Monthly Archives: October 2014


Special Report by Joe Viglione
   Back in April of 2014 one of the Medford city councilors brought up
the idea of utilizing the Springstep building in front of City Hall for an
arts center and for a new TV station.  The question is, why did that
councilor, Rick Caraviello, stop fighting for this excellent idea?
    Caraviello told this journalist outside of City Hall that “because it
is my idea, it won’t fly” – meaning, the Councilor doesn’t believe the
Mayor, Michael J. McGlynn, will go for an idea that is not his own.
    It’s absurd.  As an elected official who voted for his own pay raise after
completing only one previous term as Councilor, with three of the council
voting NO for the raise, Caraviello has an obligation to the citizens of
Medford who pay the freight on one of the most expensive city councils
in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
   Elizabeth Grady Co. CEO John Walsh purportedly purchased the building
for two million dollars and reportedly wants to sell it for 4.5 million, according
   According to a press release on the Medford city website the Mayor received almost three hundred thousand dollars for a park.  But what if the Mayor had
applied that idea to a memorial building for Krystle Campbell? 
   Here’s part of the press release from the city:
    “Mayor Michael J. McGlynn was pleased to accept $299,350 in funding from the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs’ Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Grant Program, which will be used towards the construction of the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden.
    The Mayor has over three hundred thousand dollars for access TV, which I believe he is contractually obligated to spend on access television.  That we
have had a primary and now a general election without access TV, that
Medford resident Martha Coakley is running for governor and has shown up
reportedly at Winchester’s WinCAM and Wakefield TV, is evidence that Madame Attorney General knows full well the power of access, and she
personally spoke to me about the access TV issue in September of 2013.
    The Mayor has received his report from the Community Access TV committee which the Mayor promised would ” develop the guiding principles for the future of community access television in the City of Medford.”
    On October 25th I spoke with MWRA Executive Director Frederick Laskey who was on that Committee and who had previously assured me “we will have access TV.” On Saturday, the 25th, I asked Mr. Laskey “What happened to
your personal promise to me?”  Mr. Laskey responded “I tried my best.”
    This Tuesday, October 28, 2014, I will be bringing up the issue of purchasing the Springstep building again.  Had the Mayor worked with Councilor Caraviello and put the Krystle Campbell Springstep Memorial Building together with the grant money for the park, and utilized the monies we have from the cable tv subscribers of Comcast and Verizon, we would have a nice down payment for a fully operational Arts and Television Center.

     Mr. Caraviello needs to do more than just come up with an idea. Any citizen can do that on a petition to the City Council.  Mr. Caraviello is obligated to do some follow-through for the money we pay him, and the Mayor needs to adhere to those contractual obligations in the contracts with Verizon and Comcast.  Where is our access TV station, Mr. Mayor?

4 City Council Clowns being reported to State Ethics Commission

Rick Caraviello
74 Prescott St
Medford MA 02155
RE: Possible Penalties for Boston City Council pay hike:
Henry C. Luthin, the lawyer, then slowly listed the maximum penalties: “You would be subject to . . . a fine of not more than $10,000, imprisonment in state prison for not more than five years, and/or in a jail or house of correction for more than 2½ years, or both,’’ he said.  “That’s the ceiling,’’ added Luthin.
Mr. Caraviello,

With the Boston Globe noting possible Ethics violations of the Boston City Council taking a vote for a 29% pay raise with the question about that raise going into effect in 2016, it renews the question I have, a question which Paul Camuso unethically shut down.   I posted to speak on the agenda and the coward, Camuso, didn’t want the public to hear what I had to say about pay raises.  Camuso abused his authority and was wrong, as evidenced by the many times Camuso has singled me out and shut off my microphone.  Camuso’s refusal to be forthright about his past is just confirmation that the “people’s forum” is anything but.

Your failure to stay in attendance at the City Council of 9/23/14 because you had a limousine client is outrageous.  You personally told me on 9/23 that you had to drive your limousine.  Yet you are paid an outrageous amount of money many citizens don’t feel you have earned.  THE WORST OFFENDER BEING ADAM KNIGHT, not even on the council for 3 weeks and voting for a pay raise, gluttonous and a knife in the back to the voters, ratepayers, taxpayers, residents, citizens, businesses.

So why did YOU leave the City Council on 9/23 before an important vote on a DVD of the Parking Meter hearing?

Why would you abandon your duty and obligation to the residents of Medford to go drive a limo at around 11 PM at night?

Your failure to hire someone to drive the limousine in your place, or not accept the client (have Paul Camuso’s “A Grand Arrival Limo” Service do it for you…oh, that’s right, the City Council president had two failed limo companies…so he couldn’t bail you out)

This is an absolute outrage.  Your vote was KEY to giving one side or the other 4 votes.

Last night I asked for a “suspension of the rules.”  Regrettably, Paul Camuso decided to employ a rule when the rules were under suspension.  We could have had a new vote because the rules had been suspended, but Camuso and Adam Knight decide to inject rules where they are not welcome, where the taxpayers and residents can’t see the sausage factory that is the Dello Russo/Knight/Camuso conspiracy/scam.  It is so nefarious, underhanded, fraudulent, unscrupulous, self-serving, unprincipled and unethical that it boggles the mind those alleged adults (in need of adult supervision) get away with it.

Suspension of the Rules means that we get to have a new vote because the limo driver was in attendance and didn’t have a client he had to service instead of the 58,000 or so people of Medford.  

You vote yourself a raise
Weren’t you missing in action this summer?
You fail to stay in attendance at the council to moonlight on the taxpayers
And you refuse to demand a vote on a parking meter DVD

If you can’t do your job, Rick, if you have to run to Europe or drive a limo, step down and let Mark Crowley take over.

People are alleging that this council is corrupt, and your failure to do the job you were hired to do AFTER voting an undeserved raise for yourself and AFTER you failed to tell Camuso to shut up when I wanted to speak about your unscrupulous raise in pay, after all that evidence, you skip out on a vote?

There’s no excuse, and I want this on the public record, at least via e mail, that you have disgraced yourself, Rick Caraviello.  Disgraced yourself and played into the unclean hands of Paul A. Camuso.

Are you proud of yourself?

I will be filing a complaint with the State Ethics commission on the 4 that voted for a pay hike, for their own pay increase, and refused to let a citizen discuss it.

Henry C. Luthin, the lawyer, then slowly listed the maximum penalties: “You would be subject to . . . a fine of not more than $10,000, imprisonment in state prison for not more than five years, and/or in a jail or house of correction for more than 2½ years, or both,’’ he said.
“That’s the ceiling,’’ added Luthin.