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  Michael Falzone (50) is a life-long Revere resident. He was born in Revere to John and Natala (Marabello) Falzone. He attended Revere Public Schools and graduated from Northeast Metropolitan Regional High School in 1983. 

In 1988, Michael received a Bachelor’s in Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Michael is the proud dad of three boys; Gianni (23), Nicholas (21), and Christian (16) and resides on South Ave with his wife Jessica. Jessica is a pre-school teacher and liaison to the Department of Early Education and Care.

At the young age of 12, Michael started a paper route in the Franklin Avenue area. At the age of fifteen he began to work at a butcher shop on Shirley Avenue where he learned the importance of customer service.

Mike’s father immigrated to the US in the late 1950s and immediately found work in construction. He worked as a laborer for the next 15 years. Unfortunately, he suffered two ruptured discs while on the job. Instead of applying for assistance, he got a less physical job making pizza at Anna’s Pizza on Revere Beach where he worked for 6 years. However, John saw opportunity and together with his entrepreneurial spirit opened his own business in 1978 in Chelsea, MA – John’s Pizza. John owned and operated John’s Pizza for more than 20 years and Michael worked alongside his dad on weekends and during the summer school breaks. It was during this time that Michael learned the value of hard work and dedication from his dad.

Michael worked for AAndrea, an engineering company, upon graduation from Wentworth for about one year. He quickly realized that his passion was running his own business and in 1990 purchased John’s Pizza from his dad. Michael still owns and operates John’s Pizza today and has taken it to a completely new level.

Michael has been a member of several organizations, including; the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, the Jordan Boys and Girls Club, and Centro Latino, where he was able to use his community advocate talents to support the immigrant community and honor his parents’ immigrant experience.

Mike has been a member of the Chelsea Rotary Club since 1995, has served as president, and runs the Annual Pot-of Gold fundraiser, which raises over $12,000 for college scholarships for students. In 2009, Michael was honored as the Rotarian of the Year.

In 2014 Michael was appointed to the Revere Tornado Relief Fund to help raise and administer funds aimed at helping the dozens of families that lost their homes and businesses or had extensive property damage. Michael cares deeply about people and is passionate about helping them solve their problems.


  Cambridge, MA, July 24, 2015 — After a successful pilot process in 2014-2015, the City of Cambridge launched its second Participatory Budgeting initiative in June 2015 by recruiting a 24-member Steering Committee to oversee the process. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process through which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.
This time, the City will set aside $600,000 of the FY17 Capital Budget for projects to improve the community. How would you spend $600,000 to improve Cambridge?
During the last PB cycle, six projects won $528,000 in funding:


1. 100 new trees and tree wells

2. 20 laptops for the Community Learning Center

3. Bilingual books for children learning English

4. Public toilet in Central Square

5. 8 bike repair stations

6. Free public Wi-Fi in 6 outdoor locations
Community members are encouraged to submit project ideas from August 1-31, 2015 through an interactive online map, which will go live on the City’s PB website on August 1. Citizens can also email, call, mail, or hand deliver idea submissions to the City’s Budget Office at, (617) 349-4270, or 795 Massachusetts Avenue, c/o Budget Office, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Anyone can submit an idea.
To be eligible for funding, projects must meet the following criteria:

ü Are capital projects, which usually involve infrastructure improvements (as opposed to operating projects, which usually fund salaries and services)
– Infrastructure is usually physical, but not always. Many IT-related projects, such as developing an app or expanding free public Wi-Fi, are eligible.
– Most capital projects have some sort of associated operating cost. Projects that would require the City to hire additional staff are not eligible. 
ü Are one-time expenditures that cost $600,000 or less
ü Benefit the public
ü Are implemented by the City of Cambridge on City property (streets, sidewalks, parks, libraries, schools, youth centers, senior centers, municipal buildings, etc.)
– Projects on Cambridge Housing Authority, DCR, and MBTA property are not eligible
– PB funding cannot be used to make a grant to a nonprofit organization
After ideas are collected in August, volunteer Budget Delegates will work during September, October, and November to research, assess, and prioritize ideas and determine the final proposals that will appear on the ballot in December. If you are interested in volunteering as a Budget Delegate, please sign up on the City’s website or email   
The City hopes that PB will directly involve residents in the budgeting and city-building process, foster civic engagement and community spirit, and help ensure that the City’s capital plan reflects the priorities of Cambridge residents. Make sure to get YOUR ideas on the map!
For more information on participatory budgeting, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit

  MERRIMAC – Chief Eric M. Shears reports that the Merrimac Police Department early this morning arrested a New Hampshire man after an incident that took place in the lobby of the Merrimac Police Station.
As a result of an investigation STEVEN H. NICHOLS, AGE 54, OF NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. was arrested and charged with:
• Assault and Battery


• Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon

• Kidnapping

Officers were notified at 2:21 a.m. Friday of an altercation in the police station lobby between a man and a woman. A Merrrimac Police Officer was just clearing a traffic stop and arrived moments later, and he could hear a woman as he approached the station.
Entering the lobby, the officer observed NICHOLS on top of a woman, holding her head against the ground. The officer drew his department issued Taser and ordered the man to get off the woman. The man complied and was detained.
An investigation by the Merrimac Police Department revealed that the two people met earlier in the day and that the man picked the woman up at her home. They drove to Salisbury, where NICHOLS keeps a boat. NICHOLS was driving the woman home when she told police that his behavior suddenly changed, and he allegedly began threatening and assaulting her, grabbing her by the throat. Eventually, they arrived at the Merrimac Police and Fire Station, and surveillance footage shows NICHOLS forcing the woman out of the car and dragging her by the hair into the police station lobby, slamming her head into the floor, just before the officer found him holding her down.
The victim declined medical treatment at the station.
NICHOLS was held on $2,500 cash bail pending his arraignment later today in Newburyport District Court.
The West Newbury and Amesbury Police Departments also responded to assist Merrimac Police.

