The Tewksbury Police Department Joins Statewide Effort to Reduce Distracted Driving Crashes

 

The Tewksbury Police Department will partner with the 202 eligible local Massachusetts law enforcement agencies and the Massachusetts State Police in the national U Drive, U Text, U Pay mobilization to crack down on texting while driving. Continue reading The Tewksbury Police Department Joins Statewide Effort to Reduce Distracted Driving Crashes

Maximum Harm: The Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI, and the Road to the Marathon Bombing


Book by Michele R. McPhee

Its a great read by a great person who did the research, followed it night and day and purged out the truth right up front!
Michele McPhee has a no holds barred type of personality and calls it like she see’s it with no bull! The truth and nothing but the truth is what you get with Michele.  Continue reading Maximum Harm: The Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI, and the Road to the Marathon Bombing

Medford Spreading Awareness to Cities & Towns on the Growing Battle of Addiction

By William Tauro 

This past Wednesday night,

President Shannon Deyeso and the Medford Lions Club hosted a Narcan and overdose awareness talk at Carroll’s Restaurant that’s located in Medford Square.  
Guest speakers Patrol Officer Rory Lockowittz, Lieutenant Joe Casey and K9 Officer Harry MacGilvray of the Medford Police Department and Medford’s Prevention Outreach Manager Penny Funaiole spoke on how they handle overdoses in the city of Medford, the use of Narcan and the drug infestation problems within surrendering cities and town and how they are battling this serious growing problem.  Continue reading Medford Spreading Awareness to Cities & Towns on the Growing Battle of Addiction

Billerica Man Held in Connection with Alleged Elder Abuse

 

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Kevin Walker, 35, of Billerica, was ordered held without bail by Judge Hélène Kazanjian after a dangerousness hearing on Friday, March 17, in Middlesex Superior Court in connection with an alleged series of physical and financial abuses of an elderly victim. Continue reading Billerica Man Held in Connection with Alleged Elder Abuse

Latest Somerville Neighborhood News

Please check out the latest Somerville Neighborhood News headlines and video segments. Somerville Neighborhood News is a production of Somerville Community Access Television, made by professional journalists, volunteers and staff. We also invite you to become more involved with SNN! You can join as a community reporter, researcher, contributor or in some other volunteer capacity. You can reach out to us at news@scatvsomerville.org. Below are the latest SNN story headlines and you can watch the full news segments online at http://www.somervillenighborhoodnews.org!

Representative Michael Capuano Holds a Town Hall at Somerville High School
On March 13th, Representative Michael E. Capuano​ , a former Somerville Mayor, hosted his town hall at Somerville High School. The audience, estimated to be more than 400 people, asked questions of the Congressman for over 90 minutes.

Gaming Convention PAX East features Somerville Musician on Mainstage
Somerville resident and professional violinist Michael Hustedde​ performed on the main stage at popular gaming convention PAX East 2017​. Michael’s group, Videri String Quartet​, is an ensemble dedicated to performing the music of video games at the highest level. Take a look!

Medford Students Shine At Annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!


Posted by LISA EVANGELISTA

BOSTON GLOBE SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS

“These awards are part of a proud tradition by The Boston Globe and the Globe Foundation of honoring and encouraging a new generation of young, artistic talent in Massachusetts,” said Linda Pizzuti Henry, the Globe’s managing director. Continue reading Medford Students Shine At Annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

Tufts Grad Students Forge Connections With Students At Medford High/Medford Tech


Posted by LISA EVANGELISTA 

(Courtesy of Tufts University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering)

Inspiring the Next Generation
Tufts graduate students continue to forge connections with young scientists and engineers through a Reverse Science Fair with Medford High School. Continue reading Tufts Grad Students Forge Connections With Students At Medford High/Medford Tech

Three Gloucester Firefighters Graduate From Firefighting Academy


Left to right: Firefighter/Paramedics Andrew Lyons, Anthony DellaCroce and Ryan Goodwin graduated from the State Firefighting Academy today. (Courtesy Photo Gloucester Fire Department)

GLOUCESTER and STOW — Fire Chief Eric Smith, along with State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Deputy Director Joseph Klucznik, are pleased to announce that three Gloucester Continue reading Three Gloucester Firefighters Graduate From Firefighting Academy

Medford:MTHS Update – Construction Begins On New Restaurant For Culinary Arts/Hospitality!


