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Muccini-Burke’s Inclusion has same/old same/old Paul Camuso in charge?

breaking newsMrs. Burke’s promise of “inclusion” is an oxymoron when a suspicious individual, Paul A. Camuso, is the chair of Muccini-Burke’s “transition team.”   Along with lacking in qualifications, the city of Medford knows very little about the secretive character with serious allegations swirling around his head like a dark cloud.

As noted in earlier writings on another site, Mr. Camuso would go kicking and screaming to the conflicted City Solicitor when questions about his background were asked.  Sure enough, in a response to a public records request there was a CC to Mark E. Rumley, who works lockstep with Mayor Michael J. McGlynn and Paul Camuso.   This is proof positive that city hall is squelching your right to know.  There is no transparency in the McGlynn Administration, which is how Mark Rumley is ordered to do things: in the dark of (k)night, and in the shadows.


What we do know is that Mr. Camuso admitted to the residents of Medford via a comment made at the city council that he is in “Alcoholics Anonymous,” the key word being “My name is Paul and I am an A L C O H O L I C.  Muccini-Burke sure wants to be inclusive having an alcoholic chair her team.   Good for Paul Camuso, not so good for the city of Medford.   Then there’s the self-deprecating remark that Camuso made at the council that he is a “mental moron.”  No argument there, we have seen his foot inserted firmly in his mouth week after week after week engaging in censorship and worse, getting downright ugly with senior citizens.

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Dereliction Of Duty – Citizens to Sue McGlynn for Dereliction of Duty

Dereliction of Duty.


Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, as Issuing Authority of Medford, Massachusetts, was obligated to the cable tv subscribers who pay for P/E/G access TV to allow for vibrant debate after McGlynn decided to step down and not run again. 

Instead, McGlynn chose to put restrictions on access TV when he allowed for a bidding process. 

McGlynn dragged his feet discussing access with the high school while simultaneously deceiving the residents with a phony three person panel of unqualified individuals including a priest, Father Chip Hines, who was arrogant and abusive on the internet to anyone not agreeing with his skewed vision of what public access TV should be.

This was, as well as a dereliction of duty as Issuing Authority – using the monies in a manner in which they were not intended to be used, but it was fraud, denying candidates for elected office and the voters to have any sort of transparency that other cities and towns – Stoneham, Malden, Burlington, Somerville, Boston, Arlington and others pay for and enjoy. 

This was a conspiracy concocted by Mayor Michael J. McGlynn and the city solicitor, Mark E. Rumley, that McGlynn appointed.  Involved in the deception was Stephanie Muccini-Burke, the woman who allegedly “won” the election – a victory tainted with the censorship policies that Burke, McGlynn and Solicitor Rumley perpetrated and benefited from.  

The intentional restrictions McGlynn put on bidders, including his ability to deny any bidder, is more proof of the fraudulent nature of what McGlynn’s so-called attempt at installing access truly was.   More proof is that Muccini-Burke was unqualified and not ready for prime time.  McGlynn couldn’t afford to have the books audited by Muccini-Burke’s opponent, not city hall’s books, not the financial records of the high school.  So fracturing the First Amendment of the U.S.Constitution is the first step McGlynn installed in his effort to control the election of 2015.   On June 16, 2015 the one individual who put the bid in to operate the access TV station was physically and verbally assaulted by violent Edward P. Finn, the City Clerk of Medford.  Witnesses seemed too terrified to come forward. The City Solicitor lied that there was no evidence and the police beat up the victim, claiming that they would arrest him for witness tampering.  So the victim had to drop the case.  

The victim has assisted the Medford Police with evidence regarding the Medford Housing Authority and the theft of copper; the victim helped the Medford police with their investigation of Medford Community Cablevision, Inc., and the victim gave the police leads and information including potentially hard evidence of an alleged child porn ring operated by a close friend of Mayor Michael J. McGlynn.  According to a retired lieutenant, the police could not determine if the image of the alleged child was the appropriate age. But here’s the clincher: the police had the name of the victim and know where he worked. It is clear that the Mayor – McGlynn – did not want the blowback if his friend, the alleged child pornographer, was found guilty in a court of law.    Meanwhile, a police officer was under investigation for threatening to kill a motorist.  That officer was a detective in the same unit investigating the alleged porn ring and the offensive officer who resigned after the violent incident of July 26, 2015, may have been a close friend of the alleged pornographer.

Access TV doesn’t exist in Medford, while the police chief failed to control the bad apples on the force, made up excuses, and in many cases blamed victims of thug-like behavior from at least the resigned Stephen LeBert and possibly other members of the force.

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Photo of Mayor Michael J. McGlynn at TV3 Medford on 40 Canal Street, photo (C)2015 by editor Joe Viglione, all rights reserved (left); photo of irresponsible ex-detective Stephen LeBert from a video cam shot during one of LeBert’s many indiscretions (right).


There was no vibrant debate on ANY issue in Medford because Mayor McGlynn, while enjoying a Ten Thousand dollar annual treat from Comcast to his “celebratory fund,” and another $2,500.00 for his golf tournament, cheated cable TV subscribers by paying exorbitant salaries to 3 teachers using those P/E/G monies designated for access TV while dumping the majority of the monies into the “General Fund,” not access TV.  