BOSTON – Friday, July 24, 2015 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston has taken another step to protect the residents of West Roxbury in regards to the proposed West Roxbury Lateral Gas Pipeline. The City has filed an opposition to the actions taken by the Algonquin Gas Transmissions, LLC (Algonquin) in federal court to take control of Washington, Grove and Centre Streets in West Roxbury in order to begin excavation and installation of the proposed gas transmission line due to the inability to “acquire the necessary easements” from the Public Improvement Commission.

On July 22, the City filed its opposition to the taking, citing (1) the easements that Algonquin seeks are not necessary to install the pipeline; (2) Algonquin did not negotiate in good faith with the City for the acquisition of rights to be under the streets; and (3) the Public Improvement Commission (PIC) process, which results in grants of location for utilities under public ways, is consistent with the National Gas Act and the certificate issued by the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC). 
In addition, Algonquin never completed the PIC process, and must continue the process to completion.
“It is critical that Algonquin uses the appropriate process for any proposed development in our City,” said Mayor Walsh. “We will continue pursue all avenues to protect the health and safety of the residents of West Roxbury by working together with the community and with our city, state and federal partners to find the best long-term solution in the interest of our residents.” 
The proposed pipeline poses public safety concerns because it would be constructed directly across the street from a quarry that uses dynamite on a daily basis. 
A hearing on the City’s opposition has been scheduled for September 22 in federal court. The City’s filings included affidavits from attorney Chong Liu, liaison to PIC from the Law Department. Todd Liming, Executive Secretary to the Public Improvement Commission, and John P. Sullivan, Chief Engineer of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. The documents are available upon request from the City. 
Statements of Support:
“As a united group, the federal, state and local elected officials from West Roxbury have repeatedly made it painfully clear to Spectra Energy that we believe that the current alignment of the pipeline is a threat to public safety,” said Congressman Stephen F. Lynch. “Mayor Walsh, the local elected officials, and I have stated that we will take every legal measure to prevent them from going forward. Mayor Walsh’s filing is an important step towards preventing Algonquin from taking easements in West Roxbury and proceeding with installation of the pipeline.”
“I commend Mayor Walsh and my federal, state, and local colleagues for continuing to listen to our constituents’ apprehensions regarding major aspects of the West Roxbury lateral pipeline project,” said State Senator Mike Rush. “For well over a year, we have been trying to engage with Algonquin to mitigate the potential effects of this project. The actions taken by the city of Boston, and the local delegation, is another step in lending a voice to the concerns of the community.”
“I applaud Mayor Walsh for his response to Algonquin’s absurd request and demand of easements in our West Roxbury neighborhood,” said Representative Ed Coppinger. “Throughout this process Algonquin has tried to do the minimal amount of work required. In this case they have shown that they would like to skirt the process that the City of Boston has in place for such requests. Our elected delegation in West Roxbury made up of our Mayor, our District City Councilor, our State Senator, State Representative and Congressman will continue to listen to our constituency and continue to fight on their behalf.” 
“I applaud Mayor Walsh and his administration for their work in ensuring the integrity of the public process. I support the city’s response to the efforts by Alqonquin gas to circumvent the required steps to obtain a grant of location,” said Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, whose district includes the West Roxbury neighborhood. “I am proud to continue to stand firm with Mayor Walsh, Congressman Lynch, Senator Rush and Representative Coppinger in opposition to the pipeline and support the residents of the West Roxbury community.”

  A group of Malden High School (MHS) incoming freshman recently presented their Malden Adventures and Academics Program (MAAP) project to Mayor Gary Christenson and Director of Public Works Bob Knox. The students were accompanied by MHS Counselor and MAAP Director Erin Craven. MAAP is a two week, voluntary program for 45 incoming Malden High freshman. The Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation generously stepped in to save this valuable program after a grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ended.

The students engaged in a variety of academic and enrichment activities throughout Malden and the Boston area. Partnering with City departments, the students were exposed to City policies and procedures and were made aware of potential service projects by Mayor Gary Christenson, DPW Director Knox, and School Resource Officer Brian Tilley. The students jumped into action and cleaned part of the Malden bike path, area streets and a local park. The students also researched smoking policies and recycling policies in surrounding cities, and compared them to Malden’s policies. They participated in college exploration activities and went on a field trip to tour Curry College in Milton. These rising ninth graders also toured and joined the Malden Teen Enrichment Center, got to know students from other middle schools, and enjoyed an expedition to the Malden Police Station. The students now have a much better sense of Malden High School, what post-secondary success entails, and a new-found respect for their own City. It was a very busy and successful two weeks!

