Somerville Company Burning The Midnight Oil Manufacturing 2013 World Series Championship Banner


By William Tauro

The 2013 World Series Championship banner that is to be hung in Boston’s Fenway Park is being manufactured as we speak by Flag Graphics of Allston Street in Somerville MA. 

Tony Lafuente’s Flag Grapics has been manufacturing the flags for the champs of all our Boston sports teams for years. 

This coming Saturday the new 2013 World Series Championship banner will be Mounted permanently at Fenway Park.

Friends of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert presents the 36th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert


[composite photo credits: Bruce T. Hamilton for fJCMC plus courtesy of NESE]


with the
New England Spiritual Ensemble
and the
John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble

hosted by
Eric Jackson

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 7:30 pm

“A richly deserved standing ovation capped another
successful John Coltrane Memorial Concert,
with everyone present already impatiently
awaiting next year’s edition.
(The ArtsFuse, 2012 concert review) Continue reading Friends of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert presents the 36th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert

Michael J. McGlynn Presented “Mystic Municipal Leadership Award”

Last week Mayor Michael J. McGlynn was presented with the “Mystic Municipal Leadership Award”, by the Mystic River Watershed Association.  Over 70 people attended this annual meeting and dinner.  Mayor McGlynn received the award due to his consistent support of making improvements to the river, including securing additional funding to combat the invasive water chestnut.  It was also noted that the Mayor has been instrumental in making improvements at the Condon Shell and Clippership Drive Park.  “Mayor McGlynn should be commended for bringing to the forefront the importance of embracing the Mystic River which flows through our community”, said EKOngKar Singh Khalsa, Director, Mystic River Watershed
Pictured left to right:  EKOngKar Singh Khalsa & Mayor Michael J. McGlynn

Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 38 – Report No. 43 October 21-25, 2013


Volume 38 – RepOctober 21-25, 2013ort No. 43

Copyright © 2013 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved.

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local senators on two roll calls from the week of October 21-25. There were no roll calls in the House last week.


Senate approved 35-0, and sent to the House a bill that would require employers with 50 or more employees to allow workers who are victims of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault to take a paid or unpaid annual 15-day leave of absence to address court, housing, health and other issues arising from the incident. Another key provision would prohibit the use of an “accord and satisfaction” agreement in domestic violence cases. These agreements allow the courts to dismiss a domestic violence charge over the prosecutor’s objection, if the victim acknowledges in writing that he or she has signed an out-of-court private agreement with the offender. Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 38 – Report No. 43 October 21-25, 2013

Devoted Library Assistant Director Retires – Well Deserved!



Mayor Gary Christenson joined Malden Public Library Director Dora St. Martin in congratulating Anthony Tieuli on his retirement after 40 years of dedicated service to the Library.


Tony was first appointed to the staff in April 1973 as a Public Services Librarian. He was later appointed Senior Librarian and subsequently Assistant Director in 1976.  He served as Assistant Director until his retirement in 2005 after almost 32 years of service.  In November, 2012, with the retirement of the longtime Director as well as the Assistant Director, Tony left his retirement to return and lend the Library a hand.  


Over the years, Tony has participated in many of the events that make up the Library’s storied history, including the 1979 addition and the renovation of the Richardson Building in 1985.  He shepherded the Library through the early stages of information technology and began the introductory efforts of offering computer resources and Internet to the public. Tony’s return in 2012 helped to create a smooth transition for the Library staff while continuing the important work of maintaining the Library’s historic buildings. He has been the crucial bridge providing both the “how we got here” and the “where we need to go to meet the future” that only comes with 40 years of service to an institution. We wish Tony all the best in his retirement!





Mayor Christenson, Anthony Tieuli, Library Director Dora St. Martin




Free Event – Homeless Youth Share Their Experiences and Stories Thursday, November 14, 5:30 p.m., Cambridge Public Library


Thursday, November 14, 5:30 p.m., Cambridge Public Library

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – October 25, 2013 – The Cambridge GLBT Commission and Youth on Fire (YOF) are sponsoring a free evening event on the subject matter of youth homelessness Thursday, Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m., Cambridge Public Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway.  There will be an opening reception with food and refreshments at 5:30 p.m. Program begins promptly at 6 p.m.

Members from YOF will share their personal experiences of homelessness and surviving on the streets as GLBTQ young adults.  Carly Burton, Deputy Director of MassEquality and Chair of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth’s Working Group on Services for LGBTQ Youth, will also give an update on the statewide policy work around homeless youth issues.

