Senate Passes Environmental Bond Bill

The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill providing for the preservation and improvement of land, parks and clean energy in the Commonwealth, Senator Patricia Jehlen announced.

“The environmental bond bill provides imperative funding to protect our natural resources and improve the well-being of our community,” said Senator Jehlen. “We all will benefit specifically from the much needed improvements to the Condon Shell, a staple in the Medford community, making it safer for pedestrians to access.”

The legislation authorizes a $1.9 billion, 4-year capital plan which includes:

- $300,000 for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) outfall monitors in the Mystic River

- $250,000 for the CSO public information website

- $1m for bicycle and pedestrian safety, signal improvements and traffic calming measures on Alewife Brook parkway and Fresh Pond parkway

- $5m to fund the reconstruction of the navigation locks at the Charles River Dam and at the Amelia Earhart Dam on the Mystic River to address flooding issues

- $2.75m for Condon Hatch Shell in Medford including pedestrian safety improvements on Mystic Valley Parkway

- $2m for a grant program incentivizing Installation of Green Technology to deal with storm water runoff

The Senate and House will now produce a compromise bill for final passage and consideration of the Governor.

- Submitted by State Senator Patricia Jehlen’s office

Legion Baseball Team Sweeps Newton

Story Updated 3:08PM Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Arlington Catholic’s Matt Marino

- Allison Goldsberry

The Medford Post 45 baseball team shutout Newton 2-0 on Thursday night and then topped them 7-1 on Friday.

On Thursday, Malden Catholic’s Ryan Covelle outdueled Division 1 Stony Brook commit Teddy Rodliff, said Coach Ryan Kozul. Covelle pitched a complete game two hit shutout, striking out six.

Arlington Catholic’s Kyle Boudrias and Matt Marino each scored a run while Boudrias also contributed an RBI. Medford High School’s Dom Ramasci brought in a run with a sac fly while fellow Mustang Dave Center had a double.

On Friday, Billy Christopher (Winchester) earned the win on the mound while Boudrias and Brendan Greene (Winchester) led the offense.

Medford, 10-5, is tied for third place in the Zone 5 standings. The top four teams overall at the end of next week will advance to a double elimination tournament, with the winner going to the state finals, according to Coach Kozul.

Medford hosts Tyngsboro at home on Saturday at 5pm and then is in Watertown for a 12:30PM game on Sunday.

Medford Youth Football & Cheer to Host Registration Event July 13th

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Junior Mustangs cheerleaders

Medford Youth Football and Cheer, a grade-based league with no weight restrictions for children in grades 1-8, is holding a registration event on Sunday, July 13th. The event is taking place at Modell’s (640 Fellsway Plaza) from 12-3pm. More details about the league are available on www.medfordyouthfootball.com.

- InsideMedford.com

ALDI to Host Hiring Event July 12th

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National grocery chain ALDI is hosting a hiring event for its Medford, Salem, NH, and Plaistow, NH stores on Saturday, July 12, according to a news release from the company. The store is seeking store associates, shift managers, and manager trainees. Potential applicants should be at least 18 and have a high school diploma or equivalent, among other things. The hiring event is taking place from 9AM-5PM at Courtyard Boston Andover, 10 Campanelli Drive, Andover. More details are available on ALDI’s website.

- InsideMedford.com

Fireball, Minouche, Andy Looking for Homes

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My name is Fireball and I am a 10 month old little girl. I was seen roaming the neighborhood by some people and brought to Kitty Connection to find a home. I am very sweet and cute, especially with my black triangle of a nose! I love being petted and will roll on the floor while making adorable “trilling”sounds. It is my way of singing my pleasure!

Minouche

MinoucheHello, my name is Minouche! My family found me outside on one very cold winter night when I was about 10 weeks old. They took me inside and this is where I have been for the last 7 years! But now, reluctantly my family must give me up because they are moving to a place where pets are not accepted, despite them pleading with the landlord! I’m a sweet, spayed 7 year old, and like to play with my toys or some string; chasing string is great fun and great exercise for me! Though I do like to be active sometimes, I need a quiet home where I can rest and lounge throughout the day. My family has tried to put me on a diet recently because I love to eat and weigh almost 13 lbs.! One interesting fact about me is that I sometimes like to use my paws to drink from a water bowl! I guess that makes me kinda clever! I have always lived with my one family, so I would be best in an “only” home or maybe introduced to another gentle cat. Because I’m getting older, living in an “adult only” home would be best, too. I can be adopted for only $25 and I come with all my supplies (my covered litter box, a bag of Fresh step litter, a bag of my kitty food, myfood and water bowls, my toys, and my brush, some of string that I love!).

I just went to the vet (6/27/14) and got all my shots updated so I’m ready to go! I will bring my medical records with me when you adopt me!”