Photo courtesy of Paul Hammersley City of Malden

(Far left, standing) MAAP Director Erin Craven, (center, standing) Mayor Gary Christenson, DPW Director Bob Knox, MTEC Coordinator Cathy MacMullin, and (far right, standing) MAAP Co-coordinator Heather Northrop with students of the MAAP Program
(Far left, standing) MAAP Director Erin Craven, (center, standing) Mayor Gary Christenson, DPW Director Bob Knox, MTEC Coordinator Cathy MacMullin, and (far right, standing) MAAP Co-coordinator Heather Northrop with students of the MAAP Program

My name is Jeff Donahue and I would like to formally announce that I am a candidate for Ward Four City Council. I believe that I will be able to provide the citizens of Ward Four with the strong voice that they need on the Malden City Council. I am a Malden homeowner and taxpayer. I am a married father of three children.

While previously serving as the Ward Four City Councillor, I was always an outspoken voice on behalf of the working people of Malden. I came to office as the leader of neighborhood opposition to an unpopular plan to unduly restrict individual property rights and continued to be an independent voice for the peoples’ concerns throughout my term in office.

I fought to maintain first responder staffing levels to ensure that the people of Malden would be safe. I demanded accountability from City of Malden department heads forcing the City’s finances to be independently audited and wasteful policies ended and consistently fought against ill-advised high density development proposals in the downtown area.

When you look at all the building going on in Malden it is clear that the citizens of Malden and especially Ward Four need to have an effective voice on the City Council. I was a lead sponsor of the City’s Visioning Project whose goal was to get citizens involved in planning for Malden’s future development NOT just the special interests.

I believe that I have shown an ability to get things done in the ward including: starting the regular clean ups of historic Waitts Mount; planning the upgrades to Coytemore Lea Park; adding angle parking on Exchange Street in order to provide more parking for downtown businesses; bringing neighbors together to improve the Oak Grove Community Center which was a vibrant community center when I was the Ward Four Councillor and working with city officials to order businesses who were operating in violation of city ordinances to cease and desist their illegal activities.

I always stood up for the working people of Malden and I never forgot that I worked for the CITIZENS of Malden.  

The PEOPLE of Malden need a Councillor that will stand up for them.

As Ward Four City Councillor, I consistently and effectively served as a common sense voice for the community.

I vow to work hard every day to be the voice of the people of Ward Four. I would great appreciate your support for my campaign. For more information or to volunteer to help out call: 781 858-6981 or email me at

  The music of Frank Sinatra will come alive as celebrated entertainer Michael Dutra brings his Strictly Sinatra tribute to the Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series on City Hall Plaza on August 5 at 7 p.m.

The series is presented by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with title sponsor Eastern Bank. Additional support is provided by media sponsor the Boston Herald and night sponsors AARP, Mass Retirees Association, and the Michael Francis Cahill Fund/City of Boston. Celebrating 43 years as Boston’s longest-running free outdoor concert series, these performances bring great entertainment to this unique venue located in the heart of the city.

Michael Dutra takes to the stage more than 300 nights per year stunning audiences along the East Coast with his renditions of Frank Sinatra classics. Though he’s had no formal voice coaching whatsoever, Dutra sounds uncannily like the late great crooner himself. Dutra performs in venues from Las Vegas to Miami to Boston drawing from a repertoire of more than 500 Sinatra classics including favorites such as “My Way,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “One for My Baby,” “The Shadow of Your Smile,” and “Summer Wind.” 

Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe described Dutra’s sound as “velour to Sinatra’s velvet, you really can’t tell the difference,” while radio host Ron Della Chiesa said “Michael literally channels Sinatra.”   

The Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series concludes August 12 at 7 p.m. with AARP Night featuring New Bedford’s own Tavares, one of the most memorable soul groups of the 70s and 80s. Many of their instantly recognizable international hits, such as “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” and “More Than A Woman,” have become classics.

 For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505, visit, or go to

 MELROSE — Police Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department has identified the suspect who allegedly stole a bicycle from a business in the city earlier this month.
DEREK DUVAL, AGE 42, OF LYNN will be summonsed to Malden District Court for Larceny Over $250 (bicycle).

On July 13, around 2 p.m., police responded to Promax Supply, 142 Franklin St., to take a report of a past larceny. A man informed an officer that his boss had a Trek Marlin 5 bicycle stolen from the front of the building on July 8 at approximately 6 p.m. The man had several still photos of the suspect and a security video from the business.

After releasing the images to the public, the department received numerous tips identifying DUVAL as the suspect. Police used the New England State Police Information Network to obtain the suspect’s home address, and along with information provided by multiple parties, were able to contact DUVAL by phone.

On July 17, DUVAL arrived at the Melrose Police Department and returned the bicycle. 

“I would like to thank the public and the media for assisting us in our investigation,” Chief Lyle said. “With their help we were able to identify, locate and charge the suspect, who willingly returned the stolen property.”
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

  WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno have announced that Vini Proeung, 20, of Lowell, was arraigned today in Concord District Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault to maim, armed and masked robbery, home invasion, use of a firearm in a felony, and possession of a firearm without a license. Judge Sabita Singh ordered Proeung held without bail until a dangerousness hearing on Tuesday, July 28, and took a motion by the Commonwealth to revoke bail in a pending Lowell District Court case under advisement.

