Thursday, May 9, 2013
Tour the Green Line Extension Team's new office, get updates about the project and ask questions at an open house in downtown Boston.
The Green Line Extension Team has a new office in downtown Boston, and the public is invited to check it out at an open house Thursday evening. The office, at 100 Summer St., will be home to MBTA staff, members of the HDR/Gilbane program management team, members of the design team, and representatives from the construction management/general contractor team—in short, all the folks who collaborate on the Green Line Extension project. According to an announcement from the Green Line Extension Team, members of the public are invited to tour the new office, meet staff, get updates about the project and ask questions. The open house is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and there's a project update presentation at 6 p.m., the announcement says.
Congressman leads Gabriel Gomez by 17 points.
A new Suffolk University/7NEWS (WHDH) poll shows a strong lead for Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey over Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez in the race for the U.S. Senate special election. The poll of 500 likely voters has Markey at 52 percent and Gomez at 35 percent. Eleven percent of voters in the poll were undecided. A third-party candidate, Richard Heos of the Twelve Visions Party, got 1 percent and another 1 percent refused to respond. David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said along with the announcement of the poll that Markey has "a large lead over his Republican opponent who voters are unsure about." Indeed, 32 percent of those polled said …
Michael Marks said he won't support a new city budget if money isn't spent to renovate the public restrooms at the library.
A Medford City Councilor told Patch this week he will not support the upcoming city budget if funds are not appropriated to renovate the public restrooms at the Medford Public Library. Councilor Michael Marks said these public restrooms have not received any kind of significant renovation since the library was constructed in 1959. He's been hearing from constitutents who are concerned about the "deplorable" conditions of the restrooms. "I refer to these as prison bathrooms, because that's what they both remind me of," Marks said. Both restrooms deal with ventilation issues and Marks pointed out the stall to the women's room doesn't have a door, causing a privacy issue. Library patrons must be buzzed into the restrooms by library staff. In …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Concerns abound that some Medford taxi operators are going to other communities to pick up fares.
The Medford City Council will begin the process of updating the city's ordinance on taxi cabs that hasn't seen many changes in around 20 years. At Tuesday night's committee of the whole meeting, the council discussed a wide range of issues surrounding taxi operations in the community. Chief among the concerns of councilors in the perception, and in some cases the reality, that some taxi operators with Medford licenses are taking their cabs to surrounding cities and towns and soliciting fares. "I just want to have something that provides some real clarity to the cab owners for what they can and cannot do," said City Clerk Ed Finn, who has seen a major influx of applications for cab licenses in Medford in the last year. City Councilor …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Buses will replace trains five nights a week for a month from mid-May through mid-June.
As work continues on the Orange Line's station at Assembly Square in Somerville, service will be impacted five nights a week for a month starting May 19. According to the MBTA website, buses will replace trains between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square stations starting at 9 p.m. each Sunday through Thursday from May 19 to June 21. The diversions will last until the end of service, according to the MBTA. All stops will be serviced by buses between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square, including Medford's Wellington Station. There will be no diversion on Sunday, May 26, due to the Memorial Day holiday.
Busy evening ahead for Medford's councilors.
The Medford City Council has a busy evening ahead of them as they hold committee of the whole and regular meetings tonight. The committee of the whole meeting is set for 6 p.m. in room 207 of Medford City Hall. The subject of the meeting will be to discuss the city's taxi ordinance. At 7 p.m., the council will hold the regular meeting. The notice for the 6 p.m. meeting and the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting can be seen here. During the regular meeting, the council will issue citations to thank and honor grantees of the Medford Arts Council. According to the agenda, the council awards about $15,000 in state funding for several dozen arts and culture projects throughout the city. Councilor Robert Penta has several resolutions on the agenda, …
Monday, May 6, 2013
After the public comment period was extended, state determines that development near Medford won't need review.
The commonwealth of Massachusetts will not require an environmental impact report (EIR) for the controversial Stoneham-based re-development project on Woodland Road very close to the city line of Medford. The decision not to require the EIR came from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan on April 19. You can read the full nine-page document including the decision here. The project, known as Langwood Commons, is in the middle of the Middlesex Fells, not far from the north part of Medford. While the property is privately owned, the Fells is managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, as well as concerned residents and …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The two will face off on June 25 in the U.S. Senate special election.
After months of campaigning we now know who is going head to head in the June 25 special U.S. Senate election. Democratic Congressman Edward Markey (D-Malden) took the Democratic vote in the Tuesday election over fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston). Political newcomer and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset came out on top of a field of Republican candidates - including more seasoned opponents former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and State Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. With a month and a half of campaigning still to come we wanted to stop and ask you this question. If the Special Election were today - who would you vote for right now? Markey or Gomez? Tell us in our comments section below.
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
In case voters weren't paying attention, and turnout suggested many weren't, his name is Gabriel Gomez. And now only Ed Markey stands between him and the United States Senate. "My name is Gabriel Gomez, and I'm a proud Republican," Gomez said, reciting his full name for the second time during a five-minute chat with reporters outside the new go-to, post-election Broadway T stop in South Boston Wednesday morning. The reporters already knew who he was, but part of Gomez's strategy now is to make sure everybody else does too. The newly minted face of the Republican Party captured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday by defeating two better known names in Massachusetts Republican politics. Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Smart911 program will allow public safety to have specific information about residences in case of emergency.
The City of Medford will be implementing a new 911 information system aimed at better helping public safety personnel responses to emergencies. Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn said at a press conference last week the system will allow individuals to "put together their own profile so when police and fire are responding, they will know the needs of that individual." McGlynn said a similar system had been used in the past but they included forms that needed to be filled out and entered manually. "This process will be much smoother," he said. McGlynn said Medford will be the first city in the state to implement the program from Framingham-based Smart911. Jessica Olson, community marketing manager for Smart911, said the system will allow …