Posted by LISA EVANGELISTA on MARCH 12, 2017

The Medford Technical High School, recently received monies from the Commonwealth to develop a brand new restaurant for the culinary arts and hospitality pathway programs. To begin that process, the Graphic Arts Program was moved closer to the new TV Studio, to create a design, visual and media pathways program. Continue reading Medford:MTHS Update – Construction Begins On New Restaurant For Culinary Arts/Hospitality!

Medford Tech Travels To McGlynn School To Conduct “States Of Matter” Science Lesson

From the desk of Mr. Norman Rousseau, M.Sc., M.Ed., Biotechnology Educator, Medford Technical High School…
“Today, I traveled to Ms. Katie Ford’s 3rd grade class at the McGlynn Elementary to conduct an interactive science lesson regarding states of matter. Continue reading Medford Tech Travels To McGlynn School To Conduct “States Of Matter” Science Lesson

Lowell Officials Call Attention to Surge in Opioid Overdoses

  

LOWELL – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan today in partnership with Lowell City Councilor Corey Belanger, Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor, Lowell Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward, and John Chemlay, co-owner and President of Trinity EMS called on the public to be vigilant this weekend in the aftermath of a recent surge in opioid overdoses in the Greater Lowell area, attributing the rise to a potentially dangerous batch of heroin. Continue reading Lowell Officials Call Attention to Surge in Opioid Overdoses

Boston’s Best Spellers Celebrated at 10th Annual Citywide Spelling Bee


Boston–A crowd of family members, teachers and friends were on hand today to congratulate 22 Boston youth from across the City competing in Boston’s tenth annual Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) Citywide Spelling Bee at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Continue reading Boston’s Best Spellers Celebrated at 10th Annual Citywide Spelling Bee

Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance on 29th Anniversary of Malden Unsolved Homicide 

Sheila Levesque

 

MALDEN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Malden Chief of Police Kevin Molis are seeking the public’s assistance on the 29th anniversary of the homicide of Sheila Levesque. On March 12, 1988, Sheila Levesque, a 35-year-old mother of six children was stabbed to death in her home in Malden.
Continue reading Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance on 29th Anniversary of Malden Unsolved Homicide 

Arlington Police Department Honors Officer and Employee of the Year at Annual Awards Ceremony


ARLINGTON — Chief Frederick Ryan is very proud to announce that the Arlington Police Department recognized several members of the department for their commitment, service and lifesaving work over the past year.
Employees of the Police Department and the Town of Arlington gathered on Thursday evening at The Sons of Italy Function Hall on Prentiss Road for the annual ceremony. Opening remarks were given by Diane M. Mahon, chair of the Arlington Board of Selectmen, and Town Manager Adam W. Chapdelaine. Continue reading Arlington Police Department Honors Officer and Employee of the Year at Annual Awards Ceremony

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF BUSINESS CAPITAL AND FINANCE UNIT


Refocused small business lending will increase economic mobility and prioritize historically underserved neighborhoods and demographics
BOSTON – Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced yesterday the formation of the Business Capital and Finance Unit in his speech at the Boston Municipal Research Bureau’s annual meeting. Housed within the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Continue reading MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF BUSINESS CAPITAL AND FINANCE UNIT

Medford:RUNNING OF THE LEPRECHAUNS 5k & Party!

 

RUNNING OF THE LEPRECHAUNS 4, produced by Foundation of Friends in partnership with the City of Medford will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2016 at the American Legion, 321 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA. This fun, 5k race/walk followed by a festive St. Patrick’s Day Party benefits Boston Children’s Hospital. Your participation by running, walking, cheering and volunteering will make this event a huge success! Is féidir grá agus cairdeas réimeas -May love and Friendship Reign! Continue reading Medford:RUNNING OF THE LEPRECHAUNS 5k & Party!

Former Harvard Law School Employee Arraigned in Connection with Alleged Financial Theft

 

CAMBRIDGE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Darris Saylors, 32, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was arraigned today in Cambridge District Court and charged with two counts of larceny over $250, two counts of false entry into corporate books, uttering a false writing and forgery of a document in connection with an alleged theft from Harvard Law School.