Meanwhile there were allegations of sex abuse at Medford High School by a teacher, Jenna Tarabelsi, who allegedly fled to Italy to escape prosecution when the District Attorney’s office took interest in the case.  There are allegations that a male teacher had sex with another student, allegedly the daughter of a candidate running for elected office, and there were problems with theft at the McGlynn School on or about October 30th, not reported to the parents until after the election, and allegations of two bomb threats not reported to the parents by Superintendent Roy Belson because, again, he allegedly didn’t want the voters to be informed prior to an election. 

On Halloween, City Councilor Elect George Scarpelli, currently on the School Committee, was on the front page of the Boston Globe as a defendant in a case filed by a plaintiff who was 17 years old when the horrific rape-with-a-broomstick happened in Otis Mass when Scarepelli and Somerville Mayor Curtatone were supposed to be keeping a watchful eye on the athletes.

To be continued.   Related story here:

How McGlynn STOLE the 2015 Election for unqualified Stehphanie Muccini-Burke


When I lived in Woburn there was never questions about stolen elections. The variety of mayors Woburn has had indicates that things are workable.   In Stoneham, Reading, Winchester, Malden, Arlington, I’ve never questioned the results of elections.   In Medford I do question the results, and a huge indicator is that one mayor could be in power for thirty years.  The alleged “election” of the unqualified Stephanie Muccini-Burke – a woman who ran a terrible campaign and who mumbled and stumbled, when she wasn’t dodging all sorts of stories, like the October 30 theft at the high school hushed up until after the election was over on November 3, 2015.

When you ask people in Medford if they think the election of 2015 was stolen they say “I know.”  The citizens are terrified of the gangster Michael J. McGlynn.

The popularity of my website, Medford Information Central dot com is exhibit A.  How does a blog get over one half a million hits?  It happens when all the other media fails to investigate, fails to report the news, when the other media – Medford Mercury, Medford Transcript, certainly Inside Medford (give Allison credit, she’s never hidden the fact that she answers to McGlynn,) the Patch, the pretty much defunct YourTown/Boston Globe Medford online.  McGlynn had a free ride with no access TV, until a blog came along and started gathering steam, attention and eyeballs.


Residents are frustrated over pay-to-park, the useless trio of Frederick N. Dello Russo, Jr., Rick Caraviello and Adam Knight, and the thought of Stephanie having stole the election has sent shock waves through the broken police station, the broken school system, the broken roads, the broken access TV, the mess perpetrated on citizens by the one person who supervised the installation of all voting machines, Michael J. McGlynn, the cheater, the creep, the liar, the thief.


McGlynn stole your access TV – or as a businessman on Salem Street who once wrapped himself up in a flag said awhile ago: “McGlynn, MutherfXXker.,” 



You have no free expression here, Medford.  The only expression appears to be criminal facilitation by the gangster and his cronies. People are too afraid to speak up and express their First Amendment rights, and that’s how their dishonest structure is kept in place.



What Marco Rubio Paid for With His Florida GOP Charge Card

Movie tickets, Costco and grocery store runs, Walt Disney World trips, flowers and flights for his wife –- those are some of the charges listed in two years of statements for Marco Rubio’s American Express card issued by the Republican Party of Florida.

Rubio charged a total of $160,000 to the card from 2005 through 2008, according to his book, and according to the Washington Post he paid off over $16,000 in personal expenses.

In 2010, a Florida man filed an ethics complaint against Rubio for the charges, but it was dismissed.


Medford Public Access TV in 2016


     Embattled outgoing mayor, Michael J. McGlynn, loathes transparency and access television.  A source tells me he was speaking to McGlynn and the lame-duck mayor told the access veteran “I hate public access.”  Those in Medford know that all too well, the Mayor seeing how Vinny Piro’s election hopes in the 1980s went down like the Hidenburg.  The entire TV3 fiasco is a metaphor for McGlynn’s 28 years of dictatorship.



       On Inauguration Day in Medford, January 2, 2012, School Committee member Robert Skerry told me “everything will change” (in regards to local televised media.)   What he was talking about was Verizon coming to Medford, a contract Mayor McGlynn signed with Verizon on February 3, 2012.    The Mayor’s promises have yet to be delivered – here is is August 12th and we still don’t have the School Committee and City Council meetings on Verizon; we don’t have either of them on Comcast’s ON DEMAND, despite Medford being one of the six cities in the nation to be participating in Comcast’s Project Open Voice (Made In Medford).   Are residents  supposed to just be quiet, complacent and not rock the boat?  Wait until the “powers that be” deliver on those promises?

All due respect to Bob Skerry, a nice fellow with a good heart, things have not changed, and we need powerful voices like Bob Skerry’s as well as other people on the School Committee and on the City Council to let the Mayor know in no uncertain terms that this kind of failure to lead is unacceptable.