The evening will include the premiere of “No Place Like Home,” a documentary bringing the viewer from the safety of a daytime drop-in center for youth and into the streets. Daily survival means navigating through a harsh climate of abject judgment, hopelessness and unimaginable abuse. The event will conclude with a question and answer segment.

There are estimated to be 1.6 million unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness in the country.  The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) estimates there are approximately 6,000 students enrolled in public schools who are not in the custody of a parent or legal guardian and homeless, though service providers estimate this number to be significantly higher.  Approximately 40% of young adults on the streets identify as GLBTQ.  All experience a combination of family rejection, violence, depression, harassment, stigma, and overall diminished health outcomes.

Come hear the real stories of youth who survive on the streets every day and get an opportunity to listen to their experiences and perspectives on being homeless.  Learn about myths, facts, and what you can potentially do to assist with this growing social crisis.

Youth on Fire, a program of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, is a drop-in center for homeless and street-involved youth.  Located in Harvard Square, YOF has served over 3000 individual youth since its founding in 2000.  The mission of Youth On Fire is to strive to help as many youth as possible have healthy lifestyles, stay HIV, STI, and HCV-negative, and seek greater stability through supports, services, and opportunities for leadership and development


The Cambridge GLBT Commission is committed to promoting and monitoring policies and practices that have a positive effect on the health, welfare, and safety of all persons who live, visit, or work in the City of Cambridge with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.  The mission of the Cambridge GLBT Commission is to advocate for a culture of respect and to monitor progress toward equality of all persons with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. We are committed to promoting and monitoring policies and practices that have a positive effect on the health, welfare, and safety of all persons who live, visit, or work in the City of Cambridge with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Mayor Gary Christenson is reaching out to Malden residents in an effort to fill three vacancies on the Malden Cultural Council.

The Malden Cultural Council works to encourage and promote the artistic development of the arts in Malden among Malden’s residents through grant program funding. The State of Massachusetts through the Massachusetts Cultural Council allocates grant money to Malden each year in support of the fine arts, performing art programs, exhibits, festivals and other like events throughout the community. The Malden Cultural Council reviews local grant applications and awards grants to select proposals, as funding permits.


The Council consists of 11 members appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council and each appointee serves a term of three years and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. The Malden Cultural Council meets quarterly at the Maccario Room, Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street on the third Saturday of the month at 10:00 AM.

Please complete the attached Boards and Commissions Application in full, attach your resume and other information which may aid Mayor Christenson and/or the City Council in making their selection, and return by email to: or by mail to Kathleen Manning Hall, Mayor’s Office, Malden City Hall, 200 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148. 


Mayor Menino Reminds Boston to Enjoy Halloween Safely


Official Trick-or-Treat Hours are 5-8 p.m. on Thursday

Mayor Thomas M. Menino reminds residents to have a safe and happy Halloween as they celebrate the holiday this week.

A variety of Halloween events are planned Citywide, and Mayor Menino has declared official hours for trick-or-treating to be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 31.

“I encourage everyone to have a fun, safe, and delicious Halloween this year,” Mayor Menino said. “We are out there working hard in our neighborhoods to make sure everyone enjoys the holiday safely and to ensure the safety of our trick-or-treaters.” Continue reading Mayor Menino Reminds Boston to Enjoy Halloween Safely

Halloween Tips

It is that time of year again where many people both young and old put on their best costumes and head out to celebrate Halloween. To ensure that this Halloween is a day and evening of fun-filled joy, the Arlington Police Department would like to offer residents a few tips on how to celebrate safely.
Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!
Proactive & Proud Continue reading Halloween Tips

Police assist ICE Agents in Illegal Manufacturing of Documents Arrest


On October 30, 2013 Chelsea Detectives assisted members of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) and agents from the State Department as part of an on-going investigation within the city of Chelsea. The operation was part of a. a multi- state operation targeting individuals who where allegedly manufacturing and selling illegal identification documents including what is commonly known as green cards Taken into custody from 104 Watts Street was Jorge Noriega, age 26 a Guatemalan National and the target of the operation in Chelsea . Agents seized computer equipment, a printer, cash and documents from the Watts Street address. Noriega was placed into custody by federal authorities at that address.
Chelsea residents are reminded they can provide information anonymously to the Police Department by calling the 24 hr Crime Stoppers TIP line at 617-466-4880. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Departments website


Police Investigating Shooting

Chelsea Police along with Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office are investigating a shooting that occurred at the intersection of Maverick and Shawmut Street at 10:15PM this evening. The male victim, age 28 received multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where he is listed in serious condition. The victims name is not being released at this time.
Chelsea residents are reminded they can provide information anonymously to the Police Department by calling the 24 hr Crime Stoppers TIP line at 617-466-4880. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Departments website at

