Tuesday, April 30, 2013
There were originally 40 applicants for what ended up being the 15-member commission.
Last Friday, the city of Medford introduced the members of the newly-formed city Bicycle Advisory Commission at a press conference at Medford City Hall. Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn said the commission has been put together in part to come up with "safe routes" for bicycling throughout the city. "We want to make sure riding is more enjoyable and safe," he said. Residents Bruce Kulik, David Lubell and Susan Altman of Green Medford were community leaders who spearheaded efforts to find members and Kulik said he was "pleasantly surprised" that 40 people applied for what was originally going to be a 10-member commission. In the end, Kulik said it was decided the commission should have 15 members. Surveying riders, mapping the city, connecting…
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Last Tuesday is Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn's birthday.
In light of recent events, Medford Patch reader Ken Krause sent along an idea Monday for a post that we felt might create a bit of a fun diversion. Krause pointed out to us that according to the city website, Mayor Michael McGlynn's birthday was Tuesday, April 23. McGlynn is the longest-serving mayor in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, having served since January 1988, according to the city. So, if you could give the mayor a gift for his (belated) birthday, what would you give him? Some of Krause's possible suggestions included: a new DPW yard, more local aid, parking improvements in Medford Square, among others. How about something like the battery-powered bike he's riding in the picture to the right? What's your belated birthday …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Michael McGlynn said city is working on organizing a prayer vigil for Krystle Campbell.
Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn called the death of Medford native Krystle Campbell in Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon "tragic" and "senseless" Tuesday afternoon. McGlynn said he spoke to Campbell's father, William, around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon to offer his condolences and the support of the city. "There can be no good reason for what happened yesterday," said McGlynn. McGlynn said he knew the "pain and suffering" William Campbell was going through due to the loss of his daughter. McGlynn said Krystle had "the million-dollar smile," according to her father. "She loved life," McGlynn said. "And her dad said she was the dream daughter, the daughter that every father would love to have...she had a great sense of humor. Between her …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Former sites of Sentry auto dealership, GE plant will become new housing developments, according to Mayor Michael McGlynn.
In his "State of the City" address last week, Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn touted two new housing development projects coming down the pike for the city. McGlynn discussed the plans of Criterion Development to build a 163-unit premium apartment complex on the site of the former Sentry auto dealership on Mystic Valley Parkway. McGlynn said the Criterion purchased the site "recognizing the superb location and amenities of Wellington Station." According to McGlynn, Criterion plans to break ground on the site next month. "This project will expand our economic base, create 16 affordable housing units, generate $341,000 in building permit fees, $573,000 in linkage fees and generate additional tax revenue," McGlynn said. There are also …
Monday, March 11, 2013
See what other "green" accomplishments McGlynn mentioned in his speech last week.
During his "State of the City" address last week, Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn touted the city's environmental accomplishments, including a big one for Medford City Hall. McGlynn said the city set an "ambitious" goal in 2010 to cut green house gas emissions by 20 percent by the end of 2015. It did not take long to surpass the goal. "We are please to announce this evening we have surpassed this and already reduced emissions by 30 percent at the end of 2012," McGlynn said. Some other conservation accomplishments by the city mentioned in McGlynn's speech:
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wide-ranging speech delivered by McGlynn was the first of its kind for the mayor since 2001.
Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn's first "State of the City" address in 12 years highlighted the city's diversity in a wide-ranging speech delivered to a packed Howard F. Alden Auditorium at City Hall Wednesday night. McGlynn, the longest-serving mayor in Massachusetts, introduced several distinguished guests of varied backgrounds before delivering his remarks. "The state of our city is vibrant, with a solid foundation built on the diversity of its people," McGlynn said. "They're challenged in their desire to work in harmony to build a better community." At different times during his address, McGlynn discussed current and future endeavors by the city, as well as the school district. These included: additions to Medford public safety, …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Address to be given by Mayor Michael McGlynn at 6 p.m.
Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn will deliver the State of the City address this evening. McGlynn will give the speech starting at 6 p.m. in the Howard F. Alden Auditorium at Medford City Hall, with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend, according to Lisa Evangelista from the Mayor's office.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Mayor proposing improvements based on MWRA loan.
As part of the possible $3.2 million interest-free loan from the Massachusetts Water Resources Administration, Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn is proposing lighting improvements for both the parking lot at Condon Shell and Medford Square. During a recent press conference, McGlynn said there have long been discussions about about parking lot improvements but there was previously not enough funding for the lighting. McGlynn said about $100,000 could be spent to put in "10 double-headed poles" that would be decorative lamps to light the parking lot. Meanwhile, McGlynn said the issue in Medford Square is about the strength of the street light illumination. While LED lights were put in last summer, the previous lights "burnt" the inside of the …
Friday, February 22, 2013
New security cameras, "higher-visibility" monitors being installed at Medford Public Schools.
A significant upgrade is coming to the security systems within Medford Public Schools, according to Mayor Michael McGlynn. McGlynn first discussed the upgrades as part of the series of projects to be paid for by a $3.2 million interest-free loan from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA). McGlynn told the Medford City Council the upgrade would cost $150,000. At last week's mayoral press conference, McGlynn went into more detail, reading a report from Jack Buckley, the city's owners project manager. "Safety in our schools is a major issue," McGlynn said. The report from Buckley, as read by McGlynn, follows: We're in the process of upgrade the security cameras that are installed throughout our schools. The new system uses secure …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A total of 26 new public safety personnel are expected to start in the city in the next year.
Medford public safety personnel will be getting reinforcements in the coming months after facing staffing shortages through the difficult economy. During last week's mayoral press conference, Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn and Police Chief Leo Sacco, Jr. discussed the new additions both the Police and Fire departments will be receiving. McGlynn said between new police officers and firefighters the city will be filling 26 positions over the next year. "Over the last 18 months, we're turning the corner," McGlynn said. "We're building our reserves...we're moving quickly, especially in the public safety sector, to restore a lot of the jobs that were not filled." Sacco said six police officers were hired last June and five of them recently …