Let’s discuss Project Open Voice.   If you have Comcast press Channel 1, the ON DEMAND Channel.   You will find 10 icons (Top Picks, Search, TV Series, Movies and six more) on the first page, scroll down to the bottom where it says More v Choices  (the “v” is an arrow down), click down and you get 10 more icons (HD On Demand, Sports & Fitness etc).  Go to the 8th icon, GET LOCAL and press it.    You will now have 10 more icons inside “Get Local”, those being Red Sox On Demand, What’s New?, 92.5 The River Live (which is a great place to check out!   Adam Ezra Band and Air Traffic Controller live at the River Music Hall, both with Malden residents in their respective groups) and 7 other icons…just go all the way to the bottom again to More v Choices.

Go to More v Choices and there are only two choices: Latino and Made in Medford.  Click on Made in Medford and three new icons pop up:  Public Access, Family and Community.   These sites on the ON DEMAND are from the online website part of

Today, August 12, 2012, there is only one program on Public Access, it is a 123 minute (two hours, 3 minutes) 2012 Graduations (High School and Vocational), available until August 30, and it is free.   On Family you will find a free 6 minute vid of Marine Corps veteran Danielle Marcellino demonstrating her extreme workout routine while on Community a free 5 minute profile of Berklee Music College student Gia Green available until September 14th.  Click on the icon to get a full paragraph on the program.

It was my understanding that Project Open Voice – which Comcast is reportedly spending tens of millions of dollars on – would have dozens of channels On Demand created by the community and broadcast on television in our community.   Here’s where it gets vague and troublesome.

The City Council expected that Timothy Kelly, Sr. Manager of Gov’t & Regulatory Affairs at Comcast was going to speak to the citizens – and the Council, in Alden Chambers this past June.   There won’t be another meeting of the City Council until September 18.  There was supposed to be a big blast-off for Project Open Voice in Medford.  Have you seen it?   The party’s been canceled, and unceremoniously.   Medford residents not getting what we’ve been promised, Medford residents getting their Free Speech restrictions.  And you know where they are coming from, don’t you?   If you’ve followed these columns since June you are aware that the individual in the corner office at 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Michael J. McGlynn, is standing in the way of your ability to enjoy what you are paying for.   He’s smiling in a flowing robe when you click ON DEMAND  Made In Medford Public Access.   The students are there, but you are not!

The other 5 cities participating in  Fresno, California; Houston, Texas; Peterborough, N.H.; Philadelphia, PA  and Hialeah (outside of Miami) Florida are front and center on the page.  Medford has slipped down to the very botton, next to “CONTACT US” on the bottom right hand of the page.  Click on Visit our Test Site to see the obscure place Medford, Massachusetts has been relegated to.

Now it’s not that the people at Argus, the outside contractor helping us develop Medford’s Project Open Voice, aren’t nice people…they are.  David Lubell, April and Toyin have been very helpful.  And Tim Kelly is a friendly enough guy for a government agent…sorry…for a Sr. Manager of Govt. & Regulatory Affairs  (be careful! He was the staff director at the Mass. House of Representatives bettween ’97 and 2003)…but this is so important to Medford residents that Mr. Kelly owes it to us to visit the Council (hopefully, September 18th) and tell residents why every channel on Made In Medford isn’t accessible ON DEMAND, Channel 1.

You can visit  Community on Made in Medford and see my interview with City Councilor Robert Penta

You can visit Recreation to see my interview with Medford band Await Rescue

You can visit the Government channel on Made In Medford  as well as Public Access, Education, Family and Events.

We want our Made in Medford party.  We want to be put back on the front page of Project Open Voice, and we want all our shows ON DEMAND.  It’s not too much to ask of a company satisfying an FCC mandate as part of their compliance due to the Comcast purchase of Universal/NBC.   “Project Open Voice was created to satisfy specific requirements as mandated by the FCC during the Comcast-Universal/NBC merger in 2011. Comcast’s goal in this project is to “broaden the discovery of local content, including public, educational and government (PEG) programming… and to address the questions of the diverse demand for local content in different communities and the variety of ways to deliver it.”

To “broaden the discovery” isn’t – in the opinion of this public access veteran whose first show was broadcast in 1979 – cloning YouTube.  We can do that on our own.   Comcast delivers content to our TV set.   We want our LOCAL CONTENT delivered to our TV set.  Let’s face it, ON DEMAND is a jungle, and if Comcast cannot put all our Made In Medford content on the ON DEMAND perhaps we need our own MADE IN MEDFORD CHANNEL on the television.  It’s an information superhighway with few cars currently on it.  Comcast needs to give us our own channel for Project Open Voice / Medford to succeed.


Verizon Contiguous Channels

For the 71% of Medford that gets Verizon, you also get programming from Stoneham, Wakefield, Hudson, Melrose and Malden.  Though, technically, not the “contiguous” channels we were promised, channels from cities / towns touching Medford (Arlington, Winchester, Everett would certainly be appropriate), citizens finally have an opportunity to see how other access stations broadcast their town/city council meetings, their educational channel, their local access.  I’ve been saying it for years, I want residents to compare and see what is available in this city and what is available elsewhere.

My next essay will expand on the Verizon access broadcasts in Medford.