 “While this is still an active and ongoing investigation, we believe this defendant took part in a home invasion in Bedford and participated in an assault on three people who were inside,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Those victims are still recovering from their injuries which included a victim being shot.”

 “This was an extremely unusual incident for Bedford. Bedford is a safe, family-oriented town that consistently ranks as one of the safest communities in the nation,” Police Chief Bongiorno said. “So when someone decides to violate the peace of the evening in our community, we will act very swiftly and aggressively to send a message that this kind of behavior will simply not be tolerated.” 

On July 22, at approximately 2 a.m., the Bedford Police Department arrived at a residence on North Road in Bedford and found a man outside injured who told officers that other people were injured inside due to a home invasion. Three individuals were transported to a hospital. Officers recovered a shotgun which they believe is connected to this incident.

Proeung is the only individual who has been charged in connection with this incident. 

 These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 This incident is being investigated by the Bedford Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. 

The prosecutor assigned to this arraignment today was Assistant District Attorney Joe Gentile.


 Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to discuss important issues facing the residents and business owners of Medford. A concern has been the evolution of the Parking Program throughout the city. The Program was rolled out last winter during one of the most brutal winters on record and it has been communicated to me by the residents of Medford as well as business owners that there is confusion and a misconception surrounding the Contract, Mobile App, how to use the Kiosk’s etc.  
The contract stipulates that in order to remove the equipment, the City of Medford would be responsible for the payment of the cost that the Contractor incurred which is in the vicinity of $800,000 to $1 million dollars. It has been suggested by individuals that are not licensed to practice law in the state of Massachusetts, that there has been a breach in the contract. This is unsubstantiated by legal research. This issue should be decided by the City Solicitor of Medford who is chief legal counsel by law to the City.  

In the City’s best interest, I would suggest that the following steps be implemented immediately:

1. Re-introduce the Ambassador program on the streets to assist customers in the use of both the kiosks and the Mobile App.

2. Update the Brochure that was mailed out last winter and mail to all households and place in convenient locations around the business districts.  

3. Create a YouTube video on how to use both the Kiosk and the Mobile App and promote it!

4. Complete a full audit of every Kiosk to determine its working condition with a City assigned person present (this should be done on a regular basis going forward). At the same time, determine if signage is understandable.

5. Determine if screens are accessible for vision impaired individuals and enable the voice button to be activated for assistance.

6. Allow shop owners to establish accounts whereby they can add to a patron’s time at a space above the limit if customer is delayed at the business. The shop owner should be able to do this through a Mobile App and/or online.

7. Scatter more single head meters around the squares for convenience; especially around the quick stop businesses (coffee shop, convenience store etc).

8. Tickets should be affixed to windshield with envelope.  

9. Of particular concern to the West Medford business district, is the use of the parking lot by both business owners with a permit and customers. The lot does not have a Kiosk and therefore, there is greater demand for it. If a Kiosk was in the lot, more customers would use the on-street parking. Further, the lot needs to be re-striped to create the most parking spaces.  

10. All of the City municipal lots including South Medford, Haines Square, West Medford, Medford Square and Hillside need to be cleaned regularly and better lit for public safety.

11. Lastly, I urge Republic Parking to create a ParkMedford Card (similar to the Charlie Card) that contains the plate associated with the card. This will make the kiosk visit much quicker and less confusing with only a “time needed” to be selected.  

These changes cannot wait until next January; they need to be implemented as soon as possible. I urge the Mayor, the Traffic Commission and Park Medford to sit and review these recommendations and others. Further, I want to continue to listen to your suggestions to make the City of Medford a better place to live, work and own or develop a business. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at or 781-391-8864. I will continue to be the qualified candidate that is respectful, informed and will always use a positive approach.  


WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Welbert Nasser, 29, of Woburn was arraigned in Framingham District Court today on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, failure to stop, speeding, a marked lanes violation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Judge David Cunis set bail at $1,000 cash and scheduled the next court hearing in Nasser’s case for Wednesday, August 12.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., today, Massachusetts State Police were informed that a Watertown taxi had been reported stolen. Shortly thereafter, State Police spotted the vehicle traveling Westbound on Interstate 90. State Police attempted to stop the taxi. The defendant allegedly continued at speeds over 100 miles per hour. Eventually, the taxi pulled off the highway in Springfield, the defendant proceeded to flee on foot, and then was arrested.

  Marking the momentous first steps in the construction process of Malden’s new police station, Mayor Gary Christenson came out to witness the beginning of the demolition of current buildings on the site. The police station is being constructed on the parcel of land currently known as 794-838 Eastern Avenue.

