New Police Commissioner Search On In Cambridge 

The search process for hiring a new Police Commissioner in the City of Cambridge is underway. City Manager Louis A. DePasquale has hired the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a Washington, DC based non-profit that over the past decade has assisted with more than 75 executive searches, to assist with the development of the leadership profile, the recruitment of highly qualified candidates, and the applicant screening process. Continue reading New Police Commissioner Search On In Cambridge 

Alex Foster Foundation Fundraiser

This March, the Alex Foster Foundation (AFF) will host their first fundraiser. AFF is a 501c3 charitable organization whose mission is to educate and raise awareness about addiction, and to offer support to those who are struggling with addiction and their families. The Foster family formed the foundation after the loss of Alex, their son and brother, at the age of 28 in 2014. That year, almost 1,400 people in Massachusetts died from Substance Use Disorder. Continue reading Alex Foster Foundation Fundraiser

North Reading Man Arraigned in Connection with Alleged MDMA Drug Lab


NORTH READING – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Lowell Navarro, 28, of North Reading, was arraigned today in Woburn District Court in connection with an alleged MDMA drug manufacturing operation that was discovered when authorities responded to a fire that had broken out at the defendant’s residence. Continue reading North Reading Man Arraigned in Connection with Alleged MDMA Drug Lab

Tewksbury PD Drug Trafficking Arrest


On February 10, 2017 the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Howard Luke, 22 of 39 Brad Ct., Manchester N.H. for trafficking fentanyl, 3 counts of possession with the intent to distribute a class c substance (clonazepam, diazepam and psilocybin mushrooms), assault and battery on a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, willful and malicious destruction of property, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, disorderly conduct and an equipment violation.     Continue reading Tewksbury PD Drug Trafficking Arrest


Funding provided by City of Boston and Mass Cultural Council to support local arts organizations

BOSTON – Friday, February 10, 2017 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the selection of 173 Boston organizations and projects that will receive 2017 Boston Cultural Council organizational grants, totaling $462,250. Continue reading MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES 173 BOSTON ORGANIZATIONS TO RECEIVE OVER $450,000 OF 2017 BOSTON CULTURAL COUNCIL GRANTS 


Recovery Partnership to Connect Inmates with Recovery Services

BOSTON – Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins in launching a recovery partnership between the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services that will expand the delivery of recovery services to inmates during incarceration and create a continuum of care that will continue after their release.
“This program will make our communities and homes safer,” said Mayor Walsh. “This initiative is about giving people second chances, and a fighting chance at recovery. It’s important we build strong pathways to and from the recovery community, and these pathways must extend to our prisons. I’d like to thank the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for their important work, and for partnering with us in this recovery effort. We look forward to continuing to grow this partnership.”
The Recovery Partnership includes a series of regular recovery panels at the Suffolk County House of Corrections and the Nashua Street Jail, through which service providers, experts and relevant stakeholders will offer guidance and connections to inmates prior to their release, helping to guide the inmates through the early recovery process, and allowing them to build a network of support in the neighborhoods where they live.
This Recovery Partnership focuses on a key intervention point for populations with substance use disorders. Between June and December of 2016, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department admitted 2,223 individuals who were in need of medical care for substance use disorder. The partnership will allow inmates to be trained on overdose prevention and Narcan use and to build relationships with providers who will help ensure their long-term recovery after release, including providers who offer outpatient care services, medically assisted treatment and recovery support groups.
“This Recovery Partnership will mean faster, stronger, and better connections for incarcerated individuals leaving our institutions and reentering their neighborhoods,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “In corrections we know that what we do ‘behind the wall’ is impactful, but we can only do so much. We know that in order for those individuals in our care to be successful in reentering society they must develop strong, meaningful connections with people in their neighborhoods and communities.”
“We’re excited for this opportunity to integrate recovery services throughout the reentry continuum,” said Jen Tracey, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services. “Exposing people to the services offered through the Boston Public Health Commission’s Bureau of Recovery Services and by other providers in our community will allow this high risk population to be exposed to recovery services prior to their release and ensure they receive support as they transition back into the community.”
Incarcerated individuals are at an increased risk of overdose when they leave jail, as often the potency of street drugs has changed during their incarceration and their tolerance to those drugs has decreased. Inmates in recovery often face a unique set of challenges as they work to reenter society while working on their recovery.

Domestic Violence Training Held for Students at Medford Vocational Technical High School


Cut It Out Program Teaches Students to Recognize Warning Signs and Become Familiar With Community Resources


MEDFORD – Last week, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan spoke to cosmetology and health assistance students at Medford Vocational Technical High School as part of the Cut It Out Middlesex program. Participants in the training learned how to spot signs of domestic violence and how to safely refer clients to local community service providers. District Attorney Ryan hosted the free training with Deborah Fallon, founder of the nonprofit organization Portal To Hope, which provides services to victims of domestic violence in Medford and the surrounding communities.