Joe Viglione can be reached at  Visual_Radio{@}


Mr. Penta vs Mrs. Burke Thorough write-up of the #medforddebate from a liberal perspective


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Watch the debate here


By Joe Viglione

NOTE: When Republican candidate Robert Cappucci ran for Democrat Pat Jehlen’s seat he and his campaign manager told me they were campaigning against President Obama.  My response was: Local elections are not about Democrat or Republican, they are about potholes, empty storefronts, schools, public access tv, painting crosswalks.   Pat Jehlen got my vote.  Right now Hillary Clinton has my vote for President.  Let’s see how the progressives battle it out in Iowa and New Hampshire.  The stakes are big.

The stakes are big in Medford. You would be hard-pressed to find someone more progressive and/or liberal than me.  Where some Republicans in Massachusetts use the term “independent,” I proudly say Democrat. 

Being a Democrat means being a RESPONSIBLE Democrat, and voting your conscience means that you vote for the RIGHT PERSON, not just lockstep check off “D” because Local 25 wants you to, or because a poor candidate is being bolstered by the party locally.

There is no doubt that Mr. Robert Penta is the better candidate, the one running the better campaign, the one with the bigger ideas, as evidenced by The Great Debate.  IN the mail he has sent out The Penta Plan three times.  Mrs. Burke, on the other hand, doesn’t have a plan, talks about resurrecting old plans that have been set aside (and are, most likely, out of date,) and more chilling, it felt – at the debate – like Muccini-Burke was dangling by McGlynn flypaper. You could see her struggle.   When Mr. Penta spoke you could see Muccini-Burke twitching with discomfort, her facial movements were as telling as her leg shaking non-stop.

“As Your Mayor I Will Hire an Outside Auditor” is something that Muccini-Burke would LOVE to be saying, but she can’t handcuffed by McGlynn, the Mayor of the past 28 years who has wrecked the infrastructure of our city.  McGlynn’s toxic endorsements may not have demolished the campaigns of Erin DiBenedetto for State Rep, Carl Sciortino for Congress and Martha Coakley for Governor, but they certainly didn’t help those candidates.  Muccini-Burke’s sputtering campaign can be placed solidly on the shoulders of her affiliation with McGlynn, and is an indicator that were she to become mayor, she would be standing in the shadows of Mike.  That is not good for anyone, certainly not for Democrats. 

Would you vote for Tom Finneran or Sal DiMasi knowing what you know now?  McGlynn’s relationship with former Speaker DiMasi and – even more chilling – McGlynn’s tight allegiance to crooked James V. DiPaola, the late Middlesex Sheriff who put patronage and malfeasance above honesty. McGlynn cannot be separated from DiPaola with temperamental Paul Camuso  hired by DiPaola, McGlynn cousin Johnny Granara – alleged campaign manager to both crooked Sheriff DiPaola and McGlynn – there in the background like Darth Vader, and the rotten-to-the-core Bob Covelle and his reprobate wife Patricia DiPaola Covelle, all part of the McGlynn inner circle that we Democrats, and this city, need to get away from.  Not to mention that Stephanie Burke’s alleged assistant was wife of the crooked sheriff Adeline DiPaola (all due respect, she is said to be a nice person…but she has that name and that relationship,) one of McGlynn’s secretaries, you see a stagnation that the residents need to RUN away from. 

But put aside Stephanie Burke’s sleazy associates, let’s go to the husband she never speaks about.  At #MedfordDebate 2015 “The Great Debate” – Middlesex Superior Court Assistant Clerk Brian Burke was abusive and nasty. The vicious hothead was demanding ALL of Bob Penta’s supporters be removed from a front row where they were seated, which included this videographer.    Burke made two comments about me, one being “Get That Motherfucker Out of There” or “Out of here” – and one prior about having me bounced out of there or something.  It was the use of the word “motherfucker” at an event where there were 1,000 people, by a candidate’s husband that she will show a photograph of, but not say the name of, that should be studied.  It’s actually a reason why Mrs. Burke should resign.

The Ascertainment hearing for Comcast on May 7th is something the Mayor wanted to slip through the cracks and have in secret, though the law demands it be very transparent. There is no transparency with McGlynn.   Mrs. Burke left her position as Budget Director around May 10.  She was still Director of Personnel/Budget when the May 7th hearing happened.  Why was she not there for this critical hearing?

Only Robert M. Penta was there supervising Comcast fees, Comcast’s work ethic, all aspects of Comcast’s 10 year contract the Mayor signed AFTER the Mayor said he would resign at the end of 2015.  No School Committee person showed up (and I believe my friend Robert E. Skerry had an obligation to do so,) no councilors showed up except for Bob Penta, and Mark Rumley ran from the event, as did Michael J. McGlynn. 