As part of the redevelopment of Malden’s central commercial district, the construction of the police station is the first phase of the project to demolish City Hall and the current police station, reopen Pleasant Street to through traffic and construct a new mixed use retail, residential, and civic development on the current City Hall site.
Hill International Engineering Services and Flansburgh Architects have worked tirelessly with the Malden Municipal Building Committee and the Malden Redevelopment Authority to keep this project on schedule. Commodore Builders is serving as Construction Manager of the project. The project is slated for completion in the fall of 2016. An official ground breaking ceremony to include Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash and the Legislative Delegation is planned for early August.
Photos courtesy of Paul Hammersley
City of Malden

 Mayor Carlo DeMaria recently presented outgoing City of Everett Assistant City Clerk Ellen Carr, with a citation commemorating her nineteen years of service and dedication to the City. During her time with the City, Carr worked with a courteous and service oriented team of professionals in the Clerk’s Office. Her duties included working with the City Council, other City departments and the community to serve the citizens of Everett. The Mayor wished Carr luck and success in her retirement and with her future endeavors. 

   Mayor Carlo DeMaria joined over 200 Everett seniors last week at the Connolly Center in celebration of the Mayor’s Council on Aging’s monthly senior social. This month’s social was particularly special as the Mayor and his Council on Aging unveiled the newly renovated and upgraded kitchen facility. Mayor DeMaria and Senator Sal DiDomenico had acquired funds for the remodel in 2014. The Mayor, COA, and Connolly Center staff were pleased to open the doors to the new kitchen and serve attendees for the July social.

“An upgrade to this facility was definitely needed,” stated Mayor DeMaria, “Now we can not only use the kitchen to prep for our socials and events, but also to incorporate senior and community healthy cooking and eating programs. With this new facility we can provide the additional health, wellness, and nutrition programs that our seniors and families deserve.”

 In addition to the unveiling of the kitchen, attendees also enjoyed another fun-filled social with a catered meal of antipasto, pizza, coffee and dessert and music and dancing provided by fan-favorite band, “The Swingers.”

On Sunday, August 16, 2015 the Mystic Wellington Yacht Club is partnering with the Mass Bass Fishing Federation and will be hosting the third annual Fishin with a Mission Autism Awareness Day at MWYC.

This family event is open to all! There will be a number of activities taking place at our club to allow children plagued with Autism and their families to experience a fun filled day of games, boat rides, fishing, barbecue and entertainment. There will be raffles, a fresh water bass fishing tournament with as many as 50 bass boats that have committed to enter. There will also be a salt water striped bass and blue fish tournament open to all the yacht clubs along the Mystic River.

We are anticipating a large presence at this event because unfortunately Autism is a terrible disorder that affects 1 out of every 160 children. And of that 1 out of every 54 young boys. Everyone either has a family member or knows someone who is affected by this syndrome and sadly the number of cases is constantly rising

A number of children will be attending our event with their families and teachers as some of the local schools specializing with autism have been invited to join us. Our goal is to create more Autism Awareness, allow children an opportunity to experience some of the fun things we enjoy and take for granted every weekend throughout the summer months and hopefully raise some money to help this worthwhile cause. Last years event was a huge success and we hope that you will join us once again to support this great cause.


Please see the attached flyers to learn more about this event. We also urge the fishermen of your club to once again participate in the saltwater fishing tournament as MWYC is determined to take back last years championship title from you! LOL

For tickets and/or Tournament Fishing Registration please see the individuals listed on the flyer or check out the website under News/Events section to register or learn more

Thank you all in advance for continuous generosity and support!


Joe DiGirolamo, Commodore

Mystic Wellington Yacht Club

 BOSTON – Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – The Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities today joined the New England ADA Center, Partners HealthCare and state and local agencies to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 
“In Boston, we are dedicated to celebrating our diversity,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “As our city continues to grow and prosper, we must ensure that all of our residents have equal access to meaningful opportunities and experiences.”

“Today provides an opportunity to reflect upon all that we have accomplished, but also to reinvigorate us to overcome all of the obstacles that still remain, and to fight to make the promises of the ADA real,” said United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz. “Overcoming those obstacles requires the continuing tenacity and expertise of a wide-range of stakeholders and strong leadership.” 

“Although the Commonwealth has made great strides towards broader inclusivity in the last 25 years, it is crucial that we do not lose momentum,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This anniversary is a chance to celebrate progress and remind ourselves to continue fostering a welcoming and accessible environment for all.”

“The ADA has helped to end the segregation, isolation and discrimination faced by so many people with disabilities,” said Attorney General Maura Healey. “But there is more that can be done. Today we also commit to breaking down the remaining barriers so that all people are assured the right to be full participants in our democracy, our workforce and our communities.” 

 The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. 

Today’s celebration included a kick-off rally and march to Boston Common, as well as remarks from U.S. Attorney Ortiz, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Attorney General Healey, keynote speaker Dr. Cheri Blauwet, a multi-time Paralympian and two-time Boston Marathon Champion, and poet Lewis Morris. The events also included performances and readings by advocate and author Remon Jourdan, poets Colin Killick and Kythryne Aisling and The Berkshire Hills Music Academy Troupe.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, the Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities held a poster contest on “What the ADA means to You.” Entries were posted online and voting was open to the public to select a winner and first runner-up. The poster contest winners were announced today by Disability Commissioner Kristen McCosh. Atara Schimmel, a local amateur artist and disability advocate who works on issues related to chronic pain, took first place in the contest. The runner-up poster was created by Susan Hatch, a resident of The Boston Home in Dorchester. Winning entries were shown today on the Common and will also be on display in City Hall through the month of July.

