The Berlin Wall comes down West met East Medford

West Medford Meets East Medford and the Berlin Wall came down. We both Win if we work together.

West Helps East – East Helps West 

Maybe we aren’t so far apart after all.  First I would like to thank my neighbors for inviting me to a meeting last Monday night Medford starts with ME.  They are more than welcome to come over to Cummings Street and in fact I encourage them to do so.

As I have stated before public safety in my neighborhood is a need not a luxury - but I just may have figured out a win-win for everyone East and West.  You stand with me to push forward on a New Mega-plex facility (full-scale Police, Fire, and DPW) and we will help you build out your historic mansion (the Brooks Estate).   We have the talent right here in Medford.  Do you know who would be the first in line to help you if you were to stand with me on a New Police, Fire, and DPW building – the Police, Fire, and DPW?  We have all kinds of blue collar and building trades in this city and they have all the connections you are looking for to complete your project.  With the help of the Mayor, Council, School committee, and business community we can get it all done and for much less money – but we must work together not in opposition to one another.  And guess who gave me that idea - you!

Now, for those of you that don’t value police, fire, DPW I say to you – you should.  As a person who lives in an area that qualifies for federal block funding, I say to you – you should.  If you don’t see the benefits of a solid police, fire, and DPW – you should.  Let me assure you that standing up for public safety is standing up for my neighborhood.  For those of you who see yourselves as progessives, the police are not the oppressor of the poor unless you allow them to be.  Stressed out cops are those most likely to abuse their power - so you know who's fault that is - yours and mine!  We as citizens, tax payers, property holders are responsible to make sure our police are working at the top of their game.  We can help them by adding numbers to their ranks, and increasing the voice of poor whites and minorities (in and out of uniform).  While we work together on the ground floor of the structure I encourage you to meet the men and women of the police department.  The police are not the enemy unless you want them to be.  I have reported illegal activety to the police many times (on many of my neighbors) and the police have kept all of us safe as a result.  I ask all my neighbors of the professional persuasion to stand with me, come down to city hall and stand with me for a new mega-structure.  If you want to help the poorer sections – support me.  Stand with me and I will ask the mayor, business community, police, fire, and DPW to stand with you.  We have to work together – not against each other.  My neighbors white and of color depend on you.  What an opportunity we have here. 
Stand with me - Medford will stand with you.  Medford starts with ME - well does it?  I will be at the city council meeting every Tuesday night. 


