Rose said that there are “huge gaps” between the preventative measures that are in place, such as educational programs about drug abuse in schools, and actual treatment and recovery for people who become addicted to substances. She said the state has good treatment facilities but lacks the capacity to accommodate the growing number of addicts. Rose said she knows people who have had to go out of state for treatment. A woman with a son in a recovery program said she had no choice but to send him to Florida since she was unable to find a spot for him in Massachusetts.

The “lack of beds” issue was something that several people indicated was a frustrating problem. A woman who is a recovered alcoholic said detox[ification] is not enough to put someone on the road to recovery; treatment is needed beyond the medical response.

“The nature of addiction is not to be able to wait,” she said, noting that when there is an opportunity to help an addict it can easily be lost when it takes too long to get help or there is no help available at all.

If created, the substance abuse prevention position would help families connect to the right services. The task force, according to Rose, would bring together “stakeholders” such as parents, public health officials, law enforcement, EMS, and others to address the opiate addiction issue.

The Council will discuss an ordinance to create the new position at its next meeting on Tuesday, March 24. The request to establish a task force should be before the Council within the next few weeks.

City Council president Fred Dello Russo, Jr. said Wednesday was “not our last meeting” and several people expressed a strong desire to have a larger community meeting about opiate addiction and how members of the community can come together to help.

In related news, Medford Overcoming Addiction is holding a vigil on Sunday, March 22 at 5PM at Medford City Hall in remembrance of people who have lost their lives to addiction.

‘Boston: Origin of American Slavery’ Presentation at Royall House Wednesday

Braxton and Reid“Boston: Origin of American Slavery,” an “illustrated talk,” will be delivered by local journalists Lisa Braxton and Alex Reid at the Royall House at 7:30PM on Wednesday.

Captain William Pierce piloted his ship Desire toward Boston into the inner harbor as onlookers watched from the frozen shoreline. It was February 1638. Like the Mayflower voyage many years earlier, the Desire carried passengers who would begin new lives in the New World. But these people were not Puritans or their countrymen. They were people of a different sort. They were African-born slaves.

Built in a Marblehead shipyard, the Desire was the first American-built slave ship in our national history. Up to this moment, slavery had been a European enterprise. But the Desire’s arrival in Boston Harbor that cold day was a historic moment, for it presaged Boston’s age of slavery and the laws and social customs that encouraged the buying and selling of human beings until well after the Revolutionary War.

The event is free for Royall House members and $5 for non-members. The Royall House is located at 15 George Street.

- Information from the Royall House

Medford Man Accused of Animal Cruelty

Ryan Baker- Allison Goldsberry

Medford Police say video evidence helped them nab a Medford man accused of animal cruelty.

Ryan Baker, 32, was arrested and charged with three counts of cruelty to animals, a felony. Police say Baker’s neighbor witnessed him beating his girlfriend’s pit bull, Bullet, and the neighbor handed over video that allegedly shows Baker punching, kicking, dragging, and throwing the dog on three separate occasions. Those incidents took place in December 2014 and January and March of this year, according to information released by police.

According to police, Bullet is in good health except for a cut above his right eye. He was checked out by police and Medford’s Animal Control Officer, Patrick Hogan. Police say the dog’s owner had no idea what had been happening to Bullet. The dog was released into her custody and is said to be “well taken care of other than his exposure to [Ryan] Baker.”

Baker was arraigned in Somerville District Court on Tuesday. More details about his arraignment will be posted when available on Wednesday.

Mystic Valley Medical Reserve Corps Seeking Volunteers

The cities and towns of Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield are recruiting volunteers to join the Mystic Valley Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The Mystic Valley MRC is looking for residents who are interested in volunteering to help protect the health of their community.

The MRC are units throughout the state and nation of community-based medical and non –medical volunteers that function locally to organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies. In addition, MRC promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.

The MRC was founded after President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. It is a specialized component of Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Citizen Corps, along with AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps are part of the President’s USA Freedom Corps, which promotes volunteerism and service nationwide.

If you are interested please visit www.MysticValleyMRC.org and call Brooke Hoyt at 781-393-2449 or email bhoyt@medford.org.

Mystic Valley MRC will be holding an informational meeting on April 7, 2015 at the Stoneham Town Hall from 7:00-7:30 that will inform you about the Medical Reserve Corps and the volunteer application.