“We have accomplished a lot in the past 25 years, particularly in removing architectural barriers,” said Commissioner McCosh. “However, we still have a long way to go to achieve true equality. Under Mayor Walsh’s leadership, we are continually improving access and inclusion for people with disabilities in the city.”  

 Mayor Walsh is committed to creating “One Boston,” where all people are welcome and diversity is celebrated. As part of this goal, the Commission facilitates full and equal participation in all aspects of life by persons with disabilities in the City of Boston, and strives to reduce architectural, procedural, attitudinal and communication barriers that affect persons with disabilities. The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Mayor. Monthly meetings held by the Commission are open to the public. 

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Your Massachusetts Motorcycle Association reminds motorcyclists that tomorrow’s public hearings for House Bill Number 3056 is being held at the State House in Hearing Room A-2.

We need your support and encourage everyone to participate! We all know someone that has been a victim of a RoW accident; whether it be as a Motorist, Motorcyclist, Bicyclist or Pedestrian. We need your help with getting H.3056 PASSED!

PLEASE NOTE: if you cannot attend it’s not too late to insure your voice is heard. You can still write a letter requesting the Transportation Committee issue a “Favorable, Ought-to-Pass” recommendation for H.3056, which will enable the bill to move to the House Floor for debate and vote. 

All attendees should plan to meet at the Firefighter Memorial located outsidethe State House, on the Bowdoin Street side, at approximately 9:00AM. The Memorial grounds are also known as Ashburton Park and this location has an entrance leading directly to the Hearing Rooms. Upon entering the buildings, all attendees will need to pass through security and the metal detectors.

Nearly 2/3 of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle are caused by violations of the motorcyclist’s right-of-way. H.3056 seeks to raise awareness of this issue to all motorists and also increases the penalties for those who cause these accidents, is not restricted to motorcycles, and is at no cost to the Commonwealth!
Send your letter to:Senator Thomas McGeeTransportation Committee Senate Chairman
State House Room 109C Boston, MA 02133 Phone: (617) 722-1350 E-Mail:

Representative William Straus
Transportation Committee House Chairman

State House Room 134 Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617) 722-2400 Fax: (617) 722-2387


Please e-mail your letter to the 2 Chairmen, but also put it into the mail so they get your original signed copy. Even though the hearings are tomorrow, discussions among the committee members will continue as they lead towards their decision. 

Contact with any questions and visit for further details regarding the MMA’s Legislative Agenda.

Thank you! You can help influence this decision!

  On July 21, 2015, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Shawn Doyle, 48, of 1323 South St, Tewksbury for distribution of oxycodone and possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone. Also arrested was James Butler, 36, of 1323 South St, Tewksbury for possession of oxycodone (without having a prescription), subsequent offense.  

 These individuals were observed by Detectives acting suspiciously at Tedeschi’s Food Shop located at 2280 Main St. A subsequent stop of their motor vehicle resulted in the arrest and recovery of narcotics.

All were due to be arraigned on July 22, 2015.  

 The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to  


  1st row from left to right: Karla McCarron, VP of Marketing, City of Boston Credit Union; Dan Trombley, CEO, City of Boston Credit Union; Jay Herson, General Manager, Boston Athletic Club; Martha Andrews, Somerville resident and Development Officer, Joslin Diabetes Center; June Mattioli, Director, Corporate Relations and Special Events at Joslin Diabetes Center; Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, Commissioner Bill Evans, Detective Cecil Jones, Superintendent in Chief Will Gross, and Deputy Superintendent Michael Cox, all of the Boston Police Department

2nd row from left to right: Edgar Varela, BPD; Kathy Kearney, BPD; Dana McGillicuddy, BPD; Matt Hogardt, BPD; Sandy Kirwin, BPD; Leigh Anne Fitzgerald; Caroline Fitzgerald; Catherine Fitzgerald

3rd row on the right: Karen Cullen and Karen Kelleher of the Boston Police Department; Sean Fitzgerald; and Derek Green, BPD

Somerville resident Martha Andrews, representing Joslin Diabetes Center, accepted a check from Boston Police Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald and The City of Boston Credit Union for $70,000 raised from the sixth annual “Field of Dreams” WiffleBall Tournament and Fundraiser. The event was held this year on May 9th at the Boston Athletic Club in South Boston and drew a crowd of more than 300 people. Paul Fitzgerald founded “Field of Dreams”, a day-long wiffleball tournament, with his wife, Leigh Anne, after their daughter Caroline was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 8 years old. Caroline receives her care at Joslin Diabetes Center. The tournament, which has raised a total of over $360,000 in the last six years, benefits Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund; the fund directly supports vital diabetes clinical care programs and ground-breaking research initiatives at Joslin.


The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) celebrate the 2015 Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield on Monday, August 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Copley Square Park in the Back Bay. The three-month series brings free fitness classes to parks across the city, aiming to activate these spaces while increasing opportunities for physical activity across all of Boston’s neighborhoods.