Jeanne Martin

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Ann Frenning Kossuth June 16, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Hi Jeanne -- Great meeting you at Medford Starts with Me! Imagine, one room, filled with people doing good things for Medford. As you said: we have 56,000 reasons why this is going to work! You vote for a fire, police and DPW mega-plex; I vote for a fund-raising campaign to re-do the library. Each successful effort starts with you or me. -- Ann
Jeanne Martin June 18, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Hi Ann Frenning Kassuth, It was great meeting you too. As I said, we have to start working together and not against one another. I have a solution for the library, We the people approved a raise increase for the Mayor of $7,000 - $7,000 dollars could go a long way every year towards the library. I also agree that the Medford Public Library is a area of common cause. We could do it as a community "barn raising". We don't have to bond out money to rehab it. You all said it yourselves, "we have a little of everything in Medford". You were right - we do. We have all kinds of office professionals and construction workers in Medford. Land is at a premium, one day that bird sanctuary may find itself out-voted by the demands of an overcrowded city. Being sarcastic, it could be the new headquarters for the police, fire, and DPW. Tom just had a heart attack if he just read this. Don't worry Tom, I like birds, and I like the green space, but we have to work together - not opposed to each other or everyone will lose. Their is a lose- lose scenario. As Ann quoted me, we have 56,000 reasons why this can work. Ann, we are just 2, image the possibilities! Meet me at city hall on Tuesday nights. Thank you for your comments. Respectfully, Jeanne Martin
Jeanne Martin June 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Hi Ann Frenning Kossuth, Thank you for your comment. I say this with respect, our blue collar neighbors need more than a plaque, though it would be a nice touch. While I constructively criticize the police department they need your support as well. We need to all work together. I need a police force that functions at the top of it's game more than a bathroom in the library. I would at the same time like to say that we white, blue, pink, and poor all need to figure out constructive ways to bring in new monies. The people around me either need the police or end up in their custody. We need all professional middle class people to recognize this urgency. If you support police, fire, and DPW, you may just get that bathroom we all could benefit from. Their is a lose-lose scenario. Let's learn how to make it a win-win. Respectfully, Jeanne Martin
Ann Frenning Kossuth June 20, 2012 at 02:22 AM
A good public library serves the whole community. Done right, it can function as a crime deterrant. Reading engages young minds, and a library can bring people together for discussion and growth. Each and every one of us has something worthwhile to contribute to society. Kids need to know that... we all need to know that. As the ad used to say: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."
Jeanne Martin June 20, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Dear Ann Frenning Kossuth, First of all, thank you for the dialog. West is meeting East and you deserve great credit for opening up the discussion. Thank you for considering what I have to say. Your right, a good public library serves the whole community, but they have to get there safely first. My neighborhood is not safe, it is drug/alcohol infested. Yes, libraries are can be a haven for those without means. A women on my street (who was a mother by the way) was arrested for robbing a bank. Yes robbing a bank. My neighborhood is not safe. If it's not crime it's medical calls (use of fire and police). One way to help the poor is to relieve the stress of the working class. Based on the responses to my blog the working class in this city is feeling very embattled both men and the women that depend on them. Working class people need a library too, but not if they are paying taxes they can't afford. They become too stressed out and resentful and that resentment rolls down hill. So let's find a way to relieve the stress of the blue and pink collars and get poor kids to the library in one piece. Thank you for listening, Jeanne Martin
Public Access Producer June 20, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Ann, I just read about the Eastern Bank robberies on Patch. Wow...the late Pat Fiorello told the city not to build a bank in the Shaws' parking lot. Prophetic. Jeanne is the Mayor of Cummings St. and there is a lot of activity over there these days! I hope more residents get involved and keep an eye on our community resources.
Jeanne Martin June 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Dear Ann Frenning Kossuth, Now that's what I'm talking about! West Medford has organizational skill sets we need over here. My number is in the book. Feel free to call. Maybe we could have a block party on my street and invite Westies! That would be awesome. This is a small private way. And I have a good size backyard for this neighborhood. Thank you for caring about Eastie. Respectfully, Jeanne Martin
Jeanne Martin June 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Dear Joe, As you know it was my neighbors and myself that asked for something to be done with that corner of the lot (because it was a drug connection point, so I was happy when they put the bank in there. I use that bank, so I hope they keep. If it were there the drug activity would be worse. Thank you for your comment. Respectfully, Jeanne Martin
Ann Frenning Kossuth June 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM
FYI - I don't actually live in West Medford. We live in South Medford Hillside, near Tufts. Grace Church has done neighborhood "GreenUp CleanUps" at our local Cummings Park, East Medford's Logan Park, and here's an article about one of our most recent -- an interfaith effort with Temple Shalom at Victory Park. http://medford.patch.com/articles/interfaith-park-clean-up-a-success-another-this-weekend
Jeanne Martin June 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Dear Ann Frenning Kossuth, That's awesome, all the better. What a resource if you are connected to Tufts in any way. If Harvard students can go into the Suffolk County jail to help people get their GED's then why not have the kids at Tufts do something for my neighbors kids. Now, WE ARE Talking. Is Best sellers open yet, we should meet there. Name the time. Respectfully, Jeanne Martin
Richie M June 20, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Your neighborhood is so unsafe that you can't travel to the library? Are you serious? You don't seem to have a problem making it to City Hall on Tuesday nights. Do you take an armored personnel carrier to get there?
Jeanne Martin June 21, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Dear Richie, Thank you for your comment. The police know exactly how many times they have to show up on my street for both criminal and medical calls. As for the city hall meetings, you should show up and let your voice be heard. If you believe we do not need a new police station or more police or more diversity in the police department, I encourage you to come down and state what you need. If you believe the money should go to schools - you have that right. Show up and let your voice be heard. Respectfully, Jeanne Martin
Jeanne Martin June 21, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Dear Richie M., You mentioned the library, I wonder if you could bring attention to the library? Maybe write a blog, interview a worker in there? What would you like to see done with it? What would $5,000 dollars do to improve it? Could you find a contractor to help fix the bathroom and have that plaque put up. I wonder if you researched it and wrote a blog about it, it may just help the city. Thanks again for your comments Respectfully, Jeanne Martin
Ann Frenning Kossuth June 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM
The State Police are run by a woman, and they want to "render the department more racially diverse, as well as more inclusive of women and LGBT officers."* Plus, having a second language provides a tactical advantage - how can we function without a Spanish-speaking police officer, let alone any of the other ESL groups forming the "1 in 4" homes reported in the June 11 Medford Patch? *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_State_Police
Jeanne Martin June 21, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Dear Ann Frennin Kussoth, Thank you for your comment. I have been given thought what we talked about. First of all thank you for volunteering to clean up the parks, all through the city. Kudos. But also, one specific project that could help Cummings Street is to take down the trees at the end of the street. There are trees that actually darken the area at the walk through to the Shaw's Parking Lot. If we were to use all the "green" people advice I bet they could come up with a much better way to make that area attractive. Maybe a combination of flowers and mulch or a raised vegi-garden which would engage the kids on the street. Right now it is often seen a trash can. The current trees were not planted and they darken the area, that's on of the reason drug transactions went on there. I want thank West, Hillside, and any other area for extending there collaborative minds and hands. Let's get the greenies over here. Now, we're talkin'. Respectfully, Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin
Ann Frenning Kossuth June 21, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Consider the middle ground between harboring drug deals and having zero shade at the end of your street. Like selective pruning — as we did on Capen Street Park's recent clean-up. One resource you could contact is the Medford Street Tree Advocacy Group (McSTAG) — a group under the umbrella of the Medford Environmental Alliance. Read more: No longer paving paradise - Medford, Massachusetts - Medford Transcript http://www.wickedlocal.com/medford/news/x2082910769#axzz1ySV58TMX
Jeanne Martin June 21, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Dear Ann Frenning Kossuth, Awesome, I will give them a call. Now we are talking. Respectfully, Jeanne Martin
Jeanne Martin June 21, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Dear Ann Frenning Kossuth, Maybe the green police can stop my need for the Medford Police. Thanks again, Jeanne Martin


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