  Continue reading Former Harvard Law School Employee Arraigned in Connection with Alleged Financial Theft

Letter to the Editor:Beware of Tom Reilly’s Personal Promises

 

​In a recent blog regarding my book “The Politics of Murder,” I mentioned that Mr. Reilly was dealing with two very high-profile unsolved murders at the time of Janet Downing’s murder in July, 1995. Deanna Cremins, age 17, was strangled and left in an alleyway just blocks from her house on March 30, 1995. Before that, law professor Mary Jo Krug, age 49, was stabbed to death while walking near her home in Cambridge in the late afternoon of April 4, 1991. Reilly and his CPAC team had failed to develop any suspects for these murders; in fact, they both remain unsolved to this day.

​I got curious about other unsolved murders in Middlesex County during Tom Reilly’s years, from January 3, 1991 to January 7, 1999. I also wondered about how many murder convictions were recorded in Middlesex County during that time. Unfortunately, that data is not readily available on any Internet search. Statistics for homicides in Massachusetts are not gathered by county. Middlesex County is comprised of 12 cities and 42 towns. I tried doing a city-by-city search. Only Cambridge had a listing for all homicides committed, the dates, the manner of death, the place of death, and who—if anyone—was convicted of the crime.

​So my limited review of unsolved murders in Middlesex County during the years that District Attorney Tom Reilly was in office revealed only that under Reilly’s watch there were seven murders that went unsolved, six from Cambridge and one from Somerville.

• 3/5/1991 Uri Woods, 29, of Cambridge was stabbed to death on the street

• 4/4/91 Mary Jo Frug, 49, was stabbed to death in West Cambridge

• 12/5/91 Esther Olofson, 49, was strangled to death in her bed in Cambridge

• 9/22/93 Michael Garner, 23, was robbed and shot in Cambridge

• 3/31/94 Edward Semino was beaten to death behind CASPAR in Cambridge

• 3/30/95 Deanna Cremins, 17, was strangled to death in Somerville

• 8/9/95 Lilia Fagundes, 42, was shot to death in her market in Cambridge​

And here’s what’s really significant: I never heard of these other murders.

In fact, most readers will probably only recognize the name of Deanna Cremins from Somerville. For years, her family had a billboard up on Route 93 asking for information about her case. Tom Reilly often boasted about his empathy for the victims of crime… but I’d never heard him even mention these other victims!

During this same period in Cambridge, Reilly’s office obtained 10 convictions for murdered victims. You wouldn’t recognize any of their names if I listed them, except, perhaps, that of Yngye Raustein, who was an MIT student brutally stabbed on Memorial Drive by a juvenile and two 17-year-olds. But even here, I believe that while most readers would remember the crime, no one remembers Yngye’s name, or nationality, or age, or even how he was killed.

Whether or not one considers 10 convictions out of 16 murders a good clearance rate, (I don’t) the fact is that Mr. Reilly did not choose to personally prosecute any of those murders.

Now think about this: virtually everyone knows the name “Eddie O’Brien.” Everyone knows that his case changed the juvenile laws in Massachusetts, making it possible for 14-year-old children to be tried as adults. Everyone knows that juveniles, after the O’Brien case, could be sent to adult prisons for a sentence of life without parole. Many people even recall the victim’s name, Janet Downing. And most people assume he’s guilty.  

Why was this case so different from all of the other horrific murders that took place during Tom Reilly’s tenure? It’s because he made the case famous, by choosing from the outset that hot summer night in 1995 to handle the prosecution of the case personally. As Michael Blanding noted in a Boston Magazine article entitled “The Reilly Factor” in 2002:

He (Reilly) took the unprecedented step of trying the case himself, leading angry residents to accuse him of using the boy’s trial for his own political ends. Detractors accused him of grandstanding before the TV cameras and turning the case into a political issue he could ride into higher office.

Reilly, on the other hand, told a reporter that he felt a personal responsibility for Downing, whose wounds, he said, showed she’d fought hard for her life.

Does that mean he felt no personal responsibility for the other victims who were brutally murdered under his watch? Did he not believe they had fought hard enough for their lives? What does it say about an elected official who picks and chooses who is worthy of his personal attention—and who is not?

In 2002, Reilly told Boston Magazine that his motivation was nothing more than a “personal promise. We owed it to the family to finish the job.”

Why didn’t Derrick Chance, Bobby Schley, Tyrone Phoenix, Rosalie Whalen, Claire Downing, Trang Phoung Ho, Laurence Cooper, Helena Gardner, Benny Rosa or Joseph Berenger get the district attorney’s personal promise? Why didn’t he owe a personal promise to their families, to finish the job for them too?

