New deadlines for sharing your news with us
We love when you send us stuff — news, letters to the editor, announcements, event listings. Let us know what’s going on in your neck of the woods!
Some deadlines are changing and we must adhere to them strictly. Letters to the Editor must be filed by 9 a.m. Monday to be considered for the same week’s print paper. To contribute a calendar listing, enter the item into our online calendar system by 5 p.m. Wednesday in order for it to appear in the next week’s print paper. To submit your event for story or coverage consideration and for all other submissions (except letters), email information to email@example.com by noon on Friday to be considered for the following week’s print edition.
Medford City Council
The Medford City Council will hold meetings on Tuesdays at City Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. Meetings will be televised on Channel 22.
Medford Health Matters
Medford Health Matters holds meetings the first Thursday of every month, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in Medford City Hall, 85 George P. Hassett Drive. Medford Health Matters mission is to foster an environment of wellness and healthy lifestyles for all those who live, learn, work and play in the city of Medford. Meetings are open to the public.
Medford Chamber of Commerce announces events, news
For event details or additional information regarding the Medford Chamber of Commerce, call 781-396-1277, email director@ medfordchamberma.com or visit www.medfordchamberma.com.
Medford Community Garden Commission
The Medford Community Garden Commission meets every fourth Tuesday at the Medford Public Library, 111 High St. Interested residents are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the commission’s Facebook page: facebook.com/MedfordCommunityGardens. Mayor Burke to serve on Massachusetts Municipal Association Board, Local Government Advisory Commission
Community Baptist Church collecting nonperishables
The Community Baptist Church, 470 Fulton St., Medford, invites its patrons to drop off extra nonperishable food goods at the church for their neighbors to enjoy. Additionally, those looking for a few extra food goods to fill their cabinets are invited to stop by the church. Drop-off and pick-up are available on Wednesdays between 4-7 p.m. or Sundays between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Food baskets are located in the front entry of the church.
Registration open for English At Large Conversation Group Program in Medford
The English At Large Conversation Group Program offers small-group instruction for local immigrants who want to practice English and expand their knowledge of U.S. culture. Groups meet weekly and provide opportunities for participants to improve their speaking confidence and meet other adults who are learning English.
Registration is now open for the spring semester, with 27 different groups offered in 12 local communities, including one in Medford. All groups are free. It is recommended that participants have at least an intermediate English speaking level.
The ability to speak on the telephone without too much difficulty likely signifies an intermediate level. Conversation groups are not English classes. Trained volunteers focus mainly on listening and speaking and less on reading and writing. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For information and registration: 781-395-2374; http://www.englishatlarge.org/conversation-groups.
City of Medford Historic District Commission seeking members
The City of Medford Historic District Commission seeks letters of interest for new members. Along with the Historical Commission, the Historic District Commission shares the common goals of preserving and protecting the city’s historic character and heritage. It consists of up to five members and two alternate members appointed by the mayor.
Members of the Historic District Commission should have a general interest in historic preservation and in identifying and protecting the historic resources in Medford. Letters of interest should be submitted to Christopher Bader, Historic District Commission chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga for everyone
Medford resident Judy Scribner-Moore offers yoga classes suitable for all levels of experience at three locations in West Medford. Monday evening classes meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St. Tuesday and Wednesday evening and Saturday morning classes meet at Judy’s H’Om studio. Her most basic Yoga for Healthy Aging class meets on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:15 at Sanctuary, 458 High St. With more than 35 years of teaching experience, Scribner-Moore offers a unique blend of stretching, strengthening and restoration, with breath meditation for calming and focusing the mind. For more information and registration: 781-488-7664 or www.yogawithjudyscribner.com. Advance registration for all classes is required.
Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers for the “Companions in Aging” program for just one to two hours a week. Visit an isolated senior in his/her home once a week to offer companionship. Watch TV, play a game or just chat (no cooking, cleaning or errands involved). Training and ongoing guidance provided. Orientation will start in the spring with home visits to start just before the summer. While the hourly commitment each week is modest, there is a one-year commitment to the program to help relationship building. Reliable vehicle required.
To volunteer, contact Paul Woods at Catholic Charities: 781-593-2312, ext. 237 or email@example.com.
