5 Things: Fire at MacDonald Park, Bank Robbery in West Medford, Warm Weather Sweeps In

Here's Five Things. Thursday, March 8, 2012.

Good morning, here are five things to know today:

Fifty foot flames snapped in 30 miles per hour wind as a fire burned about an acre of tall grass in MacDonald Park Wednesday evening. It only took about 25 minutes to contain the fire, but it was difficult to gauge due to high winds, Deputy fire Chief Steve Howe said Wednesday. An acre of marsh was left barron and black from the fire, which occurred near the banks of the Mystic River and only a couple hundred yards from the State Police Barracks on Route 16.

The Citizens Bank in West Medford was robbed Wednesday afternoon, according to police radio transmissions. The robbery occurred about 12:30 p.m., and police were searching for a suspect described as a white male about 6 feet 2 inches with a blue jacket, according to @AlertNewEngland, who first reported the robbery. Patch placed a call to Medford Police Wednesday afternoon seeking information on the robbery, but as of late Wednesday evening it had not been returned.

3. Mid-60s Likely: Highs are expected in the mid-to-upper 60s today, according to the National Weather Service. There's a 70 percent chance of showers tonight.

4. Re-Districting Leads to Medford Democratic Committee Election Gaffe: John J. "Jack" McGlynn received more votes than anyone else for a spot on the Ward 7 Democratic Committee in Medford, but none of them will count. McGlynn was on the ballot for Ward 7, but that's his old ward, City Clerk Ed Finn said Tuesday. Re-districting implemented in 2011 meant McGlynn, the city's former mayor and father of Mayor Michael McGlynn, is now in Ward 1, Finn said. McGlynn was listed on the ballot before anyone from the city realized he is in a different district, Finn said.

5. Medford Resident To Perform Annual 'St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn: Medford resident and fiddle champion Tina Lech will be a part of the seventh annual A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn concert at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford March 17The show will be hosted by WGBH radio host Brian O’Donovan and will introduce audiences to a wide range of new and familiar Celtic singers, musicians and dancers.

Mary March 08, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Those votes might not count for McGlynn (re re-districting), but would they have voted for someone else if his name hadn't been on the ballot?


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