There is only one answer to these rhetorical questions. He didn’t personally try those cases because Tom Reilly would never have been elected attorney general for convicting Dennis Whalen, who bludgeoned his wife Rosalie to death with a hammer. Tom Reilly would never have been elected attorney general for convicting Ken Downing for beating his wheelchair-bound wife Claire to death with a blunt object. Domestic violence was just not part of Reilly’s political agenda in 1995. He wasn’t trying to change the laws on domestic violence in Massachusetts. He was, however, trying desperately to change the juvenile laws in Massachusetts. He wanted to be the trailblazer for the superpredator theorists.

Less than a month after the O’Brien verdict, a jury convicted Louise Woodward (a British au pair tried for the murder of a baby in her care) of second-degree murder. But the judge in that case took the highly unusual step of reducing the verdit to manslaughter, and releasing her from custody in exchange for the time she’d served while awaiting trial. Why? He accused Reilly’s office of overreaching and overcharging defendants. He wanted to put an end to it. 

The label “overzealous prosecutor” Reilly earned when he personally prosecuted the O’Brien case was forever cemented, according to Blanding, with the Woodward case.

If only Eddie O’Brien had drawn a judge willing to see what so many others saw in his case: the full weight and power of the state being brought to bear on a 15-year-old boy who had neither the temperament, the motive, or the opportunity to commit this heinous crime. If only Tom Reilly had not made a “personal promise” to Janet Downing’s family, we would have learned who really killed her that hot night in July. The real killer would have been tried and convicted of her murder, just like the other 10 convictions. The Downing family would not be tortured by reopening this case for further investigation, and Eddie O’Brien would not have lost 22 years of his life.

We all lost when Tom Reilly chose this case as his cause célèbre. That is, everyone lost… except Tom Reilly. He won that election for attorney general. But what a price the people of Massachusetts, the Downings, and the O’Briens paid for his win !

I wonder if he thinks it was worth it?

Statement of Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick


LAWRENCE — Chief James Fitzpatrick issues the following statement:
“The Lawrence Police Department is an extremely dedicated law enforcement and public safety agency. The drug and opioid epidemic affects every city and town in this country. Here in Lawrence, we work closely — and have worked closely for decades — with our law enforcement partners in major cities across New England, including Boston and Manchester, N.H., to aggressively enforce the drug laws and stem the flow of drugs into communities. This is a national epidemic that requires teamwork and partnership across borders and among municipal, state and federal agencies.”

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES HIRING OF ARTIST RESOURCE MANAGER TO SERVE AS CITY LIAISON TO LOCAL ARTISTS


BOSTON – Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the hiring of Julia Ryan as the Artist Resource Manager in the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. The position, included as one of the action items in Boston Creates, is newly created and will act as a single point of entry to City Hall for creative people and businesses looking to find information about a wide range of issues, from permitting and licensing processes to affordable housing, and financial literacy to small business support.
“I am thrilled that we are opening up an important channel of communication between local artists and their city government by creating an Artist Resource Manager,” said Mayor Walsh. “Responding to the needs of artists is a crucial part of the cultural plan, and I am confident that Julia will do an exceptional job in serving as a liaison to our creative community.”
The Artist Resource Manager position was first proposed during one of the Mayor’s many conversations with members of the artist community, and envisioned during the cultural planning process as a liaison specifically for artists, modeled after the coordinators in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services. The City heard from the community that artists have some specialized needs and would be best served by someone who understands artists and arts organizations, as well as City systems.
In 2015, Mayor Walsh launched Boston Creates, a cultural planning process designed to create a long-term plan for arts and culture. When the plan was unveiled in 2016, it detailed five goals designed to create a cultural shift in the city: building a sustainable arts ecosystem, supporting Boston artists, promoting cultural equity, integrating arts and culture into all aspects of civic life and engaging both likely and unlikely partners, uniting them in the goal of ensuring Boston becomes a leading city for the arts.
“I am so excited to have Julia join our team,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “She has many years of experience of working directly with artists and we know that she will bring that experience to bear as she enters this new role at City Hall.”
The goal of this position is to help creative people find the resources and assistance they need to do creative projects. Not only will Julia help artists and arts navigate City Hall, she will also serve as an aggregator of information and resources, focused on artists and creative practice. Ms. Ryan will be located at the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in Rm. 802 at City Hall and can be reached at 617-635-ARTS (2787).
Julia formerly served as an Arts in Education Council Consultant at Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, where she worked to advance developmental goals for the school’s arts department initiatives. Prior to that, Julia worked as an Education and Development Coordinator at the Urbano Project and a volunteer curator at Unbound Visual Artists. She graduated with a Master of Education degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and lives in Jamaica Plain.
Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC)

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture’s mission is to support artists, the cultural sector, and to promote access to the arts for all. The office houses the Boston Cultural Council, the Boston Art Commission, and the Poet Laureate program. Responsibilities include implementing the City’s cultural plan, Boston Creates; managing the Boston Artist-in-Residence program; curating exhibitions in City Hall; and operating the historic Strand Theater in Dorchester.