Andy

AndyHello, my name is Andy and I am a 2-year-old, 15 Lb, Terrier mix. I’m a very friendly and lovable dog with the people I know and trust. I am not recommended for a home with children, or plans of having children. I would do best in a quieter environment as opposed to crazy and/or busy with lots of things happening and strangers coming and going. I am very playful and love to interact with other dogs, if they are not all over me. I get along well with cats. I am Neutered and am up to date on all vaccinations. Adoption Donation: $350

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

Soccer Tourney July 20th to Benefit Injured MHS Grad

A soccer tournament is being held to raise money for the medical expenses of Eric Ferrazzani, a 2014 Medford High School graduate who was injured on a trip abroad.

The “Eric’s Elites- We Kick Because We Care” soccer tournament is taking place on Sunday, July 20 from 5-10PM at Medford High School’s “Field of Dreams.”

Teams can be between 6-10 players. There is a fee of $5 per player. Teams must sign up by July 12.

Interested players and volunteers should contact Alexandria Barilone or Jessica Baccari at ericselites50@gmail.com.

An online fund established to raise $200,000 has so far raised over $25,000 by 272 in just eleven days.

- InsideMedford.com

Monday Storms Cause More Damage in Medford

A couple of severe storms that suddenly popped up late Monday afternoon caused more damage in Medford. There was even a tornado watch in the area for a brief period of time. High winds and torrential rain once again brought down tree branches, following the damage caused by Thursday’s severe storm.

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A large tree branch took down power lines on Garfield Avenue, leaving several homes and businesses without power.

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This tree branch on Dudley Street damaged the car parked beneath.

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Noah Evans caught this rainbow on Grove Street after the severe weather ended.

- InsideMedford.com

Produce in a SNAP! Launches July 9th

Produce in a SNAP! will provide 16 weekly deliveries of fresh vegetables to residents at very low cost.

The Medford Farmers Market has partnered with The Medford Housing Authority, the Medford Board of Health, and New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, to help Medford residents with limited incomes eat more healthy, fresh, locally produced food. We are offering two exciting programs: the new Produce in a SNAP! program, and the SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) matching benefits program, which we will continue to offer at the weekly Medford Farmers Market.

Produce in a SNAP! is a brand-new, community supported agriculture (CSA) pilot program. From July 9th to October 22nd, ten boxes of vegetables will be delivered weekly to residents of the Willis Ave branch of the Medford Housing Authority. New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, an incubator farm for immigrant, refugee, and new farmers, will provide the vegetables. Willis Ave residents will pay a reduced price for each box of vegetables, fruits, and other local products. The program will also deliver cookbooks and recipes, including recipes provided by residents of Willis Ave. This program is the first step toward the goal of creating a mobile market that will serve multiple Medford neighborhoods every summer.

The Produce in a SNAP! partnership includes the Medford Farmers Market, the Medford Housing Authority, the Willis Ave Resident Committee, and the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. Tufts University Experimental College Philanthropy Class has provided generous funding for the project.

In addition to the Produce in a SNAP! program, the Medford Farmers Market will continue to match SNAP benefits, up to $20 per week, at its weekly Thursday market. These benefits help people purchase $40 worth of healthier food for themselves and their families, which is a great investment in Medford’s future. The project has received generous support from various community members answering our call to help support a healthy Medford. To support this exciting project, visit the Medford Farmers Market website.

The Medford Farmers Market opens for the summer season on Thursday, June 5, behind City Hall, 3-7 pm, and continues weekly through October 9th, with the exception of July 3rd. For more breaking news about the Medford Farmers Market, visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MedfordFarmerMkt.

Questions? Email medfordfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

- Submitted by Susan Altman. Courtesy photo.

Cappucci Announces State Senate Campaign

Robert CappucciRobert Cappucci announces campaign as the Republican candidate for State Senate. Lifelong resident of Medford, active community member, member of Knights of Columbus and Republican State Committeeman for Second Middlesex District, Cappucci wants to take his passion for less government, quality education and pro-jobs agenda to Beacon Hill.

Robert Cappucci understands the challenges we face and why we face them. For decades our Commonwealth has been subject to one party rule. Our, well educated, innovative, and motivated citizens are stifled by over-taxation and over-regulation. Our current leadership is eroding Massachusetts’s quality K through 12 education, trading our higher standards for a “ national one-size-fits-all” Common Core Program.

Cappucci’s approach starts with restoring balance to our dysfunctional system. Substantive debate must refresh the current stagnate groupthink. Replace the “government first and government always” approach to problem-solving, by unleashing each citizen potential. Create a thriving economic environment with less burdensome taxes and regulations.

Working in medical device industry, Robert sees first hand what negative impact on jobs the Obama-care Medical Device Tax is having on employment in his field. Therefore, exempting Massachusetts from this job-killer will be a first priority on his growth agenda.

