Mayor Michael J. McGlynn announced plans for dedication ceremonies for The Carroll Family/Carroll’s Diner and for Governor’s Councillor Michael J. Callahan.
The Carroll Family/Carroll’s Diner Dedication is set for Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 10 AM, at the island facing 101 Main Street, the former site of the famous Carroll’s Diner, who served patrons day and night. It also hosted numerous weddings, banquets, holiday dinners, and city inaugural balls in its function rooms.
Carroll’s Diner first opened in the late 1930’s and served many celebrities of the day, including Ted Williams and Mike Andrews of the Boston Red Sox, Candid Camera’s Alan Funt, Route 66’s Martin Milner and George Maharis, and John Havlicek and Sam Jones of the Boston Celtics. Carroll’s Diner was one of the first restaurants in the Greater Boston area to offer food and beverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Longtime Medford residents will remember walking into Carroll’s Diner, where bar seating was available on the left and booth seating was available to the right. Function rooms were located both upstairs and downstairs. Many remember ordering the famous, “English Delight.” Mr. Maurice W. Carroll, Sr. began the diner in the late 1930’s and his sons, Maurice, Jr. and John F. “Jack” Carroll, took over in 1948. During the ceremony, a sign will be unveiled in memory of the Carroll Family and Carroll’s Diner, “Medford’s Finest and most up to date eating establishment,” according to the Diner’s matchbook cover of the late 1950’s. All are welcome!
The dedication ceremony in memory of Governor’s Councillor Michael J. Callahan will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 10 AM at Wrights Pond on Elm Street. Councillor Callahan, a lifelong Medford resident, Vietnam Veteran and Protector of Wright’s Pond and the Middlesex Fells Reservation, was known for his quick wit and comedic gifts. He was the Master of Ceremonies for the Annual Mistletoe Society as well as other non profit fundraisers and various political roasts. A devoted public servant, he served as a Senate Aide at the State House, was the Special Assistant Racing Commissioner, and the Chairperson of Medford’s Consumer Advisory Commission. In 1998, he was elected a Governor’s Councillor representing the Sixth District. Councillor Callahan passed away in 2011, and a plaque will be unveiled in his memory at Wright’s Pond. All are welcome!