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Week in Review: Housing Authority, Massage Parlors, Complaints of Door-to-Door Sales

Medford's week in review. Monday, April 16 to Friday, April 20.

Energy Company Looking into Complaints of Door-to-Door Reps:  An energy company is internally investigating complaints of unlicensed door-to-door salespeople after city officals received numerous complaints, according to a company spokesperson. Many Medford residents have recently received a visit from representatives of Just Energy, a natural gas and electricity company, even though the city has not issued any peddlers licenses to the company, City Councilor Robert Penta said during Tuesday's city council meeting.

City Councilors Rip Medford Housing Authority: Embarrassing. Horrid. Disgusting. Boondoggle. Those are a few of the words used by city officials during Tuesday night's city council meeting to describe some of the findings of a recently-released federal audit report on the Medford Housing Authority. Even though the city has no control over the housing authority -- it operates autonomously from the municipal government -- the council discussed the audit during its meeting Tuesday night and unanimously approved a resolution asking for the housing authority to distribute letters to all its residents notifying them of the report.

Action Plan Outlined for Scrutinized Medford Housing Authority: Three consultants and a new on-staff procurement officer are a few of the ways the Medford Housing Authority plans to address mismanagement of millions in federal funds . Medford Housing Authority Executive Director Robert Covelle outlined a 21-point action plan in response to a during the housing authority's board of commissioners meeting Wednesday. Despite issues raised in the audit, Covelle said the authority was in good shape financially -- including a $6 million surplus -- and the issues would not impact residents.

Council Looks to Bring Massage Parlors Under City Control: Three consultants and a new on-staff procurement officer are a few of the ways the Medford Housing Authority plans to address mismanagement of millions in federal funds . Medford Housing Authority Executive Director Robert Covelle outlined a 21-point action plan in response to a during the housing authority's board of commissioners meeting Wednesday. Despite issues raised in the audit, Covelle said the authority was in good shape financially -- including a $6 million surplus -- and the issues would not impact residents.

Medford Woman Places 17th in Boston Marathon: A Medford woman came in 17th overall among female runners in the 2012 Boston Marathon and fifth among American women. Lindsay Willard, 33, crossed the finish line in Copley Square with a time of 2 hours, 55 minutes and 53 seconds, according to results from the Marathon's website. The time was the second-fastest among Massachusetts women. Willard was one of two runners from Medford to finish the marathon in under three hours. The other was Joe O'Leary, 44, who recorded a time of 2 hours, 51 minutes and 30 seconds, good for 25th in the 40 to 44 age division, according to the results.

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