Because they call themselves “Democrat” but not doing the job is no reason to vote for them.  This liberal has had enough of the phony Democrats as Michael J. McGlynn is every bit as abusive as Dick Cheney could ever hope to be.  McGlynn IS Dick Cheney, and just because he wears a D on his sleeve only means that he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Don’t be duped, Democrats, McGlynn is not honest with the residents of Medford and is one big phony. A Dinosaur and a Dino – Democrat in Name Only who is an anachronism.   Medford doesn’t need that, and Mrs. Burke did NOTHING to distance herself from the very Rogue-Republican-acting Michael J. McGlynn.   There are good Republicans and good Democrats, Michael J. McGlynn is neither.    But local elections are about the right person.  That the Supreme Judicial Court now is looking at a complaint on Stephanie Muccini-Burke’s husband for possible violation of canons, ethical violations at the Great Debate, speaks volumes. The letter from the Trial Court is dated October 20.  Mr. Burke was invisible in Muccini-Burke’s campaign until the great debate.  Acting like a Local 25 thug on steroids, those indicted for allegations of violence against woman recently, is very telling.  Muccini-Burke never gave that union money back, never denounced such ugly behavior, her supporters saying “just a few bad eggs” is a “just a little pregnant” moment. Reprobate Sean O’Brien, with his own troubled past of documented threats, said that ALL of Local 25 was behind Muccini-Burke. That includes those indicted.  Yet Burke and that hideous “councilor” Adam Knight hold tight to their FIve Hundred Dollar bills from the suspicious Local 25.

Do you want more outside interests like Republic Parking taking sixty five percent of our monies, or unions telling you to take Stephanie or else?   This liberal doesn’t condone that behavior or like the prospect of old friend Mrs. Burke, someone I once admired, going to the dark side and turning this city into McGlynnville.  Stephanie Burke is Mike McGlynn in drag and Medford cannot afford a phony Democrat besmirching the Democratic brand.

“A police officer captured on video, threatening a motorist” is a question from Kerry Kavanaugh  Mr. Penta gave the appropriate answer, not about Stephen Lebert specifically, about ANY cop that goes rogue: “There’s the door.”   Mrs. Burke couldn’t even compete.

Post Script: When Mrs. Burke left the City Council we the people felt that she would be our Ombudsman (Ombudswoman) at City Hall. Instead, she worked with McGlynn and became a loyal lieutenant. In a perfect world one would hope that Mrs. Burke and Solicitor Mark Rumley would turn State’s Evidence against McGlynn.  Hopefully, they’ll have to, someday soon.


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ALLEGATION: Did Nell Escobar Coakley Dismiss a High School Sex Scandal to Benefit McGlynn?

Is the Editor of the Medford Transcript attempting to shape Election 2015 by promoting dumb press releases from Muccini-Burke while burying key stories???

9:29 pm October 11, 2015

Nell Escobar Coakley, as a mother, should be concerned about how Mayor McGlynn evaporated the racism allegations, the dismissal of teachers from the Medford school system including TV3’s Ron DeLucia and Jenna Tarabelsi with the public not getting proper updates.  

Did Ron DeLucia resign or was he booted?  A School Committee person told me “and they don’t want him back.”

How can parents make an educated evaluation when the weekly newspaper doesn’t look into Mr. Delucia of TV3’s background at the school, doesn’t do proper follow-up on the Jenna Tarabelsi case, and any other “dismissal” in the Medford school system.

     It’s too important an issue to get the usual Nell Coakley “TV3 gives me a headache” excuse when she doesn’t feeling like working for the citizens of Medford.  Re-typing press releases from reprobate Arthur Alan Deluca or Stephanie Muccini-Burke’s smear campaign is not journalism, it is playing politics to the point where Escobar Coakley BECOMES the story, and every article she posts is suspect for lacking objectivity.

    How does this serve advertisers? How does this serve people who purchase the paper or who buy goods and services from the Transcript’s advertisers and sponsors.  How does the laziness from Nell Escobar Coakley help our fractured community? 

   I worked for Escobar Coakley and have a strong indication of her political leanings in our city, where she does not live.  She works out of the office on the north shore, so how does that put her anywhere near the news, except for what she receives via e mail, phone or fax? But as a mother, how can Escobar-Coakley turn a blind eye on stories when ignoring follow-up on TV3, ignoring follow-up on the Jenna Tarabelsi story indicates that other stories, possibly, are swept under the rug.   “How Do You Sleep” is a song by John Lennon; it would be nice if Escobar Coakley gave it a listen.



Medford Police Chief Leo A. Sacco Jr. at the Crossroads


  • I went down to the crossroads,
    Fell down on my knees.
    I went down to the crossroads,
    Fell down on my knees.
    Asked the Lord above for mercy,
    “Save me if you please.”
  • Police Chief Leo A. Sacco, Jr. is like Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters…at the crossroads.  The story on embattled detective Stephen LeBert opened up a can of worms that are now slithering around the chief’s reputation, and reaching up to the second floor of 85 George P. Hassett Drive. 
  • Let’s look at the facts one by one, and the dark specter of Michael J. McGlynn hanging over the chief like a diabolical shadow, pure malevolence steering Buddy Sacco right, left, up, down, sideways…you get the picture.
  • Long before Stephen LeBert’s wrongful conduct caught up to him thanks to a  dashcam operated by Malden resident Michael A. Coates, there was that huge problem with Sergeant James Lee, brother of the late budget director, Richard Lee.  In retrospect, had Chief Sacco handled the case of Jimmy Lee with more precision and strength instead of the slap on the wrist, had the police department showed a little outrage at the vicious split of a woman’s lip by the alleged philanderer, well, there is so much nepotism (or as Johnny Byers calls it, NEPHEWTISM) in Medford politics that it is disgraceful.