This training is part of the public-private partnership started by District Attorney Ryan in 2009 to bring the national domestic violence prevention program Cut It Out to high school vocational programs, professional training academies and private salons across Middlesex County. The program also introduces and aligns participants with domestic violence service agencies, as well as specialized domestic violence officers from local police departments.


“The Cut It Out program recognizes the unique opportunity that individuals in the cosmetology profession have to observe some of the less conspicuous signs of domestic violence, like missing hair or bruising,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Through this training, we look to reach victims of abuse in a non-traditional setting by providing salon professionals, who are often trusted by their clients, with the tools to help identify an unhealthy situation and to safely refer someone in need to community resources that can help.”


In an effort to expand Cut It Out training across the Commonwealth, District Attorney Ryan has partnered with State Representative Christine Barber to spearhead legislation that would require licensed aestheticians, barbers, cosmetologists, electrologists, hairdressers, manicurists, and massage therapists to complete one hour of domestic violence and sexual assault awareness training upon receiving or renewing their license to practice.


“It was a great experience to meet with cosmetology students participating in this training and to learn more about Cut It Out, which District Attorney Ryan has had so much success with in Middlesex County,” said Representative Barber. “By filing the new bill HD2547, I am working to ensure statewide access to programs like Cut It Out and offer better community response and resources to victims of domestic violence across Massachusetts.”


Domestic violence is a major public safety and public health issue. The World Health Organization estimates that one in three women experience sexual or physical violence. This new bill recognizes the value of expanding education about domestic violence and sexual assault in a community setting. Under the new bill licensed practitioners would be protected from any criminal or civil liability.


Following the training students from the cosmetology program provided haircuts, facials and manicures for survivors from REACH Beyond Domestic Violence. Culinary students also prepared and served the attendees a complimentary lunch as part of the service component of the District Attorney’s program.


“District Attorney Ryan’s initiative provides an important insight to our students. It helps them to recognize that their professional responsibilities go far beyond providing cosmetology services. Utilizing the skills taught by the District Attorney’s Cut It Out Program, they can make a real contribution in identifying and preventing domestic abuse, thereby saving lives,” said Roy E. Belson, Superintendent of Schools, Medford Public Schools.


“Having the Honorable District Attorney Ryan and her colleagues present to our Cosmetology and Health Assisting students was a great opportunity. The students, as they prepare for the workforce, received relevant knowledge on how to identify and assist those women who may need supports from organizations such as Portal to Hope. It was an unbelievable experience for our students to be able to learn and become knowledgeable in this very important problem. Programs like this provides deeper understanding of their impact to the community within the workplace,” added Heidi T. Riccio, Principal/Director, Medford Vocational Technical High School.


The training program was also attended by community leaders including, State Representative Paul Donato, Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke, City Councilor Rick Caraviello, a representative from Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s Office and Medford School Committee member Kathy Kreatz.


Cut It Out Middlesex started at local vocational and technical high school training programs to create awareness around the issue of domestic violence at the earliest stage of students’ professional development. The Cut It Out program was conceived and first implemented in 2002 in Alabama and has become the national program of the Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund, which is dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to recognize signs of abuse and to fight the epidemic of domestic violence in communities across the United States. To date, District Attorney Ryan has trained over 1,700 individuals through the Cut It Out Program.


Portal To Hope is a non-profit organization committed to helping victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes. Portal To Hope offers a variety of programs and services which assist victims to begin the healing process and helps to rebuild self-esteem. Portal To Hope also works directly with local community leaders and organizations, as well as members of the state legislature desiring to end the cycle of violence in their communities. Portal To Hope’s clients are new & existing victims from various communities throughout Massachusetts. They have programs with the cities of Everett, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Winthrop and neighboring Massachusetts communities.


For more information or to inquire about how to bring Cut It Out Middlesex training to your salon, contact Director of Community Partnerships Shawn MacMaster at 781-897-8300.


ICGG Bringing Good Things To Life In Somerville 

By William Tauro 

ICGG, a Somerville organization located at 85 Washington St, in Somerville has finalized a project that will allow access to local community to an indoor soccer, basketball and volleyball facility. ICGG also owns RIT television available nationwide through Dish Network, Comcast and Sling TV and WMVX1570, a major Portuguese speaking radio and TV network. WMVX (NOSSA RÁDIO USA) is the Portuguese voice of the New England Revolution. Continue reading ICGG Bringing Good Things To Life In Somerville