Although Boston was ranked the sixth healthiest city in the country in the American College of Sports Medicine’s 2013 American Fitness Index, obesity rates remain a challenge. According to the 2014-2015 Health of Boston Report, 22% of adults and 14% of high school students are obese. These rates are even higher among communities of color. Only about half of adults in Boston report exercising regularly. 
By engaging in a citywide effort to increase opportunities for physical activity, the Parks Department and Public Health Commission aim to decrease rates of obesity for all of Boston’s residents. This year’s series looks to build upon previous program efforts by expanding the number of parks that offer free classes to city residents and making them more accessible to all neighborhoods. In extending this opportunity into the neighborhoods, the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series aims to further reduce barriers to active living and achieve the goal of ensuring that Bostonians across the city have ample opportunity to be active. 

The August 3 event will feature a free high-energy, hour-long Zumba class open to all fitness levels and provide an introduction to all that the series has to offer Bostonians this summer including salsa dancing, yoga, tai chi, high intensity interval training, Zumba, boot camp, line dancing, and other activities. Fitness classes began in June and will be offered through August at parks across the city.

The Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series is offered by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Boston Public Health Commission with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
For a full schedule of Boston Park Summer Fitness Series classes go to or For updates, follow @HealthyBoston, @BostonParksDept, and #BostonMoves on Twitter

  ANGEL Initiative Has Now Placed 58 Participants Into Treatment

GLOUCESTER — Police Chief Leonard Campanello and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken are happy to announce A New Start, based in Florida, is joining the Gloucester Police Department’s ANGEL Initiative. 

As of Friday morning, 58 people have been placed into treatment programs by the Gloucester Initiative since June 1, when the program began. 
The ANGEL program allows people who suffer from addiction to turn over their remaining drug supply and paraphernalia to the Gloucester Police Department without the threat of arrest. Those in need of help are put into treatment programs as opposed to jail cells. The policy went into effect last month in an effort to address a growing opioid epidemic and to reduce the number of overdoses in Massachusetts. Click here to view the official police policy document.
“We greatly appreciate the commitment from A New Start,” Chief Campanello said. “Their support and dedication to the program allows us to continue to help all those who walk through our doors looking for a way to combat their addiction get the assistance they require.”
A New Start will offer a full scholarship for intensive out patient care to the Gloucester Initiative. 

“Every time a treatment center joins the Gloucester Initiative, it strengthens our cause,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “We are happy to welcome A New Start as one of our valued team members.”
Chief Campanello and businessman John Rosenthal have launched The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) — a new nonprofit organization created in response to Gloucester’s revolutionary drug addiction program and the immediate positive feedback from local, state and national organizations.
“A New Start, a premiere treatment facility in West Palm Beach Florida, is proud to announce it will be partnering with the Gloucester Police Department Initiative and the Angel program to help those struggling with addiction be able to receive top notch care and clinical services,” said Colin McMasters, A New Start’s Community Outreach Specialist. “A New Start provides unmatched clinical care through an intensive out patient setting while providing unrivaled sober living with the structure and tools available to all clients to achieve and maintain a life beyond their wildest dreams through long term recovery.”

About A New Start:
A New Start offers structure, accountability and therapy to help participants achieve long-term sobriety while facing real world issues through a 16-week curriculum designed by master’s level clinicians. The organization provides an intensive out patient program, featuring nine hours of group work with certified addiction professionals and one-on-one sessions with a therapist. 
Participants receive case management services for job placement, resume building and life skills courses while working to complete the 12 steps program to help achieve long term sobriety. A New Start randomly drug tests a minimum of three times a week as well as breathalyzer clients nightly.

 On Tuesday, August 4th, the Tewksbury Police Department will be joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “32ndAnnual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, will involve over 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 37.8 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime”.

One of the goals of NNO is to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The Tewksbury Police Department, in partnership with the Tewksbury Senior Center, Tewksbury Board of Health and the Tewksbury Public Library, will be hosting a FREE “Family Fun Night” starting at 4:30PM. There will be a classic car show and free cookout thanks to the Peregrine’s Landing, Tewksbury Walmart, and the Knights of Columbus. DJ Jaryd Palmer will be providing musical entertainment. Parking for this event will be at the State Hospital with shuttle service to the Senior Center.
Following the car show, please join us inside for the movie “Home” on a big screen with popcorn, snacks and drinks. If you are planning on coming for the movie portion only, please try to arrive by 6PM so that you can get your refreshments and seats. The movie will start at approximately 6:15PM.
This FREE family night was made possible by our community partners and the generous donations from Big Top Party Rental, Altitude Trampoline Park, Enterprise Bank, Community Teamwork, INC, Tewksbury Credit Union, Tewksbury Fire Department, Tewksbury United Methodist Church, Upper Merrimack Valley Reserve Corps, RTN Credit Union, Lowell General Hospital, Green Meadows Preschool, Patriotic Committee, Tewksbury Rail Trails, Merrimack Valley Pavilion and Tewksbury State Hospital.
In case of rain a smaller version of the event will be set up inside the Senior Center so please come on down. For more information or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch at (978)851-7373 EXT 230.
The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks  


WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Welbert Nasser, 29, of Woburn was arraigned in Framingham District Court today on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, failure to stop, speeding, a marked lanes violation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Judge David Cunis set bail at $1,000 cash and scheduled the next court hearing in Nasser’s case for Wednesday, August 12.