We must drop Common Core standardization. Instead, strengthen our already first-rate educational system by restoring local control and thus ensuring we remain America’s beacon of education. Keep our graduates, the future risk-takers and job-creators, in Massachusetts building a stronger and better Commonwealth.

Serving in the Legislature is a privilege and sacrificial public service. It was never intended to become the existing perk-laden sweetheart deal at the taxpayers’ expense. To that end, Cappucci has pledged to forego a per diem for commuting expenses. In sharp contrast, the incumbent State Senator audaciously takes per diem to commute from Somerville to Beacon Hill. Adding insult to injury, she voted to raise and index the gas tax to inflation. This means it forever increases automatically, without a vote of legislature.

In short Cappucci’s vision is simple and refreshing: Maintain and improve quality education and allow the pioneering, motivated genius of Massachusetts’s citizenry solve the problems created by our onerous government.

To learn more about Robert Cappucci and his vision for the Second Middlesex District, visit www.RobertCappucci.com where you can also follow him on Facebook.

Submitted by Robert Cappucci’s campaign

Sen. Jehlen Announces Alzheimer’s Acute Care Advisory Committee

Senator Patricia Jehlen announces that the Massachusetts Senate has passed An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee. This legislation creates an Advisory Committee to craft a strategy to address dementia-capable care in all acute care setting in the Commonwealth. The committee will present a strategy to the state legislature and state agencies, help ensure that acute care settings are dementia-capable, and will provide information and coordination of dementia care in acute care settings across the state.

Given the increasing number of individuals with dementia in the Commonwealth, expected to rise 17% or more in the next decade to more than 135,000, it is necessary to ensure dementia-capable care across all care settings for immediate preservation of the public health. Individuals with dementia who enter an acute care setting, such as an emergency room, are often not able to communicate their condition. Currently, hospital staffs in Massachusetts are not trained specifically on Alzheimer’s and related dementias and care. Cognitive impairment often presents with challenging behaviors and often staff is not prepared. At times a hospital stay resulted in worsening cognitive impairment symptoms. The advisory committee will aim to ensure a well-rounded system of care is provided to these patients.

People living with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments, along with their caregivers, deserve the best care and resources available to access that care. The establishment of this committee will help achieve that goal for them.

- Submitted by State Senator Patricia Jehlen’s office

Mustang Football Team Holding Mattress Fundraiser

Medford HS and the Medford HS Football team will be sponsoring their third annual mattress sale on Saturday, August 16th.

Profits from this sale go directly to the team. This was a very successful fundraiser the past 2 years and we are very excited to be able to sponsor our 3rd event here at Medford High School.

Brand new, name brand mattress sets will be 30% – 60% off retail. Top quality mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties. Much higher quality for price than a retail store!

All sizes, price ranges, delivery and free layaway will be available. Floor models will be on display at Medford High School from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday August 16th.

If you, or anyone you know is in the market for a new mattress…check out this fundraiser!! If you need a new
mattress before this sale or have any questions, please contact Jack Isaacs of Custom Fundraising Solutions at jisaacsCFS@gmail.com.

- Submitted by John Costello, President, Senior Medford Football Associates

Free ‘Songs of Slavery’ Concert August 3

Songs of Slavery: a Free Performance by the US Slave Song Project

Sunday, August 3, at 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Songs of SlaveryThis free concert by the U.S. Slave Song Project, held on the Royall House and Slave Quarters museum grounds, is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Medford Public Library and part of the yearlong Medford Tracing Our Faces project.

The U.S. Slave Song Project, based in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the authentic American folk music known as slave songs or spirituals. Under the direction of founder Jim Thomas, the chorus will perform songs that enabled enslaved African-Americans to communicate with one another, teach their children, record their history, and heal their pain.

Medford Tracing Our Faces sponsors monthly events to provide opportunities to consider Medford’s long history in the context of civil rights, to explore the legacies of these landmark events, and to work together to address critical issues of importance to the people of Medford. This project is co-sponsored by the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, the Medford Human Rights Commission, and the Medford Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Collaborators include Medford Historical Society and Museum, Medford Public Library, Mystic Valley Area Branch of the NAACP, Royall House and Slave Quarters, and Tufts University.

In the eighteenth century, the Royall House and Slave Quarters was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish way of life possible. The Slave Quarters is the only remaining such structure in the northern United States, and the Royall House is among the finest colonial-era buildings in New England. The museum is open for guided tours on the hour at 1, 2, and 3pm, every Saturday and Sunday. On-street parking is available and the museum is located on the 96 and 101 MBTA bus routes. Visit RoyallHouse.org for more information.

- Submitted by Gracelaw Simmons