MVES reading volunteers
Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) is looking for volunteers for its Reading Partners Program. Designed to boost confidence and improve reading skills, the program pairs adults age 55 and older with children in all the Medford Public Schools. Call Linda Cornell, literacy coordinator, at 781-388-4839.
Join the Walk/Ride Days
How can you get healthy as you reduce your carbon footprint? Participate in monthly Walk/Ride Days! Medford, join commuters in Boston, Cambridge and surrounding cities in celebrating monthly Walk/Ride Days. Even if you don’t commute, you can participate while doing errands or visiting friends. These events, which occur on the last Friday of every month, provide an easy way to do something that’s positive for the environment and good for your health. Anyone can participate. All you have to do is use green transportation that day: traveling by foot, bike, bus, or train all count! If you wear something green to show your support, you can also get free promotional items and discounts from our many sponsoring businesses in Medford and other cities. For more information and special events, visit us on-line at: gogreenstreets.org. Visitors who complete our 30-second survey are eligible to win additional prizes from our sponsors! Walk/Ride Days are supported by the Green Streets Initiative, a grassroots organization advocating the use of alternative modes of urban transportation. Green Streets seeks individuals in businesses, schools and state and local governments to help spread the Walk/Ride Day concept.
If you are interested, contact Green Streets Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Parent group
Being a parent isn’t easy. Come share your experiences and get support from other parents. The group meets every Tuesday, from 6:30-8 p.m.Free child care is available.
For information, call 617-521-3906 or log on at www.parentshelpingparents.org for a meeting place.
Child safety seat installation
The Medford Police Child Protection Safety Seat Inspection/Installation program has made some changes to the request-for-appointment process. Please note the following:
The new phone number is 781-391-6776.
Call that number and leave a brief message with a callback phone number.
Leave a daytime and evening phone number or a cell phone number.
Officers will review these messages daily and will call back to schedule an appointment. Since most officers who are involved in this program work nights, residents will probably be called in the evening.
The appointments will be Tuesday evenings, from 4-8 p.m.
MPD Alzheimer’s Care Program
The Medford Police Department is seeking to update and expand its Alzheimer’s Special Care Program files. This will ensure that anyone in the community who is living with the condition will be found quickly and safely if they wander away from home, or from a facility. Family members are encouraged to obtain a program application either at Police Department front desk at 100 Main St. or from the Senior Center, 101 Riverside Ave. Completed applications, along with a recent photo, may then be returned to either location. The photo should be clear, and feature the head and shoulder area. The Police Department’s system is simple: when an individual is found wandering and is unclear about his/her name or destination, he or she is then taken to the Police Department where their appearance and any other information is compared to program records. Families who are already participating in the program are encouraged to update their information — and their loved one’s photo — at least once a year, or more often if significant changes in appearance or health warrant it.
For more information, contact the Medford Police Department’s business line at 781-391-6404.
S.H.I.N.E. looking for volunteers
The Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders (S.H.I.N.E.) program is a critical, volunteer-based service that demystifies the Medicare/MassHealth system for anyone who is currently a participant or about to join a Medicare/MassHealth plan. Register with the S.H.I.N.E. director by calling 781-324-7705 or work one-on-one with elders, caregivers, adults living with disabilities and others in your community to improve their access to essential health care services.
Housing Authority office hours
The following are the hours for the Medford Housing Authority: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Library offers OverDrive
The Medford Public Library, 111 High St., is offering a way for patrons to connect to e-books, audiobooks and videos by using the library link to OverDrive. Patrons can begin the process by visiting medfordlibrary.org and selecting “Digital Media Catalog,” which will bring them to the OverDrive website.
For information: 781-395-7950.
Senior Parking Program
ParkMedford and the City of Medford will offer Senior Parking Permits. Permit-holders may park in any of the metered business districts either on street or in a municipal lot for up to three hours without paying the meter. Permit-holders must be at least 65 years old, a Medford resident and their vehicle must be registered in the City. Passes are $25 and must be renewed annually. Parking decals can be purchased at ParkMedford at 557B Main St. or in the City of Medford Treasurer’s Office at 85 George P. Hassett Drive. If you currently have a handicap placard in your vehicle, it is not necessary to purchase a permit. All signs limiting parking to one hour or less must still be followed. If you have any questions, contact ParkMedford at 781-874-0051.