Police Investigating Hit and Run of Pedestrian

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Chelsea Police are looking for the publics help in identifying the operator of a motor vehicle that struck a 57 year old male in front of 242 Washington Avenue at 7:29 PM Tueday evening. The name of the victim is not being released at this time and is listed in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital. Witnesses state a dark colored two door sedan, possibly green in color struck the pedestrian as he attempted to cross the street. One witness states the operator of the vehicle sped off immediately at a high rate of speed after the collision. Police believe the vehicle sustained front end and possible windshield damage as result of the incident. The Massachusetts State Police Reconstruction Unit is assisting Chelsea Police in the investigation. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Chelsea Police case detective at 617-466-4829 Chelsea residents are reminded they can provide information anonymously to the Police Department by calling the 24 hr Crime Stoppers TIP line at 617-466-4880. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Departments website at

UPDATE: MIssing Elderly Female Located

By William Tauro

Missing elderly female, Josephine Dottin, has been located safe & unharmed on an MBTA bus.

She is being reunited with her family.

As previously reported:

MISSING PERSON: Cambridge Police Searching for MIssing 91 Year Old Female

Cambridge Police are actively searching for a missing 91 year old African American female.

Josephine Dottin, 91, of Cambridge went missing earlier today from the area of Rindge Ave in North Cambridge. Family members state they believe Josephine may have boarded a bus on Rindge Ave, possibly headed toward Central Square in Cambridge.

Josephine reportedly suffers from dementia and has previously gone missing before turning up in another Boston-area community.

Josephine is described as a 91 year old light skinned African America female with white hair. She is approximately 5’6” tall, weighs around 130 pounds, and was last seen wearing a maroon top, dark blue jogging pants, light blue jacket, pink winter hat, and black sneakers.

MBTA Transit Police and departments in neighboring communities have also been notified and are aiding in the search.

Police are seeking the public’s help to locate Josephine. Anyone who sees her or may have information about her whereabouts is asked to dial 9-1-1 immediately or call Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300.

Attached is a recent photo of Josephine Dottin. Proudly Supports this Cause: DADDY’S BIG HEART FUND


Hello Family, Friends and Well Wishers:

We are writing this letter on behalf of our dad, Mark Crockton.

Those of us, who are fortunate enough to know our dad, also know that he has the “biggest heart”. But for anyone who does not know him personally, there is little doubt in our minds that you too would be endeared by him and feel that he is well-deserving of your help at this time in his life. Ironically, it is now his “Big Heart” that desperately needs your prayers, thoughts, and support. For you see, dad now needs a new heart, as well as your financial assistance in order to enhance his prognosis and opportunity to live. 

For most of his life, dad has lived without serious health problems, but ten (10) years ago, he was diagnosed with restrictive cardio-myopathy. This condition has resulted in a progressive deterioration in his health. In April 2013, he was placed on the official heart transplant registry and is currently waiting for a new heart to become available. However, his condition has worsened and for the past two months he has been a patient at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where on October 20, 2013, he received an artificial heart transplant. 

Our dad is a proud and hard-working man who finds it extremely difficult to have to reach out to you for help to meet the cost of the operation, hospital stay, and resulting follow-up and rehabilitation expenses. As you can imagine, there are many uninsured expenses associated with transplantation, such as insurance co-pays, costly post-transplant medications (to be taken for a lifetime) home care, travel expenses and personal expenses. Due to dad not being able to work for the past four (4) years, and having to deplete his saving and use Credit cards to pay for health insurance initially, and his mortgage, this has taken a toll on his finances. In addition, we have been informed by hospital officials that we should anticipate other presently unknown or unspecified, but necessary expenses, and to begin working toward raising funds to meet these costs.

Even now with health insurance, the cost of the transplant procedures and follow-up will most likely exceed $2 million. Post-transplant annual medical care alone will be approximately
$ 3,000 per month for the rest of dad’s life.

Successful fundraising is essential to helping the family cover these expenses and we sincerely ask for your help. We appreciate any amount you are willing to donate on behalf of our dad. We are forever grateful for your kindness and generous responses during these hours of our need. 

Thank You So Much.