- Submitted by Brook Hoyt, Mystic Valley Regional Public Health Coalition

Next Free Community Concert at Tufts March 29th

The Tufts University Department of Music presents The Art of the Fugue in Color, a performance by the performance faculty harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch, Arcadia Viols, and guest artists, in the Distler Performance Hall at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. The artists reveal the stunning architecture of J.S. Bach’s last masterpiece in the varied colors of early instruments, including strings, winds, and keyboards. This concert is presented as part of the Sunday at Tufts – Community Concert Series.

The Granoff Music Center is located at 20 Talbot Avenue on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter or call the Granoff Music Center Box Office at 617.627.3679.

- Information from Tufts University

Road Race Raises Money for Boston Children’s Hospital

Leprechaun Road Race 2015

Pictured from right to left: volunteer Larry Alberto, “LUCKY” the Boston Celtics Mascot, Michael Alberto, winner Titus Mutinda, Jackson Calvert, Joshua Catallo, 2nd place winner Dan Forward, Michael Pulli, U12F winner Amy Orcott, Paul Williams and Brian Daly.

The Foundation of Friends produced the 2nd annual RUNNING OF THE LEPRECHAUNS to benefit Boston Childrens Hospital on Saturday, March 15, 2015 in Medford, MA. The event fielded 600 participants as costumed runners on a mission took to the start line at 10:30am in the drizzling rain. The crowd cheered as Boston Celtics Mascot “Lucky” flipped in the air just before the race took off. Titus Mutinda, last year’s 2nd place winner, took home 1st place with a time of 16:55. Dan Green of Quincy came in 2nd at 17:09 with Dan Forward of Medford came in 3rd at 17:30. The first woman was Emily McDivitt of Melrose with a time of 20:40. Emily was one of many “Miles for Miracles” Boston Children’s Hospital Charity Runners taking part in the race. The finish line crowd erupted as 11 year old Amy Orcutt of Medford blazed her way through 1st Under 13 at 21:44. Mayor McGlynn placed a race medal on every child under 13 to cross the finish line. Full race results can be found at racemenu.com/runningoftheleprechauns.

A traditional St. Patrick’s Day party followed the event. The feet were stomping and hands clapping to the lively Irish Band of Rare Auld Times and the award winning Irish dancers of Goulding School of Dance. Irish Bread baked by the culinary students at Medford High School was served with beef stew. Lisa’s Pizza was served to the children. Michael Boursiquot of Boston Children’s Hospital thanked the crowd for their dedication and support of the hospital. Photos of the event can be found at Facebook.com/Runningoftheleprechauns

IT TAKES A VILLAGE!! Race Directors Kelly Catallo and Kelly South would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our partners in success Mayor McGlynn, Lisa Evangelista, The City of Medford, The Medford Police Department, The Medford Fire Department, The DPW, The Medford Lodge of Elks, Local 25 Teamsters, Clear Channel, DJ Brian Ray, Photographer Kristen Granara, Zumba with Nancy, RaceMenu, Rare Auld Times, Goulding School of Dance, The MHS Culinary Program, The Audio/Visual Club, MHS programming, MHS Girls Softball team, the MHS Boys Baseball Team, The Kiwanis Key Club, Phi Delta Epsilon of UMASS and the many other community volunteers and sponsors that made Running of the Leprechauns to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital a huge success!

Sponsors of the event included Cosmopolitan Real Estate Inc, Regan Associates- Attorneys at Law, Kelly & Steve South, Mullaghanarry Realty Group, Teamsters Local 25 Boston, New England Teamsters Federal Credit Union, Jordan and White LLC- Attorneys at Law, Kiwanis Club of Medford, Roome & Guarracino LLC- Structural Engineers, Century Bank, Pediatric Associates of Medford, Bates Insurance, East Boston Savings Bank, Medford Rotary Club, Boston Physical and Wellness, Law Offices of Sheila E. Grant and East Cambridge Savings Bank.

You can make a donation to Boston Childrens Hospital in support of the event at http://fundraise.childrenshospital.org/site/TR?px=1143817&pg=personal&fr_id=1231. Event shirts can be ordered by emailing kelly@teamcre.com.

Foundation of Friends is a social service organization formed by Kelly Sheehan Catallo in 2013 culminating 20+ years of volunteer community fundraising. The mission of Foundation of Friends is to bring people of the community together to create FUNdraising events within the community. Bringing fun and culture to all while raising funds for organizations that support and improve the quality of life in the community. When friends come together, anything is possible!

- Submitted by Kelly Catallo