      Nephewtism in Medford Politics

      Stephen LeBert has Uncle Dickie

      Reprobate Paul A. Camuso has Uncle Bob

      Mayor Michael J. McGlynn has Uncle Gene

       Attorney Brian D. Skerry has Step Uncle-in-Law  Attorney Johnny Granara

      Sgt Jimmy Lee had brother Richard Lee in a position of power.

Paul A. Camuso also had Aunty Carol, the community organizer, as his de facto  campaign manager

Sgt Jimmy Lee allegedly was philandering with at least two women, and he’s a married man.  Was he philandering on company time?  While he was obligated to “protect and serve” the public?  With the Ashley Madison breach something very intriguing was brought to the public’s attention again – that adultery is unacceptable in the military.  Why did Chief Sacco not only stand for it, but Sacco attacked the victim and praised the offender!


In addition to turning a blind eye to Jimmy Lee’s alleged philandering, the Chief of Police in Medford decides to throw the victim under the bus:

“This young lady has had a number of issues,” Sacco said. “If Sergeant Lee struck her, it was wrong. But she has a history.”

As a victim of TV3 Medford, after the police had determined twice that this writer was the victim, the sole victim, I received a phone call to “mediate” with the attackers.

Only in the city of Medford, but now the chickens and sparrows and pigeons are roosting on the broken police station windows and at the corner officer where McGlynn stares out in total confusion

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Then Chief Sacco has to encounter the Stephen LeBert national news story and eat crow about Marjorie McMillan’s complaints that were presumably ignored.

McMillan met with the mayor and Chief Sacco about the incident last fall. Sacco says now that he couldn’t believe LeBert would behave this way. He allowed his opinions of McMillan—who he called a repeat complainer—to affect his judgement. 

The only conclusion that can be drawn is that Mayor Michael J. McGlynn has manipulated and abused the Chief of Police, handcuffed the police chief, so that perpetrators that are beneficial to McGlynn (think Medford Community Cablevision, Inc.) get away with the old proverbial term – murder – while citizens who complain are told by Sacco that:

a)they complain too much

b)they have “a history”


c) they get ignored.

That’s not protecting and serving the public. That’s protecting and serving the corrupt Mayor.

Chief Sacco appearing on August 25, 2015 at the Medford Public Library with the carpetbagger Facebook terrorist trespasser, Michael C. Ruggiero, is an embattled chief of police making another bad decision in a city that is fractured, upside down, and lawless beyond belief.



Lebert Unprofessional

Our previous article on Chief Sacco

A reader of the Transcript writes: 

  • Jeff Urciuoli
Sacco should say “I resign effective immediately, because I consider myself personally responsible for everything Stephen Lebert has done.” Then he should leave the stage, go home, and stay there.
*Stephen Lebert,  

*Sgt. Jimmy Lee,

*Alan Doherty and his bloated salary,

*Shawn Norton,

*Miguel Lopez, all five cops were on Sacco’s watch.

Look up each story. You’ll find them on or just Google the names of those officers to see how scandalous this truly is.

Sacco went from being the Colin Powell of Medford to its Roger Goodell. To pick one council candidate out of 16 is a huge error in judgment. That the candidate – Ruggiero – has only lived in Medford for 10 months, is one thing.  That Ruggiero was caught by residents allegedly trespassing, writing vicious, nasty, untruths on private  Facebook pages and harassing a senior citizen, it says it all.     Sacco’s poor judgment is mind boggling.  Showing up at the library with the likes of a “sneaky” individual like Ruggiero (and that’s what one of Ruggiero’s colleagues called him on Monday, “sneaky”) is just not right.

That’s not protecting and serving. That is enabling someone, Michael C. Ruggiero, that Chief Sacco should be investigating, not endorsing with this foolishness.



Bob Penta Quietly Helped A Constituent During Tragedy

When a Medford resident lost his life partner, a man who had lived with him for close to two decades, the most traumatic moment of the man’s life, one person made a phone call to see if he could be of assistance.  The man who had the integrity to reach out to a constituent in that constituent’s time of need was Robert M. Penta.

Without Bob Penta’s assistance in helping make the funeral arrangements, I absolutely don’t know what I would have done.  It was inconceivable of me to think that a crisis of this magnitude would be upon me when life was good and getting better.  Two guys who would have dinners at Carroll’s, Bickford’s, Bertucci’s, Joe’s American Bar and Grille, Applebees, the 99s, Outback in Medford and in Burlington – we had our rotation of dinner establishments and had great conversations with the members of the staff at each restaurant.   We had our vacations planned for 2014, we had lots of plans, but one very cold week in the winter of 2014 ended a partnership of two guys who just got along so very well.   As a lovely woman at one of the restaurants said “He was the yin to your yang.”

yin yang



In ancient Chinese thought, the concept of two complementary and opposing influences, Yin and Yang, which underpin and control all nature. 