Marnier and La La


Mark Crockton

Dad was a special education math teacher and basket ball coach with the Boston Public School system. He is a Boy Scout troop leader and member of Twelfth Baptist Church, Volunteer Food Outreach volunteer, civic and political activist, and is a leadership development mentor for boys at risk.
Dad graduated with a Bachelor of Science decree in Business Administration and Accounting from Talladega College located in Talladega, Alabama. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Special Education from Northeastern University, and a Master’s degree in Mathematics for Teaching for Harvard University’s Extension School of Education.
Dad’s hobbies include music and just being involved in all aspects of our activities and interests.
He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Mark Crockton

Donation Information

Please send your donation(s) to:

Bank of America
C/O Daddy’s Big Heart Fund
In honor of M. Crockton
29 Corinth Street
Roslindale MA 0213
Daddy’s Big Heart Fund
138 Rowe Street
Boston, MA 02131
Visit website at: www.

Amount of Contribution____________________________
Name of Contributor______________________________

Please make checks payable to Daddy’s Big Heart Fund

With Great Appreciation

“The Marine Corps Marathon/The People’s Marathon” Is Back This Weekend


Congressman Stephen Lynch At the starting line getting ready to run the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday!

“The People’s Marathon” is back this weekend, and it should be bigger and better than ever. 

Also known as the Marine Corps Marathon, the annual race, which takes part in America’s capital, is a captivating event that not only features people from all walks of life running an exciting race, but also provides events for everyone to enjoy. 

In addition to the 26.2-mile marathon, there will be a 10K race, a kid’s fun run, a smorgasbord of delicious food and an exciting Finish Festival at the end of the race, per the event’s official site.

Late Cambridge Police Officer Honored With Sonny Gentile Square

By William Tauro

Congratulations to the Gentile family of Cambridge for the street dedication in honor of their father, the late great Sonny Gentile with the new “Sonny Gentile Square”. 

The Sonny Gentile Memorial Square is located at the intersection of Lakeview Avenue and Malcolm Road in North Cambridge. 

Over one hundred friends, relatives, elected officials and former coworkers of Sonny were in attendance at Saturday’s memorial ceremony. 

Sonny served in the United States Coast Guard and later went on to become a Cambridge Police Officer.


Continue reading Late Cambridge Police Officer Honored With Sonny Gentile Square

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Announces Key Federal Decision on Project First Light Casino



Land in Trust DEIS Approved for Release by Interior Department – Tribe’s Land Application Advances


(TAUNTON, MA – October 23, 2013) — The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced today that the U.S. Department of Interior has approved the publication of the federal Draft Environmental Continue reading Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Announces Key Federal Decision on Project First Light Casino

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation Legislative Strategy Agenda for 2013-2014

At the recent 2013 Motorcycle Rid ers Foundations (MRF) Meeting of the Minds held September in Columbus, Ohio a Legislative Strategy Session was hosted by the MRF’s Legislative Committee.  As has been done for the past several years, the MRF requested that it be attended by Sustaining State Motorcyclists Rights Organizations (SSMRO) Legislative and/or Executive Officers. The goal is to set the MRF’s Federal Legislative Agenda for the coming Meeting of the Minds “to” Meeting of the Minds cycle. Continue reading The Motorcycle Riders Foundation Legislative Strategy Agenda for 2013-2014

Friendly Wager with Malden, Missouri!


Mayor Gary Christenson and Mayor Ray Santie of Malden, Missouri have placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.  If the Red Sox win, Mayor Santie will deliver Missouri’s native grown rice and purple hull peas to Mayor Christenson’s office.  If the Cardinals win, Mayor Christenson will send Mayor Santie’s office an assortment of Malden’s own New England Coffee. Also, the Mayor of the city that loses will have to wear the winning team’s jersey to work the day after the final game of the World Series.

“I look forward to sampling some native Missouri fare!” said Mayor Christenson.

Celebrating a Century!


Mayor Gary Christenson wished Atria Maplewood Place resident Ben Talmanson a very happy 100th birthday on October 11th and issued him a citation in celebration of his milestone. Mr. Talmanson said that his secret to his long and healthy life was the devotion of his lovely wife, Marion.



Front row:  Ben’s wife Marion Talmanson, Ben Talmanson, Mayor Christenson

Back row:  daughter Judy Belinsky, daughter Elaine Kuperstein, granddaughter Lori Lampert, great grand-daughter Sadie Lampert, son-in-law Leon Belinsky. 