 At approximately 3:30 a.m., today, Massachusetts State Police were informed that a Watertown taxi had been reported stolen. Shortly thereafter, State Police spotted the vehicle traveling Westbound on Interstate 90. State Police attempted to stop the taxi. The defendant allegedly continued at speeds over 100 miles per hour. Eventually, the taxi pulled off the highway in Springfield, the defendant proceeded to flee on foot, and then was arrested.These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis have announced that Jose Tobias-Valle, 28, of Everett has died after being struck by a vehicle this morning on private property at 435 Eastern Avenue in Malden.

 The incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m., at Sonny’s Car Wash, also known as Simoniz Car Wash, when a vehicle exiting a car wash bay struck Tobias-Valle who was working on a vehicle outside. Tobias-Valle, an employee of the car wash, was transported to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 This incident remains an active and open investigation. As of now, no one has been charged in connection with this incident.


The Malden Police Department, Massachusetts State Police CARS, and OSHA are investigating.


Youngster are invited to bring their cuddliest, most bedraggled, best loved stuffed animal to the library on Monday, July 27, at 2 p.m. There will be a special picnic with treats, songs, and a parade.
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The Teddy Bear Picnic is taking place in The Park at the corner of Bartlet & Chestnut streets in Andover on Thursday, July 30th as the final Preschool Park Event of the summer run by Andover DCS. View full article »

Cristina Parreño Architecture, Tectonics of Transparency: The Tower, 2015.
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh will participate in a conference organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences from Monday, July 20 – Wednesday, July 22 in Vatican City to discuss human trafficking and climate change with leaders from around the world.
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BOSTON – Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang released today a 100-Day Plan that defines the district’s core values and lays out a series of projects that chart a course to improve the level of education across BPS schools, develop high-quality schools close to home for all students, and close the achievement gap.
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Returning for another show at the Andover DCS Concerts in the Park series is 4EverFab, a Beatles cover band that will take you for a walk down memory lane! View full article »

VIASWORLD has discovered a new artist, Yuisa Gonzalez-Dorta, who is working with photographer, @Ksultanphoto on Instagram, to express herself and capture beautiful pictures of women.

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Mayor Gary Christenson wished longtime Malden resident Elizabeth “Betty” Campano a very happy 100th birthday at a celebration recently held at 89 Pearl Street.

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WOBURN – Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan announced that Ping Wang, 53, of Medford and Yudan Feng, 37, of Quincy were arraigned today in Somerville District Court after being charged with one count each of performing sexual conduct for a fee. View full article »

Elected Officials, Health Care Providers, Community Leaders and First Responders Partner to Address Increase in Opioid Deaths in Eastern Middlesex County
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MAYNARD — Police Chief Mark W. Dubois and Fire Chief Anthony Stowers are pleased to announce that The Town of Maynard is in the final stages of combining police and fire dispatch into one joint, civilian emergency communications center.
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On July 15, 2015, members of the Tewksbury Police Department arrested two individuals at the Motel 6 hotel, which is located at 95 Main Street.
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The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association would like to alert all riders who own model year 2014 and 2015 Project Rushmore Touring motorcycles that the Harley-Davidson Motor Company issued a recall stating that the saddlebag mounting receptacle, part number 10900009 on some vehicles may not adequately secure the saddlebag to the motorcycle during use.

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BOSTON – A Russian man known by the online nickname “Joga” was sentenced today for his role in an online fraud scheme that used stolen credit and debit card information to acquire more than $650,000 in consumer goods. View full article »

MELROSE — Police Chief Michael L. Lyle is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man allegedly involved in stealing a bicycle.
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BOSTON – Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Wednesday, July 15, Mayor Martin J. Walsh will host a City Hall Plaza Party, celebrating the launch of Boston’s new “Front Lawn” on City Hall Plaza. View full article »

Mayor Carlo DeMaria is happy to announce that Everett Community Growers (ECG) is a finalist in the Gardens for Good contest sponsored by Nature’s Path Organic Foods. View full article »

The City of Everett seeks qualified applicants for the position of Senior Planner. View full article »

Handmade decorations add to successful Annual Independence Day Celebration
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Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford VA)
BEDFORD, Mass. – Margaret Klessenshas always known she is pretty “crafty” when it comes to making things like purses for her daughter, but the World War II-era Veteran never knew she could match Van Gogh brush for brush. View full article »

Sandy Burr Country Country Club
Wayland, Massachusetts
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BOSTON – Saturday, July 11, 2015 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today welcomed The Hermione, a replica of the ship that brought France’s Marquis de Lafayette to Boston during the American Revolution, to Boston Harbor. Today’s event was part of a weekend long celebration of Boston’s historical past.
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On June 16, 2015, members of the Tewksbury Police Department responded to Peregrine’s Landing at Tewksbury, which is an assisted living community that is located at 2580 Main Street, in reference to a past larceny of prescription medicine (Morphine).

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Concerts in Newton

Heritage Festival Concert – New Black Eagle Jazz Band
Sunday, July 12, 6:30 – 8pm, Newton Center Green, Centre St. & Langley Rd.
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