For more information, look here. 

Medford:MHS Senior, Carly Roy, Named To State-Wide Journalism Staff By Mass Press Association


Recently, Medford High School Senior Carly Roy, was named to the All-State Journalism Staff. Carly serves as photo editor for the Mustang Yearbook Staff. She is one of only five students state-wide to be selected by the Massachusetts Scholastic Press Association for this prestigious honor. Applicants had to submit an online portfolio of their work, a journalism resume, and a two page reflection on their journalism career to date. This is the first year that the Massachusetts Scholastic Press Association, a state affiliate of the National Journalism Education Association, has named the All-State Staff, in an effort to recognize excellence and shine a light on the next generation of newsroom leaders.

Carly’s photos have appeared both on the cover and inside the Mustang yearbook for the past two years. Her work has also been featured in various local exhibitions, as well as, in the school’s literary magazine and the Medford Transcript. Carly is the founder and President of the Medford High School Photography Club. 

 

The five winners along with Carly were: Olivia Gieger of Wellesley High School, Mona Baloch of Newton South High School, Kathrine Esten of Somerset Berkley Regional High School, and Zachary Miller of Wellesley High School. Carly’s portfolio can be accessed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143127072@N04/sets/72157680219660806/with/32766223531/

Arrest Warrant Issued for Suspect in Everett Homicide

 

EVERETT – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Everett Chief of Police Steven Mazzie have announced that an arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect in the murder of Francis Brescia, 65, of Everett.

 

The suspect has been identified as David Grossack, 47. Grossack is believed to be homeless and was last seen in the Boston area. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 175 lbs. The preliminary investigation into this matter suggests that this was not a random act; however the public should not attempt to approach Grossack and should contact law enforcement immediately if they have any information regarding this investigation.

 

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office responded to an apartment located at 25 Oakland Avenue in Everett. Upon arrival police located the body of Francis Brescia in an advanced state of decomposition. Police were notified by the building’s landlord who discovered the body following a well-being check. The case was referred to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who upon inspection of the body identified several traumatic injuries to the victim and ruled the manner of death to be homicide. The cause of death is being withheld at this point to protect the integrity of the investigation.

 

Anyone with information on this case should contact the Massachusetts State Police at (781) 897-6600 or the Everett Police Department at (617) 384-2361 or online at Everettpolicema.com.

 

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

 

This is an ongoing homicide investigation and no additional details are being made publicly available at this time.

 

Medford High School/Medford Vocational Technical High School’s 60th Birthday Bash Reunion ! ! !

Friday Night, May 12, 2017 
Montvale Plaza
54 Montvale Avenue

Stoneham, MA 

Classes of 74, 75, 76 are invited. It does not matter if you are 59, 60, 61 – what ever ! It is a birthday bash reunion.

Spread the word, price is $40 to be sent to:

Ellen Harrington Iacopucci

33 Jackson Rd, Medford, MA 02155

Need a room : Courtyard Marriott in Woburn $119 for the night

Ask for Medford High Reunion rate. Shuttle running to/from Montvale.

Cambridge Urban Gardening Series 


The next class of the Urban Gardening series is Wednesday, Mar. 8, 7-8:30 p.m., Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall. Designing a garden for a small space is enough of a challenge. But once you have created one, how do you fend off the uninvited guests? Although insects, critters, fungi, and other plant diseases are part of gardening, there are ways to discourage the most destructive pests. Bring your questions, and let’s find a solution! The Urban Gardening Series is designed to help city dwellers grow healthy, sustainable, and beautiful urban gardens. Led by New England Wild Flower Society in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Commission.

Other sessions in this series include:

•Building a Drought-Tolerant Garden – 4/1

•Growing Food in the City – 5/10

•Improving Your Garden Soil – 6/10

•Nibbling on Nature in the City – 7/12

•Garden and Landscape Maintenance – 8/12

More info at http://camb.ma/2lhBg56