Mark your calendars for 2014-15 school choice season: ‘Discover BPS’ with Showcase in our Schools, School Preview Days and more, starting in November

New format offers families a closer look at schools; redesigned website to launch in early November

BOSTON— November marks the beginning of our School Choice season, when the Boston Public Schools invites families to tour schools, talk with principals and school staff, meet other parents and incoming students and ask about our student enrichment opportunities — all to help families choose the schools that best fit their needs. Families entering Kindergarten, 6th or 9th grade next year can register for schools beginning in January. Continue reading Mark your calendars for 2014-15 school choice season: ‘Discover BPS’ with Showcase in our Schools, School Preview Days and more, starting in November

Metrowest Women Business Owners Build Personal Brand for Charity



Group PassionFire Women is lighting a spark of inspiration in local entrepreneurs

FRAMINGHAM, MA – For those owning a business, climbing the corporate ladder, or looking for a new job, today’s competitive edge is all about professional branding.Join an inspiring group of women entrepreneurs for an evening of networking, business development, and to learn about conscious personal branding on October 29 at The VERVE – Crowne Plaza Natick.  All proceeds will be donated to local non-profit, Speaking Out Safely.  Continue reading Metrowest Women Business Owners Build Personal Brand for Charity

City of Somerville Police Department Promotions


By William Tauro

This past Thursday October 24th, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Board of Aldermen promoted three Somerville Police Officers .

The ceremony took place in the alderman’s chambers at city hall.

Sergeant Timothy Mitsakis was promoted to Lieutenant, Officer John Tam (K9 Unit) was promoted to Sergeant, and Officer Martha Costa was also promoted to Sergeant.

All three officers have had outstanding careers with the City of Somerville and the Police Department.

Photos:The three promoted officers taking the oath at the promotion swearing ceremony in by Somerville City Clerk John Long.



METROWEST, MA — MetroWest Moves and Building a Healthy Northborough, Mass in Motion initiatives in Framingham, Hudson, Marlborough, and Northborough, will be co-hosting “MetroWest Healthy Dining Week” November 1st – 10th, 2013.


The goal of these Mass in Motion healthy dining initiatives is to promote better nutrition among people who live, work, and play in Framingham, Hudson, Marlborough, and Northborough. Many U.S. families frequently eat meals outside of the home, and people are increasingly requesting lighter, healthier meal options. Restaurants are responding to this request so that their patrons can make well informed decisions and enjoy healthier lives. Food establishments participate in this voluntary program by offering healthier meal and beverage options. Participating restaurants must offer healthier menu items that meet the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for calories, fat, and sodium. These healthier options are approved by the MetroWest Moves and Building a Healthy Northborough dietitian.


Restaurants that choose to participate in MetroWest Healthy Dining Week will be featured in local and regional print and online media. They will also be featured in local school and community newsletters and promotional flyers distributed throughout the communities and receive statewide attention for their participation such as being included in Mass in Motion list-servs.


Customers who visit participating restaurants between November 1st – 10th, 2013 and order approved meals will have the opportunity to take a photo of themselves with their meal. They can submit the photo to the MetroWest Moves website, Facebook, or Twitter page to be entered into a raffle to receive a gift certificate to participating restaurants.


For more information and to view a list of participating restaurants, visit

Kate Sullivan/Boston Neighborhoods & MassART Student Exhibition Running at City Hall


Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events present two exhibitions; Boston Neighborhoods & MassART/Student Exhibition


Mayor’s Gallery 5th floor Boston City Hall:

Kate Sullivan / Boston Neighborhoods

Kate Sullivan, can be defined as an urban portraitist. Her highly realistic drawings and paintings capture not just the physical appearance of city buildings and neighborhoods, but also an essence that makes each of them unique. A long-time resident of Fort Hill in Roxbury, Sullivan does not need to go far to find inspiration!


The exhibition will be on display through October 31.


The Scollay Square Gallery 3rd floor Boston City Hall:

MassART/ Student Exhibition

“Born of a pioneering spirit, Massachusetts College of Art and Design is the nation’s first independent public college of art and design—and the first art school to grant a degree.”

The exhibition shows the talent and creativity of the students that currently attend this world class art & design college. The exhibition will be on display through November 21.

The Galleries at Boston City Hall are open the public at no charge and are accessible to persons with disabilities. Boston City Hall is accessible by T via Government Center (Green and Blue lines) and Haymarket (Green and Orange lines).For further information call 617-635-3245 or visit Has an App For That!”

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Malden Resident writing a Collection of Russian Books for Translation to English


Malden resident Rudolf Svoren, a well-known Russian science-journalist, researcher and writer visited Mayor Christenson to discuss his current project, a collection of books entitled “The World is Built Very Simple.” The collection of 12 short books will focus on subjects such as stars, galaxies, and atoms, as well as the diversity of animal species, the creation and use of electrical energy, oil production, delivery of gasoline, and the production of bread and sugar. The collection is designed for non-technical students from the 5th to the 9th grade. Mr. Svoren hopes to finalize the text and illustrations of all 12 books by the end of next year, at which time he will organize the translation of the collection into English, making the collection accessible to all English speakers.


For more information, please email