Medford cancels auction of Native American artifacts, citing federal law

On the morning of Nov. 17, Medford City Solicitor Mark Rumley, acting at the behest of Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke, requested that Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers remove seven Native American artifacts owned by the Medford Public Library (MPL) from a Dec. 1 auction, according to Rumley. The seven artifacts from the northwest United States — […]

Massachusetts attorney general discusses state, national politics at Tisch College event

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey spoke to members of the Tufts, Medford and Somerville communities Monday about state and national politics and critical issues facing Massachusetts and the United States at Distler Performance Hall in the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center. Healey spoke as part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life’s […]

After gun magazine clip discovery, Medford School Committee discusses school security, closes school today

A gun magazine clip found in an auditorium at the McGlynn Elementary and Middle School in Medford went unreported to the police by Medford Superintendent of Schools Roy Belson for close to seven weeks, according to a story in the Medford Transcript. A cleaning company discovered the clip, containing three or four bullets, under a seat at the […]

As Green Line Extension moves forward, locals hope for expansion into Medford

The Green Line Extension (GLX), a long-awaited plan to provide light rail service to previously unserved areas of Medford and Somerville, is on track for completion by December 2021, according to the project’s website. Progress on the GLX follows the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)’s selection of a new contractor and an infusion of federal funding. The project will extend Massachusetts […]

Stephanie Burke re-elected mayor of Medford

Stephanie Muccini Burke was reelected mayor of Medford yesterday, defeating challenger David McKillop, Sr. with a landslide 61.27 percent of the vote. The unofficial results, announced in the City Council Chamber of Medford City Hall at approximately 9 p.m. last night, placed the vote at 6,867 to 4,301 with 30.1 percent turnout. The city council remained unchanged after yesterday’s […]

Master Plan for Medford Square revitalization unveiled

The final report draft of the Master Plan for Medford Square’s revitalization project is now public and was presented to a Community Open House on Sept. 13 by Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Senior Regional Planner Josh Fiala along with Mayor Stephanie Burke, according to a Sept. 14 Wicked Local article. The plan, prepared by MAPC for the city […]

Mayor Burke appoints new recovery coach to combat opioid crisis

Seventeen people died from opioid-related overdoses in Medford in 2016, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s August 2017 report on opioid-related overdose deaths. In the same time, Boston saw 202 fatal overdoses, and Somerville witnessed 22 deaths relating to opioids. It is in this context that Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke appointed Paul Spencer as recovery coach […]

Medford early voting kicks off with Mayor Burke, polling place shuttles

Early voting in Massachusetts began on Oct. 24, and a kick off event at Medford City Hall on Oct. 26 allowed student voters to cast their ballots for the 2016 Presidential Election in advance. Early voting is new in Massachusetts and will continue until Nov. 4. This year, for the first time, the Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life […]