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Medford held its inaugural ceremony on Sunday, December 31 at the Caron Theatre at Medford High School. A collation immediately followed in the new Culinary Arts restaurant, Bistro 489, at the Medford Vocational Technical High School.
Superintendent of Schools Roy Belson served as the Master of Ceremonies. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker delivered remarks and US Senator Edward Markey also spoke and administered the oath office for Mayor Stephanie Burke.
City Clerk Edward Finn administered the oath of office to the Medford School Committee (Erin DiBenedetto, Kathleen Kreatz, Mea Quinn Mustone, Michael Ruggiero, Paul Ruseau & Paulette Van der Kloot) and the Medford City Council (Richard Caraviello, Frederick Dello Russo, Jr., John Falco, Jr., Adam Knight, Breanna Lungo-Koehn, Michael Marks, & George Scarpelli). City Council President Rick Caraviello delivered remarks.
Mayor Burke thanked Governor Baker for his support of both the Medford Vocational Technical High School and selecting Medford as a partner in the Commonwealth’s Complete Streets Program. She noted that both Superintendent Belson and Police Chief Leo A. Sacco, Jr., would be retiring this year. The Mayor commended them both for dedicating their entire careers in public service to the City of Medford.
Also taking part in the ceremony were: the Medford High Fine Arts Department Strings and House Band, under the direction of Director Anthony Szykniej and Band Director Haley Rello; Deacon Mark Rumley of St. Raphael’s Church; Pastor Gerald Bell of the Shiloh Baptist Church; and the children and grandchildren of City Council and School Committee members.
Other elected officials in attendance included: District Attorney Marian Ryan, Middlesex Register of Deeds Maria Curtatone, Middlesex County Clerk of Courts Michael Sullivan, State Senator Patricia Jehlen, State Representative Paul J. Donato, and State Representative Christine Barber. The collation was provided by the MVTHS Culinary Arts Program, with assistance from Wegmans.
Text modified from MPS blog