In traditional Chinese philosophy and medicine, the goal is to have a proper balance of such forces.
A woman who I invited as a guest to Paul Donato’s breakfast at Anthony’s was divorcing her husband.  I was closer to her but always got along with her husband, so we had breakfast together a few weeks ago, he and I.  He has a new girlfriend, she has someone else, but we wanted to stay in touch on our own now that their lives had changed, as had mine.   He, an attorney, has a sharp mind, so I posed a question.  “We had a commitment to stay together forever.  When he passed on did he make good on the agreement?”  My friend said “He didn’t have a choice.”   Wise man, good answer.      I kept the passing as private as possible as my friend was a very, very private man.   Me being outgoing, into rock and roll, he being quiet and introspective, and into classical music, it really was a pairing of opposites that worked wonderfully.
Bob Penta had met my friend at Carroll’s – as had Rick Caraviello and a few others.  Robert Cappucci never realized it, but he and my partner had struck up a conversation at Carroll’s one night when I wasn’t there, and my friend had planned on voting for Cappucci after meeting him in person.  He found Mr. Cappucci genuine.  Every birthday my friend would get a birthday card from State Rep Paul J. Donato and it made him smile.  He looked forward to them actually, and voted for Donato many times.

The 2014 vacations to Maine and elsewhere did not happen.  When I picked up his ashes at Casper’s in Dorchester (thanks to the kind people at Cincotta’s in West Medford) I came home holding them tight, not letting the heavy box go from my arms, and a TV movie was on, strange, the only time Casper the Friendly Ghost was on my set, not something I would watch.  It was a message.   Lieutenant JJ McLean phoned a few days later offering condolences, and he said to phone the police anytime if I felt ill and they would be there for me.  Bless them.  It’s a private matter that I didn’t discuss on the internet, it was personal…and still is personal
Bob Penta phoned a man in distress and made the right phone calls to somewhat ease an emotional burden that I would not wish on anyone. The unexpected and excruciating task of burying a loved one.
On Christmas day, 2014, I received an e mail from another city councilor, one who is not running for reelection.  It was one of the most abusive and appalling things an elected official could do.  The content was meant to destroy the holiday – it was a cruel and vicious note about being alone on the holidays.  
That individual threw salt in the wound because he, clearly, got a sick pleasure from kicking a dog when the dog was down.
City Councilor Robert M. Penta, on the other hand, showed dignity, concern, sensitivity and compassion.   Both men want to be Mayor of the City of Medford.   Thankfully, only the right person out of the two is running for Mayor.  When a resident lost the most important thing in his world, one man stepped up to the plate, very quietly, with no fanfare, not looking for anything in return.  Bob Penta didn’t need my vote or my life partner’s vote.  He already had them.  Bob Penta reached out for no other reason but because it was the right thing to do.    
For years a 501c3 violated the Internal Revenue Code rules and would relentlessly bash Breanna Lungo-Koehn, Stephanie Burke, Rick Caraviello and Robert Penta, but they – with a special delight – used the ugly word “homophobe” in reference to the senior member of the city council.  My experience in this city is proof that the 501c3 in question was not being honest with the citizens.  The councilor, now a lame duck, aligned with the 501c3 was the one who harassed a gay household in Medford.  The candidate belittled by the 501c3 was the person who showed compassion.
In my time of need one man in Medford had the dignity to reach out and help in a truly sad time of total distress and catastrophe.    That’s the man my late life partner would have voted for to be Mayor of our city.  That’s the man I’m voting for to be Mayor.  It’s exactly what my life partner would do had I been the one to pass on first.  It will be 19 months this week that my friend passed on. If Bob Penta hadn’t been there for my family at that crucial moment, I really don’t know what I would have done.


Duplicitous City Solicitor Mark E. Rumley Reneges on Promise…again

A Special Report by Joe Viglione


City Solicitor Mark E. Rumley promised the citizens of Medford, Massachusetts an election for a new board of directors for the access TV station, to be held January 19, 2008.     Rumley was warned when a business partner of Harvey Alberg’s spilled the beans that there would be no election. Rumley, on the board of directors of MCC TV3, knew in advance that Frank Pilleri had no intention of holding an election.  The Solicitor absolutely failed the city by not having the appropriate amount of board members at a December 2007 board meeting. That phony individual, Frank Pilleri, who couldn’t prove in a court of law that an assertion of perjury against him was false (meaning, Frank Pilleri couldn’t prove that he didn’t commit perjury in the filing of corporate documents, under oath)  broke his agreement and “counteracted” the city-wide election.   Rumley called it “the darkest day in the history of Medford Public Access,” but the lip service(s) from the solicitor couldn’t disguise the fact that the solicitor did NOT do his job.  

     The result was a lawsuit against the city of Medford, court action against an 82 year old man, multiple lawsuits against another former member, TV3 going down to defeat in spectacular fashion, but the Mayor’s cousin, David Skerry, enriching himself at the expense of cable TV subscribers.  Skerry was the best friend of the late brother of Mark E. Rumley and don’t think that this charade wasn’t orchestrated by Michael J. McGlynn because it was.  It’s part of McGlynn’s “Medford Media Blackout” which has served the dishonest Mayor very well over the past few decades.


What’s truly vulgar about how Rumley approaches victims of TV3 is that he re-victimizes them either with his legalize – ignoring TV3 crimes to make them look permissible or by trying to put the victims on the spot.  “Well, Joe, I think public access is obsolete.”  That’s lawyer-speak for “get the fuck out of my office, the Mayor stole your access, Fuck You, Joe.”   But the response from the citizen who is not a lawyer was quite telling.  “Oh, education is obsolete? Seniors in Stoneham learning computers, kids learning computers in other cities” (paraphrased.)   “Duh” – Rumley looked like a deer caught in the headlight.     You see, that is how Rumley operates, and it is NOT why the citizens pay him so handsomely…what, $102k one year?    If you use the term “Mickey the Dunce” Rumley will scream from the rooftops “ethnic slur” (on what planet? that was NEVER the intent!)  If you say “Gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette” Rumley’s associate that he shared an office with, State Rep Paul Donato will say “Stalin said that.” (purportedly it was one of Stalin’s henchmen that said it…but that wasn’t the INTENT) the point is, they have an answer for everything and Rumley tries to put you, dear resident, on the defensive when he knows that he has done wrong. 

     You just have to know how to deal with the hypocritical son of a bitch who bullies the weak while cowering in fear if there’s a gang like Frank Pilleri’s thugs.  Rumley is SO OBVIOUS.   Not man enough to fight on a level playing field, Rumley chooses words to bash you over the head with, or puts your lawyer on the phone for an hour attempting to drive up your legal bill. That’s not an honorable City Solicitor when Rumley picks fights with those of us helping the community, while FAILING TO DO HIS JOB ON THE DIFFICULT TASK OF BRINGING FRANK PILLERI TO JUSTICE, BRINGING HARVEY ALBERG TO JUSTICE, BRINGING RONALD DELUCIA TO JUSTICE.   Rumley runs and hides like a coward when it comes to doing the real job, and will victimize the victim because, like Steve LeBert proved, in Medford, they use their positions of power to bully the weak.  How is Mark Rumley’s actions, on record, any different than the bullying by Detective Stephen LeBert?

    Now the new “rumor” they are spreading is that I hate the Catholic Church. You have to love the depth of their depravity.   From “ethnic slur” to “Stalin” to “he hates the Catholic Church” to “public access is obsolete” (so much for education unless the Mayor’s daughters are teaching you at their White Elephant special at the McGlynn school…God, what stupidity will they come up with because I properly used the term “white elephant” ???)  these creepy individuals, Mark E. Rumley, Mayor McGlynn, Stephanie Muccini-Burke, Paul Donato, they all have an answer for everything except for the answers to the pertinent questions about where our money has gone.

ANYONE so defensive to say that we don’t need access, or that Mickey The Dunce is an ethnic slur when THE INTENT WAS NOT THAT



1)THE PEOPLE’S FORUM – WHERE YOU ALLEGEDLY HAVE A FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO TALK TO YOUR COMMUNITY WITHOUT BEING BASHED BY PAUL CAMUSO AND MARK RUMLEY, AS THEY BOTH DID TO ME IN THE MOST HIDEOUS OF WAYS (Rumley, who should know better, and Camuso, painted this writer as a man with Alheimer’z, an 82 year old man who died at the age of 84 after being harassed by Camuso)
“Talking about lawsuits against the city is doing a disservice to the people who are watching this particular forum tonight,” Rumley said.

It doesn’t get uglier than that, people, Mark Rumley squelching free speech.


Nothing like catching a city solicitor lying through his teeth!
1)September 23, 2009   Mark Rumley silences a person helping cable TV subscribers at the People’s Forum.  Rumley is the one citizens were trusting to get us access, but the son of a bitch was squelching free speech, abusing his power and slapping citizens around while TV3 did their little Chumley Report dance on his head. 
What a bully!  He picks on the weak and cowers at the specter of Frank PIlleri     Posted Sep. 23, 2009 at 12:01 AM


 September 23, 2009 Medford Transcript: “Talking about lawsuits against the city is doing a disservice to the people who are watching this particular forum tonight,” Rumley said
Trying to silence a citizen flies in the face of these lies from Rumley:
“The one sentiment that I have heard that I take great exception to is that the city is trying to limit speech,” said Rumley. “The notion the city would censor or squelch free speech is baseless and as city solicitor I would find any such effort repugnant.”
City Solicitor Mark E. Rumley / Medford Daily Mercuryon or about Nov. 16, 2008 (quoted from the 2nd Judge Jackson-Thompson hearing)
    • By Alex Ruppenthal

      Posted Jul. 23, 2014 at 8:24 AM


      TV3’s president says the station spent all of its savings — more than $130,000 — on operating costs before the now-defunct access station’s Board of Directors voted to dissolve the station last October.

      But officials want proof, since Medford Community Cablevision, Inc. (TV3’s legal name) is required to transfer all remaining assets to the city before it dissolves.

      TV3’s Board of Directors now has until Thursday, July 24 to produce financial records from the station’s final year or it could face legal action from the city.

      Last October, the board voted to dissolve the station following seven months of no broadcasting, allegations of racism and other problems.


    City Solicitor Mark Rumley said the city took possession of equipment from TV3’s former office at 32 Riverside Ave. in January. But Rumley said the city has not received any money from MCC, nor does it know how much money, if any, the organization still has.


    Medford officials demand TV3’s financial records 

    July 10, 2013 / Mayor orders Medford police investigation into allegations of hate speech at TV3 





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